Our house plan is something we designed for the way we live. We measured current room sizes and decided if what we had is a size we could still work with, or needed it larger or smaller. Example, one of our current three bedrooms is smaller than I would like for a guest to move about comfortably and it has a double sized iron bed in there. The new plan will have one master bedroom and two additional bedrooms that are generously sized. One of those will serve double duty as my sewing room with a Murphy bed to pull open when we have overnight guests. My sewing things will go into hiding, designed into the room, while the guests are there.
I also wanted a larger laundry room. And to make it roomier it will serve triple duty, as laundry, dog kennel (under stairs), and a corner for the exercise elliptical that has a very nice view out the double door to the pond.
We incorporated one set of stairs off the living that goes up to my husband’s office with enough room for layout tables, desk, computer, chair and bookshelves. It is very compact, but with large windows that provide lots of light and that command a view to the pond and surrounding countryside.
The other spaces were basically kept to our decently sized spaces in our current house. We did expand the living space a bit, but not much. The front door opens off a dogtrot style covered porch. Entrance to the garage is across from the house entry front door and the porch wraps on around to the back of the garage and looks out towards the pond.
The overall style of the house is the merger of several of our favorite styles: Craftsman, regional Dogtrot, Farmhouse, and Ranch were the favorites. We just took several key features and tried to incorporate some of each. We are using Craftsman style doors and windows; the porch entry is a nod to Dogtrot style (the house one side of the porch walkway and the garage entry on the other); inner stairs and an upper dormer window of the office is our token Farmhouse feature rather than a whole second floor we don’t need, and the stretched out Ranch style to fit our 26 acre site and catch surrounding views. The foundation was about a 4,000 sq ft pour, so you can see we really stretched it. Inside will be furnishings that will marry all the styles together. So many wonderful features, it was fun to incorporate as many as we could.