Floor Plan Review
I am currently working with a design/build firm to come up with a house plan. We are trying to get come up with a rough floorplan so we can get a ballpark price. They developed an initial floor plan for us but I did not really like it. Therefore, I have given it a shot and I would like your feedback. This plan is very rough as far as dimensions go. The numbers may not exactly work out but I will leave it up to the firm to work out the exact details.
Here is a bit of a background about my family:
We recently had our first child. We expect another child in the next 2-5 years. I also work from home. We currently live in a 1970s 2,000 sqft ranch that although probably has enough space, is not laid out in a useful way. My office is currently in a finished basement and is relatively large. I wish to move my office to main area so I can be nearby now that we have a child especially when I work long hours. However, I do not want your typical 10x10 "home office". I will spend 10+ hours a day in there so it needs to be roomy.
We would like the master, 2 bedrooms and laundry on the second floor. The first floor should contain a guest bedroom, full bath, powder room, open kitchen/family room, mudroom/hall and office. We do not need a formal dining or living room. I am also not married to this layout so if anyone has a better suggestion I am more than open to it.
We like this exterior design and is the basis for our footprint:
Plan/Source of Design: http://www.eplans.com/house-plans/epl/hwepl03220.html
My two floors:
I feel that space may not be optimized in the best way. I ended up with some random space on the back side of the downstairs bathroom. This could prove to be useful for family room storage though (games, etc) so I'm not opposed to it. I also know we don't have a foyer closet. I think we are okay with this as I like the idea of a bench and some hooks to the right of door. I have put fixtures in this design however that was just to give me some idea of where things might go. Leaning towards a cooktop (induction) in the island but not required. This design is probably about 200 sqft larger than really originally desired but things seemed to work out better with the additional space.
The original design had the stairs in the entry with the basement door as you come in the entry and the door to the office to the left of that. I really didn't like that layout.
Thanks for your help.