When we came out to look at houses last summer, we were planning on buying an existing home. We looked all over with our realtor and we found some we liked but nothing that screamed: THIS is it.
And then we fell in love with an empty lot. And then the this-is-it feeling came for where we wanted our “final” house. And the craziness began. We were going to build a house!!
And I pulled out my dream floorplan sketch that I had tucked away in my inspiration notebook. I’m so glad I had it because it gave me a beginning point -- I would tell anyone to sketch out your dream home, you just never know. Pin those pictures, clip those magazines, take pictures in those parade of homes. Dare to dream – you may remodel, you may move, you may build and it’s always good to know what you want. If someone would have told me a year ago that we would be moving and building a home in Utah, I honestly wouldn’t have believed it.
Okay, back to my floorplan sketch – it was a very eastern style, colonial 2 story with a formal living room, a formal dining room, a craft room, a play room --- it was awesome! But then we really started thinking about what we wanted, what we needed, and what we could afford. What rooms would we really use?
As we looked through floor plan after floor plan, we took chunks out of our favorites and combined them and then changed them again.
Our list of what we really wanted looked like this:
- an entry that didn’t come right into the kitchen
- a mudroom off of the garage
- a big, flat backyard for kids to run around in
-large gathering family rooms upstairs and downstairs
-storage, storage, storage, a big pantry and closets
-garage on the side with an extra garage for all of the bikes, tools, etc.
- a rambler with a basement – in our Virginia home we had this style and I couldn’t imagine keeping up with one more floor or climbing another flight of stairs. Plus, heating and cooling would be more efficient.
- but I loved the LOOK of a cape cod, eastern style home so we added some false dormers to the roof/attic
-enough rooms for the future for when all 5 kids come home with family (I know I’m thinking way ahead here, but I really don’t want to move again) – they can share now (I think it’s awesome for kids to share!) but to have the space.
-no more than 3 bathrooms to keep up with and separate washing areas/toilet areas.
- a laundry room off the kitchen
Here is what we came up with – as you can see, the formal living and dining are gone, but we aren’t really formal people so that’s okay. I won’t be able to report on it until we actually live there, and some think I’m crazy for posting the floorplan that we worked on forever, but if it helps anyone else that is in same the process with theirs, that is awesome. I took my little sketch and then went to different Utah home builders’ sites (because Utah tends to have large families and family friendly floor plans) and looked at their plans and then we kind of put some of our favorites together with our architect (we worked with him through our builder)
And it still doesn’t seem real that it’s really happening. And honestly, there have been lots of days where I have thought “what are we DOING?? Why didn’t we just find a nice house and fix it up like we have always done?” This is brand new territory in every sense of the word and there are already things I wish I would have done differently, but I’ll share all of that later.
You’ll see the front soon --- it’s almost done! What about you – what would be some “must-haves” be for your floorplan?
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