Revised 2 story house plan
Everyone, you were all so wonderful with helping my last version. I took a few days off thinking about the plan, and on a walk this morning, an idea hit.
In the previous plan, a section of house extended for the width of the garage behind it. This resulted in an inefficient building envelope. So, this time I extended the depth of the house appox. 3 feet. This allowed a longer, narrower kitchen, moving the dining room next to it, and then I filled the dining room with a very good sized mudroom, walk in pantry, and powder room. Previously I wanted a laundry room going outside with a dog door, so there would be a thermal barrier between the dog door and the rest of the house. However, I found a dual-panel dog door that installs in a wall, so hopefully it would not let as much air in from the outside.
I'm not posting the upstairs--it won't change much, except rooms will get deeper and I might be able to fit a small laundry room (although the downstairs laundry/mudroom is much more convenient now). I think the upstairs is pretty good and don't want to mess around with it until I like the downstairs.
Thoughts? Thanks again everyone!