Sooooo, I haven’t posted an update on the flip in almost a month – yikes!! To say the least, I owe you guys a few updates. In a nutshell, the drywall is done, the new wood floors have been laid (we haven’t even seen them yet!) and tile is coming up next. :)
It’s weird – our new contractor is seriously on the ball and takes the reins with everything. Our routine with our last contractor was quite different, and we willingly took on a lot more responsibility for quality control, question-answering, and day-to-day management so we obviously had to be present pretty much every day. Not so much this time! I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it but it’s quickly become apparent that this is a good situation since infants and construction zones don’t seem to mix so well. :)
That was a long explanation for why I don’t have daily updates on the status of this flip – I’m simply not there every day, and my role this time around is pretty much solely designer/finish-picker-outer instead of manager. Also, things are moving a bit slower. A little frustrating, but c’est la vie. Since that’s the case how about I show you how we came up with the new floor plan?
You might remember that this is the original floor plan we inherited when we bought the house:
and then after a little tweaking for functionality we ended up here:
But the final floor plan didn’t just appear to us in a vision – oh no, there was a lot of trial and error before we got there. Lots of real bowser floor plans.
I thought it might be fun to show you all the different ideas we came up with before we finally landed on “the one.” Here we go!
As I told you before, the house was originally a four bedroom, with the fourth bedroom (along with guests) having access to the master bathroom through the hallway. We thought this was a big problem since ideally master baths are private, and our first thought was to add a door from the hallway to the jack ‘n jill bathroom so all 3 secondary bedrooms could share it. This meant moving the water heater to the attic (it is in a closet in the hallway) and creating a long, skinny hallway from the main hallway to the jack ‘n jill bath, like in the illustration below.
Well, we ultimately decided that long hallway would be too skinny and awkward, and that it would also be weird to have 3 doors to one small bathroom – so we nixed that idea.
Then we decided that we should add a full bath somewhere, for two reasons: (1) it would make the fourth bedroom into a true bedroom, and (2) it would allow us to remove the strange half bath off the laundry room. To us, it seemed like the best place for this full bath would be somewhere off that long hallway – either eating into the space for the master bath, or taking up some of the space in what was originally the formal living room.
And once we started thinking along those lines, we decided we should just go ahead and add another bedroom – the original dining room could turn into the bedroom, and the breakfast room could turn into the dining room! That would give us a 5 bedroom, 3 bath house!
Here’s how we were going to do that:
That first option was the one we liked the best.
In the end, we also decided to nix the idea of the extra bedroom and full bath – it felt like the living space would be cramped with so many bedrooms.
So back to the drawing board – figure out a way to add a half bath in an accessible area, and fix the master bathroom. Here are the ideas we came up with for the master bath:
Think we had enough options? :)
We decided to go with an entirely different plan – we would make the master bathroom larger by scooting the entrance to the master 3 feet to the right and deleting a closet. There are some other major details, but that’s the gist of it. You can check out that floor plan below – the master bath/closet area is right there in the middle.
But after demo started, it became glaringly obvious that our plan wasn’t going to work unless we wanted to spend thousands moving a giant duct:
No thank you. So back to the drawing board.
The layout below is what we finally came up with, and it turned out to be the perfect layout. Here’s the note we gave to our contractor with the details:
In the end, we wound up making the toilet closet longer, extending all the way to the closet – it just works better.
So that’s the very long-winded tale of our journey from this floor plan:
to this one:
If you made it to the end of this post you deserve a medal. :)
Have you guys had any floor plans that were real head scratchers?