The Floor Plan, Stan

We’re still holding off on taking you on a full virtual tour of our soon-to-be new home (you know, until the deal is 100% done and we actually live there). But we thought we’d give you a sense of what we’re gonna be working with thanks to this rough floor plan that we threw together with the use of (it’s a free service, btw). Everything is approximate since we’re borrowing from the measurements that we took during the inspection and copied from the sales flier, but here’s what we’ve got (the washer & dryer are stacked in the small mudroom off of the carport):

*There aren’t measurements for the smaller spaces like the bathrooms or hallways, but the total square footage for this house is around 2,500 square feet

The funny thing is that if you look at our current house’s floor plan it might seem a bit familiar. We always said if we built onto our house we’d love to add a nice master bedroom with a true master bath (since our current casa only has one full bath in the entire house and no master suite at all) and we wouldn’t mind somehow creating a larger family/living room (we’ve always longed for a casual and comfy sectional but our current house just wouldn’t accommodate one thanks to the long narrow family and living room layouts). Sherry has also always had serious island envy and lo and behold, the new house could actually support one of those as well. In other words, just talking about it gets us all geeked out and excited since it’s kind of like a combination of our current house and a few more things we’ve always wanted.

We’re just so thankful that after some pretty rigorous searching we finally found this baby. In fact it has nearly everything going for it when it comes to our parameters (great school, great location near family, a lush and lovely yard for Burger & The Bean, within our budget, etc) except that it’s admittedly a tad bigger than we had targeted.

We like living modestly, making spaces multitask, and most of all not having to clean a huge house. But at around 2,500 square feet it’s nothing too crazy, and we’re sure we can grow into it and take the entertaining brunt off of John’s poor sister (who currently has a 3,000 square foot house so the whole crew always ends up over there- and as fun as that is, we’d love to be a place where the family gathers as well). We figure a bit of extra space couldn’t hurt in that regard, since the average get-together for us is around 10-16 people (and we can currently seat just 6 people at our dining table that sits in the corner of our living room). Plus there are more DIY projects to take on. Ha.

But anyway, here’s how we envision adapting the floor plan to make the house work best for our family (we’ve highlighted the descriptions that have changed in green, but we’ll break things down a bit more below the floor plan for ya):

You’ll notice that we’re thinking about:

  • converting the carport into a garage (thanks to a sweet credit the sellers gave us)
  • turning the modestly sized dining room into an office, and even adding pretty french doors to separate that area
  • converting the formal front living room into an entryway with a casual dining room slash library
  • adding a large doorway leading into the kitchen from the new dining room/library
  • making one bedroom into a playroom/future nursery for kiddo number two in a few years (we’re waiting a while), making the second one into Clara’s bedroom, and turning the third one into a guest room for family & friends since they stay with us pretty frequently (upgrade: they’ll now have their own small bathroom to use, instead of having to share one shower with all of us).
  • adding an island in the kitchen and widening the doorway that leads to the former family room…
  • …which will become our one and only living room- we’ve learned that three rooms with sofas in this current house (the living room, den, and sunroom) aren’t necessary for the way we live, and the formal living room just doesn’t get used. So creating a nice large casual living space with a sectional and lots of room will hopefully make our house into a place where everyone gathers, which is a huge goal of ours. And the more spacious kitchen that’s centrally located (which is soon to be open on all four sides) will definitely help create that airy, welcoming, accommodating feeling for large groups like our huge crazy family.
  • creating an amazing double sided fireplace since the back of the fireplace in the kitchen can hopefully be blown out so there’s also access to it from the living room.

Update: One change we decided to make after posting this but before moving in was to use Bedroom #1 (the smallest closest bedroom) as Clara’s room and turn Bedroom #2 (the larger middle one) into a playroom/second kids bedroom. Bedroom #2 will probably end up being Clara’s big girl room and our second child will move into the nursery (Bedroom #1) in a few years when he or she exists.

Of course we won’t do any major work (knocking down walls, building an island, fully gutting and renovating the bathrooms, blowing out that fireplace, etc) before we live there a little while and we’re sure it all makes sense for the way we actually end up using the house. We’ve never subscribed to the knock-down-walls-and-refinish-everything-before-moving-in way of life since we never would have come up with the close-off-a-door-to-gain-a-bedroom-and-a-whole-wall-of-cabinetry-in-the-kitchen plan that dawned on us only after living in our house for about six months. But we will jump right in with things like painting the walls, kitchen cabinets, trim, and doors along with switching out light fixtures, other hardware, and beginning to slowly but steadily furnish the place in a casual, affordable, and kid-friendly way. It’s honestly all I think about these days. I have about 500 tear sheets, notes, and other inspiration piles surrounding me at all times. Is it mid-December yet?


  1. Kelli says

    I love it and am so excited for you guys! Question about the fireplace in the living room. How would you arrange your furniture to take advantage of it? It appears to be right between two walkways, which would keep you from being able to put much of anything around it.

