Review Our Floor Plan Please
Hello all and thank you upfront for looking at our plan. I've been reading and learning from many of you on this forum for quite some time and after pouring over 100s of plans we settled on a "modified" version of the Carinthia by Don Gardner. We loved the layout. It will be built on 40 acres in Northern Lower Michigan. We're doing a design/build with a very good custom builder and he's in the process of receiving bids from his subs. Right now it looks like we'll be over our planned budget. So we either need to make some changes with the design and/or we'll have to cut back on some of the upgrades.
Here are the particulars. We stretched the great room to give us a 20x20 space and that plus a couple of other changes increased the sq ft to just over 2700 s.f. built on a basement foundation, (half of which will be crawl space). The front of the house will be facing South with a nice woodline to the rear of the house about 100 ft away. We used a local draftsman to make considerable changes to the original floorplan, like eliminating one bathroom by the guest rooms, added walk-in closets, added a half bath by the garage entrance, changing the kitchen layout to get rid of the island to make it more accessible from the great room, moved the basement entrance so we have a straight shot from the garage, changed the E-space to a large walk-in pantry (we'll be out in the boonies so this will come in handy), we modified the master bath, moved the rear porch entry from the great room to the side of the breakfast area, and we changed the garage to a front entry. We're also building a detached 2-stall garage for the tractor, boats, snowblower, etc. We have no plan to finish the bonus room or basement, just keep them for storage space.
Please let us know what you think of the plan and if you have any suggestions on how to save some money with the design. Thanks!