Mar 30, 2007 10:55 pm
Hey guys, I'm after some comments or suggestions on this floor plan. I've revised bits of it every day for about a week now.. I think i'm finally happy with it but of course i'm open to suggestions! It is based upon Persuads Homes 'angie 29', but with interior wall layout changes. Harry said that as long as I keep the roof and the slab the same, there should be no cost difference. ($189,000)
Re: My floor plan5
Mar 31, 2007 9:46 am
I don't like the toilet opening directly into the dining area. I think that could be very uncomfortable during a dinner party or similar. To keep the changes as little as possible I'd make the toilet an 'en-suite' off the rumpus instead.
Re: My floor plan7
Mar 31, 2007 10:08 am
Just my 2c (and I'm really really new to this whole building thing)
re: the bathroom opening onto the living area, if you think this is a problem (after the feedback above) - you could turn it into a "jack & jill" bathroom system in which means that access to the bathrooms would be from the bedrooms only (via sliding doors), it removes the need for a door opening to the living area and visitors could use the bathroom near the rumpus room....
You could also run a wall down in front of the bedroom/bathroom doors - creating a hallway from which the bedrooms and bathroom now are accessible - this makes it a bit more private....
I'd also be noting down about getting some extra insulation and soundproofing for all shared walls eg rumpus room/master bedroom, laundry/bed 1, theatre room/bed 2 - just to make sure you can get a good nights sleep if someone is using the washing machine/theatre room and/or rumpus room.....
You have a floor plan, thats so exciting!, I can't wait till we're at that stage good luck
Re: My floor plan8
Mar 31, 2007 10:50 am
If we're talking substantial changes, then I'd make the theatre and study one large room with a roow of folding doors, and slide that to the left. I'd then slid the two minor bedrooms and bathroom to the right.
That way the dining room could open out to include the large theatre room giving a really impressive sense of space. The bedrooms and bathroom would also not so obviously open to the main living area.
walk through robe9
Mar 31, 2007 11:00 am
I understand that in Master Bedroom the walk in robe is on right behind that wall.
Move the wall behing the bed and make the walk through robe. this will give you some buffer for the noise from the bar and make the bedroom spacious.
with the bathrooms - we had sth similar in front of family room. We have organised 3-way bathroom. It doesn't boder me now.
Re: My floor plan10
Mar 31, 2007 11:29 am
I'd do something more like this:
- lose the tiny study
- integrate the living areas / theatre room & alfresco
- not separate the toilet and bathroom byt he width of the house, but put it all together. This loses the bath, but (speaking personally of course) I almost never have a bath, always showers, so it's just wasted space in my book, specially if you've got a nice big spa in the master.
Anyway, just for debate here's another version:
Re: My floor plan11
Mar 31, 2007 12:20 pm
Cabinfever's refinements certainly look better to be. Well done.
I would try to get a visitor's toilet in there somewhere.
The main thing I would change is the wall in the master bedroom between the bed and the BIR. Remove it. And make the BIR with sliding mirror doors. This will really open up the master bedroom and gives you some mirrors to adjust your clothing etc.
(You'll need to get Bedroom 3's BIR and Theatre components back in the right place.)
Re: My floor plan14
Mar 31, 2007 9:43 pm
Got to agree with mek there, and I think you're going to get bugger-all natural light in your main dining/living area because all the rooms are clustered around the perimeter walls. Except for the alfresco that is, but it appears to be well under the eaves which means that you'd only get the late arvo setting sun - then only through the kitchen window and dining room doors.
Also, I may be wrong but needing to keep the bath seems to be an indicator of kids in the house, or at least in the planning stages or on the way The master bedroom's a fair way from the other bedrooms, you'll need a baby monitor or sharp ears if you want to react to any night-time dramas.
Just my 2 cents worth - if you like what you see then go for it, good luck with whatever you decide.
