Hey, friends! I've received a bunch of requests to share a floor plan, so I made this quick illustration to share with you today. It doesn't show every single door, window and closet, but you get the general idea of how the rooms flow.
One of the things we REALLY love about this home is the floor plan and how the rooms connect. It's very practical because all the living spaces are bundled together, all the bedrooms are bundled together, and then that green part at the top is Jeremy's studio, which is a walkout basement under the sunroom, dining room and living room. The black and white stripes are the stairs that connect the main level to the basement.
I really like the floor plan and honestly there isn't anything that comes to mind that I would change about it. (I think that means I never EVER need to build a house—I can totally live with other people's choices, at least in regards to the layout.) All of the changes we want to make from here on out are cosmetic or outdoors!
The cool thing about living in a home that's being renovated is that it feels like it's getting bigger all the time. For the first couple months we kept most of our daily life AND work contained to three rooms. Then, each month, as more spaces have been completed and become clean and usable, we're like, "WHOA, this house is huge!" Currently we still haven't moved into the master bedroom yet, and I can hardly imagine how it's going to feel when it's all complete.
Plans for this house in 2016….
-Focus on one room at a time!
I tend to bounce around a lot between projects, and when it comes to decorating rooms, that's not a good thing. In our last house, I decorated them all about 25-50% the first month, and then spent the next three years changing and redoing most of those choices. So in this home I committed to focusing on one room at a time for the decorating process and really completing it. This month I'm working on the kitchen! I'm excited to see if this improves the experience and/or results.
-Notice how we use our spaces.
One benefit of decorating slowly is that we can figure how we're going to use our spaces and really build the design around the function. I've already learned so much! For example—we're having guests OFTEN (like at least once or twice a month ever since we've moved in), which means I want to prioritize finishing the guest bathroom over the hallway bathroom. We've also noticed a lot about our workday habits. Working from home is no joke, you guys! It can be really tough to separate that work and life stuff, especially when you don't have an office yet (me) or your studio isn't complete (Jeremy). I'm seeing that Jeremy comes upstairs to make tea or coffee CONSTANTLY (which tells me that his coffee bar set up will not be wasted—yay!). I'm seeing that I have a LOT of supplies and that I need shelves and organization sooner than later. I'm definitely thankful that we get to live in our home as we're working on it because it's helping us make more practical choices.
As much as I love white, I want to bring some more color into our spaces and also go bold in other ways, like with texture and shape. I want our house to be comfy and cozy, but I'm not aiming for a traditional look, and I want to stay challenged and inspired to make brave choices, maybe even a few mistakes! 😉
Beyond that, I have a list of rooms I'm hoping to complete (and share tours of here!) this year. It feels AMAZING to be starting this year off with so much of the groundwork already laid. It's time for the fun part…design, decorating and D.I.Y.!
If you're a new reader, here's a quick recap of all the BEFORE photos of our rooms: Entry, Living Room, Den, Dining Room, Breakfast Nook, Sunroom, Kitchen, Guest Bedroom, Guest Bathroom, Hallway Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Master Bathroom, Study, Laundry Room, Jeremy's Studio.
Thanks so much for following along! I am really enjoying sharing our renovation process with you in detail. And there's still SO much more to share. It's going to be an amazing year. Thank you so much for sharing it with us! xx- Elsie
Credits//Author and Design: Elsie Larson