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Current And Future House Floor Plans (But I Could Use Your Input!!)

Last Updated on December 24, 2015 by Kristi Linauer

Matt made me take yesterday off, so you can blame my lack of productivity on him.  😀  Okay, just joking.  Matt doesn’t make me do anything.  But when he very strongly urged me to take a day off for fear that I might get burned out if I keep up at my current pace, or that I might get so worn out that I make myself sick, I thought he had a good point.

Plus, when I’m tired and trying to get projects done, I’m way more prone to making mistakes or injuring myself.  I could do without that added stress.

So I listened.  I took yesterday off.  And I used some of that down time to draw up the current and (possible) future floor plans of our house.

Here’s the house as it was when we purchased it.  The only thing that has changed is that I’ve removed the bigger closet in the hallway.

house floor plan

You can click on that picture for a larger view. You can also refer back to the original house tour to help you visualize what each room looks like (or looked like before I got my hands on them). 🙂

And here’s what I think I want it to look like…eventually. Edit: This was my original plan. After reading your comments, I’ve revised it quite a bit.

Revised house floor plan

And again, you can click on that picture for a larger view.

Edit: Here’s the revised future floor plan based on some of your suggestions:

house floor plan - revised revision - resized

Here’s a quick view “before and after” of the two floor plans that will help you get a better idea of the changes I want to make. Just move your mouse pointer on and off of the picture to view the changes.

I know at least a couple of you are amazing at space planning, so I’d welcome your input!! I’m definitely open to these plans being changed and tweaked to make the most of the available space.

Here are my main goals:

1. Create an actual entryway.

I’ve never been a fan of a floor plan where people walk through the front door and right into a main living space of a house. I like an actual entryway. And if a coat closet can be added, then that’s even better, but I couldn’t find a way to make that work. But here’s the wide open space I have to work with. (Of course, the carpet is gone now.)

Entryway 02 - resized

2. A formal living room / library.

I definitely want to keep the current living room as a living room or possibly a small library. I grew up in a house with a formal living room and a family room, and I really like that arrangement. Even if it doesn’t get used very much, I like the idea that it’s a room where I sit and visit with people who just happen to stop by, and it’s a room that I can always make a point of keeping clean for guests (as opposed to a family room that gets used regularly, and where I might have my projects spread out.)

3. Add a real master bathroom and closet.

The current master bathroom is way too small. In fact, it’s smaller than the hallway bathroom.

Master bath 01 - resized

I’d like to add a spacious master bathroom, and a walk-in closet. I also love the idea of a bathroom with a door that leads out to a private deck accessible only via the bathroom. With a fountain. And lots of pretty plants. And a chaise lounge. *Sigh* A girl can dream, right? 🙂

4. Enlarge the kitchen.

I’d love to bump the kitchen out into what’s now the den, and take advantage of that big window that looks out towards the front of the house.

Kitchen 01 - resized

I envision a window that’s just as long as the current one, with a wall of lower cabinets underneath it, and the sink right in the middle. Edit: After some of your wonderful suggestions, I love the idea of using the window area as a breakfast room, possibly replacing the window with French doors that lead out to a little porch area that would be extended from the current porch, in sort of a faux “wraparound porch” type of way. I also want an island somewhere. Other than that, I really haven’t thought through the particulars of how I want to arrange that space.

5. Create a utility room at the back of the current den.

This is the part that will be done sooner than later because of the plumbing issues I shared with you yesterday. I’ll take out the current door that leads from the den to the sunroom on the left, and the put up a wall with a door to create a separate room at the back of the current den. The hot water heater will go in there, along with the washer and dryer. There will also be room for shelves/cabinets for storage.

Den 08 - resized

6. Turn the storage room into a mud room.

The current entry from the garage to the house is through a door in the den. But I’m almost certain that that door will be an issue once I start configuring the kitchen. So (I think) I’d like to reroute the entry from the garage from the current location (which is the white door on the left of the photo below) to the room at the back of the garage (currently the storage room with the awesome mid-century green door in the middle of the picture below) and turn that into a mud room that leads to the utility room. That storage room also has a door out to the back yard, so I think it’s perfect for use as a mud room.

