Fresh start flow

About three weeks ago the foundation to my future home was poured. Three city sized lots were bought by Cornerstone Homes to build new homes in an established neighborhood. The city newsletter claims that new homes come few and far between. My house is the second one being built. I was interested in the middle lot that had not been poured yet so that I could design my own floor plan. Unfortunately, before I could commit to putting a deposit down, another couple scooped up that lot. Therefore I was left with adjusting part of the back of the house to meet our family’s daily flow.

You may not know this about me but in my career I design processes and systems that optimize the flow of work. It is just as important to understand the flow of your family when designing a home that works for you.

I asked for a couple extra feet over the back porch so that I could move the powder room to the mudroom area and expand it a little to include a closet. The old powder is now my personal office with a sliding door to maximize the space of the den where I am planning to have work spaces for the kids and a small sofa for relaxing. I also shortened my office so that I could add in a pantry.

In the future, I could then have the option to turn the den into a main floor bedroom with a walk in closet. The powder could be turned into 3/4 bath but making the mudroom smaller and losing the closet.

With the detached garage being in the alley, we will enter through the back. I liked the idea of having the kids’ den in the back so that they can drop their backpacks. I also sometimes work from home so I wanted my own dedicated spot so that I can take conference calls and close the door when they have friends over.


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