[b]CHESEPEAKE BAY HILLSIDE HOUSE[/b]
Though I know you are also asking for furniture and cabinet layout ideas for this house, I felt the base plan could be improved, so thought I might submit a proposed floor plan reconfiguration for your review and comments before going any further.
The main problem to me about this plan is that once you enter and walk pass the stair, the access narrows very tightly at the elevator, there is no sense of arrival and you see a funny little island with a clipped off corner. This island seems very small in general and really to small for cooking to have proper prep space. Will be tricky to have lights over island and bar with stools for entertaining (with need to have a range hood there also). The corner fireplace seems to rob potential glazing for views to water. Double pantry doors take up a lot of valuable wall space. Too many different size doors along hall look messy. Powder room is too visible. Also maybe view into in-law suite lacks a certain amount of privacy also? Finally it seems to be less than ideal to have the stair to the lower level face the entry; the first thing you see upon entering is looking down into a hole in the floor. Ultimately it seems the stair and entry area is oversized and the living/kitchen is undersized.
[b]Upper Level floor plan notes:[/b]
· Moved elevator about 5’ (or about full width of exist shaft) closer to front to enlarge kitchen.
· Reconfigured stair to accommodate new elevator location and eliminate winders.
· Reoriented stair from opposite direction so you don’t look down into steps first view inside entry door. Maybe make a ledge or display area at end of stair.
· Enlarged kitchen now elongated so range can be on outside wall, move window closer to corner for angled views from side. New island is much wider and now free of range so is all counter space. More room for stools now and better lighting options.
· Living is about 1’ wider also.
· Locate glass doors at center of space to balance façade.
· Move triple window in living (side wall) to rear to balance triple kitchen window and have more glazing on view wall.
· Move fireplace to side wall and flank with windows on each side. (this may req 1 more window so if not feasible, just have the one window at corner and perhaps align that window with kitchen window opposite for balance
· The central hallway along stair is about 5’ wide, and narrows to 4’ at elevator which appears to be wider than current plan which scales to about 42” at the elevator which will improve view into room.
· Reorganize remainder of interior to eliminate having so many various doors along entry hall to improve aesthetics and allow for better furniture placement options.
· Powder room location more discreet.
· Provide walk-in single door pantry (total sq ft is equal and linear feet of shelves would actually be more with this plan
· Felt the bath for bedroom 3 was oversized even for hc access so reduced slightly.
· Wic for bedroom and side hall for remaining closets. I think this plan even adds to storage.
· Maybe gang the two bedroom windows at center of wall to increase sense of space here and allow more light in.
· Entry to bedroom 3 now arranged so there is no view of bed from entry hall.
[b]Mid Level floor plan notes:[/b]
· To accommodate new elevator location and eliminate winders, reconfigured stairs to utilize part of the storage area toward the front. Hard to see for sure from plans, but appears to be fully excavated and even with this floor level. Still leaves some room for storage and have added new storage in laundry to compensate. Widen stair opening so views are opened up between floors, more light will filter down to lower level, and the 3 floors will seem better connected.
· Rework plan to enlarge bedroom 2 from 12 x 12 to 12 x 14. Eliminated one closet. Does this room really need12 linear feet of closet?
· Enlarged Master Bedroom from 15 x 12 to 15 x 14. Suggest locating bed on interior wall gang the 2 side windows near the corner for better views and light. (if the closets were placed between bedrooms for sound control there might be more efficient way to accomplish this with thicker wall and acoustical fill with sound dampening drywall application.)
· Align doors for better flow and aesthetic appeal.
· Add shower to PR for full bath. (bedroom 2 has no access to bath for resale/appraisal)
· Rework master bath to place freestanding vessel tub in front of double window for better look and usability. While location tub inside shower stall has some appeal for space efficiency, am concerned about ambience of soaking in tub inside shower stall. Is that a pleasant experience? Better to have light from windows filter in over decorative vessel tub maybe? Enlarged bench so person can actually stretch out if this will be steam shower. The bench can extend outside the shower to become a ledge behind the tub.
[b]Lower Level floor plan notes:[/b]
· Due to reconfiguration of stair, I’ve utilized the closed off room at the bottom as a lower stair hall which I think will actually make this floor feel more engaged with upper floors and be a nice flow to this level.
· Perhaps provide a planter at the base of the stair opening to bring in some greenery and take advantage of light filtering down from above, and make this area more inviting.
· I reorganized the rooms slightly to align walls and openings a little better.
· I believe the Rec Room is about 2 feet longer than current design.
· I added a wet bar in the Rec Room and a new closet near the bath; along with a new wic off the gym area. I thought these might offset any sense of loss of the closed area near the stair might have been used for storage.
· The closet in the gym would also make that room a legal bedroom which might be a consideration for resale/appraisal.
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