Renovations, The Buffalo BurrowThe Burrow Floor Plans June 12, 2019 Of all the projects we’ve done, The Buffalo Burrow is our most exciting yet. Y’all know I’m so passionate about the making of home. So designing the home our family is going to live and grow in for some time has been both daunting and a dream come true! Thank y’all so much for all of your sweet feedback on our exterior elevations. I’m thrilled for the charm this place is going to have! We’ve poured and poured over these floor plans and I am so excited to share them with you today! As I shared in my style inspiration post, I want this house to feel like an old country house. Very collected, plenty of texture and quirk, and nature inspired. Building a house to truly feel old can be very expensive, but we wanted to add as many old house elements as possible. And that greatly influenced the floor plans. Okay, let’s take a look at the first floor! Annnnnnd, I’m giddy. Y’all may remember a big debate on Instagram about a separate dining room vs. open concept. People are PASSIONATE about this topic one way or the other and it was so good to read through all of the ideas! We have always had open concept…as in one big room that everything is in. It’s worked well for our small mill houses and has always been the only “right” answer for our projects. But I’ve always been drawn to old houses. And as a part of that, I’ve always wanted a foyer with a stairwell and a separate dining off of it. This is traditionally referred to as a “formal” dining room and so many said they weren’t formal people. Haha, we aren’t either! I don’t see it as formal at all for our family. It’ll be collected and lived in, but a distinct dining space. I was hoping to achieve this old house feel with a little separation, but still have good flow and some openness. Separate, but open…sound impossible? I thought so at times! But I really love how we achieved that with big cased openings into the living. The dining room will have a six foot opening and the kitchen will have an entire wall open to the living room. Remember, our hope was to get this footprint as close to the required 1,200 sq. ft. as possible while still meeting our space goals. That meant really scrutinizing every foot of space. We don’t have space for a breakfast nook, but I didn’t want one. I really wanted to have one true dining space that we use for all of our meals. But the island will have some seating at it for kids and congregating in the kitchen. Speaking of separate, but open, I’m in love with what our architect worked out for the foyer! I really wanted a foyer with a stairwell inside the front door. But I also love a stairwell and railings in the living room like my parents have for pretty views (and let’s be honest, Christmas garlands!). I love how he achieved both. The railings will be open for an entire wall in the living room, but it still feels like a distinct foyer. I could write a novel about all I love about this floor plan, but a few other things to note. We tried to get as many windows as possible. I love the triple windows in the dining and kitchen and the full wall of windows (doors will be full windows too) in the living room. For me, designing this house was MAJORLY about views (both views of nature and views of things within the house). As we were designing placement of things, I spent a lot of time picturing myself standing at different spots and imagining the views. The views played a big role in where things are placed. For example, the master bath. We really wanted a window in the master bath, but one thing we’ve found from all of our houses is that separate closets are really important to us. And closets off the bathroom vs. bedroom are too, if at all possible. We’ve had both and off the bath worked so much better for us. So all of those things combined sort of nailed down the master bath floor plan. I pictured the view from the door of the window at the end with light streaming in, a row of cool lights overhead and a runner all the way down the center and the idea of that view sold me on this placement and the hallway down the center it creates. There are still small tweaks we’ll make to the layout of each space like the laundry and mudroom cubbies and spacing of certain things, but this is a solid plan we’re working from. A lot of people had passionate opinions about laundry placement too. It was so good to read through those and process what we want. I’ve always wanted and preferred a laundry/mudroom combo that we enter through if possible that’s off the main spaces so I can easily work on laundry while going about life throughout the day. So I’m really excited about this hardworking entry from the garage. One of the biggest challenges with this house was each floor affecting the others. To try and prevent re-work, we got the first floor solidified first and then made the second floor work around that. Here’s what’ll be going on up there! I pretty well covered what we love about the second-floor above, but one thing I’ll re-iterate: DORMERS! I’ve always loved dormers and the special little nooks they can create. We’ve never had a second story, so this is new territory for us and I have so many ideas for creating neat reading nooks and “secret” play spaces in each. This is going to be the most special place for our little ones and I’m thrilled for them! Rosie gasped when I showed her the plan and she said, “Oh, y’all made a room for Bubby right off my room!” pointing to one of the dormers. So, yes, one dormer has been claimed as Rosie’s babies’ room. I’m so excited to really play that up and create a little home for them (and for her). Last up, let’s take a look at the basement. We really debated whether or not to even do a basement because we just don’t want the extra space. For us, this house feels just right and we don’t want any more room to manage. But, we finally decided that with the layout of the land, it was worth the cost of getting the basement structure in place to have the easily-finished future option. We’re thinking mainly for resale potential (whether we finish it before or not) or for using this space for something different than our family’s needs. Regardless, it’s good to have the option. We’ve designed it to have two beds, a bath, and a living space at the foot of the stairs. We’ll for sure get the plumbing in place and may frame out the separate rooms because that doesn’t add much at all to the overall framing bill. But it’ll sit otherwise unfinished for a long time. There’s The Buffalo Burrow, friends. I’ve cried little tears of joy many times over how sweet this place is going to be for us after so much moving and I can’t wait to share how it unfolds. The grader officially started this week, so the process has begun and I’ll share some shots of the cleared lot and build-site next week.