Can you brainstorm about my house too?
You all did such a great job with young-gardeners plan, I wonder if you can see anything in mine. I know you all think I just can't make up my mind - and you're partially right! The problem is, I have never really liked this house, but I've come to realize it's probably the best place for us to be right now.
My dislikes about the house are that we have a nice backyard, with a pond, trees, big deck, pergola, and flowers, and only two windows to look at it. One in the master bedroom and one in the kitchen. And there are five windows overlooking the driveway! The living room is dark with only two windows, and the den (marked as bonus room on the plan) is really too big for 2 people to watch tv.
What I'd like to do is move the kitchen to the slab that we intended to be the dining room since 1996, make the kitchen into the dining room with windows all across the wall, and open up the wall between kitchen and living room. That is a load-bearing wall so it will have to have a header and posts, either exposed or on the edges of the walls.
Then, since dh hated our ideas on changing the office space in the garage, I'd like to divide the bonus room into his office and a den/tv room.
The only problem is, I can't make the slab work as the kitchen, and still have a door from it to the patio. Without enlarging the footprint (other than the slab that is already in place), can you see any way to do this? Or do you see a better configuration?
(Hope you can see this plan. It was on a big piece of grid paper that I had to cut up to put on the scanner and then put back together on the computer. The piece containing the slab and patio would NOT overlap and looks like a double set of walls. Oh & that little drawing in the top right is the goofy roof on this house.)