A lovely online friend of mine showed me this plan.
Dh and I both like it a LOT! Small changes would really make the main level ours. The 2nd story might need a bit more. I'm honestly not sure.
I emailed it to our builder to see if he thought we could do it within budget. I'm betting we won't get the lovely cape cod look we like so well, but that might give us some more room upstairs for bigger closets, bathroom space and an upstairs laundry.
The biggest problem we see is that we are unsure of how this will work with our property. I'll add a picture of the satellite view. You can see the driveway leading up to the building site. The house would sit to the right of the drive. It doesn't have to be right at the end as we are hoping to have a pole barn to the left tucked into the treeline. It would be at an angle facing N/E. The picture is accurately placed with N being directly at the top. The drive is quite a ways off the road. I'll try to get a pic of the whole thing. The drive is about 15 feet wide, to give you perspective.
The garage would be 28x28 (the plan shows 28x23) so it would come out the side of the house a bit. We aren't sure of what the traffic flow would look like for guests. We want them to use the front door! It's a big pet peeve of mine for people to go to the back/side door or come in through the garage when the garage door is up.
On the pic the L at the bottom is where we will clear out more trees for the back yard.
The two parrallel(ish) lines on the right point to about where the house would sit. We are hoping to save that tree with the larger shadow and maybe even some of that small cluster of trees below it. The house would be right in there.
Thoughts on how to direct traffic a bit?