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. Kristin says

    The floorplan looks absolutely great! Large and small rooms, looks very customizable.
    We currently live in an apartment directly under the attic, so every single room has slanted ceilings on one side and, due to a central hallway, the door on the opposite side. But, with some planning, we managed to get all the furniture we needed in there and, after all, it feels very comfortable and cozy.
    I am so excited to see more from the house and what you make of it!

  2. Bev says

    I also think it might be weird to walk right into a dining room, but agree that you could make a nice entry hall/vestibule if the front door lines up well and the area is not too narrow. I envision french pocket doors or a wide archway to define the spaces, with some coat hanging space near the front door.

    Do you think it might be strange to be able to see into a utilitarian space (the office) from your entertaining space (the dining room)?

    Just some food for thought!

    • says

      We definitely are confident in our plans but nothing is set in stone or anything. We’re just going to figure things out as we go! Once we share photos (both of the space and of rooms that inspired our decisions) it’ll hopefully make more sense than our little two-dimensional floor plan rendering. One thing is for sure- we’re casual people. We’ll never have a huge formal dining room, and our office will never be so utilitarian that it will look odd through french doors from our big round casual dining table. So excited…


  3. Kay says

    Hi guys – thanks for sharing so soon as you know we’ve all been so anxious to see this. Best wishes & blessings in your new venture – I just know it will all be fabulous. And lucky us – we get to see it all take place!

  4. Swetlana says

    I’ve been reading this blog for over a year now, I think, and I adore it to pieces! You & John are doing such an amazing job! Raising Clara & Burger, keeping your house all pretty (and now moving into a new one) and then of course this blog! Amazing job!

    I am always looking forward to new posts from you guys and even have your blog saved in a little bar right underneath the place where you put the URLs (I seriously can’t think of the English word right now), so I can access your site as fast as possible. :)

    Your new house (well, the floor plan) looks great! And so different from what I’ve seen in any house here in Germany! You Americans sure do things differently!

    I can’t wait to see all the future projects with all their before/after pictures! :D

  5. aimee says

    OMG! this looks amazing and sooo much potential to grow and of course make those renovations of yours that we all know and love. So happy for you, Sherry and John!!

  6. MS says

    All looks great! You guys are going to have the time of your lives fixing up the new place. Fuzz mentioned above about break ins with Clara’s room on the front of the house. We bought a ranch a year ago this weekend and I had the OPPOSITE worry. The windows are at the perfect place for teenagers to escape! I’ve decided we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. Ha!!! Enjoy the ride!

  7. says

    Hey Jen,

    It’s a bit more of a finished room than our current sliding door sunroom (think finished drywall with lots of windows), and it gets lots of light and has a high ceiling so we’re really excited!


    OMG that sounds so great Sherry. I can’t wait to see what you do with it. We have something similar, but not exactly and I have been trying for the last 3 years to figure out something for that room and get it the way we want it. Ours is only a cover deck really. There is a vinyl roof, all windows and then the previous owners put paneling over where the wood deck rails were (2nd floor), so it’s a little bit of a mess and it’s going to cost us some $$$ to repair we think and make it more of a 3 season sunroom with outdoor furniture. I have to get creative with this room. ;D

  8. Tara says

    Love the floor plan and cant wait to see you get started there! Out of curiosity, which direction does the house face?Do you think you’ll get lots of light indoors?

  9. says

    Wow, it looks amazing! So much potential! I love your ideas for switching up the floor plan. That dining room is huge, so you could easily create a separate entryway area and a dining area. Can’t wait to get the full tour!

  10. elizab says

    I saw in your sidebar that you are “digging” the Baby Led Weaning book. I have never read the actual book but we used this approach with our kids and it has been great. I tried so hard to get my oldest to eat purees and he wouldn’t have it! As a first time mom it was so stressful :( He started finger feeding himself small quantities but good variety around 8 months. With my 2nd and now my third child I just went right to finger foods and we skipped purees. Good stuff and everyone was much happier :)

  11. says

    Is the sunroom usable year round? I have three kids, and my “office” is a table in our living room, which looks into a spare bedroom that I’ve turned into an playroom. Its easy to keep an eye on the kids in the playroom while I’m working at my desk. Turning your sunroom into an office instead of converting the dining room would mean that you could keep an eye on Clara in the living room (and if she’s outside, in later years, too). Just a thought. (And I apologize if someone has already brought this point up in the previous three pages of comments.)

    • says

      Yes, it has a heat pump so it’s a year-round room. Definitely something to think about! Right now one of us is always on Clara duty while the second person works, but who knows how things will evolve…


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