I do know a few of you’re most likely getting bored with my ground plans by now, however I’m having enjoyable mulling over concepts that I give you and concepts that a few of you’ve gotten given me. And I simply love ground plans anyway. Till we purchased this home, considered one of my favourite previous instances was to go to a type of web sites that has 1000’s of ground plans obtainable and simply search and look and plan and dream. I may spend a whole day ground plans and by no means get bored.
Quickly after we purchased our home in 2013, I used a free on-line floorplan creator referred to as Floorplanner to make a ground plan of our home. As soon as I created the unique ground plan, I simply used my trusty picture modifying software program (this is the one I use) to make edits. After years and years of creating edits to the identical ground plan, the plan had turn into distorted and out of scale. So now that I’m eager to check out totally different concepts earlier than assembly with the architect about our upcoming addition, I made a decision I wish to begin with a recent, new, and to-scale ground plan.
So I headed again to Floorplanner solely to search out that I couldn’t make modifications to my ground plan at no cost. It required that I buy credit to make modifications, and I’m not fascinated by that. I knew there needed to be one other free different, so I went on the hunt. I attempted a number of that I wasn’t happy with in any respect, however then I discovered SmartDraw. (No, this isn’t sponsored. I actually did simply occur upon it.) It’s solely free for a seven day trial, however that’s loads of time for me to create a ground plan! And it doesn’t require any bank card info to make use of it throughout that seven day trial.
I discovered it to be fairly simple to make use of, and whereas I want it had extra choices to “furnish” the rooms (for instance, there are not any choices in any respect for train gear, and the choices for widespread rooms like bedrooms and residing rooms appeared fairly minimal), I had enjoyable utilizing what they’ve obtainable. Try the ground plan I made…
Isn’t that enjoyable?! In fact, my foremost objective was to mock up our addition in order that it’s just about to scale in order that I may add furnishings and get a significantly better thought of what I’m working with. And as soon as I had a extra correct image of it, with extra correct measurements, I had a significantly better understanding of what was doable with the house obtainable.
I like seeing a ground plan displaying the furnishings structure! You’ll be able to see that I put a eating desk within the entrance front room simply to check out that concept. And in addition, since my plan of placing a eating room space within the new household room didn’t pan out, I added a storage closet and a laundry room again into that house.
I appeared over each concept that y’all despatched me about laundry rooms, laundry closets, hidden washers and dryers in customized cupboards, and so forth. So a lot of these concepts had been wonderful, and I thought-about so a lot of them and tried incorporating them into the ground plan. However in the long run, I went again to having a devoted laundry room. That is our ultimate home, which is why we’re keen to spend as a lot as wanted (nicely, inside motive) to customise it for our particular wants and desires. And the actual fact is that I’ve by no means had a laundry room earlier than in my life, and it’s one thing I’ve been dreaming of for a very long time. So in the long run, I made a decision I’m not keen to present that up.
After which a commenter jogged my memory that I had needed a storage closet particularly for issues like Matt’s Hoyer elevate, bathe wheelchair, and different objects like that in order that I can retailer them out of sight after they’re not in use somewhat than having them sit within the nook of a room. I can’t keep in mind who that was, however thanks!!
That utterly slipped my thoughts, and I might have been so pissed off had we constructed a whole addition, and I needed to proceed storing these issues out within the open within the nook of a room (or rooms). Proper now, Matt’s Hoyer elevate lives within the nook of the visitor bed room (the bed room we’re presently utilizing as our foremost bed room), and I can’t even let you know the variety of instances that issues spins round and hits me as I’m making an attempt to squeeze by it every day. His bathe wheelchair lives within the bathe when he’s not utilizing it, and I’d like to get that out of there. And his common wheelchair stays within the dwelling health club by his train bike when he’s not utilizing it. That simply makes vacuuming that room much more troublesome. So sure, having a storage closet for these issues is crucial, and I can’t consider I forgot about that! Having that storage closet for these objects is certainly the next precedence for me than having a eating space within the household room.
So the brand new bed room may have a storage closet in addition to a complete wall of wardrobes. I additionally added a hearth within the bed room, which Matt has all the time needed. I put home windows flanking the mattress, and French doorways out to the again yard. I had needed so as to add home windows flanking the French doorways as a result of I like all of the pure gentle I can get, however Matt mentioned it was an excessive amount of for him. And since he spends far more time within the bed room than I do, he will get the ultimate say on that.
Within the laundry room, I did an L-shaped design with the washer and dryer simply contained in the door. Sadly, stacking the washer and dryer isn’t consumer pleasant for me as a result of I’m so quick. (I measured, and whereas I might be capable of attain the controls on the stacked dryer, I wouldn’t be capable of truly see the controls. 😀 So I’d have to make use of a step stool each single time, and I’d somewhat keep away from that trouble.) I additionally put a utility sink in there. I envision higher cupboards throughout the room for additional storage.
Within the household room, I did a wall of bookshelves on the left as you enter from the music room, and on the alternative wall, a hearth. And on the again wall, I added three home windows (the identical configuration we now have within the entrance front room and the breakfast room) and French doorways main out to the again yard. And I do need these French doorways, in addition to the French doorways within the bed room, opening out as an alternative of in. My mother had new French doorways added to her breakfast room and den that each open out onto her wonderful coated patio, and I simply adore it. That approach, the swing of the doorways doesn’t intervene with furnishings placement contained in the rooms.
In all probability the principle change I made is that as an alternative of getting the doorway to the bed room nearer to the wall of wardrobes, I’ve moved it to the far exterior wall. I did that for a number of causes. First, I like that it makes the bed room really feel extra separated from the “public” areas of the home. Additionally, I like that it opens up that exterior wall and permits for another window to usher in extra pure gentle. And at last, the location of the laundry room near the again exterior wall of the home is smart to me in order that on these days after I’m working outdoors and making a whole mess of myself, I can come within the again door, go on to the laundry room and drop off work garments, earlier than heading into the bed room.
So I believe I’ve the ground plan found out, and I sit up for assembly with the architect to see what he thinks, or if he has any higher concepts.
However as a result of I like ground plans a lot, listed here are a number of shut ups of the ground plan for the opposite areas of the home. I simply love these! 😀
Right here’s a more in-depth take a look at the entire main bedroom, plus the laundry room and the hallway lavatory. The massive, clean space within the grasp lavatory is the bathe. I couldn’t discover a good technique to designate that space because the bathe utilizing their instruments.
That is what I might name the principle public hall via the home, from the entrance door, via the (future) eating room, music room, kitchen, household room, and out the again doorways to the again yard.
These are all the areas off of the hallway — the hallway lavatory, visitor bed room, and residential health club. Proper now, the one technique to entry the grasp lavatory is thru the house health club. It’s an ungainly ground plan proper now, however as soon as the addition is constructed, it’ll all come collectively and make extra sense. However even after the addition is constructed, I plan to maintain the doorway between the toilet and the house health club. It simply is smart to me to have these rooms accessible to one another.
On this ground plan, I didn’t embody a passthrough from the kitchen to the household room. I’m nonetheless mulling over that concept, so I made a decision to depart it off for now.
And at last, right here’s my studio, studio lavatory, storage closet, and again studio entry, which is all accessible via the breakfast room. The carport with the very good wheelchair ramp sits behind the studio via these French doorways, however I didn’t put it on the ground plan.
And right here’s another take a look at the entire ground plan with the addition…
I can’t wait to get began on this addition! It’s going to be a dream to have such a big bed room, a devoted laundry/utility room, and a pleasant, open household room. However for now, I can simply stare at my new ground plan and dream.
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