The problem we are running into is that each time we realize what it is we don't like about the design proposed to us, we "fix" it by increasing the size of the house. I call this design bloat. We figure that if we have a big enough house that we can get all the features we want. While this is an approximately true statement, it is not a budget friendly solution. So now we are revising the floor plan and trying to not increase the net size of the house. Actually, with the next revision, I hope we will try to shrink the house. Right now we are certainly not empty nesters (we still have 2 little ones at home and another 2 or 3 who visit frequently) but one of these days (God willing) we will be, so designing a 10,000 square foot house is a bit of overkill (no, we are not that big, but you get the idea).
The big rules we have come up with so far are:
- The Master Bedroom must be on the first floor
- There must be a bathtub somewhere in the house (yes, one version had nothing but showers)
- We really want a water feature under the stairs in the living room
- Symmetry is very important
- The library should have a window seat
- The sewing/craft room should be on the first floor (along with the laundry room)
- We have minimum sizes for the various rooms
- We want a kitchen island
- We want higher ceilings, probably 10', with copious ceiling fans
With these rules in hand, I think we can continue to hone in on the design we want and keep with the time table outlined in the previous post.