Garage 01 - resized

7. Turn the sunroom into a dining room and family room.

I’ve already shared that this room will be our biggest and most costly project in this entire house. Right now, the sunroom is lower than the rest of the house (it was built right on the original patio), and we’d like to raise up the entire thing so that it’s level with the rest of the house, and use that as the dining room on one end, and the family room on the other.

Sunroom 06 - resized

8. Extend the front porch about 12 to 24 inches.

I want to add another gable to the front of the house, right over the front door, and raise the roof over the front porch so that the ceiling over the porch isn’t sitting right on top of the door and window.

Exterior - front of house 02 - resized

When the time comes for us to do that, I also want to extend the front porch out about 12 to 24 inches just to make it safer for Matt to come out the front door. As it is now, it’s right at 64 inches from the front door to the steps. He can get out, but it would just take one slip of a hand on a wheel, and he could easily go tumbling down those steps. I’d feel much better if he had an extra foot or two of space.

And I think that’s my whole “wish list” for reconfiguring the rooms and the floor plan. 🙂 Obviously this will take years, but it’s fun to dream about it!

The one thing I’m not thrilled about with the new floor plan I drew is the loooooonnnnnngg entry hallway. I think it’s something like 28 feet from the front door to the doorway into the family room (currently the sunroom).

I’ve looked and looked at that floorplan to see if I could come up with something else, and I’m just stumped. So if an obvious solution jumps out at you, please feel free to share it! I seriously welcome any input.

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    Kim K
    August 29, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Just think of that long entryway as a gallery and fill it with pictures/paintings and such. Kind of like having a museum without the cost of entrance. 🙂 When I saw your plan I just imagined all kinds of family and scenic pictures down that left wall. But I am a girl who loves to take pictures of the sky/flowers/trees/etc. You do amazing things I know you will figure it out. 🙂

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    August 29, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Nothing to do with the entryway, but I would be tempted to add a half bath into the far end of the mudroom. Its a long way THROUGH the house to a bathroom when you are dirty/muddy etc. from working outside.

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    August 29, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Is the front porch ceiling original to the house or added when the siding was put on? I am curious what it behind that ceiling – after all, who puts a ceiling right on top of the door?

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    Pam from Michigan
    August 29, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I looked long and hard at your plans over my second cup of coffee. I think you have been exceptionally creative. Love it! One thing I would probably do differently… is the kitchen space. I love to look out whenever I eat or read at the kitchen table so I would put a small eat in space in front of that lovely front window. I would leave the sink where it is and take that load bearing wall (between the kitchen and family room) down to counter top level. That way you can look at TV, talk to your husband…visitors etc. while you work at the sink and look on into the backyard. You then would have a dining room and a breakfast nook. Maybe you mentioned taking down that wall now that I think about it. Anyway, I love to dream with you!

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    Joyce tx
    August 29, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Love the plans! Playing with layouts is fun!
    Just a few thoughts (you asked for them!):
    – like the previous idea of a half bath at the
    Utility / mud room?
    – hall closet? How about just some hooks
    In the left hall where you took out the closet?
    Not too far from the door, out of sight, and
    Here in TX you don’t need lots of cold wear
    – maybe a pocket door from the garage to the
    Kitchen where the door is now… I’m thinking
    Ease of getting into the house with groceries , etc.
    – for that long entry wall, a gallery would be
    Nice or shallow shelves for a walk-through
    Keep us posted! Looking forward to seeing your dreams!

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    Jenn Y.
    August 29, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Our house has a similar long hallway leading to our living/family room, but the doorways are all clustered into a central location in a rotunda. When I first saw the plan, I thought the rotunda was the dumbest thing ever, but it really does break up the space nicely. It’s possible something like this might work for you if you were to move the openings of the kitchen and formal living closer together. Here is a link to the builder’s website with floorplans and a virtual tour that might help you visulize it in your space. http://www.taylormorrison.com/new-homes/texas/houston/fulshear/churchill-farms-50s-villa-series-community/pinehurst-plan#floorplans … Your blog is the first is check every morning, thank you for letting us dream right along with you. I can’t wait to see you do next!

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    August 29, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I like your plans. You will think of other things as you go along, and that is ok, it might be, move this door this way and I have more wall space here, etc etc. That is always the way with remodeling. I think since you will have 2 living areas, you could butt into the formal living just a bit for a hall closet. Some built-in bookcases, etc. could fill the rest of the wall space. It could almost be like a library. Just a thought. This house is going to be great once you have finished it!

