Functional home and resale...what can be skipped
Im hoping to build next year and deed restrictions puts us at 3500sq ft minimum single story or 2500down 600 up if 2 story. I personally would prefer a 1 story (possibly 1.5). Now there are couple things I think most houses in this size I dont really think we NEED: a 2nd living room or a breakfast nook. I feel that the extra square footage is better used for a single large great room and little bit larger kitchen with bigger island to use as a breakfast area.
Most people with formal living rooms dont use the space...ever (well the people I have met). When people come over for entertainment, they use a living/great room and the kitchen. Formal living room usually collects dust with expensive furniture that isnt ever used. Been to many houses with plastic wrapped formal furniture in my days.
Anyways, Im looking for input on my idea of subtracting these two areas. Im worried about resale in the future. I believe that it would be more functional to have another bedroom rather than a formal living. Also, possibly a 2nd island that could also be purposed as a kitchen table with more seating for 4-6 rather than 2-4. The house will keep the formal dining room as I think it is important for people to spend time each other and dine together. Lacking a full kitchen table might be motivation to use a formal dining than 2-4 times a year. Id also rather use the square footage for a mud room, computer center near the kitchen, little larger laundry room with a possible island to fold laundry in, etc...
The house is just going to be the fiance and I so. We may adopt a child in a couple years but not planning on having a bunch of children. This is why I worry about resale and the use of other people. What is your opinion on my ideas...any other areas we can skip? I feel that most house plans I see online are more traditional or older plans without new features we seem to trend to such as a mud room, home theater, etc. I believe we have hit an age where we want more efficient and useable space. No need for 2 story foyers or great rooms.
I'll take any ideas/comments positive or negative.