choosing a floor plan




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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!!

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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)
320 sycamore floor plan
Basement:

320 sycamore floor plan basement
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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32 comments:

  1. Looks great! The only thing I MIGHT have done differently would be to include a small bathroom in the garage. I know it sounds weird...but when it's snowing outside or the kids are running through the sprinklers and dripping wet and need a potty break, trekking all of that dirt/mud/water through the house is a total pain in the butt. Also, those last minute "I forgot to pee" moments that kids always have are cut shorter when they don't have to trek through the house and get distracted or mom/dad stop for "one more thing before we go" and frustrating the already buckled in kids. It's been a life saver for more than one friend/family.

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    1. I have actually loved having the portable toilet in the yard that the workers use -- maybe we should just leave it there :)

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  3. Looks great! We've built twice and probably will again someday as every time we look at houses we always think we wouldn't pay what they're asking! :) But, I have to warn you: If you do ever need to move again, you won't want to live in anything that isn't new!
    The main thing that is a must have for me on your plans is pocket doors. Builders hate them and never suggest them, but we have 5 and I love them all!! No doors swinging open into too small spaces!! (Mostly your laundry room and toilet/bath areas)
    Can't wait to see live pictures!!

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    1. I have a pocket door in the pantry and actually had them in the bathrooms. You are so right, builders hate them -- mine tried to talk me out of them. They were more expensive, so we scrapped them and had the bathroom doors open into the hall because the sinks were back to back. I probably will wish I had stuck with the pocket doors. *sigh*

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  4. I have never seen a garage like that, split into two sections. Interesting!

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  5. I love your floor plan! How much square footage is going to be on the main level? We have decided we want to stay under 2,000 sq. ft. when we build and do a full basement too. Basement square footage is cheaper to come by. I would love to know some of the home plan sites you searched too. We've only been searching the main ones online. We have a plan we really like but I love yours too and can't wait to see what the front is going to look like. Your list of must-haves is basically a copy and paste of mine. LOL

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    1. The main floor is 2300. Some of my favorite builder plans in Utah were Blue Pine Homes, Millhaven Homes, and Cadence Homes.

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  6. I'm already jealous over the size of your future pantry!! Amazing! :) We live in a 1964 ranch and my storage space is basically laughable. ;) One question: what is "cold storage?" Is that an actual room that's kept super cold, like a giant fridge or something? I've never heard of it before!

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    1. Thanks, Jessica! It is the space under a front porch that is kept naturally cold because it has cement walls -- great for food storage, any storage. My kids call it the scary room.

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  7. MELISSA!! It's AWESOME! I just love your kitchen/pantry/laundry/mudroom layout--brilliant! I'm so excited for you!

    My must-haves/wish list? This list has evolved over the years, but here's what I'd really want:

    --covered front porch (my favorite thing from this house!)
    --a screened-in porch (mostly because bugs here are so bad)
    --a large pantry (LOVE yours)
    --a mudroom
    --a powder room that's not a bathroom
    --separate master closets (Jack keeps his closet very neat; I'm messy)

    I'd also love to have a huge living space. Our living room is pretty big (22'x17'), but I'd love to have a really big space for large gatherings such as parties, showers, group Bible studies, etc.

    Can't wait to see the front of your house! When are y'all supposed to move in?

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    1. I LOVE your porch. We're supposed to be in by the end of the month...I'll believe it when I see it.

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  8. Squeeeeel!!!!!!! I have been waiting with bated breath for you to share the plans for your new home. I'm 5 years away from building, but it hasn't stopped me from searching house plans online and creating my own "list" :) And mine is very similar to yours. However, I'm not a very tidy housekeeper, so I feel like I need a parlor or formal living room that is kept nice. For those "drop-by" visitors. With no view of the kitchen or great room from the front door. :) I loved all the screened porches we saw out East, and want to have one of those as well. I never thought about pocket doors. Thanks for that comment. I might be putting that on my list. Can't wait to see the final product! (Now I'm going to be wasting more time on house plan sites)

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  9. I love homes with that style 3 car garage. The front elevation isn't consumed with garage doors.

