Floorplan flip

>> January 27, 2014

Hi all. Thanks so much for the comments, and visiting the blog again, after such a long hiatus. But it seems fitting, now that we are swinging into reno mode again, that I should start blogging a bit more frequently. Perhaps more to talk about? Or maybe it's just a renewed interest. Who knows.

But I mentioned in my last post, that we are finally adding a second bath in our house! (Hip hip hooray!) We've been in our house for 4.5 years, and the one bath has worked out fine, for the most part. But I can see a time, in the not-so-distant-future, where that will become unmanageable.

We had a few options for adding a second bath, and we considered a few spots in this house. No matter what we considered, however, it was hard to find a decent solution that was both affordable, and reasonable. We didn't want to change the footprint of the house, and "going up" would have cost a lot more moo-la. So we decided on re-configuring our first floor. We don't lose/gain space, but Hubby can do much of the work himself.

So here's what we are working with today (not exact measurements, but you get the idea).
This is the back of the house. Downstairs, we have two roughly equal-sized bedrooms. One we use as the master, and one we use as an office. The front of the master bedroom has my closet, which backs up to the living room. The shared wall is where we hang our TV.The office has a closet (where Hubby keeps his things, and why Caroline often refers to this as "Daddy's room"), and the closet backs up to our only bathroom and shower. Basically, our plan involves flip-flopping the spaces, stealing from the office, and adding to the master, then using the extra square footage to add in a bath.
So now, instead of the office on the right, and the bedroom on the left, the space will be configured like the above. The wall between the two spaces will be moved toward the left side of the house by three feet, to create a more narrow office with a desk and bookshelves. We will install french doors from the front of the office into the living room, so you can stand at the front of our house and see clear through to the backyard.

If you follow me on Instagram (@projectshannon), you'll have seen Hubby already hard at work building out the fireplace mantle, so we can mount the TV above the fireplace. We can't bust open the new office space until that TV is relocated. (Heaven forbid we should be without TV for a Celtics game!)

The other side of the space will gain the new bathroom (which will share plumbing with the, abutting, existing bath) and a large-ish closet. I'm not sure the scale on the above photo is exactly right, but it gives you an idea. I just care about how it looks, Hubby is the one with the measurements.
This shows Hubby's much more detailed version of the plan (and decidedly more proportional than my guestimate version). We don't have designer software in this house, so he built this in excel. But it provides all the figures we need to map out the plan. It's also been really helpful with our contractors, and giving them an idea of how everything will come together. We plan to hire out the rough plumbing, and maybe a guy to install the bathroom tile (just so we can get it done), but otherwise, Hubby plans to tackle the remaining.

We hope to save the hardwood floors (we'll see how THAT works out, as wall demo begins), and we have plans to add new recessed lights in a few spots. Once the TV gets moved, then we can start clearing out toys in the existing office, and get to work on demolishing the space.

Stay tuned for more updates and follow me on Instagram for all the play-by-play action! (and cute pictures of Caroline, too).

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