Review Our Floor Plan ... Please?!
My fiance and I signed a contract last month for new construction and have selected this floor plan ... well she selected it, but I like it too. :)
The plans have been purchased from the designer, but absolutely no work has been done on the land so it would be possible to change (for a fee I'm sure). Any input would be appreciated. We are meeting with our builder Thursday evening to go over plans.
A couple of changes I am thinking of proposing:
(1) Kitchen - Remove the partial wall between the kitchen and living room. I prefer an open floor plan. I think our floor plan is a little dated in this regard. My fiance is worried that would keep us from having enough upper cabinets. I think we can put enough upper cabinets on the opposite wall. Thoughts?
I also want to move the refrigerator to the other end of the back wall (closer to the dining area). I would like get the Frigidaire Twins (all refrigerator & all freezer combo) but they require a 66" wide opening instead of a normal 36" opening. Fiance doesn't think we have enough room. I'm unsure.
(2) Living ("Great") Room - Concerned the "great" room at 19' x 17' 8" is not so great. Thinking about moving the back wall out into the patio 2 or 3 feet. This would make the room approximately 19' x 20'. Thoughts on whether this change is worthwhile?
We are at the limit of our budget so we would have to make up the square footage somewhere else so I was thinking of moving the back wall of the adjoining bedroom ("bedroom three") in two feet so that the exterior back wall from the bedroom to the living room is straight with no corners. I've read that corners are expensive so thought that would save some money. This would reduce "bedroom three" to 12 x 10.
If we need to knock off more square footage, I thought we could cut off some of the master bedroom that extends out the back of the house. Originally, had thought of widening the master bedroom, but now think I care more about the size of the living room.
FYI - The total sq ft of the floorplan is 2328 which does not include what will be an unfinished upstairs bonus room. The builder has offered to square off the master bedroom where the sitting area is. This would add about 21 sq ft. This is the area I was thinking of reducing. If we made the exterior wall of the MB even with the dining room it would save 49 sq ft but leave our MB at 14 x 16.
Thanks for any & all input!