A Rework

Over the past week, we’ve been collecting all your comments from the comments section of the post, from Facebook, we even got a few emails with incredibly detailed, well-thought out ideas! Everything was carefully considered and some incorporated into a new, revamped version of our plans. 
I kept myself very much out of the conversation on our comment board as you guys threw out your ideas. I wanted to hear what you had to say without being coloured by my own opinions and responses to other people’s ideas. So, this is, in a way, a collective response.

The Ideas We Listened To

Reader Ann suggested we turn the stairs at the top. The Husband read the comment and wondered why he hadn’t thought about it. We love it!
So many of you noted the lack of storage in the bedrooms. So, bigger closets!
Many of you also noted the lack of linen closets. This was my pet peeve about both the previous options. So, now we have not just one small linen closet for extra towels in the upstairs bathroom, but we also have a nice big closet off the hallway for extra bed sets, cleaning supplies, and other miscellaneous crap. 
Double sinks! We managed to work them into the master, but skipped them in the main bathroom. We figured it’s more important for the master bathroom since it’s the room that is more likely to host more than one person brushing their teeth at a time.
The Ideas We Didn’t Listen To

We love all of your ideas but some of them just didn’t fit with our lifestyle or our plans for the house. I’m going to list them here because I want to encourage debate. Are we making a huge mistake by not listening to these ideas?
A few of you suggested joining the two smaller bedrooms together to make one larger bedroom and allow some more space for the bathroom. Not a terrible idea. After all, those aren’t large bedrooms! But in the area in which we live, 3 bedroom homes are in high demand. Besides that, I’m looking forward to having a proper guest room and a designated office. I work from home once a week and a space to work that is not the breakfast bar or the kitchen table would be phenomenal.
Of course, some of you pointed out that we still have the bedroom we’re in now, so, technically, even with two bedrooms upstairs, it’s still a three bedroom house. It would have helped you to have known about this:
At the moment, the ‘Living Room’ is closed off with two more walls and acting as our bedroom. But, once we do this renovation, we hope to rip every single wall on the main floor out (except those separating the bathroom from the living space) and open it up. This will also solve the issue of our little house being able to support a four or more person family.
We also didn’t listen to those who encouraged us to make one large bathroom with a dual entrance. I kind of wanted to. Really, I did. It’s smart! You get a bigger bathroom, heck, you could even fit three sinks in if you really wanted to! Besides that, I’m a little uncertain about the whole three-bathroom-house thing. Isn’t three bathrooms a little excessive? But, the Husband won on this one. We’re in a neighbourhood of mainly older homes. We know that having a proper master bathroom is one of those little luxury items that will set us apart when and if we decide to sell in a few years.

What did we miss? Is there a huge glaring mistake we’re making that we’re missed? Do you hate it and think we should scrap the whole project and go back to our simple attic idea?

Again, so many thank yous for all your help with these floor plans and you encouraging words over the past week! I can’t wait to get this project off the ground!

0 thoughts on “A Rework

  1. This will add a lot of work in think as the plumbing won't be sharing a wall, but would it be possible to flip the MBath and the Mcloset? I think it would be much better to have the window in the bath. Unless of course you're planning on adding windows to the side of the 2nd floor.

  2. Love it!!! I think this is so much better and so much more practical. All that closet space will pay off 🙂 can't wait to watch you do this 🙂

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  3. Glad you liked my idea. Those two bedrooms look much better now. I guess it's not to late for me to try architecture school ;-).

    But please don't blame me if you can't get a mattress up the stairs. You might need to slide the MB door forward so it lines up with the back of the linen closet, & keep the stairs a bit open at the top.

  4. Love it! I really like the turn in the staircase. We have a very steep staircase and a turn would have made it much better. I also agree with three bedrooms, over one large one. I had a very small bedroom as a child so I don't understand the desire to have the largest possible bedroom, especially as spares.

    Split boxsprings will make mattresses much easier to get upstairs. My parents have a turn in their stairs but they have no issues with regular boxsprings. We actually just cut our boxspring to get it up our stairs due to the steep but we're buying a new bed with a split to avoid cutting it again.

  5. Wow… like this layout a lot better! I just have one small idea… The stairs seem to be almost centered on the top floor. Have you considered taking the mirror image of the top floor design? I was thinking that the enterence to the stairs is so close to the main enterence of the house. By reversing it you could have the enterence to the upstairs further away from the main door and maybe put a small closest under the stairs or put some coat hooks along the wall. And secondly, isn't it nicer to have the master bedroom facing the backyard instead of the street?

  6. I really like the layout that you've created…what program did you use to create the floor plan? Or was this done at Home Depot? I'm trying to find a program that will allow me to do a floor plan.

  7. I used Google Sketch-Up for the floor plans. I know better programs are out there most that you need to pay for but would provide a better user interface.

  8. Love the staircase change! We have a twisted staircase and have never been able to *not* get things up the stairs. Just.. make sure you have a bit of extra paint left over for touch ups. Hah.

  9. Love the rework! It's look really phenomenal and I think you'll enjoy the open space in the master. 😀 And I'm impressed you snuck a little closet in the second bath!

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