And of course, I will likely change my mind again. This doesn’t make my heart go pitter patter, but the “bones” are right. It has everything I think I require in a functional home. Plan details here.
Front and rear covered porches are a must. A lower level master will appeal to Jim because he freaks out about my knees and stairs. The master bathroom is nothing spectacular, but it would do. The closet space is a little lacking though.
The living room has a fireplace, another must, as we would put a wood stove there as we intend our primary heat source to be wood until we are too old to manage it. Hopefully we’ll just keel over before that happens.
I don’t know that I care for the nook in the living room, I might just make that wall flat and eliminate it, since it has a dining room. Perhaps bump the kitchen out some more in that direction? Then the kitchen island could be longer, a definite plus!
There’s a downstairs office space for Jim, but the best part is the way the garage is divided. See all that shop storage area and the single bay garage? I’d make ALL of that my pantry. Easy access to the kitchen, outside access for hauling in groceries.
You might ask why on earth we need such a huge pantry. Well partly because we do buy and store our food in bulk, but we also have a lot of very large equipment, like a meat grinder, sausage stuffer, grain mill, meat slicer, dehydrator, etc. This setup would be fantastic! I might even play with the shop/storage area and make it a processing kitchen?
As for the upstairs, I’d leave out the walls between the bonus room, bedroom four, and the recreation room, and I’d have a fantastic sewing studio (969 square feet!, and that would still leave us with two guest bedrooms!
So while this plan is a bit on the boring side, it could be so super functional I just might fall in love with it.