Rebuilding after a Total Loss Fire
I am new to the forum. I joined after reading some of the informative posts during my research.
We lost our home to a fire about 5 weeks ago. Still waiting on insurance to settle, but in the meantime, I have been trying to get ideas on the rebuilding process.
We have our land and barns, we have lived there for over a decade, our horses and critters are there, so building a new house close to the old one is the route we want to go.
I thought I had relatively simple taste. Now I am discovering there are things that I really do prefer, things I really must have, some things it really doesnt matter.
I thought I wanted to put a farmhouse back on site. Something like the Don Gardner Southerland. Then read where undiscovered space bumped up the SF to something like 5000, and I really dont need that much.
Then I saw plans like the O'Neal, Luxembourgh, Hyde Park, Holloway, Genevieve.... and I really like that look also and I think it would look nice in a country setting. They are all basically the same but different sq footages.
We have one son at home. Thought we would have a full basement with his bedroom there, in the "man cave".
Would like to do away with the formal dining room where everyone is afraid to eat, and have one big country kitchen. I would like to see a huge long island, or possibly split into two islands so you dont have to walk all the way around. I cant quite picture in my mind what I want, but I envision some sort of big downhome kitchen with some sort of big downhome table. But most of the stock plans don't really look big enough to have an island kitchen.
I need a mudroom, some place close to the garage, would also like to have a bathroom close by. Thought that would be the laundry room also, however entertaining thoughts of the laundry room closer to the master bedroom, and just thought of that this morning, so not sure how that will work out with most of the plans I have mean looking at.
I want two guest rooms upstairs, with a bonus room. Have one daughter going back to school and one grandson. I have asked them to move home while she finishes pharmacy school. Would like the bonus room accessbile from the upstairs, but also maybe a second stairs either through garage or directly outside. That will be their hangout.
Full basement would be open across the back, mostly for entertaining but I want lots of outside access in the event of a fire.
But we also live in tornado country, so thought should make one room in the corner a shelter type room, all concrete block.
I want a grand entry. Two story. I want easy access to the front door. So many houses look like the front door was just stuck on for the sake of having a front door. I want people to see it, use it, and not have to walk a half a mile of sidewalk to get to it.
I would like to entertain the idea of geothermal heating. Would like to entertain the idea of radiant floor heating. Would like to entertain the idea of stained concrete flooring. I have a bit of a whimsical idea for my cabinets.... not sure about that one yet. The family car is a pick up truck, so not sure about some of the sizes of garages in the stock plans. Would like to have a separate office space, rather than a formal living room, but that would be the first room to go if need be.
But other than that, my taste are quite simple :-P
Anyways, why am I posting? Not even sure. Just looking for advice I guess. I have been reading how people have researched and planned for months and years. I am hoping to be all done by fall, or winter at the latest. And that may not be very realistic.
Some people are saying it is not a good time to build. I would think maybe you could find some real bargains? People needing the work? But I dont know. I have talked briefly with a couple of contractors. Didnt want to move too fast yet though, not until we have dollars in hand.
Anyways, I really really miss my big farm house. But with most of the kids gone, it really was too much house. But now with kids coming home to visit, and mulitplying, I thought it would still be nice to have the space, just a more efficient way to heat and cool it.
But I did want all our main living on the first floor. Thinking about getting older, although that shouldnt be a real issue for 15 - 20 years hopefully.
So anyways, if anyone has any advice, good places to research, websites to visit, please let me know.
Thank you for your time, and thank you for all your wonderful posts from the past. Researching that will keep me very busy.