Yikes, we’re halfway through January. How did that happen? We’ve been chatting it up about building an addition onto the house this coming spring, and whoa.. It’s almost here. Time to kick the planning stages into high gear. I’m going to do my best to stay on top of things this time around. Last time we took on a major renovation (kitchen, bath, entire house combo) I kind of left you guys in the dark and came back with 40 posts worth of catching up. That won’t happen this time. (virtual hand shake) So, in an attempt to stay true to my word, today I’m sharing our first take at planning this ole’ addition. Let’s start by getting everyone on the same page. Here’s how the house is looking, as of now.
Most of you are already familiar with the kitchen, dining room, and living room. And just to clear up any confusions, ‘bedroom 4′ is Lizzy’s nursery, ‘bedroom 3′ is Zoey’s bedroom, and ‘bedroom 2′ is our temporary master bedroom. Moving to the back, the ‘family’ room is currently hoarding an embarrassing amount of children’s toys (time to purge) and the ‘master bedroom’ is filled to the brim with storage boxes that need to make their way into the attic. Essentially, the entire back of the house is currently an epic waste of space.
What do we plan to do about it? Well, we knew when we bought the house that it wouldn’t be enough room for our growing family. I’m going to go ahead and put this out there – We’re not stopping at two. We also plan to stay in the house for as long as possible, and it doesn’t have a basement. So, yes, we could make do with the space that we currently have. It’s a generously sized home. But we budgeted an allowance to expand and live more comfortably. Nothing crazy, just a little extra breathing room. So expand we will. Here’s what we’re thinking.
The main thing that really pushed us towards the idea of expanding the home came straight from our first house- entering the home and finding yourself smack dab in the middle of the living room. Hated it in our first house, hate it in this house. It was actually on our “want list” when house hunting, to have an designated entry/foyer. And then I saw this house, with all it’s glowing potential. Not to mention, a second family room that all the other similar homes lacked (which will serve as the main living area and allow for more of an entry in the front living room), a generously sized laundry/mudroom (the angels sung), and a fourth bedroom (even if it is 10×10). We knew when looking to buy a house, that we’d be building an addition on pretty much any home we found, for extra living space and a fourth bedroom. The older ranch homes around here just don’t have more than one living space and three bedrooms. Can’t find it. So, when we saw this pretty gal, we thought “Hey, building an addition at half the size planned? Where do we sign?” Or something like that.
So, essentially we’re planning to take the existing rear wall of the home and move it back 10 feet. Weekend project, right? Ha. This new layout will double the family room size, slightly expand the master bedroom, and allow space for a brand new master bath and walk-in closet. Oh, and just like the we did in the rest of the house, we’ll be adding new flooring, running new electric, etc., along with a few new things like replacing the existing ceilings (fun plans here). Really, the to-do list in here could go on for days. I won’t.
Let’s talk bedroom and bath first. We decided to add a little extra space to the master, but ultimately decided that we don’t need a HUGE master bedroom. We’d like to get a king-size bed in there, a small sitting area, and a dresser. That’s about it. No need to spend money on wasted space.
Now, the actual layout of the closet/ bath area are still up in the air. We’ve been flip flopping the two, trying to come up with a layout that makes the most sense. And, although it’s not included in this floor plan below, there will be a bathroom window somewhere. We can’t decide if it’d be better to have a separate shower and bathtub, or skip the tub altogether and have a larger shower. We had a soaker tub in our last house- it was awesome… I used it (maybe) four times. In my defense, we only lived with it for something like six months. So, while it may be totally rad to have a tub (and with several kids down the road, possibly the only place I have to escape to), is it worth the extra mulah and the loss of square footage? What do you guys think?
In the family room, we’re just adding more space, and hopefully a fireplace. That all comes down to budget. Here’s hoping we can work it in. We want this space to be family-central. We’ve never had a living room that can seat more than five or six people, and that needs to end, now. We both come from large families and we’re dying to entertain. We’re hoping to use our existing sectional sofa, a few arm chairs, and a game table of some sort. It’ll be a work in progress, just like the rest of our home. Don’t expect any crazy, HGTV weekend turn-around times.
So, panning out and assuming all goes as planned (haha, that always happens)… this is how we should be looking by the end of the summer.
Also, for any of you planners out there wondering, we used floorplanner.com to draw up these rough sketches of our home. It’s 100% free for a single account, and you can save your designs to edit later. We love it. You should too. (not paid or perked info, just sharing the love).