Please critique my plan; thanks!!!
Is this a good plan that will be economical to build?
While designing this plan I kept the outer dimensions evenly divided by 4' or 8' and the width at a 32' limit for the maximum standard roof truss size. The back of the house faces south where I placed the kitchen, dining, living, and MB. I wanted an open concept and the kitchen in the south-east corner. This will be my forever home so it is one story. House is for one person with occasional overnight guests. I'm in the Northeast so it will be a full unfinished basement. The basement stairs are located in the northeast corner of the plan. I kept the stairs straight and easily accessible from the outside so that any repair/service can be done without going through the house. What I am considering is having a rectangle basement and the main entrance will be unheated "vestibule" space (12 x 8) that is also connected to the one car garage. I thought I'd leave this as unheated space to save on construction cost. Will it be a savings? Also, I was thinking of doing 9' ceilings in the basement and first floor, but will that raise the cost significantly?
Overall what do you think of the plan? Here are a few details:
The guest BR will also function as the arts & crafts room. I have a LOT of art materials. There will be a "barn door" at the 4' opening into the guest B&Bath for privacy. Not sure I'll have a wood stove, it will not be used very often. The shower will be no threshold.
I'm thinking of having a fixed window at the center of the triple windows.
I'm not sure what kind of doors to use on the MB closet. Any suggestions to improve the plan? Do you see any wasted space? Your feedback will be greatly appreciated!!!