    Building a home can be a wild ride. Just hold on to each other and enjoy the process!

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  10. Our must haves for our new build in Austin include:
    1. a HUGE kitchen, living and dining - no unused formals for us
    2. having all the little people bedrooms on the opposite side from the master
    3.4 car garage
    4. 1 story - we are so excited to be moving to a 1 story

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  11. In our last house we put in a small desk area off the kitchen and it was always being overtaken by my kids, so this time we put in a huge desk area off the kitchen with several work stations. So far it's been one of my favorite things!!

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  12. Wow, so exciting! I would include wheel chair access in some of the essential living areas (bedroom, bathroom, kitchen)--after all, we're all just an accident away from being handicapped, plus I love the feeling of wide hallways and large, open spaces. Win-win!

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  13. I am SO jealous of your floor plan! I, too, have 5 kids and this would be wonderful. I hope that one day we'll be able to find our dream home and have the space that I would like. Thanks for posting, it's great and I'm totally pinning it!

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  14. Yay for pocket doors. I was going to suggest them too, especially for your bathrooms. I should have known you'd be all over that. It's such a great plan. I'm dying over that pantry-- my mom has one like that, and it's seriously a life saver. It hides all the messes during parties, and holidays. You are going to love it.

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  15. Love the floorplan :)
    How many squares is your house and what is the size of your block. We are looking at building but have no Idea what a good size house is.

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  16. Wow, what an exciting adventure! Good luck as you start building your dream home!

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  17. Built a lot of houses in the past, love the floor plan. Only thing I might would add is a guest bathroom or half bath so that 2 bedrooms and guest do not have to use the same bathroom

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  18. Oh my gosh! The floor plan is perfection.....and even better is your lot!!! What town in Utah is this? Herriman? We are moving to Utah in a couple of years, and I am looking for a good place to settle. Either in Utah, or Salt lake County. It seems Utah is a little more expensive than some states. Looking in the 200 to 300 thousand range...there really isn't much unless you live in some small town in the middle of nowhere! Melissa....I've read your blog for quite sometime and LOVE it so much and your style. You are amazing and an inspiration girl! Can't wait to see the front of your house and love that you are adding the dormer windows! Adorable. xo Amber

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  19. This is amazing! Thank you for giving me hope that this might be possible for me someday! I have always dreamed about building my own home but figured it probably wouldn't happen. But I guess you're right, you never know! The only thing I would change about this is maybe have the second garage detached, so I could still get light coming in from that side, but I am just crazy for natural light! I can't wait to see it!!

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  20. So excited for you! I have floor plans for the house of my dreams, but it will still be a number of years to start building.

    Blessings~

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  21. I'd really like a house with an entryway. In the house we just sold (we are currently living in an apartment while looking for our next place), the front door opened smack into the living room. So muddy/snowy boots would be right on the wood floor. I'd also like a pantry in our next home, instead of just cabinets.

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  22. Love the plan! We built last year and really love our home. My only suggestion is, along with everyone else, pocket doors for the bathrooms but also the laundry. I think you'll really regret standard doors on those locations. I never thought we'd build either, and it's so much work, buts so worth it.

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  23. Oh, and I really love my hide-a-hose central vacuum. My house grew by 1000 sf but is so much easier to keep clean.

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  24. I am about to embark on this house building journey and I have always loves your style. This is so helpful for ideas. Thanks!!!

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  25. I gotta tell ya'....I completely agree. Growing up I wanted to be an architect; I would constantly be sketching our my dream home, my dream property etc. And it's happening right now. It's not exactly what I dreamed of, but having those dreams, those sketches, those wishlist items...has certainly made our renovations a lot easier, because I know what I want.

    We just ripped half our house down {bad foundation} 3 weeks ago and are in the process of rebuilding.

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  26. Great post! Been reading a lot about choosing a floor plan. Thanks for the info here!

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