Is it possible to shrink this plan?
We're in the infancy stages of planning our next build. We came across a plan that we love, it has just about everything we want in a house plan without a lot of wasted rooms/areas, etc. However, this plan is quite a bit bigger than what we were wanting to build.
We're wanting to stay around 3700-4200 sq feet. This particular plan is 4845 sq ft. It doesn't look that enormous to me from the elevation, and even the plan itself....I guess I just don't see where all that sq feet is going. I mean comparing it to our current house, all of the comparable rooms are larger (for example, our kitchen is 13 x 15, this one is 17 x 16. Our MB is 17 x 13, this one is 17 x 17, etc.). Our current house is about 2900 sq ft with a dining room, office, 4 bed and 3 1/2 bath with a large playroom. The only extraneous room on this plan, in my opinion, is the den, which itself is only a little over 200 sq ft. I know some people will probably say the play room, but we have a 20 x 25 ft playroom right now that we use almost everyday with our two young children (and it doubles as a pull out for extra guests). The living/music room would be an office/library. The staircases I guess take up a lot of sq ft, but everything else seems "somewhat" reasonable.
I'm obviously missing something here, I just don't get why this house is 4845 sq ft. Do you think it'd be possible to shave off 800 or so sq feet of living area from this plan by reducing room sizes, eliminating the den, etc or is that just an impractical idea?
Thanks for any tips/advice!!