A coworker raved about Floorplanner.com, a UK website where users can easily make simple designs. I've been daydreaming about redesign our house to a 2 story house. I had tried SketchUp last time hoping to not have to pull out a real CAD program, but found SketchUp more of a burden than of help, so I was inspired when I heard about Floorplanner.
Floorplanner is definitely intuitively built where I could focus on the design and not worry about the technicality of the program.
So here is our current house plan.
In addition to wanting more square footage, I've been dreaming of having a Japanese style bathroom where the shower is just beside the bathtub. We also prefer a separate toilet room. I love the additional linen closet space in our existing toilet room so I kept this layout to help maximize storage opportunities.
We are also currently missing shoe storage.
Our current living room layout also doesn't make it an inviting experience for our guests to lounge around our wonderful kitchen counter and sofa area.
We simply don't have enough room for everything I wanted, so the only solution is to build up!
Now that we've lived in our current house for 4 years, we've also realized that need more clothes storage. The 2nd floor bedrooms all have larger closets.
I was inspired by the sun rooms in the center of the house design of some of the prefab houses we visited so I decided to open a 2 story ceiling for the 1st floor entry and living room area.
(I could then also do my aerial silk practices here ;-))
I was also very concerned that the walkway into the bedroom would be very dark with the walk-in closets these are now literal walk through closets. 1 idea is to have the door walls to be shorter to air out the closet room. Also to add some sort of windows in the closet room into the 2 story entryway/living room.
Based on the hubby's feedback, it did seem excessive to have 3.5 baths. So this is another version where we just have 3 baths; the 3rd bath is not the elaborate Japanese roomed bathrooms. This also allowed for a larger room on the 1st floor which we would most likely use as a large work space.
Now I just want to get a quote and see how much this would actually cost us! ;-)
Just another version of the 2nd floor where the room is larger and the bathroom a more typical size. The unfortunate part is the lost 2nd vanity. However the toilets can have an over the top sink.
The end shelves between the closet and the bedroom doorway hopefully open up instead of walling in the entryway.