remodel: enlarging house on a small lot
I've been a longtime lurker on GW. We have been contemplating the master plan for our house in California (Bay Area), and I think that I could use some fresh eyes and advice from more experienced home owners / remodelers / designers / builders.
3 years ago we purchased our first home, a small craftsman bungalow in a great neighborhood. The previous owner had owned the house since the 1940's but did not do much improvement other than some basic maintenance. At the time that we purchased it, the house was cosmetically dated, considered a fixer upper, and had a reputation for being the neglected house on a beautiful street. The house is 1,000 sqft on a 3,000 sqft lot, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. Since purchasing the house, we've renovated the bathroom and kitchen, upgraded the electrical service and wiring to the kitchen, replaced some of the plumbing, and reconstructed some built-ins like the originals that came with the home and were stripped out by a previous owner. I get tremendous satisfaction from improving our home and we take immense pride in honoring the craftsman heritage of our home.
We've started the conversations about how a larger family can live in our current home. We love our house and feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to live here. We are walking distance to a wealth of shops and transit options, we live on a street lined with mature trees, the local elementary school is excellent, and the list goes on. The rate of turnover of homes in our neighborhood is very low, and even if we were able to find another home that fit all of the tangible benefits that we currently have, I'm not sure that a new place would have the same kind of community that we have with our current home. We know all of our neighbors, they are wonderful, generous people, and our street has a tight-knit and supportive community. In my experience, this is not common in the Bay Area.
With all that said, the location of our home is ideal. Through some creativity, we may be able to make the house larger. However, we can't increase the size of the lot. The challenge for us: can we come up with a plan for developing this house into our "forever house"?
I've attached a picture of the lot and floorplan of the house. The drawing is to scale. I'll include more information in a follow-up to this post.