Please review floor plan!
Hi! I have been following for a long, long time but this is my first post!
We are getting ready for our first (and probably only!) build on our one acre lot. We are limited on the width of a house plan as our lot is only 120 feet wide and we have to have a side-entry garage. If I remember correctly, I read on here that 30 feet is sufficient for side entry driveway, plus add in easements, and I think the maximum width of the house is 80 feet. Luckily the two houses on either side of our property have plenty of space around them, so we won't be right on top of each other!
So with the width restrictions and my own long list of home requirements, we cannot find a stock plan and are therefore going with a custom home plan. We are meeting with a few architects in the coming weeks, but we would really like to get feedback on or ideas before we meet with them.
So, my list of requirements are as follows: Side entry garage, decent sized front porch, large enough dining room to seat 10, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, single story, small hearth room (a few chairs is sufficient), butlers pantry, walk-in (or large) pantry, covered back porch. I am also a little OCD about locations of bedrooms. I want my bedrooms off of a hallway (not opening into living spaces) and not off of the kitchen. Oh yeah, I also don't want the garage to jet out in the front of the house.
All of that to say this is what we have come up with. There are some things that I am sure some of you will consider strange, so I will very briefly explain why we chose it, but PLEASE PLEASE be my devils advocate!
-Large guest room (in comparison to other bedrooms) - we have lots of weekend guests and we really want a space that they can comfortably live in for several days. The closet is pretty small, but it will remain empty (will not be used as storage), so it should be plenty of room for travelers. I am a little worried about closet size for re-sale, but we can't figure out how to get a larger closet in this footprint. Also, FYI: we don't plan on selling this house (ever!) but realistically we know that things can change. So while were are building for ourselves, we have to consider re-sale to some degree.
Master bedroom closet: it is a bit long and narrow, but I think it is a small price to pay if I can get everything else I want! It is plenty big for us, but the shape is a bit unusual.
Master bedroom bath: I would prefer a slightly different layout, but we cannot come up with another way to fit in a separate water closet, shower, his and hers vanities and a claw foot tub in the space. I have found a picture of a similar layout that I like.
Small closet area by master entry: this is actually a very small hidden closet (behind a small bookcase). This is where our gun safe will go, as well as a few shelves on the beck wall where wee can store a few things.
I am most worried about the partially covered patio off of the back. I am concerned that the space will feel very small with the long walls on either side. However, I am insistent on a rear garage (not a fan of garages jetting out the front). With that and our maximum width of 80 feet, I am not sure we can avoid this u shape. I am hoping with some lovely landscape, maybe we can turn this into a nice, secluded garden area and make it feel intentionally cozy. This might just be wishful thinking :)
The door on the angled wall in the kitchen leading into the pantry will be two narrow side by side swinging doors to make that space more accessible and convenient.
The stairs lead to bonus above garage.
Lastly, I know the porches will block a lot of light, but that is a price I am willing to pay as we use outdoor spaces ALOT!
Please give me any and all feedback you have! I would love to hear the good, the bad and the ugly!
The rooms are not huge by any means, but big enough for us and we really want to stay under 2700 square feet, (right now this plan is at 2680). Quick question: when calculating square feet, do you count the interior walls? We counted everything inside the exterior walls. Is this correct?
I really appreciate any one who has a few minutes to share their expertise! I know everyone is so busy and I truly appreciate any help!