Floor Plan Week continues with the first floor.
How did we get from this...
|Original plans found here|
We reversed the plans to better fit our lot.
We added a mudroom. Our first house lacked any area to place your coats/shoes when walking in the door. We stored our shoes in the pantry. That's sick. We knew a mudroom was a must-have! Especially with our lovely Iowa winters.
After much debate, we added an office. We had originally planned to use the dining space as an office but changed our minds because:
- Other homes in our price range have dining rooms and although we plan on living here forever, we didn't want to do something to hurt the resale of the home.
- Adding square footage increases the building cost but also increases the value of a home. We had to look very hard at our budget when making this decision.
- Offices are usually messy (at least ours is) and that would be the first thing you see when you walk in the door.
- I fell in love with an office in a Parade Home. It had a double sided fireplace and it was perfect and cozy and I needed one just like it! Enough said.
We added a pantry inside a support column to increase storage space.
Most everything else stayed the same! That's why we chose this plan as our inspiration...and the circular staircase and 2 story living room had me drooling all over my keyboard. Seriously. It was gross.
Tomorrow we will look at the changes on the 2nd floor.