  2. heyruthie says

    p.s. do i detect some avacado green/goldenrod yellow in the “original” up there?? I’m hoping for some real fugliness when you do the big reveal!!!!

    • says

      Ahh- so many questions! We can’t keep up. We’ll share more details as we go. And we’re not 100% sure how we’ll arrange furniture or decorate every room yet at all- just collecting ideas and waiting to see how things go when we move in. We definitely believe in learning as we go along with a heaping portion or trial and error!


  3. says

    Love the all the plans you have in store! Someday when you’re not so busy with the move, I’d give just about anything to have you come down to Chesapeake (only 1.5 hr drive) and help us figure out what to do with our house. We bought it 1.5 years ago and haven’t done too much. We aren’t the most creative people, I guess. We need help (and so does our house)!! :)

  4. Amy N. says

    I don’t think I could be more excited than if it were my own house to remodel! It’s like getting your decorating/remodeling fix without having to do all the work! Thanks for always sharing and inspiring!

  5. Jennifer says

    We just bought a ranch that is the same-ish layout as your new house originally was…. I think the new office space and half your kitchen used to be a garage? That area is a garage at our house.

    We are trying on different ideas for adding on down the road (we, too, would like a master bedroom with a separate-from-everyone-else bathroom!) and the one thing I can’t figure out is the kitchen. I notice yours doesn’t have any windows! Is it dark in there? I think opening up that wall by your new kitchen island will help….

    Our new master bedroom is the same size as Clara’s room is going to be, ahh! Haha. (That’s ok with us – right now our master bedroom is 8×7!)

    We also don’t have that extra bath but that certainly is a good idea to put one there since it can share plumbing with the other bath.

    Seeing this certainly gives me ideas for how we can accentuate our new home once our family grows. We also want just one living space (vs. family room + living room + den, etc.). Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  6. heyruthie says

    OK, i just HAVE to chime in with everyone “worrying” about the kids next to each other…..WHAT???? our kids SHARE rooms! We have four kids, and the baby is always next to another kid. In many parts of the world, the whole family shares a bedroom! John and Sherry, take it from a Mom of 4, your plan looks great. The only thing you might do is co-sleep with the baby in a bassinet for a month or two at first. No prob! No worries!

  7. OnMon says

    I like your plans a lot! The only thing that makes me apprehensive about the central kitchen (which admittedly has several advantages) would be the lack of natural light – it doesn’t look like it has any windows? If it doesn’t have any skylights, either, I highly recommend Solatubes ( My parents just put one in a dark stairway in their bungalow and the difference is literally “night and day”!

    • says

      OnMon- It actually has an awesome window over the sink that looks out into the sunroom which is flooded with light – which is exactly what we have now in this house. We think with all the wide openings to other rooms and that nice above-sink window it should hopefully be amazing. Thanks for the solatube info though- good to know!

      Rebekah- There are stacked units in the mudroom off of the carport/future garage. Hope it helps!


  8. Victoria C says

    I love your new floor plan…so very excited for you guys. It made me laugh when I saw that you always wanted a kitchen island and a master bathroom…the two things I tell my hubby that I want if we ever win the lottery.

    Our house is 1100 sqft with only one bathroom, so having guests over is a real pain and our table only seats 6 comfortably (10 in total next week with 2 guests staying over!) Cannot wait to see how amazing your transformation is going to be.

  9. Cher says

    We too are owners of an old ranch. We purchased from the original owners from the 1940’s. Needless to say they didn’t do much to update the home in the last 25 years due to their age (it had the original kitchen from the 40’s). We also knew that we were going to be in this home for the next 15 years due to our daughter and the great schools and neighborhood. So we went for it and have been doing everything we can to make it our dream home. So tear down that wall and make the big family room/kitchen with the extra large couch you want. We did 90% of the work ourselves and we too had a small baby. You would be amazed at what a baby can sleep thru (jack hammering an entire wall down). I am so happy for your adorable family, and your new dream home. Keep up the great posts. They are a highlight to many people’s day.

  10. Jen says

    I grew up in a house that had the front door open in to the dining room … I hated it. Hated it with a passion.

    Having lived with it my whole life, all I can say is that it always felt awkward – for me and for visitors. And we avoided walking in the front door. No matter what could have been done to make it more comfortable/etc, it’s just a big “no” for me …

  11. Erica M says

    I hope you post some ‘naked’ photos of the new house before you move your furniture in! I think readers might find it interesting to look at the blank palette through their own eyes and see how they interpret the space.

  12. Melissa Peskin says

    Hey, I recognize that floor plan from my neighborhood! (Though unfortunately for schools mine’s in the city.) We looked at a house with that original plan that had a sunroom behind the fireplace, the guest room as the master with Clara’s room as a walk-in closet, and an octagonal architect’s office addition connected to the dining room. (We have talked to the same architect about renovating our house a bit.)

    Interesting choice your previous owners made to keep the only fireplace in the kitchen; I like your plan to double it. Congrats, you guys!

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