Another two story plan
Yeah, I know, I should be building my house by now, instead of still trying ideas! I'm really torn between having a spread out 1 story, and a compact two story. I know the pros and cons of each, and yet I'm still torn. On our property, a second floor would have a wonderful view- I REALLY want the second story deck! The two story would be a bit cheaper to build with it's small footprint.
Anyhow- on to the house. The view is downhill, and on the left in these drawings. The last drawing shows the house as you would approach it coming in the driveway. It finally penetrated my limited wit that I could put the garage entrance BEHIND the house, rather than in front. It makes very little difference to the driver; they still have to back up and turn around, either arriving or leaving. It makes all the difference for curb appeal, though, with the cute little hip-roof porch instead of a yawning garage door.
The main floor is pretty self-explanatory. The den could serve as an alternate bedroom should one of us be incapacitated, and could no longer climb the stairs. It could also be a guest bedroom in a pinch. In one version, I had the den access from the kitchen, but then you have to walk through the laundry area to get to the den. The bump-out by the dining table is a window seat. The space across from the laundry is a pantry.
The upstairs as shown is one big master suite. The bedroom is very large (for a small house) and has a door out onto a second-story balcony. The bathroom and closet are intentionally isolated from the bedroom, as my wife loves to make noise and turn on all sorts of lights early in the morning. There is an upstairs laundry, which would get moved downstairs if we had to give up climbing stairs. I wouldn't have both, though. I'll run the hook-ups downstairs as well as up, but only buy one set of appliances.
North is on the left in the drawings, so the kitchen is on the east end, and the LR is on the west. The basement does not extend under the garage, den, and foyer; they are on a slab. Thoughts?