After finding and purchasing the home and step 2, hiring a contractor, we moved on to the next step – the floor plan . Our Custom Home Builder/General Contractor, Les, recommended an architect, Ron Marlette of Marlette Associates, to help us rework the floor plan. With this being my first time remodeling a home, floor plans are like a foreign language to me! They are really important though as they are the foundation of the project.
We met Ron for the first time on-site, did a walk-through of the house, told him our random ideas for the home and listened to his suggestions. I say “random” because we didn’t have a clear vision of what we wanted to do other than remodel the kitchen and master bath. With Ron, along with the help of my mother-in-law (whose favorite reading material are floor plans), we came up with about 4 drafts. About 2 months in, Diego Monchamp of Brown Design Group also joined our team.
This was our wish list for the home:
- To expand the living room to enhance its golf course view – the focal point of the home. The existing room didn’t “feel” deep or spacious enough as it also served as a dining room.
- Improve flow by removing the redwood partition in entryway.
- Enlarge & remodel the master bath. Add a new shower, bathtub, separate vanities & a large, divided walk-in closet.
- Remodel kitchen.
- Remodel the 2 guest bathrooms & make 1 of them convenient for visitors to access.
- Enlarge laundry room.
In the 3rd draft of the floor plan, we gained a butler’s pantry and more space in the living room with the west-facing wall pushed out towards the golf course; our wish list was checked off and with an added bonus: the butler’s pantry/mudroom – an unspoken wish of mine!
Once Diego joined the team, we worked on about 2 more drafts. Once the final draft was approved, 3 revisions were made with minor changes. After almost 3 months of going back and forth, reviewing, rethinking and reimagining the drafts, the final floor plan was complete!
The Final Floor Plan:
What we gained, in addition to our wish list:
- In the kitchen: a cool peninsula to use on a daily basis.
- Instead of expanding the living room wall towards the golf course, we are now expanding the eastward wall towards the front courtyard. By doing that, we gain a dining room, a larger entryway AND save money since it’s more structurally sound.
- A bathroom accessible from the family room/library and from the guest suite.
- A larger 2nd guest bathroom by incorporating part of the guest room closet.
- A larger laundry room.
This phase took a village (or at least a great team). The fun and interesting part of working with multiple talented people are all the different ideas. The final floor plan isn’t just the work of one person, but a marriage of all the excellent, feasible ideas of everyone involved. We couldn’t be happier with the end result!
Check back next week for more on the design process!
I’d love to know – have you remodeled a home & what was your favorite part of the process?