So far we have chosen our lot, basic floor plan, exterior elevation, exterior paint colors, roof color, stone accents, and opted to install french doors on the living room to create my office.
For now I'm focused on the details of the floor plan and am happy to report that the builder accepted the changes I proposed! The builder we are working with has 6 floor plans to choose from, so I was surprised to hear that they were willing to change one of them for me.
Here is the original plan we chose:
We are not adding a second story, so the gray stair area would be eliminated, adding some space to the great room. This is the new plan showing my changes:
I love space planning, so I was eager to make this floor plan the best that it could be. In my new plan I gave bedroom 3 more space for furniture placement by moving the closet. Doing so also blocks sound coming from the laundry room and gives bedroom 4 more space by eliminating the odd wall that you would face as soon as you opened the door. My new plan also gives more space to the laundry room and adds a nice storage closet. I thought that all of these things were more beneficial than the 4 feet the great room would gain by eliminating the stairs.
I also eliminated the angled wall on the master bathroom toilet area so that we would have space for some shelving behind the door. We always seem to outgrow our storage spaces too quickly which is why I tried to carve out any extra space I could. I'm thinking something like this would be great in the bathroom:
The furniture you see is just what was shown in the builder's package. I am working on furniture layouts right now using what we actually have! It's a good idea to do a furniture layout early on because it may influence the placement of outlets, lights, and other details that need to be decided before or during construction.
So, that's the exciting news over here! I'll keep you up to date on the design process. Next up should be a trip to the design center to see the available finishes and (gulp) upgrades. I have a feeling the sticker shock is going to hit me hard. Keep your fingers crossed that I'm wrong!
(Note: inspiration photos are pulled from my Pinterest page. Follow me there for links to their sources!)