RenovationsThe Buffalo Bungalow PLAN April 21, 2015Hello, friends! I am so excited to share the plan for The Buffalo Bungalow with you today! I had hoped to get this up yesterday, but it took a little more time to finalize everything than I’d hoped. If you missed the Before’s post, check it out here. I am blown away by all of the suggestions you guys sent us! Y’all gave this some serious thought! I couldn’t believe the well-thought out plans y’all left in comments. A few of you even sent me floor plan sketches, which was so awesome! Chris and I went through each one and they were super helpful in deciding how we wanted to proceed. First off, I think some of you thought we weren’t adding on or were adding on a tiny bit. I totally get that from my comment about our decision to put less into this house. For clarification, our initial plan when we were thinking of this as a “forever house” was to make it a decent amount larger than our current home (i.e. 2,000 or more square feet). We were adding a two-story addition with a double garage, bigger bedrooms, and really good size common spaces. While we realized that isn’t the plan for now, we’re still adding on a good bit and changing a lot! This house is 740 square feet after all! Our goal now is to have enough space to stay as long as we’d like, but not a lot of extra and no garage. That saves us tons! Before seeing the new floor plan, here’s a little background info on our addition goals: Our goal with the addition was to get the extra square footage we needed and spend as little as possible. We decided to make the house around the size of our current house at 1,500 square feet. So, we’re doubling the current square footage. The size of our current house has worked well for us, but this new house is laid out better, so I think it will feel even bigger! The main spaces are larger and more usable. Where to add on was a big consideration. If you remember, there’s room for additions on both sides of the house. A lot of you suggested adding on the left side and doing a two-story addition with a garage or basement underneath. For budget reasons, our addition needed to stay on the upper slop of our lot. While adding on a two-story addition would be really nice, it’s soooooo much more costly. That extra foundation is super expensive! So, we wanted to keep our addition on the upper level (even with the current house) to save majorly on foundation costs. Once, we knew that we could add down the right side of the house and some along the back, that helped us to start nailing down our plans for the layout of the space. We really wanted a larger living room, good size kitchen, and open floor plan. We also really wanted those main living spaces on the back of the house since that’s where we spend all of our time and we want it to connect to outdoor living space. We also wanted to add tons of built-ins and maximize storage as much as possible. That’s a frustration in our current house. So, with all of those goals in mind, we made a plan. As a reminder, here’s the current footprint of the house: And here’s our new layout: That may be hard to tell exactly what we’re doing. In this floor plan below, the current house is pink, so you can easily see what’s added. Here’s a list/breakdown of what’s changing: 1.) Moving front door – we’re moving the front door from the current living room and into the into the existing window in the room to the right (current dining room). 2.) Extending Front Porch – the front porch will now extend past the new front door, which leaves a good size sitting space to the left of the front door. 3.) Living Room to Bedroom – the current living room is now going to be a bedroom. So, now the two bedrooms are side-by-side and off the same hallway. They’re right by the guest bath, so that works well. And both bedrooms have little fireplaces, which is really neat! We’re closing up the cased opening that was between the living and dining room and bumping out a small closet right inside the front door. 4.) Maintaining Current Bed and Bath – a lot of you suggested ways to expand the current back bedroom, which I would love to do. But there isn’t a budget conscious way to do that with the two-story foundation issue. It’s the same size as both of our current bedrooms ( nursery and guest room), so it’ll work perfectly as a nursery. By maintaining the walls and current layout of this space, we’re saving a lot of money that we can put into the main areas. We’ll be using the current bathroom layout (including all plumbing), which will save a lot too and it functions fine. 5.) Creating an Entry/Mudroom – I really didn’t want to come in the front door and immediately be greeted by a dining table. I wanted an entry space where we could have a coat closet and drop spots for keys, coats, etc. So, if you look right inside the front door, there’s a little bump out that creates the closet for the living turned bedroom. We’re mirroring that on the other end of the entry with a coat closet and will build a bench that spans the space in between. This will be a functional, but pretty space. 6.) Adding a Laundry – one thing that was desperately lacking was a laundry room. We have a laundry closet in our current home and wanted a bigger laundry room with counter and hanging space. 7.) Office Nook – the laundry bump out in that front room leaves a space to the right that will be a perfect little office nook. I’m still figuring out a way to create some sort of visual barrier between this and the front door, but a must in this house for me was to have a permanent office space that wasn’t in a guest room. We really need three functioning bedrooms: one for master, one for nursery, and one for guest room. That third bedroom will be for the next little Buffalo Baby, so I wanted an office space that wouldn’t be changed or touched by any of those things. It’s small, but it’ll be perfect for a desk and a little storage. This wasn’t enough of a “must” to add extra addition for it, so this little nook left after the laundry addition is the perfect spot. 8.) Central Hallway and Sight Line – One of my very favorite parts about this is the sight line from the front door to the kitchen in the back of the house. It’s not one big open room, which I didn’t want. But it is open and you can see to the back. I also love that there’s a hallway space connecting our bedroom to the kids’ rooms. The laundry door is also off this space. 9.) Master Suite Addition – the master will be added down the full depth of the right side of the house. The current side exterior door (off the current little mudroom) will be the door into our master suite. Along the front of the house, you’ll see two closets flanking a window with a built-in bench in between. These closets will be for Chris and there will be a little extra storage there for linens and such. The closet you see by the bath is my walk-in. I love that Chris’ insists on his and hers closets! I am THRILLED about our master bath! It will have a standing tiled shower and the claw foot tub I’ve always dreamed of! 10.) Dining Room – the dining room will be the current second bedroom. This is a pass-through to the addition, so I decided to put the dining area as far to the right wall as possible, creating a designated walk-through space (central hallway). To do that, I’m planning to do a built-in banquette between two built-ins (think butler’s pantry style) to store dishes, candlesticks, table linens, etc. The banquette saves me a good bit of space since you won’t need chair and walking clearance on that side. I’m considering “designating” this space with two columns. I really want it to feel like a separate dining room, but am not willing to close it up with walls. That would ruin our open floor plan and the sight line into the main living spaces. Columns would give it some visual definition, but we’re still deciding on these. 11.) Kitchen – I’m so excited about this kitchen! I really wanted the kitchen opening straight into the living room. That layout works really well for us now. Adding both onto the back meant that these spaces are open to outdoor entertaining areas, which was really important for our lifestyle and entertaining. Plus, adding on these spaces meant we could lay it out just as we like. The kitchen will have two long walls of cabinets with a big eat-in island. The only little issue here is lack of a pantry space, but I didn’t want to bump out a closet. So, we’ll be doing a floor-to-ceiling cabinet with shelves somewhere for pantry space. 12.) Living Room – The living room will have a fireplace, four windows on two walls for lots of natural light, and a really long wall of built-ins! I have loved having a wall of built-ins in our current living room, so I want to continue that. So, there you have it, y’all! I’m so excited about this layout and have already started trying to design the spaces. The renovation has already begun and I’ll share a current-progress update later this week. We’ve got four months until Move-in Day, so we’re moving quickly! Make sure you subscribe to our posts, so that you can follow the whole renovation process!