The other day, I shared with y’all my new decorating strategy for 2015. My goal by the end of next year is to have the breakfast room and living room completely finished, and then to have every other room in my house looking presentable…not perfect, not finished according to my final plan, but presentable. I’m hoping that by the end of next year, there won’t be one single room in my house that makes me cringe when guests enter. I’m calling this plan Mission: M.I.P. (make it presentable). Be forewarned…you’ll (hopefully) be seeing that quite a bit next year.
So I’ve been thinking through my goals for each room. In doing so, I’ve taken another look at the floor plan of the house, and tried to come up with the perfect, final plan. I thought that was important to do because if, in the future, a room is going to be completely torn down and rebuilt (the sunroom), completely moved (the master bedroom), etc., then that will determine just how much money, time, and effort I’m willing to put into it right now. So I needed to know where I’m heading — the final goal — in order to now what my immediate plans are for each room.
And I think I’ve finally come up with the perfect plan! I’m very excited about this one because it seems to have better flow than any other plan I came up with in the past. Here’s the current house floor plan…
And here’s the final plan that I came up with…
Here are the changes:
- The current master bedroom closet will eventually become a hallway that extends into what is now the sunroom, and will continue to wrap around the current hallway bathroom.
- The current master bedroom will become the master bathroom. The reason I made this switch is because of windows. Our bedroom currently has two windows, but when we add on, one of those windows will have to be removed. That leaves one lone window in the bedroom. I like a bedroom with a lot of natural light since we don’t use an alarm clock and literally rise with the sun each morning. I love being awakened by the sun, so I like a room with lots of windows. And if we’re adding on anyway, then we may as well make the switch if it makes more sense.That size — 14.5′ x 12.5′ — seems pretty big for a master bathroom, so it will probably also include walk-in closets, and I might even carve out some space from that room for a hallway linen closet.
- That puts the master bedroom in the back corner of the house, which means more windows and more light. I also like that we’ll have windows not only to the side of the house, but we’ll also have windows (or perhaps French doors) to the back yard as well.
- A large utility/storage room will be added beside the bedroom in the new hallway. This makes more sense to me than having the utility room on the other side of the house. It’s actually where I had originally planned to put it, but I didn’t think of the hallway idea until a couple of days ago.
- The family room will be on the right side of what’s now the sunroom, which will be torn down and completely rebuilt. And you’ll notice that I’ve decided to leave the doorway from the family room to the dining room open for better flow. It just makes more sense rather than making people walk through the kitchen to get to the dining room.
- Since I’m leaving that doorway open, it just makes no sense to have a seating area at the back side of that room. As much as I loved the idea of a fireplace and with comfy seating around it, I just had to make a decision between the seating area and a door since a seating area would interfere with the traffic pattern. (Remember…a wheelchair-bound person lives here, so traffic patterns in this house require even more room than at most houses.) And really, how many seating areas does a house need? I already have a front living room, and I’ll eventually have a cozy family room at the back of the house. Do I really need more seating areas?
- I finished my kitchen two months ago, and I’ve cooked almost every single meal we’ve eaten since then. I spend a lot of time in my kitchen. In that time, I’ve realized that I really do want a pantry. It doesn’t have to be a fancy butler’s pantry like I once talked about. It just needs to be a functional pantry with a door that closes (preferably a pocket door) so that I can store extra non-perishables, my china that didn’t fit into the glass-front cabinets in the kitchen, larger appliances that we don’t use every day (Champion juicer, hydraulic juice press, food dehydrator, etc. And since I foresee us doing the Paleo diet for the rest of our lives, I’d also like to put a deep freezer in there so that we can buy meat in bulk, and so that I can also learn how to do bulk/freezer cooking so that perhaps I can spend less time in the kitchen during the week.All of that to say that I’ll be carving out a large area at the back of the current breakfast room to make a walk-in pantry for those things.
- I’m now officially calling the breakfast room the dining room. The whole reason I didn’t call it a dining room in the past is because I planned to close up the doorway from that room to the sunroom (future family room), making the only access to the breakfast room through the kitchen. That’s a very strange arrangement for a dining room, so the term “breakfast room” seemed more appropriate. But it did always seem strange to me that my breakfast room was the second largest room in the entire house, second only to the massive sunroom. The breakfast room felt a bit cavernous (about 22 feet long!), and also a bit overwhelming when it came to coming up with a decorating plan. This new, smaller, more manageable size is just perfect, and I can already picture it completely decorated. And since it will now be accessible via the kitchen and the sunroom (family room), it’s officially a dining room. It is still very unconventional to have a doorway leading into the garage right smack dab in a dining room, but I’m okay with it. Things can’t always be 100% perfect when you’re retrofitting an old house to meet current needs. It’s a small quirk that I can totally live with.
- That leaves a little nook at the back of the room, right beside the pantry, where I’ll be keeping one window. I’m thinking about replacing that tall window with the shorter window that’s currently in the hallway bathroom (which we don’t need in the bathroom anymore), and turning that nook into a drink station. I’d love to have a little sink, an ice maker, a small refrigerator for drinks, and our coffee maker over there. It seems like the perfect place for that stuff since it’s easily accessible from the kitchen, the dining room, and the family room.
Phew! That’s a ton of info! 😀
I feel like this plan may need a few minor tweaks, but this overall plan is the one that will stick. Of all the plans I’ve come up with (and there have been many!!), this one seems to meet all of our practical needs, puts less emphasis on things I don’t need (like a butler’s pantry and yet another seating area), and has better flow from one space to another. I think it’s a winner!
And with that, I’m officially signing off until the new year. I hope your holidays are filled with family, friends, fun, and laughter. I’ll see you back here in 2015! 🙂