This Flip’s Floor Plan

Another flip, another floor plan.  Am I predictable, or what?  :)

Here’s how the floor plan looked when we bought the house:

It's Great To Be Home - Original Floor Plan of Our 6th Flip

Not too shabby!  But there were some big problems:

(1) A big ol’ wall was the first thing you saw when you walked in the front door.

It's Great To Be Home - "Before" Photos of Our 6th Flip

That just wouldn’t do, so we opened it up a bit.  I apologize for these photos, they’re easily the worst in history.

changes to the floor plan

We also removed the door to the hallway (on the left in the photo above) since it would swing out and block the new opening.

(2) There were 3 doorways into the kitchen, which really bugged me.  So we got rid of the one to the hallway and lined up the remaining opening with the new opening between the kitchen and the front of the house.  You can kind of tell in the photo above, and it’ll make sense once you see the floor plan below, I hope.

(3) The washing machine was in the kitchen, and there wasn’t a dryer hookup anywhere.  So we stole one of the weird built-ins in the hallway, bumped the wall out a few inches in the first bedroom, and created space for a stackable unit in the hallway.  It’s not as fabulous as a separate laundry room, but it’s a definite improvement!

changes to the floor plan

(4) The hot water heater was also in the kitchen – actually it was half in the kitchen and half in the attic.  Oddly enough, this is the second house we’ve bought with that configuration. We bought an electric lowboy water heater (it’s short and fat instead of tall and skinny so that it can fit in low spaces) that’s going in the attic.

hot water heater

(5) The dining room was tiny, and we felt like the formal living room was kind of wasted space since most people don’t really use formal living rooms anymore.  So, the original dining room is getting walled off and turned into an office, while the original formal living room is becoming the dining room.  Make sense?  I’m excited about having a chandelier centered on that big front window.  Yay!

It's Great To Be Home - "Before" Photos of Our 6th Flip

(6) The master shower was unforgivably small, so we got rid of yet another hallway cabinet for a slightly larger shower.

changes to the floor plan

(7) We hadn’t planned on enlarging the guest bath but the third and final hallway cabinet was accidentally demolished so…we now have room for a larger vanity in the guest bath!

changes to the floor plan

Those aren’t huge changes, but together they all add up to a floor plan that is much more livable.  And the revised floor plan now looks like this:

new floor plan (with text)

A few of you have asked about the kitchen layout, so I’ll get cracking on writing up a post about that.  If there’s anything specific you want to read about, just let me know!

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  1. Aimee says:

    How do you think of all these changes and keep the budget under control?!? I really like the more useful flow of the house, plus the enlarged bathrooms. I have a terrible imagination, so am dying to see the finished spaces. Keep up the great posts!
    Haven’t had any baby news from you in ages (hint!).

  2. May says:

    Do you have a contractor ensure that certain walls can be removed prior to buying the flips? I always love the open feeling of your after flips, but wondered if you ever ran into a load bearing wall that you weren’t able to knock out as planned….

  3. Jon A says:

    That is some crazy remodling! I don’t think I would be able to keep something like that within budget. Good luck with the project though, it’s coming along great!

  4. Another lovely plan. I must admit that I continue to be baffled by having the dining room as the first room you enter. Obviously it’s a cultural difference, I see it all over the place in US blogs. When I have guests I want to take them to the living room so having that the first room you see instead of having to march them past my dining table seems more sensible?

    Of course, where I live in Aus the convention is single storey houses and the main bedroom is usually at the front (possibly for security reasons), and I guess that would seem odd to you too :-)

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      I can totally see where you’re coming from – we’ve gotten away from having a “formal” living space in homes these days, so I think we want the family room to be in the back where it’s a bit more private. Or maybe that’s just me, ha! :) As for the dining room being in the same space as the entrance, I agree that it’s not ideal, but with this floor plan it was simply the best option. Working with what we’ve got! :)

  5. Harold Smith says:

    Being from England I have to totally agree with Nicky at Not My Mother, “we” don’t tend to have the dining room as the immediate either.

  6. I like this floor plan. It’s simple and affordable. Keep it up!