here are a few quick notes about the plan
· I really liked the idea of the porch stretching across the full width of the house; partly for aesthetics and also as it could be incorporated into the roof for structural continuity. I felt I could refine the overall floor plan to reduce square footage to save cost, so the porch might be affordable.
· My plan is 52’ wide x 49’ deep (my goal was 48’ deep) I believe my plan has everything on your wish list in a slightly more compact but more efficient footprint.
· Even within the 52x49 footprint I eroded a couple edges. The final total of the enclosed plan of “conditioned space” is about 2,535 square feet. Which is about 170 sf under the 52x52 total of 2,704. Assuming psf cost of $150 construction that’s over $25,000 savings.
Some specifics about the plan:
· I wanted to provide a center entry with a proper entry hall.
· I tried to keep the “core” elements in the center and tightly arranged to save sf. The pantry is closer to kitchen, and the bath, storage and laundry share a vestibule. Space to limit number of doors into main room.
· Placed the exercise so it has a window and access directly to master bath, then placed sauna in exercise room.
· Placed the master bedroom at the rear so it has views to yard, and small covered porch
· Placed office on opposite side which opens to deck.
· Kitchen is slightly narrower, but now not a dead end and more efficient for cooking. I placed a 5’ wide counter near the garage door for the ref drawers, plus this area can catch “clutter” so the open part of the kitchen will be easier to keep tidy.
· I tend to develop strongly axial plans as you can probably see. I think they make a space appear larger by drawing the eye through and out to a view or other interior space. I did align the bath with a center axis as I imagined an attractive vessel tub there, but I had prepared an alternate plan with a slightly modified bath layout the was more discreet.
· One of the nice things about this plan, is the master bath/closet area is separate from the bedroom. One spouse can rise early and get ready/leave without every disturbing a sleeping spouse.
· I showed columns sort of defining the living area but they are really not essential, though I like the way they organize the space.
The plan makes the dining area slightly more defined as a space