Feedback Appreciated: Need to Finalize Plan to Start Building
We "finalized" the plan with our architect last fall, but now that we are actually getting ready to start building I keep tweaking it. We are a family of 5 - 3 kids ages 6, 5, and 2. We want the layout of main floor master and kids upstairs, but we like the exterior look of a very traditional 2-story. We would like it to look more like a classic older home, but do have to make some compromises because we don't have an unlimited budget and because we want some more modern layout inside like large open kitchen/breakfast/hearth. Many aspects of the floor plan are driven by things we know work well for us from our previous home (rear switchback stairs, centrally located powder room) or from plans we've visted and liked (kitchen/breakfast/hearth). Since the garage does stick out front we've consciously chosen brick and siding combo to make it look more like an addition - inspired by older homes we've seen in our city with additions.
We are considering extending the back wall 2 feet along the entire house, which adds about $18K so we want to make sure that is a good decisions. The architect is drafting up what that would look like. Basically the rooms at the rear of the house will gain 2 additional feet in depth, except upstairs we will split the square footage and make bedroom 2 and bedroom 3 each 1 foot deeper.
Would love any last minute feedback as far as tweaks we might want to consider before finalizing the plan to break ground.