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    August 29, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I’ve no clue at all about home reconstruction, but if it were possible, I’d love to see that front porch do some kind of “wrap around” to the new living room and kitchen, with access (French doors, maybe?) to it from each, creating a ‘deck’ area to enjoy out there.

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    August 29, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I LOVE the future floor plan! I’m so excited to see your plans, dreaming/planning/designing can be so much fun, can’t it? You are doing more than I anticipated you would do but I think you & your house needs it to make it work for you & your hubby. You are definitely breathing new life into this house. I’m envy the long entry but I agree with Kim K – treat it like a gallery, it will be awesome! And don’t sweat the “no coat closet” in that area, you’ll just think of a more creative to give you that storage. Keep up the good work!

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    August 29, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    The half bath in the mudroom/ utility room area is a must. You will be surprised at how much you use it. I would also create a ‘landing zone’ in the entry by the front door. Hooks, a nice mirror, a little bench would be a charming and easy place for guests (and you) to hang your coats and purses. It will also break up the long space and make it 2 spaces instead of one long one.
    One thing to think about: Since the master bath and closet will be an add on, I would make the closet the same length as the bathroom. It may seem excessive, but when you can avoid adding corners to the outside of a house you save money. Each corner is an additional cost so you would be adding one instead of three.
    I think it’s going to be great. You have such terrific ideas!

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    Genelle McDaniel
    August 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Why can’t the original hall closet serve as a coat closet? And Kiran is so right about squaring off the corner of the new addition for master bath and closet. It will save you money. I probably break up that super long hallway by not putting a wall to separate the living from the entrance. I know, I prefer a separate entrance also, but if you leave that wall out, that way the hallway doesn’t start until you get past the living room. The only other suggestion I have is to make every door in the house 36″ doors, including the bathroom doors. Even though my husband and I are not in a wheelchair now, we are planning to retire in our current home and will be enlarging all the doorways to accommodate our old age. It seemed a little ridiculous to have both a den and a sunroom. You are fixing that so well. A large kitchen is much more important than having 3 living areas. I love what you are planning with that kitchen. You will eventually make your home a gem. Thanks for sharing the journey with us.

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    August 29, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I am having a great time following the transformation of your new home. I’m getting excited with you and look forward to new post to see what is going on. I know you will get it all figured out and it will be wonderful!

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    August 29, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Kristi, I just want you to know I LOVE your blog. It’s my absolute favorite. I look forward to your posts daily!!!

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    Susan M.
    August 29, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    So darned exciting! I would definitely consider the addition of a powder room as suggested as well as the wider door openings.

    I lived in a new build with a “grand foyer” such as yours and I plunked a 42 or 44″ round table in the middle covered in a luscious fabric trimmed in bouillon fringe, added a centerpiece and accessorized the table. It deflected the bowling alley effect, gave me a space for seasonal decorating and received gracious comments each time someone entered the front door. Plus I always had an extra table on hand that came in handy during large parties.

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    Barbara H.
    August 29, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Lots of great suggestions already – my first thought about the wide long hallway was also to use it as a library. I like the idea of an eating space where you were going to put the sink and though I really like the new configuration of mudroom and utility room I also thought it was a long way to go with groceries, etc. Have access both ways, keeping the door from the garage into the house. Great point made above about extending the bathroom and closet so there is only one corner on the outside instead of two. More storage is better than not enough. So glad Matt strongly suggested you take some time off to rest. It also gives that great brain of yours time to digest and spew for new, better ideas. Great job!

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    August 29, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    How about a half wall? The living room would still be formal but with a half wall at the living room then the long hallway would not be so “dreary” and cut off. You can do so many things with a half wall too. Like putting a nice bench with under storage on one side. Great if you take out a hall closet. It opens it up, especially when you have company pouring in for occasions and holidays. It also invites people to pop their coats on a coat rack and join the guests. You’d still be able to have your private entry as well if you only do the half wall on the other side of the living room entry way.

