We spent the weekend at our Hideaway and were naturally drawn into beginner house plans. This is beginner house plans in that we are in the early stages of planning our house. It’s not our “beginner” or “starter” home, although it could be that for someone else. It’s our “empty-nester” home which really is a lot like a starter house because it’s smaller than our current family home.
This was our first outing with the trailer this season, so there was the usual extra work to getting things set up. You can read more about how we did that last year. Fortunately, things went a little more smoothly this time. It was lovely to spend time at our Hideaway. It’s so peaceful there!
The little trees that Charlie planted last year are thriving.
On Saturday morning, he continued working on the rail fence that he’s been building around the perimeter of the property.
I’ve been drawing various house plans for awhile. However, since I visited the municipal planner and got confirmation on allowable distances from lot lines, etc., I was more confident to stake out possible placement of the buildings. With tiki torches, solar lights, big rocks, and scratches in the ground as well as a measuring tape and the compass on my iPhone, we laid out the dimensions I have in mind for the house, attached garage, and a detached garage to go at the back of the lot.
We noted the relationship between the two buildings, space for turning into and out of garages, the views that would be blocked or not, and where the remaining grassy areas would be.
As we go along, Charlie and I discuss what we’d like in our home, and I draw up the plans. While I walked him through the latest one, he realized that our best view from inside the house was going to be through a screened-in room. I didn’t know how I was going to change the plans to make it all work better, but I realized he was right. I do enjoy a design challenge, though! Before the day was over, I had moved the screened-in room and swapped living and dining areas. But do you know, I ended up with a much better plan! I had to move the basement stairs. That’s much easier on paper with a pencil and eraser than in real life! I gave up a walk-in pantry but gained a larger kitchen. The view of the kitchen from the front door will be blocked. (That’s important to me; I make a big mess when I cook!) To make it all work, I had to enlarge the screened room; but that will likely prove to have been a good thing. The relocation also provided an opportunity for a cozy corner bench seat in the screened porch, something I had previously liked but thought would not work. The new plan also solves a problem I was having with a complicated roof line. A much simpler roof with only two main intersecting sections will work now.
So, what started out as my thinking I’d have to make design compromises that I wasn’t happy with turned into a much better plan that I am absolutely thrilled about! I’m sure we will make yet more tweaks to our plans as we go along, but that’s the beauty of having time to plan!