I'm over budget 8% - Save Me!
Let me just say I love this house plan and the layout.The flow is exactly what I had in mind.
With that said I am over budget 8% and don't want to start my project that way.
The cost overrun was the playroom space which is unfinished space above the mudroom. Even unfinished it is putting us over the top. Because of minimum sq. ft requirements in my area the house cannot go below 4500 sq ft. We are 4506 without the 2nd floor unfinished playroom. So no wiggle room to remove sq ft other than that. I don't want smaller rooms.
My architect said we could get rid of it and just keep the mud connector by lowering the roof and getting rid of the dormers. The exact same space will exist in the basement and will be daylight so there is no need for it on the second floor.
Also I found out that because of the shape of our lot the back mud door is actually a drop off! That will be daylight basement under there. So unless I put a deck there, no one will be walking out a back door. I am thinking of ways to reconfigure the garage mud hall because of this, but still keep all the function. That side of the house has a neighbor on it so I would not be losing anything if there weren't any windows in the kitchen.
Any suggestions that I can play with while I wait on the architect regarding cost savings?
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