Floorplan update - Version 2.0
Ok, it's been about a month and I've been working on my plan at least a little bit almost every day. (still fun!)
I've taken the concept from Summerfield and shrunk it down a bit to fit my lot. I'm actually really happy with the result in terms of layout, functionality, simplicity (roofline especially) and square footage.
Coming in now at just over 1700 sqft with a simple roofline and I think if we're conservative with materials and finishes we can build this house for under 200k easy (my uneducated and only lightly researched estimate based on looking at property costs in the area and sale prices of new homes, assuming 10% builder markup).
A few things of note. The secondary bedrooms are on the small side. Aware of this, but as I see it this plan fits my lot and price range and designing a house seems to be a series of compromises. To keep the living areas and bathrooms at usable sizes, the bedrooms had to be a little small.
The 'main' living area in the future will be the basement with home theater, wet bar, seating/table gaming area. So the living area I think is comfortable, but also a little on the small side.
Dining room and kitchen look to me to be larger than average when looking at catalog plans. I think I mentioned before, we love to cook and cook for others, we will use these areas a lot.
Bathrooms both have a privacy wall for the toilet area. These walls will not be load bearing (I expect the joist supporting the roof will run front to back, so these walls will be parallel to those.) If the need arises, we can do away with the privacy feature and remove these walls resulting in a 5' diameter space in either bathroom. Master bath shower, at 6'10" deep, I'm thinking I can go with an open plan here? No door/glass and just an opening? The tile will be the same in both the shower and main bathroom area, so a little splash out shouldn't be a problem I wouldn't think.
The back entry cabinets are cubbies/coat hangers/drawers with power in each upper cubbie. Saw this somewhere on here and loved that idea.
Living area cabinets are for tv/etc. I mulled this over and it will be good to have two separate media areas in the house in the long run.
Kitchen will have a double wall oven at the lower right corner on the plan. Cooktop to the left under a hood/microwave combo. Small prep sink added to the island. Seating counter on the island has been raised for stool height. The area in the mudroom above the freezer will be the 'pantry' cabinets. Also, there's an odd space between the dining room and mudroom that's about 6" wide. Hoping I can fit a pull out pantry there (about 6' tall) and have a narrow cabinet above that for storage of extra cookie sheets etc.
The other odd wall is in the stairs to the basement. The placement of this double wall is in order to have the garage wall be continuous/regular on its side and to have the stairway wall be directly above the matching wall studded out flush to the basement cement wall (hope that makes sense...)
So, again, I submit to your review. I'll try to answer any questions as best I can.