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    August 29, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I am beyond impressed with your reworked floorplan! The flow is perfect and the size of the kitchen – I’m dying! As for the long hallway – work that bad boy like you built the house around it! How about lining the whole left side with built-in bookshelves. Maybe even the kind that go over the doorway?! With lights on top that shine on the books – OOH and one of those rolly ladders – I can’t even – I just – *sigh*

    Bookshelf links:

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    August 29, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    My thoughts (since you asked us!)…. I would keep a door from the garage to the kitchen, unless the mud room will also be a kitchen pantry with a “landing” spot for groceries. I understand about the master bath & closet saving money if they are the same size, but I see that area as your private garden, with a door instead of a window in the bathroom. I’ve always wanted a private garden area too! Have you considered half walls to separate the living room from the entry hall? That might make the entry seem not as long. Maybe with built in shelves on one side. Just a thought. And, wrapping the front porch around to the kitchen sounds like a great idea! Of course, it’s easy to think these things when it’s not my money! 🙂

    I’m so excited to follow your progress. I’ve always loved older houses and wanted to get a “fixer upper” in the past, but I’ve come to realize that my husband and I don’t have the same vision when it comes to remodeling. And I was never brave enough to tackle a big project on my own. Of course, when I was younger, there wasn’t any blogs to encourage me. 😀

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    Julie B
    August 29, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Hi Kristi,

    Before you refinish all your floors….can you make your doorways wider? 36″ for Matt ….and the ease of moving furniture. Are you planning for Universal design? We had to quickly make a bathroom wheelchair/walker accessible…and it was a pain. If I was remodeling or building, I would do everything w/ Universal design (ADA) in mind.

    Great potential!! I can’t wait to see what you accomplish! Exciting times for you and your husband.

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    August 29, 2013 at 4:44 pm


    Don’t you think that mid-century door into the storeroom is the original front door to the house? Your current front door looks a like standard-issue replacement to me.

    Great work on the plan. Living in Texas as well, I’m concerned about that big crack in the den/original breezeway. Is it just that the concrete there was laid thin as it was an outdoor space? Will you have to address the crack?

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    August 29, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    I love everyone’s ideas! I’m kinda partial to a long hallway, I’ve always wanted one to showcase artwork, and the idea of a hallway-library is awesome too. Whatever you decide to do, I know you will make it look great!

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    Donna Allgaier-Lamberti
    August 29, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Did I understand correctly that you want to let go of the sunroom? From May through October, (we live in snowy Michigan) my husband and I use our sunroom/screened in porch more than any other room in the house. We eat our meals there, entertain guests there, enjoy the birds and wildlife there and sit and read at night in our sunroom/sunporch. Our 5-acre property, with lots of grass/trees/shrubs is a bit like yours. Personally I’d give up a dining room, bedroom, basement and just about anything else to keep my sunroom/sunporch. You have a spectacular piece of land and keeping a sunroom/porch will really let you and Matt (who is wheelchair bound) really visually enjoy that majestic property and give you a reason to landscape it. I understand right now you are focusing on the renovation of the house (your first priority) but at some point that will be done and your focus will move outdoors to your yard. Why go through the work of mowing, landscaping, planting if you are not going to be able to see and enjoy it?

    Small House / Big Sky Donna

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    August 29, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    It does seem like a really long hallway, for sure, but you could make it a photo/art gallery and maybe even have a few niches (not sure of the spelling and too lazy to look it up) for pieces of artwork. Another thought is move the hall bathroom entrance to the long hallway, take out the second closet in that foyer area and make that little area a library. If it would be possible to put a half bathroom in your mudroom you would probably appreciate the convenience when you’re in the garage working on projects. All in all, it’s a beautiful plan and I’m sure all the ‘odds and ends’ will come together as you go room by room fixing it up. Glad to hear you took the day off. Its probably a practice you should adhere to every couple of weeks.

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    August 29, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Have you considered opening up the main entrance into the kitchen from the entryway/hallway? That will give that space a much more open feel and also open up the floor plan as a whole. I don’t know if that wall is a load bearing wall but from the updated floor plan it looks like you are moving that wall anyways. Just a thought. You may want the kitchen to be more open to the home as a whole for more entertaining!

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    August 29, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    I love both the floor plans, but the revised one is my favorite. The eat in space in the kitchen would be my favorite space. The biggest suggestion I would offer would be to flip the family room and dining room. When setting or cleaning up you would be walking through the family room with clean/dirty dishes. I would also have a half wall (maybe a bit taller so when entertaining you and the guests aren’t separated.

