Building a 'small home', would like your opinions!
Hi everyone, we're thinking of building a house, we live in Quebec and most people we know live in the city or suburbs. Most people we know live in older 1000-1300 sqft bungalows, 1300-1600 sqft two story townhouses/semi-detached, or 2000sqft two story detached homes. In the builder forum I see 3000, 4000, 5000+ stft projects so I'm not sure they can relate to what we're trying to accomplish so I'm hoping to pick your brains over here because I think we have more in common :) For instance we don't need his/her master bedroom walk in closets with a six jet shower shower, garden tub, double vanities and a seperate room for the toilet. We're looking to build something around 1600-1800 sqft.
We want something simple, cozy, functional and efficient. The lots were are looking at are 30,000 sqft so there's not problem building all on one level. I grew up in a two story semi-detached and it wasn't a problem as a child but we'd like to keep everything on one level if the costs aren't too high, I think it will make life a lot easier as we age. Here is our plan, at the moment it is 1800sqft and is quite large by my standards :) The basement would be finished with a tv/playroom for the kids, office/music room, storage/utility room, and two guest bedrooms. My biggest concern is that while the bedroom area is nicely isolated from the living area, it makes for a very long hallway (25'). But if I configure things so the bedrooms are right off the kitchen or living room then there's no real seperation between the spaces. I'm not sure which is the better trade-off. So let me know what you think, what you would like/dislike about this house, what you think we should change, etc.. Thanks!