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Monday, February 24, 2014

Posey Residence - House Plans

My girlfriend, Lisa, and her husband are moving to Waco. They have two boys (ahem, young men) going to school out there and want to be closer to them. Her husband, Bodie, has already landed a job coaching Women's Basketball at Baylor.  They have sold their house and will be officially moving at the end of the school semester. While I'm sad she's moving away, I'm happy she'll be closer to her family.
 
They want to build a house so, naturally, I volunteered to do their house plans. I want her to have a wonderful house where she will be happy and I want her to owe me. *grin* Her boys are accomplished cowboys and I want my boys to learn to ride one day. Win-win situation!

I asked her to start by giving me some "must-haves" and start collecting photographs of houses she likes so I can get a "feel" for her style. Here is her list:

  • 2000 square feet maximum – downsizing.
  • 3 bedrooms (master has to be large enough for king size bed); other two can be significantly smaller
  • Bedrooms can be split or not; it doesn’t matter anymore, however, I don’t want the master directly next to the kitchen or living room.
  • 2 bathrooms (double vanities in both); one needs to be master en-suite.
  • Formal dining.
  • A study/office would be nice, but not necessary.
  • Eat in kitchen – open concept into living room.
  • Fireplace.
  • Front porch and back porch.
  •  Garage in back or side; must enter into utility room; then to kitchen – don’t want to walk through house bringing in groceries.
  • I want the bulk of square feet in the kitchen and living room.
She found a plan she liked which gave me a starting point to design the floor plan.

All plans are 3 bedroom (Office could be 4th bedroom)/2 bathrooms
Option A has a corner fireplace and a butler's pantry.  This island seats 3 comfortably.  No built-ins in the Great Room.  Has an extra 1/2 bathroom.


Option B has a fireplace flanked with built-in cabinets and a butler's pantry next to the Utility Room.  This island seats 3 comfortably.  Has an extra 1/2 bathroom.

Option C has a fireplace flanked with built-in cabinets.  This island seats 3 comfortably.  The Utility Room/Pantry is quite large and comfortable.  Has an extra 1/2 bathroom.

Option D has a fireplace flanked with built-in cabinets.  This eat-in island seats 5 comfortably in lieu of a breakfast area.  The Utility Room/Pantry is quite large and comfortable.  Plenty of storage in this plan.  Has an extra 1/2 bathroom.

Option E has a fireplace flanked with one side of built-in cabinets.  This alternate style island seats 3 comfortably.  The Utility Room/Pantry is a little smaller, but gives more room to the Breakfast area which has room for a built-in pantry or a piece of furniture.  The half bath is omitted to allow for more space in the Master Closet.

Option F has a corner fireplace and no built-ins in the Great Room.  The island seats 3 comfortably.  The Breakfast room has room for an extra pantry, cabinets, or a buffet and has lots of windows.  The Washer/Dryer is located in the large Master Closet.

She's leaning towards Option C which I like for the large Pantry/Utility Room.  Stay tuned for elevations!

Which one is your favorite?