And here they are....as of October 1st, 2011....the 'current' floor plans. I say the date and current as they have seemed to change nearly daily (at least according to Shannon) and that has not been too far from the truth. But I think we are (ok, me) finally settling in on this plan. We have explored dozens of different arrangements, 2 story options, craftsman, etc. We think the single story with a finished, walkout basement will be the best option to not only build, but for a future growing family.
The Main Level:
A tour through the plan
A shop space is off of the garage for my tools and wood working. This space will be wood framed and open below as you will see on the basement plan. I will then apply a 2" concrete topping over the wood framing to create a smooth level surface flush with the poured garage slab.
You enter from the garage into the Mud room which features a hand wash/cleaning sink, some coat storage, and cubbies above and below a bench/sitting space.
Moving throw a sliding door (to eliminate a door swing and have the ability to leave the mud room open from the kitchen) you enter the kitchen. The kitchen is laid out to utilize various tasks found in the kitchen without overlapping/being in the way of someone else. The sink wall is upper cabinet free and 3 windows to view out over the deck and the backyard. A flat, sinkless free 8'x3' island will be used for many things.
The kitchen opens up to the Family room and views into the Dining room. The Family room, Dining room, and Entry are all in a taller section with ceiling heights at 14' (rest of the house is 9'). The Family room features a 5' wide stone fireplace (electric) that will go from floor to ceiling with a simple mantel .
The Dining room is nothing special, just a room that can comfortably seat 8 people. It is open to the Family room and Entry.
Moving down the hall the first bedroom is on your right with the laundry room to the left. I placed the laundry room in close proximity to the bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as the stairs for the downstairs bedrooms to keep hauling baskets of laundry to a minimum.
Next comes a simple bathroom at the end of the hall to the right, nothing special here. To your left you enter into the Master bedroom with the walk-in closet to the right. To the left is a recessed "makeup" station for Shannon so she can sit there and do her thing for 3 hours....
Heading into the Master bath, I have arranged it to have a "wetroom". The shower and soaker tub are surrounded completely by tiled walls, floors and glass. This allows all the water to be in one place. Step out of the tub and your are on a tile floor with a drain. Turn off the shower and you have plenty of space to stay there and dry off. Split vanities lead into a toilet closet.
The stairs dump you out into an open area where a pool table will sit. To the right is a door that will lead out to the backyard onto a future patio space. The TV space will be our movie and my gaming area. The plan is to have a ceiling mounted projector and projection screen within the floor structure space.
The Office/Extra is just that...office space and auxiliary space, workout room, storage, etc.
Heading down the hall you pass the utility room (it will have a lot of space due to no furnace) and a bathroom at the end of the hall. Two identical bedrooms finish off the basement living space.
Under the shop space above is an unfinished space with a manual garage door where we will keep our lawn mower and outdoor related tools. Since the site slopes, it is actually cheaper to make this room instead of back filling and raising the grade for the slab above. Plus it will be great to keep the "dirty" tools and lawn equipment out of the garage space.