Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Evolution of a House Plan Part 2

We're back with part two of the floor plan evolution. To recap, the first floor plan was rectangular with an 8 foot extension in the front for the great room. We loved the plan, but felt that it might just be too much to take on financially. So, I whipped up something entirely new a little over a week ago. We still kept a few things we loved in addition to those we needed:
  • 4 bedrooms
  • At least 2 1/2 baths
  • 3rd floor laundry
  • Cathedral ceiling great room
  • Office
  • 2+ car garage
  • Walk-out basement
  • Open concept
  • Walk-In closets in the master
Here's how the plans turned out:




As you can see, we reduced the size of the basement pretty significantly, which makes building much cheaper. The square shape is also cheaper to build because of the floor trusses and concrete (or so Zane tells me). It's also cheaper to heat shaped this way. So, let's take a look at the pros and cons again.

Pros:
  • Less expensive to build
  • Less expensive to heat
  • Bigger Master, better bathroom & closets
  • Slightly bigger bedrooms
  • 3rd floor laundry
  • Less wasted space
Cons:
  • Smaller kitchen, great room
  • Less basement space
  • Not as impressive from the outside
Overall, it may not have as much space on the main level, but I love it more than the last one just because I know we can afford it. I could look at and talk about floor plans all day, so I'll wrap it up now. But, for those of you who have any questions about the process or any suggestions, please feel free to email me or just comment. I'd love to chat with you!

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