Another flip, another floor plan. Am I predictable, or what? :)
Here’s how the floor plan looked when we bought the house:
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.
That just wouldn’t do, so we opened it up a bit. I apologize for these photos, they’re easily the worst in history.
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!
(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.
(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!
(6) The master shower was unforgivably small, so we got rid of yet another hallway cabinet for a slightly larger shower.
(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!
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:
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!