    As far a the living room goes I would utilize a half wall with pillars going to the ceiling- clearly separating the hallway and living room.

    You are inspiring me to make my home my own and expanding my thoughts and what I thought my skills were.

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      Debra B Chavous
      August 29, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      I agree with switching the family room and dining room. Much easier to have the dining room next to the kitchen. Also you will use the more often not just for holidays. I also would consider removing one of the kitchen walls, if possible, to make it a true OPEN plan. If you need the cabinets, at least make the doorways as large as possible or the 1/2 wall idea.
      I look for your posts everyday. You are my hero!!!! haha I am always planning projects. My friends think I am nuts. You have given me the courage to “just do it” for myself.
      Keep your great ideas coming.

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    Michelle @ Sweetsuite10
    August 29, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Two quick questions – is there any need for that much space in the hallway between all the bedrooms? Could you move the wall back to be in line with the one between the hall bath and master? It seems to me to be wasted space – there are too many doors for it to contain furniture. If you moved the wall you’d get some added floor space in the master.
    Secondly – I’d reverse the placement of the utility room and half bath. As it is now in order for the half bath to be used by anyone in the house they’d have to walk though the utility room and the mudroom – if you made the mud room bridge the kitchen and the garage, and the powder room on the left side if could be used easily by people inside and out.
    If the mudroom bridged the kitchen and garage you could remove the door from the garage to the kitchen freeing up wall space for storage in both areas. You could then add cabinets and a sink in the mudroom – and also put your washer and dryer in there. And if you added some windows to the back wall the room could be a nice place to do chores (have the utility room just be furnace, water heater, electrical – all the stuff you want tucked away and hidden, and then it probably wouldn’t need to be so big).

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    Pam from Michigan
    August 29, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    I love how you changed the plan to reflect all of the ideas. Especially love the French doors opening onto the porch from the kitchen eat in area… I am not sure about flipping the two areas of the family room/dining room…you will be looking at the TV and family way more often than entertaining in the dining room. That is a big room at 31′ long….should be able to get both areas in with some creative meshing of the two functions. Finally, that 1/2 bath will be so priceless, especially coming in from working in the yard!! I would be cautious about leaving a doorway directly into the kitchen from the garage…not eco healthy…There have been studies done about houses with attached garages having a higher amount of toxins in the air, because of the “direct shot” access from the garage fumes into the house….also, if you are going to be refinishing stuff out there, even more fumes. I would seal that door off, giving you more wall space for cupboards etc. It is not that far around the corner and through the mudroom to bring in your groceries. The mudroom will be a great buffer to keep the fumes out too!
    Which of the ideas do you like and which not so much??

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    Jody Pitman
    August 30, 2013 at 12:06 am

    First, I love the wrap-a-round porch, consider french doors from kitchen and living room. I am also curious about the wasted space at entry to bedrooms, moving the wall to line up with hall bath will enlarge master and your office. Second, like idea of reversing utility room and bath. One more thing, consider running master bath and closet side by side with closet on inside with out a window. I love reading your blog and seeing the pictures, good luck!

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    Pam from Michigan
    August 30, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Just read Michelle’s post right after mine and I definitely like her idea about switching the 1/2 bath. You should keep all plumbing as close together as possible to keep costs down. (Which is another good reason to keep the sink where it is) How would it work to have half bath, utility and then mudroom. Actually the mudroom and utility can be all one. Mine is like that and I love it. It also would be nice to open up that corner in your master bedroom. But, moving all of these walls can become very costly. You will have to weigh cost vs the floor space gained. Nighty night.

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      Pam from Michigan
      August 30, 2013 at 12:18 am

      Oop! Just realized your idea of utility room may include furnace and water heater….that may change placement….???

