For quite some time now, I've been turning over the idea of possibly building a home instead of buying one when the time comes (and there are lots of things connected to "that time," but we won't go into those things). It all comes down to creating the kind of home that works for the way we function as a family -- the TV doesn't have a central location in our home but our computers do, we prefer to all be in the same space at the same time, and we don't want something big or fancy.
I've been sketching out imaginary house plans for a while, and I keep coming back to a house that I found in Real Simple several years ago as the basis for the house I want. Essentially, the house is a large rectangle, with most of the living spaces open to each other.
I found an online site that let me create a floor plan -- keep in mind that this is not to scale. I simply wanted an easier way to picture this house I have build in my mind.
The large green area is the garage -- that's really just a holding spot. In terms of furniture and appliances and such, most of those items in the plan are just there to hold space. I haven't fully determined what type of arrangement I'd really like to have, although I have some inpsiration photos tucked away. Here are a few of them:
This is my little game nook that I want -- do you see on the floor plan to the left of the front entrance (closet area) where there's a round circle on the plan? Yep, that's where this little spot goes.
In the living room, by the two armchairs, that's where I'll have my floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, of course. Something along the lines of this:
I'm completely in love with this bathroom -- it's what I'd like to have in the space between the girls' rooms. It would also serve as the general bathroom for guests, etc.
For the girls' rooms, I like a built-in desk area like this at the end of each room, only modified to include a large wardrobe as well:
The kitchen is still the area that's most up-in-the-air. I know that I want open shelves above the counters. The panty will be a wall of shelves in the hallway that leads to the mud room. I'm still busy gathering inspiration for those areas.
I guess the next step is contacting an architect and seeing just how much a house like this would cost.