Plans for your review!!
Hello all! I posted a plan a while back but we got stopped in our tracks - my husband became very ill and was in the hospital most of the summer AND my architect was diagnosed with cancer and is dealing with very aggressive treatments.
Husband is much better (thank God) and architect is expected to be fine (again, Thank God!) so we are starting to get back on track. I took what the architect had done for us and entered it all into Chief Architect Home Designer, and then have spent countless hours playing and changing.
A little about ourselves. We are in our early 40s and have two boys, 9 and 5. My spry 82 year old father will also be moving in with us and will have the first floor suite.
We live a casual life. We like to cook and convene in the kitchen. I know I want the open concept to the family room as we have it in a vacation house we rent out and I love it so much more than the closed upone we have in our current house.
We are on a corner lot, and the house will be facing south, with it as far south and west on the lot as allowed by the village. We will have a large sideyard to the east. (lot is approx 185x125 - large for this area, south suburb of Chicago)
In the first floor master we added the reach in closet because my dad wants to use the walk in as a little office. If we move downstairs eventually, that closet will be taken out.
We work out of the house, so a large office/den is important.
I know the dining room is a bit of a hike from the kitchen, and I don't care. In 11 years we have used ours 3 times. I wouldn't have one at all but DH is insistent.
I like the kitchen layout, and will tweak it some in general.
We originally had 2 stairs - one in foyer. Decided that our lifestyle didn't warrant it. We are not "grand" people, so a grand foyer stair that would rarely get used was a wasted space for us.
Weird thing in family room is a fireplace. Computer thing.
The space behind the entry closet will house a baby grand piano. Also, that area will be framed for an elevator shaft, should we ever need one.
Screened porch is mostly for the cat (yes, don't laugh) and maybe occasional casual dining, but my allergic family doesn't tend to dine alfresco much so I'm not worried about size.
Center hallway on second floor will have a skylight or sun tunnel for added light.
I welcome your comments! I'd like to get this as done as possible for the architect.