My First Home!
First time on these boards... and I just bought a house for the very first time! My dad is mister fix-it: has built a house from the ground up, and has done multiple additions to his own home. He is *very* excited to be a part of the (possible) renovation of my new home! Finally got the floor plan drawn up and it just doesn't seem big enough to do anything with. Upstairs is great, but my main floor with living/dining/kitchen just doesn't seem to work. It's a rather closed off kitchen with two entry points, the "dining room" doesn't seem big enough to fit a table, and if it is, it will block the sliding glass doors. My first instinct is to take down the center wall to open the whole place up. It is load bearing so I'll have to put in a column or two. Then put an island there with the sink and dishwasher? There doesn't seem room to have stools on the other side of the island. I would also have very few upper cabinets.
Also, with the wall gone, there doesn't seem to be a good spot to put a couch in the living room (would be used as a main area for watching TV).
I really wanted to do bench seating in the dining area, but that doesn't seem to fit either. I'm hesitant to eliminate the idea of a kitchen table... I may not have a need for one (just me in this house), but I think it will take away from resale value.
It just seems like everything I think of blocks access to the sliding glass doors, limits counter space, limits cabinet space, or is just plain illogical.
Any good ideas here? Any advice would be great at this point, as I'm closing next week and need to be out of my rental by the end of the month... doesn't leave a lot of time for kitchen renovations. I would hate to take down that load bearing wall, only to realize that floor plan doesn't even work.