Would Like Thoughts On Lofts In Homes
I am just totally pickled at this point with designing a floor plan for our house. I can get most of the way there, but my dream sewing studio is what muddies up the waters. This is a home we hope to stay in for the rest of our lives, so we have to do it right this time. I love our piece of property and have no interest in ever selling it.
We're trying to keep the size of our house down, both for costs and our belief that a home should be a cozy home....not a monstrosity. However, by nature of the stature of space needed for making quilts and such (as well as have my desk (and maybe a treadmill) in there. I have never had a decent sewing area...they were always way too small and never had enough storage.
In my kitchen table post I named a whole bunch of cons for not wanting a loft. Maintaining the outer structure of two home and extra heating and cooling, for example. I could always break a leg and not be able to use stairs, but I sure hope not. Maybe we'd run out of money during construction. That part can most likely be remedied by shrinking the base footprint square footage though.
Now for the reasons to love a loft. I have always liked going up in someone else's loft. I feel like I'm in a treehouse, and the railing up there keeps it from feeling closed off. There's lots of space to spread out. Someone stopping over for dinner can't really see "the sewing mess". When cleaning the house, I can skip that part and no one else is the wiser. I can have windows on the gable ends, but a shed dormer popped out with windows and looking out on the woods would be so relaxing. My cats would love it too.
I am almost 57 years old, so I am no longer a spring chicken, but not old (just wiser). I am in good health and hope I stay that way. Most people tell me I should be looking forward and prepare for being ancient. In the back of my mind I'm wondering why on earth I should be looking at "what if's" all the time and not living in the present.
An elderly architect looked at me one day and said if I got twenty years of enjoyment out of a loft, who cares if it sits after that, and I shouldn't be borrowing trouble. It can always be a bedroom for youngsters who visit. Hmmmm.....
My husband is not a fan of two story homes, and has not hesitated in trying to discourage having a loft during the past 8 months that I have been trying to come up with a floor plan. However, he has conceded that I may need one in order to get a sewing room I actually like.
I like the gentle vault in a log style home that results from building a single story. It feels nice and is not totally flat in any one room. A loft puts a huge vault over some portion of the house, although not the whole thing. The rooms below would have a flat ceiling.
Any thoughts on this? I'm totally, and I mean totally, confused at this point. I do know that I'd like to start building this house pretty soon.