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Our Blueprint

June 25, 2009

Ok, so I know when I post a lot of pictures (or when I look at other peoples’ pictures), it is often hard to gain your bearings. Not only were we curious to see what our house might look like in a before and after, but we thought you might want to see what our house looks like. Thanks to floorplanner.com, we can compare the two blueprints! This is what it looks like now.

Current First Floor

House- First Floor Now

Current Second Floor:

House- 2nd Floor NowOf the many things we dislike about the current situation, our least favorite, by far, is the TINY master bath. Yep, it is only 5’x6′. In fact, we can’t both stand in it at the same time. Some more of my least favorites are the colors in the master bedroom & bath, the yellow bedroom, and the very long (and underused) living room. I’m not crazy about some of our furniture, but most of it was handed down, and, hey, beggars can’t be choosers! Besides, I’m all about improving my investment, and buyers aren’t buying your furniture.

This is one of the layouts we are thinking of for our house in the future.

Future First Floor:

House- 1st Floor LaterSome of the first floor highlights include:

1. integrating the dining room into the living room. To be honest, we don’t really use the current dining room. It not only solves the overly long living room issue, but it also would allow us to watch TV while eating dinner! We would have to remove a semi-built-in bookshelf that we were never super crazy about. We would turn the current TV stand back into its original purpose as a buffet.

2. Converting the current dining room into an office. Because the picture is not all that clear, we would bring in a stand-up piano into the only inner wall that could hold it. Also, we would add an office area with bookshelves.

All in all, not too many changes downstairs. It’s a different story upstairs.

Future Second Floor:

House- 2nd Floor FutureThe changes:

1. Bathroom renovation! We would knock out the wall between the current master bath & closet and turn that all into a bathroom. Im not sure if we would actually build out into the room to accommodate a shower & tub, but some extra space and a much upgraded style would be a must!

2. Where would we put that closet? We would built into that awkwardly large bedroom. The closet would be a little oddly shaped because of the windows, but it would definitely be much larger than our current closet, which is a 5’x5′ and feels much smaller once the clothes racks are in.

3. Obviously we have no furniture right now in any of our other rooms. We would move our little computer desk out of our master bedroom and into our guest bedroom. I don’t know what sort of bedding we would get yet, but I have always liked the idea of having two twin beds.

Have you ever done any large-scale projects? Do you like our bathroom renovation ideas? Leave a comment if you have any suggestions!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Sean Hill permalink
    June 25, 2009 3:03 am

    Sounds ingenious to me!!!

  2. Jann Roeder permalink
    June 26, 2009 11:10 pm

    Dad and I want to know how you did these great floor plans. They are really good! That would be so much fun to do with our house. Also, the new layout of your downstairs is a great idea!!

    • Briana permalink*
      June 26, 2009 11:13 pm

      I went to floorplanner.com. You can change your language to english by clicking the British flag. Then just sign up and start drawing. You can change your units of measure by clicking “feet” in the upper right corner.

  3. Christy permalink
    July 1, 2009 8:12 pm

    I’m a huge fan of enlarging the master bathroom and have been contemplating stealing a closet to enlarge the one and only bathroom in our house. Our trouble is, that closet is one of only THREE in the whole house! Where did people use to put stuff back in 1933???

    Regarding the dining room/living room idea, I love that, too. I think the dining room is the most useless room in most houses. It’s too bad that your kitchen isn’t nearer the living room area because it would be cool to watch TV while you are cooking. Also, I like the idea of my guests being able to hang out in the comfy chairs while I prepare dinner so we can still chat and be sociable and what not.

    Christy

  4. Douglas P. Brandt permalink
    July 8, 2009 1:55 pm

    you should follow your architect’s direction…..me!
    i’ll sketch on them tonight and send as attachments tomorrow…everybody remember, all ideas are great ones until they are proven otherwise…many ideas are simply personal preferences,,,,all are wonderful!

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