Floor Plan: Current & Future

20 Mar

While our house is under utter disarray (read: we’re removing the main structural wall of our house), I thought it would be a good opportunity to share our current floor plan and what we’re thinking it will look like after all of our renovations.

Oh and here’s a glimpse of what our house looks like right now. It’s crazy but we’re so excited, we don’t care that we’re cordoned off to one area of the house.


Ben created the floor plan using floorplanner.com. It’s a free tool and really easy to use. Or so I’m told. My brain doesn’t function that way, so it looked pretty daunting to me.

So here is the first floor as it exists today (or maybe yesterday?)


(Sorry if it’s too small to read, you can click on them and it will open in a new window where it’s much bigger.)

And here is the future floor plan as we’re thinking right now. It could change, but you’ll notice we want to:

  • Create an “open” floor plan by removing the big wall separating the kitchen and living room
  • Build a U-shaped island in the kitchen with stools
  • Turn the current half bath/laundry into a large kitchen pantry that you enter from a nook inside the kitchen.
  • The green area is a small addition where we would move the half bath and add a mudroom with cubbies and cabinets. A door from the mudroom would lead out to the pool and backyard.
  • The fridge is recessed into the pantry so it doesn’t take up a lot of room in the kitchen
  • We’re thinking of doing a half wall in between the kitchen and dining room, but still debating it, due to thinking about placement of a hood.


Moving upstairs. Here it is currently.


And then after the addition, it would look like this. You’ll notice we want to:

  • Swap the the master bedroom with the bedroom on the far right. This room is already bigger and has the BEST natural light of any room.
  • The addition turns into a master bathroom and closet.
  • We’d remove the 2 closets in the new master to make the room even bigger. You could put a little sitting area over there.
  • Take out the bathroom and closet in the old master and put in a small laundry room. That room still has a large closet (it had 2) and we don’t think our guests or kids will need their own bathroom en suite.
  • Expose the fireplace in the new master bedroom. There is already a chimney there and who doesn’t dream of a fireplace in their bedroom?

UntitledOther than removing that wall which started today, everything is still up for debate. Let us know what you think. Does anyone have a 2nd floor laundry? It makes sense because that’s where all your clothes are, but who knows. Do you think we’ll have enough room for a bathroom and closet in the new master? It’s probably hard to tell but that is a concern for us. What do you think of the size and shape of our island? We wanted it to be floating, but I don’t think it will work that way. Do you like the open floor plan feel? Share your thoughts.

I’ll be back next week to share after photos once the wall removal is complete. And we put in french doors off the dining room last week. Lots going on!

11 Responses to “Floor Plan: Current & Future”

  1. Serena Curtain March 21, 2013 at 7:48 am #

    Love the open floor plan! it will look great once you are all done!! 🙂 Upstairs laundry….. just a thought, what about when it’s on spin cycle, the noise and would it shake the floor at all? Just thinking about that for future, ie: children sleeping etc. 🙂 What about the issue of leaking? would you put a drain in the room just in case? So you dont’ have to worry about water damage on the floor below to the lower level? I am sure Ben has thought of that already! LOL.

    Looking great!


    • 12oaksblog March 21, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

      Thanks Serena! Good questions about the laundry never thought about either. Maybe we could do some sound proofing in there? Will have to do some research.

  2. Tracie Thomsen Bell April 17, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    Hi…late to the discussion, but my laundry is upstairs and I wouldn’t have it any other way. With five kids, that’s a lot of stairs otherwise! It’s just a closet in the hallway and the noise has never been a problem. There’s a drain in the floor and the washer and dryer sit in a drain pan designed for this purpose. Love your floor plan. Good luck with the rest of your projects!

    • 12oaksblog April 17, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

      Oh yay thanks so much for your feedback! Sounds so handy.

  3. Carly April 23, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    Just curious, you guys have done/are doing a lot of repairs in a short amount of time from when you closed…if you don’t mind my asking, did you get a separate loan from your mortgage to finance all the repairs or are those oak trees also money trees? I am trying to figure out how to drum up some money to do some major updates on the house we are closing on next week. Any advice would help! Keep up the awesome work!

    • 12oaksblog April 23, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

      Man I wish we had money growing on those oaks, lol. Since this house was a short sale and in such bad condition, we were able to get it for a lot less than what we sold our previous home for, which left us with a healthy renovation budget. Our last home actually went into a bidding war and went $50,000 over asking. Just shows how much good work is worth! We know of a lot of people who have either gotten home equity loans or construction loans to do renovations though. The return on investment is totally worth it. Good luck with your closing and new home and thanks for stopping by!

  4. Kim May 21, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    Hi – love your property! Just a thought on 2nd floor laundry. I know it’s very popular right now, but I also have heard it can be a pain. Mike Holmes on HGTV has said it’s not a good idea – something to do with reinforcing floors properly, issues with leaks, etc. You’re very young so it’ll be ages before you’d think of it but climbing the stairs to do laundry – even thought it’s upstairs – could be a pain, too, when you’re older. Personally I’d love it in conjunction with the mudroom, with a nice counter for folding, etc. Just my thoughts, though. Good luck!

  5. Shey June 26, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    Maybe a half wall between den and and mud room, pantry? I think it would be good to have a little separation there so when you do your floors, it’ll look defined.

  6. sherryclune June 26, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    I think a half wall between the den and mud room would be nice. It would help to define your flooring between the hallway and the room.

    • 12oaksblog June 26, 2013 at 10:56 am #

      The mudroom will have a full wall and now were thinking of closing off the den with French doors and turning it into an office. Thanks for your suggestion!


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