New home design
Hello everyone, I was hoping that you could critique our plan if you have a moment. I am new to the site so if I am posting anything incorrectly, please let me know. My husband and I are building what could possibly be our forever home on a 4 acre rural lot in South Dakota. We have four kids age 2 -9. We are designing the home so that my father, who is in a wheelchair, can come to visit for extended periods. The acreage has existing shelterbelts surrounding it. We are orientating the house North/South with the garage doors facing the West. There are beautiful views to the North (our garden area) and to the South (large lawn, fire pit, fields) the main road going past the house is also to the South although there is not much traffic.
We want the house be very inviting, homey, modest - nothing extravagant. We are on a limited budget and that will be a huge factor. We really like an informal farmhouse style house. A covered porch will be on the west and south sides of the kitchen with the guest entrance into the DR.
The plan is missing the door to our MBR area. There will then be a pocket door to our actual bedroom. The numerous doors to the MBR are designed with the idea that when company comes we will be able to close the sliding door to our bedroom and the master bath will be able to be used for a second main floor bathroom.
The pantry in the kitchen is based off from one which I saw on houzz. http://www.houzz.com/photos/33747/Custom-pantry-contemporary-kitchen-boston
The mudroom is not huge but having the garage attached I figure that we could store in there the extra jackets, boots, etc.
The small nook in the hallway across from the kitchen is a phone/file cabinet area.
There will be a full basement under the house with two more bedrooms, bath, and large family room but depending on how the build goes we may not finish it off right away.
Please let me know if you see any changes that would help either in the flow of the house or ways to save some money . Thanks in advance.