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    Leena Lanteigne
    August 30, 2013 at 12:40 am

    I really like the new plans! My favorites: the mudroom with access to the backyard and garage (great for dragging gardening tools outdoors without having to haul them around the side of the house); the half bath off the mudroom (for those “pee-mergencies” when you’re working or relaxing out back); the wider and longer porch perfect for Matt’s safety and navigation; the wrap around style of the porch with the French doors leading to the kitchen (wonderful way to eat outdoors and open up the kitchen area when entertaining for that indoor/outdoor feel; of couse, the master bath changes (I always think that the master bath should be roomy with a large soaking tub and large walk-in closet). The only area I’m not real keen about is the combined dining/family room and their placements. Seems that the dining room should be the side closest to the kitchen and I don’t know how I feel about it sharing space with the family room. Do you have a large family or group of friends that you plan on entertaining that would require a formal dining room? We all want them but rarely use them if there is eating space in the kitchen, which you have planned for. Perhaps there is a way to combine the kitchen and family room into one large great room and then have your dining room more separated. I’d have to study and ponder that one a bit to see if it would be possible. It may also be a way to solve your long hallway to the family room that you mentioned.
    And hey! Why can’t you have a private patio off the master bath for lounging and having morning coffee? A coffee bar in the master is quite popular these days and the little patio would be a sweet private area for just you and Matt. I think that all couples should have some special spot like that to call their own, even within their own home! Of course, i’m biased having my daughter and two grand babes living with us. There is no privacy here. I can’t even go to the bathroom without an audience! LOL! Still, I think it’s a cool idea.
    Enjoying this process so much! It’s like reading a new chapter of a favorite book every day! Hugs, Leena

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    August 30, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Hello fellow Texan! Love the big wrap around porch! Do you really need a formal living room? If not, maybe use that space as your breakfast nook instead by removing the wall between it and the kitchen. Then, move the French doors to the breakfast nook so that you can have a pass-thru between the nook and porch. You wouldn’t lose any cabinet space with a wall where the doors are now. It would also give you more space in the kitchen for a walk-in pantry! Also, to cut down on the galley feeling in the hallway, open the kitchen entrance up a bit. I look forward to seeing the transformation!

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    Genelle McDaniel
    August 30, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Love, love, love your newest design. That kitchen eating area with french doors opening onto faux wrap around porch will be enjoyed tremendously. Also the bigger porch will offer a wealth of opportunities for decorating outside.

    And you’ll need that half bath in the mud room so much since you’ll spend a major portion of your time in that garage working on projects.

    So happy for your visions and dreams.

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    Diane Mansil
    August 30, 2013 at 10:11 am

    What a lovely, huge space. My suggestions:
    The long hallway – remove the wall between the hallway and kitchen and incorporate that end of the ‘hallway’ into the kitchen. Add a desk and cubbies or cabinets for cookbooks and ‘formal’ china, which would then be closer to the dining room ‘out back’ there. You’ll have the biggest, coolest, most open kitchen ever.

    Entry closet – you can add a small closet behind the door. It would be used 90% of the time by others, not you two, so the only coats in there most of the time would be visitors, so it doesn’t need to be enormous.

    Master bathroom/dream walk-out area: I like the added space with the walk-in closet and no extra corners as suggested, squaring up that end of the house. Add a door to the outside and instead of adding to the house at this point, add a patio with a pergola for shade/privacy, put in your dream fountain and seating area, and if you want to ‘go back to nature’, fence it in s nobody can see, plant vines and shrubs for color, put in some pretty blooming things and make it an oasis or your secret garden.

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    August 30, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I like your plans. My thought would be to make the current living room the dining room, open Matt’s game room to be the new living room and have his game room be at the back of the house by the family room.

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    August 30, 2013 at 11:12 am

    That front porch with the french doors off the kitchen is amazing and will turn the front of your home into a showstopper and a space you will use so much! I can see that porch decorated with your touch and some beautiful furniture…..what a great/usable/beautiful space it will be! I also love the change with the squared off master suite, the door from the garage to the kitchen, and the additional half bath in the mud room (all good changes). The new position for the kitchen sink is also brilliant! I am so excited to watch as you turn this house into a home. You are one very talented lady! Thank you for taking us along on your journey!

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    August 30, 2013 at 11:18 am

    I just noticed something. If you wanted to make the hall bathroom a little more spacious you could steal a little space from the area in the master bedroom where you removed the closet. Just move the wall over a tad <—–said as if that would be easy and inexpensive to do! 🙂 However, you probably already have some fun ideas for the space in your master bedroom. I can see lots of possibilities for that area! It's fun dreaming with you. Can't wait to see what you do!