Re: My floor plan15
Mar 31, 2007 10:23 pm
Yes, strict instructions to keep the bath Thats not going to be needed for a while at least, but yeah... she wouldn't have a bar of it =D
Study has to stay also for my racing cockpit. It's 'tiny' but it will be my media hub for sharing foxtel, mp3's, controlling some of the projector video in the next room etc etc. One of the most important rooms in the house =D
I thought about the light issue when considering the block, but I beleive that the 7-odd meters of alfresco windows shed enough natural light in the display we looked at, with only 1.5m on that side from the next house. Using gloss white tiles and light colors in the main living area really helped. Almost exact same orientation too.
The master bed being away from the other bedrooms is more to 'protect' the future kids! haha. But seriously, I'm sure we could fit a cot or two (max) in the master bed if we're smart.
Fact is, I do like what I see, but some very good points have been riased thus far, and i'm sure i'm going to like it a whole lot more if this community continues to generously offer advice. It's all much appreciated. Doing this for the first time, hoping to stay in it for a long time!
Title release isn't till june anyway, so I have a while to iron out the floor plan!
.... It's probly going to end up looking like the display's (haha)
Apr 01, 2007 12:14 am
My advice would be to create a small feature wall in front of the bathroom near the entry to enhance foyer area so you dont look straight into those rooms as you walk in the main door. There is some gorgeous wallpaper available now that will add some real class or even stacked stone looks great and its easy to do yourself.
I would get rid of the bar area which most people end up never using very much unless your a real party animal. Then make your family room bigger (it seems very small and may look very crowded once you try to put 2 a couple of couches there) and put a small powder room where the bar is.
My place that I am about to renovate has 2 toilets, 1 in the the main bedroom's ensuite and one in the kids bathroom. I always dread it when friends drop in and need to use the toilet, I always think have the kids left any toilet paper? Did they scrub off the skiddies? Having a guest powder room is much nicer.
Maybe you could put a nice single glass door from your alfresco into the rumpus room so you can see your friends playing pool if others are sitting in the alfresco. This would create more light and also give your friends quick access to the powder room. And why not have an outdoor bar in your alfresco. Saves you going inside to get a beer when your cooking the barbie!
And lastly about the front bathroom, Many display homes in perth are now putting in shower baths with a frameless glass panel from the wall to half way down the bath, they look very stylish and a great space saver for small bathrooms.
Good luck, I hope my ideas were helpful.
Re: My floor plan17
Apr 01, 2007 11:45 am
Have you thought about reversing the plan in its entirety top to bottom to take better advantage of the northern sun? If you're worried about the driveway crossover these can be changed in most situations.
additionally, I think your theater shape may be a problem. The shape is very square, which is a big no-no acoustically. Have a read about optimum acoustic LxW ratios for home theaters plenty of info available via google.
Re: My floor plan18
Apr 02, 2007 10:59 am
G'day again. The plan will actually have to be mirrored as the driveway is indeed on the other side. All these changes are adding up though, in comparison to the initial design it looks very very different, and is going to incur major fees i'm thinking...
Going back to last months thought process, the 'Parkside' by SIM0NDS builders is looking well suited... (with theatre add-on)
Too many decisions.
However, the solicitor is currently reading over the contract for land =D !
Re: My floor plan19
Apr 02, 2007 1:09 pm
These sort of changes should not be costing a lot as moving internal walls is a lot different to adding to the slab etc. We made quite a few changes to our plan and the cost was quite minimal. Check with your builder.
I personally don't like the idea of the bathroom at the entrance to the house. On the last plan you submitted, I would move the bathroom to where the Laundry is. I would then squeeze the Laundry between this bathroom and the Theatre. Move the study between the 2 bedrooms.
Now your entry has 2 bedrooms and a study, your main living area has the Theatre and the Laundry and Bathroom are tucked together somewhat out of sight.
As for being near the kids, a little distance is not always a bad thing:)
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