We actually hired an architect! This was huge for us because we are on a VERY limited budget and it obviously cut into it, but after reading all the horror stories and reviews of designs posters did themselves, we knew it was something we had to do. Please keep in mind this is just the first draft. I'd love for everyone to critique and give feedback.
Some background info that might be helpful:
-Family of five, including 3 young children
-5 acre lot (Approx 200'x1100')
-House will face north and be approx 235' back on lot.
-Due to the lot size (and husband's hobbies) we must have a 4 car garage.
-We know that the covered porches will decrease light. We have them now, use them almost daily, and absolutely love them. It is a must have as far as we are concerned.
Revisions we plan on making include:
-Make "home office" into pantry and incorporate a desk into the kitchen area
-Change the powder room door opening to the foyer
-Make the master bathroom toilet room smaller and child's closet bigger
-Increase main ceilings to 9' instead of 8'
Specific concerns include:
-The powder room/laundry/mud hallway. Functionally I think it will work very well for us, however I'm not sure how I feel about it. I don't like the idea of having to open the front door or go into bathroom/laundry if I want to see out of the front. I'm also concerned that the area will be extra dark. The architect has squeezed as much square footage as possible with our budget, so we can't really add any square footage.