Milwaukee Craftsman’s 2000+ sq. ft. “Fond du Lac” house plan has a very unique exterior – with steep roof lines, side dormers, a breezeway and an attached garage that faces westward. The floor plan has a few quirks as well. The living room oddly extends to the front of the house, bedrooms #1 and #2 have confining shapes, the master bedroom has a master dressing area rather than a closet, there’s a creatively placed sitting area on the second floor, and there isn’t a single tub in the entire house.
Granted, it’s just a house plan and you can pay someone to make any changes you’d like, but when looking at stock plans you want something as close to perfect as possible – which this is not.
Still, there’s something I like about this place – the openness, the large mudroom, the 3-car garage, the desk area in the kitchen…I see it all and can’t help but think that we could make it work.
Clearly, the style of a home is representative of the owner. Odd and quirky is okay with me. I don’t dig taking baths anyways.
Here’s a single story Craftsman house plan I came across today from The Plan Collection. The outside looks great with the classic pillars and brickwork, though the inside doesn’t quite have what we’re looking for in terms of an open floor plan. We would need to do some major restructuring if this plan were to work for us and the fact that there is no second floor is kind of a bummer. I will give them credit for the layout of their master suite – with their 10ft. boxed ceiling, spacious walk-in closet, and roomy master bath, I have a sense this would be an excellent place to end of the day.
So this house has some definite charm and although it’s only a single story home, it should be noted that it’s packing 1900+ square feet inside. Which means there is plenty of space for most small and medium-sized families to live comfortably.
But we’re looking for perfection here and this home just doesn’t have what it takes to stand among the top three (1st, 2nd, 3rd) on the dream home podium.
Came across this house (left) yesterday designed by a company in Canada called Robinson Residential Design. After about three months of searching for the perfect house we thought we had found “the one.” Now this one comes out of nowhere and has us seriously playing eenie, meenie, miney, mo to decide which one we should push for. It has the open layout we’re looking for (kitchen looks out to the great room) and there’s a good separation between the master suite and kid’s rooms. I have a sense that this one will cost more to build though, considering for example that each room is a suite, which means you’ve got 3.5 baths instead of our planned 2.5.
It’s not perfect – it’ll need some slight changes to the floorplan, but we really love the design of the exterior which makes this design a serious contender for our Craftsman dream home.
Crap. At this rate, we’ll be in the planning stage for a looooooong time.
Here’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…