Help with remodel floorplan?
I've crossposted on Remodeling and Kitchens in the past but Lavender suggested I ask for help here too (thanks Lavender!)
We have a 1950 sqft home, 2 adults and 3 kids. Main level has living/dining, kitchen, 3 beds and 1 bath. Basement level has family room (leading to yard), 1 bedroom (office) and bath. Our remodeling goals are:
- Updated, more open kitchen (heart of the home and all that)
- 2nd bath on main level since that's where everyone sleeps (ideally a full bath for the kids so we can have a dedicated master bath)
Current options (both of which add about 125 sq ft to house) are:
Pros of this Plan:
Spacious island with seating
Slightly better kitchen storage?
Very open flow
Cons of this Plan:
No real entry - walk into middle of dining and kitchen
Dining area "floats"
Table is a bit of a hike from kitchen
Curb appeal? Either flat facade with popout porch or a popped out front door area which seems very strange and isn't common around here
too open - railroad car effect? loud?
more defined entry with symmetrical casings to frame living room and kitchen/dining
Table close to food
Curb appeal: bay window, front door set in
More casual (table in kitchen)
No island seating/slightly smaller kitchen
Not sure whether people at table could interact with those in living room
The dining area in both plans is really small which is frustrating for me. Front door can't move any further towards living room than it does in Plan B due to garage underneath. The setbacks and lot shape are restrictive of adding any more sqfootage to the front/side of house. So...
Are either one of these plans keepers?
Which plan do you prefer?
How can I improve them?
Thanks so much!