So after a nearly two year search, three failed offers, and one frightening home inspection your boyfriend has finally found the perfect house. The offer is accepted, the inspection goes smoothly.
How do you celebrate?
A. Call Friends and Family to share the big news
B. Pop Some Bubbly
C. Buy new Modern House numbers (because the current ones are painted on ghetto style)
D. Measure the whole house and draw up existing conditions
E. Go out to your favorite restaurant
The answer is D of course!!! The first step to having a beautifully designed house is to have a floor plan.
And I cannot get excited over a house until I have a plan in hand.
Ok, that is a blatant lie. The true story is that I walked in the door, saw the 10’ ceilings, squealed “its purrrrrrfect!” and immediately started planning a future housewarming party in my head. I’m like the girl who plans her wedding before even finishing the first date. Obviously remove the word “wedding” and insert “house.” But I digress.
(Note calling family and friends and buying house numbers occurred shortly after the inspection. Champagne and Fine dining will wait until after we settle.)
Based off our first initial visit to the house and a few I-Phone photos, I drew up a poor-mans floor plan. I had John fill in the blanks when he went back for the inspection. He confirmed exact room dimensions, door and window locations, stair placement and cabinetry sizes. Don’t forget ceiling heights! (We did. Oops.)
So with information in hand, I sat down at my computer and Waaaaaa LA….Our First Floor Plan!
As you can see it is a long and narrow lot.
The kitchen design was a snap. We will be adding an island, a pantry cabinet and some narrow depth base cabinets along the right wall.
Down the road we will hopefully replace the “L” cabinetry and get ourselves a dishwasher, new range and a stainless hood. For now the 30 year old wall oven will hopefully heat the food just fine. Of course we have some decorative plans to spruce up the current space, but we will get to that later.
The Living-Dining Area has been more tricky. The space is 14’ wide by 34’9 long, but with the stairs and closets, it’s really more like 11’ wide.
I have been agonizing over my plan and cursing the fact that the house isn’t a few feet wider.
We need 3 zones: lounging/tv, Dining, and Music (ie, Tha Dance Floor!)
There will be no formality to this space. How can you be formal in a row home?
Our shit is going to be out, we are going to Live in the space, and probably leave a bit of a mess. Hopefully it can be a hot mess. I don’t mind if my house guests know the truth.
Since we are both tall, a long deep sofa is necessary. This pretty much rules out the possibility of placing the sofa freestanding in the room. Like it or not, it’s going against the long wall. Other requirements include a long rectangular dining table and some tall Expedit bookshelves to break up that long wall.
This brings me to my television dilemma.
If the living room is to be in the front of the house, the best place for the TV is along the left wall in front of the stairs. This makes me queasy. Will it visually smack me in the face every time I walk into the door? That’s got to be bad Feng Shui right?
Benefits to this plan include: 1. Dining Table is closer to the kitchen and 2. Record Turntables and speakers can be concealed in the large closet. I’m lovingly referring to it as the “music nook.”
My other thought was to switch things up and move the living area to center of the home. Now the TV and its ugly components can be concealed in the large closet and the dining room moves to the front. Problems with this plan: 1. Where do the record turntable go and will it drive me nuts to see them out in the open? And 2. Is it weird to walk into a dining room? 3. Will the TV be hard to see from an angle?
I love the idea of hiding my TV, and getting a little entry area to welcome me home, but something about this plan isn’t sitting right with me.
Decisions, Decisions. The records may go upstairs into a bedroom. That hasn’t been decided yet.
What would you do in this space?
And would I be totally crazy-face for trying to incorporate a television into a gallery style art wall?
I don’t even really like gallery style art. I had to search really long in my inspiration files to find something to show you. Part of me thinks it could be sweet if done well. If I put a frame around it like Mrs Limestone, would that help?
Before I bid you farewell today I just wanted to give a shout-out to some new followers who seem to have found me.
Thanks so much for taking an interest in my little blog. I know I am very particular about who I choose to follow, so I feel honored for you guys to have chosen me.
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