Ready for One More Farmhouse Plan?
I'm new to posting, but have been reading for a while, and value all the feedback you provide!
We're embarking on a somewhat crazy adventure, and are building two new homes on a 2-acre lot in a small suburb in northern California. We had the opportunity to buy a pancake-flat lot surrounded by other homes that was the last remaining hold-out from days past when our community was much more rural. We're inheriting a chicken coop, lots of fruit trees, nut trees and raspberry bushes. We feel incredibly fortunate to be able to buy so much space in an area where quarter-acre lots are very much the norm. To make the purchase more affordable, we're building House #1 on the front corner of the lot, will live in it for two years, and then sell, after building House #2 on the back of the lot. A shared driveway/ cul de sac will service both homes.
Our goal with House #1 is to make it extremely palatable to buyers of all stripes... while still honoring the farm/ rural heritage. Our town is known for its excellent schools, attracts mostly young families, and homes come with big price tags. We will likely sell this home for about $1.3-1.5M, depending on how the market does in the next few years.
In the meantime, our family will be living there... we have three kids (7,5 and 3), entertain and host extremely frequently, and have lots of overnight guests. My husband works from home at least twice a week, and I'm home every day wrangling kids, cooking meals, hosting playdates, etc.
We would love your feedback on this plan, which is about to be submitted to our town for approval!
One more note about this plan: This house will front a "scenic corridor," a somewhat busy (but still 2-lane) road, so our architect opted to situate the house sideways, so the garage windows face the road, and the front porch faces the front side yard. The rear yard will be at the rear of the property. Hope that makes sense!
We already know we'd like to incorporate a pantry in the kitchen behind the current mudroom/ entry. The door will likely be to the right of the fridge in the kitchen, eliminating one of the corners in that room.
Here's the front elevation and the first and second floors: