Maximizing a Craftsman House Plan: First Floor

Jun 27, 2007 |  by  |  House Plans  |  Share

firstfloor Maximizing a Craftsman House Plan: First FloorHere’s the standard floor plan that comes with the Larkspur, a Craftsman house I mentioned in an earlier post. Again, this home was designed by The Bungalow Company and since this is a “new” design that’s still a work in progress, there are no room dimensions, though the overall dimensions of the home are about 1700sq. ft. We think the layout is near perfect for our needs, though there are a few adjustments that we’d need to make before committing to this house:
1. Expand the kitchen in length and width to accommodate more cabinetry.
2. Remove the walls in the kitchen that surround the sink in the half bath. This will create additional space for kitchen storage.
3. Change the breakfast nook so it has three sides and is box-shaped rather than two sides coming to a point.
4. Make the space off of the living room, a dining room, which may necessitate the need to enlarge it slightly.
5. Expand the living room out a few feet.
6. Close off the door from the laundry room leading to the shared half bath; remove sink that’s positioned to the right of the toilet, which will allow some additional space to be gained in the kitchen; Remove walls dividing the toilet from what now becomes the large, private master bathroom; Insert a pocket door in entrance to master bath from master bedroom; Rearrange entire master bath to allow for a clawfoot tub, shower, two sinks and a toilet. This may require expanding the west wall slightly.
7. Add a small mudroom onto the back entrance of the house.
8. Add stairs somewhere that lead downstairs to the basement (leave it up to architect).
9. Add half-bath somewhere (leave that up to the architect).
Later, I’ll share some edits I made to the actual floor plan drawing that incorporates most of these changes. But wait! There’s more! I’ll also share the 2nd floor of the houseplan in my next entry. This floor contains two bedrooms and a bathroom which will be for the kids. I can’t even describe to you how great it would be to be able to put these ideas into action.
Over the next year or two I’ll be doing everything possible to make this dream of ours come true. I know that sounds ridiculously cliche’ and I’m smirking at myself right now for saying it, but that really is how I feel. Stick with me on this dream home journey of mine and I’ll fill you in on all the highs and lows of this process.
Man, this is gonna be fun…

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