In my last post I shared what our house looked like when we bought it, but that’s all about to change. Well, it currently IS changing (yay!) So lets take a look at what’s next to come…
The proposed back of the house will eventually look like this. Well, sort of. I’ve already made about 6 changes I can see right here, but…yea…you get the general idea. The addition is just under 1,000sf for both floors and will flow nicely just off the back of the house. What you’re looking at here is what will be seen standing just in front of the garage looking back. The door will lead into a mudroom (so key with kids). The large window to the left on the first floor will have a porch/den room behind it (more on that later). Upstairs will be the master bedroom on the right leading out to a patio. Behind the patio is the master bathroom and a walk-in closet.
To give you a better idea, this is what the existing interior of the house looks like. Please note that these are architectural drawings, so I removed about 1,000 tiny lines and numbers to make them more read-able on a screen, but I got a little lazy at the end…
The first floor should end up looking something like this! Again there are a few changes, but I’ll get into those as they appear in real life. The existing exterior wall is along the staircase and runs through the middle of the kitchen. The kitchen will about double in size (yay!) and the mudroom, porch/den and half bath will all be new.
The weird wall sticking out into the kitchen (on your right if you come in from the entry way) is an existing chimney that we’re not removing. We will, however, expose the brick and make it a feature. I have zero idea what we’ll do with it so I’m open to suggestions!
The kitchen will also have an island and next to the fridge (not shown) will be two wall ovens. There will also be an additional window added between the sink and the stove. Three cheers for an island that I’ve waited for my whole life (yayyyy!) and a long countertop along the other side – which will absolutely get used – and hellooooo marble!
The porch/den room is complicated and requires it’s own post so I won’t say much here except that it’s probably going to be a major focal-point of the house (a conversation starter, if nothing else). I’m also pretty sure our builder is more excited about it than I am. Ha! (But if he says one more time to me, “I’m so excited about that, I’ve never done it before!!” I’m going to wet my pants.)
As you can see, we’ll be adding yet another teeny tiny half bath. Our last one was such a success that we had to do it again. This time around it will be a little bigger, but not much. As we learned with Hill Street, you don’t need to waste much square footage in that room. I’m open to fun wallpaper suggestions here – I want to continue my theme of crazy wallpaper in tiny bathrooms, but I haven’t found one I love yet!
And finally the mudroom. I can’t express my excitement for moving the laundry out of the basement. We brainstormed about a million different ways to do it on Hill Street, but it just wasn’t possible, so I was determined to make it happen here. Not shown will be a walk-in pantry and I’m pretty sure I’ve logged more hours space planning that room than any other. 🙂
Since finalizing these drawings, I’ve made very few changes on the second floor – much to my builders happiness, I’m sure. I did enlarge the two windows in the master and made the one between our sinks smaller. But that’s about it. Currently Ian and I are picking out finishes for the bathroom and it’s making me SUPER excited to have my own bathroom again. (How the family of 4 before us, with two pre-teen sons, lived with just one bathroom I will NEVER know.) Oddly, the bathroom, walk-in closet and bedroom are each the exact same square footage (and shape!) as they were on Hill Street – just a different layout. So weird!
I’m mostly excited about the private balcony, and I’m pretty sure Ian agrees. This is a ‘dream house’ item and one of the first things we said was a must have when planning our addition. It’s changed shape and location a few times, but it managed to stay off the chopping block while we made adjustments for budget, timeline and design. Yay for sunny Saturday mornings sipping coffee on our balcony. You know, in ten years when our kids won’t need constant supervision…
So there you have it – our plans. We’re pretty confident that this addition will make the Orchard house our forever home. At least for now. But if how many times we’ve made changes to these drawings is any indication as to how many times we’ll change our minds about moving or not…we’ll be for sale in a year!
Anyway, stay tuned, in my next post I’ll be sharing a blast from the past that has come back to torture me yet again…