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    Marie Claire
    August 30, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I’m a former interior designer who worked mainly in the spaceplanning and construction (vs. decorating) end of things. I’d be willing to do some free-hand planning sketches for you (for free ’cause I’m a big fan of your blog.) My planning software isn’t up-do-date, so if you want to mail me a scaled drawing, I could send you back some sketches. You’d then need a structural engineer to look over everything, and perhaps even an architect. Your ideas are good, but the layout could all be a bit more efficient.

    Email me if you want my help.

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    Gilmer Gal
    August 30, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Where’s your future fireplace going to be?

    I’m not with most regarding the entry. I love a wide entry. It can make a really inviting walk into the home. I’m glad you didn’t make it standard skinny with that nice new plan! Here’s a wide hall out of architectural digest

    You could also put some kind of “header” about halfway down the hall. I had one in my old Victorian and it was wonderful and open.

    Also, think storage! I have a pretty large home and it has zero decent storage. Everything goes in the attic, to be lonely and forgotten…and hot.

    Glad you took a day off. But you’ll never stop dreaming about what you are going to do, no matter how hard you try! This is so exciting and I am HAPPY FOR YOU!

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    Jessica Sala
    August 30, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Think you should totally keep the sunporch!

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    August 30, 2013 at 11:43 am

    For the entry area, with your skills I think you could create and build a wonderful Hall Tree with storage bench for sitting on to put on shoes or boots, hooks for hanging coats, purses, hats etc. and mirror to make sure you look great!

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    peggy pasicznyk
    August 30, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Just wondering why you don’t flip flop Family Room with Dining Room – It seems like you will be taking a lot of steps to get to your DR – and carrying food? Love your blog – first one I look at everyday to see what is new. So excited for you!!

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    August 30, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I don’t really understand the idea of having french doors from your kitchen to the front porch. It seems like a safety risk (much easier to break-in from), and it would definitely decrease the efficiency of your house (goodbye AC, hello utility bill). It would also take away from the actual front door; if someone doesn’t know your house they might think those french doors are the front door and go knocking there instead. I suppose you could make an outdoor dining area by the french doors (and justify their existence) but maybe it’s just me but I wouldn’t want to sit on my front porch to eat. I’d much rather go to the privacy of my backyard.

    As for the long hallway, I liked someone’s suggestion for a rotunda but I thought that maybe walls to the living room (and maybe the kitchen) could be see-through shelves. That would open it up and make the long hallway seem not as long.

    About that door to the garage from the kitchen, I saw a thing on pinterest where they made a garbage and a recycling shoot to the actual trash cans in the garage so that the kitchen didn’t have any trash sitting there. Might not be the best in your situation since it might be hard to access from a wheelchair. http://fabuloushomeblog.com/2012/12/05/yes-trash-and-recycling-chutes-to-the-garage-out-of-site-trash-awesome/

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    August 30, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I’m confused… how will you keep the kitchen floors? If you are combining the kitchen w/ the now dining room, aren’t they different floors? I love what you did with the front porch!! ALL about wrap around porches. 🙂 I also agree that you should keep the dining room (in the now sunroom) closest to the kitchen…. not the switch you made. It would be too far away and look awkward. What is your timeline on these MAJOR changes… months… years?? I just can’t wait!!

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    Vicki McIver
    August 30, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I would move the dining room to the front of the house and the living room to the back…just exchange the two spaces. Our dining room is in the front and separate from all the noise (i.e. children of quests that would like to watch tv or video while the the adults lingered over coffee. A living room away from the general living areas are just never used as much plus dining areas in high traffic living areas just tend to become catchalls. An archway to the dining area would look real pretty just inside your entry way.

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    August 31, 2013 at 7:40 am

    This house has an incredible amount of square footage already so adding more square footage doesn’t really seem to make financial sense…to me. You could easily work within the existing footprint of the home and still create the spaces you hope to accomplish (and save a ton of cash in the process). If this were me, I would convert the existing master bathroom into a master closet that Matt could easily access. Leave the existing master closet in place (for you) but place a door between them and carve a new master bathroom out of the sun room. A 12×10 master bathroom would be more than generous and would leave a good size sun room you could still enjoy. I wouldn’t bother to “finish” the rest of the sun room but instead use it as it was intended. Open the kitchen up to the den but leave the dining room and living room where they already are. Your wallet will thank you later.

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