Yikes. Just realized hallway only 3 ft wide--anything we can do?
Because I only discovered GW a few weeks ago, our floor plan did not receive the benefit of the knowledge and generosity of the members here.
This afternoon I was examining our floor plan yet again, and realized something I had not noticed before. Nearly ever other measurement on our plan is from outside of wall to outside of opposite wall--so no measurement in any room counts the 4" (4.5?) wall in its measurement. Well, I just discovered that the hall dimension does! All this time I have believed it was 3 ft 4 inches, so 40". Not great but not terrible. Now I see that it is really only 36" wide, and it is a long hallway, depending on how you count it at least 15 ft (not counting the small space after the arch leading to bedrooms.) This is not a custom plan, so I didn't design the hallway width.
Now, we are framing early next week. So I have only a few days to make any changes. If we bring down the lower wall 4-6", we are losing inches in the laundry room and dining room, but I think it might be worth it to gain the space in the hallway.
What I am concerned about is that because of the layout of the french door, lowering that dining room wall also reduces the length of our foyer on that right side. The two sides are already 4" off--5 ft on the left and 4'8" on the right. Lowering where the door starts another six inches would make a 10" difference between the two side walls of the foyer.
I don't see any perfect solution at this point. Which is worse, uneven foyer walls and a small amount of square footage stripped from top of laundry room and dining room, or narrow, 3ft hallway? That hallway leads to both kids rooms and the guest bathroom.
Previous houses have been laid out in such a way that we really didn't have any hallways to contend with (they were much smaller than this house as well). We are young (ish), with young kids, and plan to have many friends over frequently, both our friends and those of our kids.
Any help or advice would be much appreciated.