New Plan and Elevation
This is the new plan that I came up with after I was unable to figure out a way to incorporate the changes recommended here. The basement will be unfinished but roughed in. The lot slopes perfectly to do the drive under basement and walk out in the back. The exterior will take cues from the bottom pic and be hardiboard with a brick veneer foundation unless the cultured stone price comes in within reason. The builder has the plan and is giving me a rough estimate before I finalize the plan, so I would like to keep any changes minor and within the current footprint. One thing I'm not sure on is where to place the door from the garage to the mudroom, the builder wants to drop the garage floor a couple of feet, not sure where to put the door because we will need some sort of landing and steps. Do I move it to the right so I have a straight shot from the exterior door which will conflict with the basement door, or move to the left and come around and back up to the landing?
If you see anything else in the plan that doesn't work or could work better I appreciate all criticism.