Help me parse through our semi-custom options
We were basing our floorplan on a model home that we loved. We were going to build custom in a nice but remote, somewhat gentrified development.
As of this week we have an opportunity to build the original model home on a subdivided tear-down lot that is literally half the commute time and surrounded by mature trees and a charming variety of surrounding homes. The only catch is we can't modify the footprint of the home and deviations from the standard floorplan will probably result in some upcharges.
First, the original floorplan. It's not perfect, but it is our #1 favorite model home we've been in, out of about 100. My biggest concern is the existence of a formal dining room (highlighted space) and the lack of a guest entry bench & wall of coat hooks.
Possible changes to floorplan (either, both, or neither):
So my questions...
1. If you were stuck with the formal dining room and knew you would NEVER use it as a dining room, what would you do with that space?
2. Do you think the mudroom conversion idea is a good one? Other ideas for making the most of the space?
I'm sure I'll have some follow up questions, but that's a start. :)