I have started planning and you'll need to understand a few things about our home. First it is creatively shaped. I designed it and David and I built it ourselves (with much help from my Dad) back in 1978. Talk about a learning experience! Much of it was unfinished when we moved in and we finished new areas as kids arrived. Here is a floor plan of the first floor. See what I mean when I say "creatively shaped?"
The back wall is a berm wall and below grade. The house was designed as a passive solar home and we heat using wood harvested from our property. The berm keeps the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. I have highlighted the room I will be working on in yellow. The house is on a slab which works as a heat sink so the utility/laundry room is my "cellar". It is still concrete wall, concrete floor and studding. Here is my current plan for it. Ever plan for a room shaped like this?
I am sure the details won't show up in the upload - Blogger really restricts the width of images - but I'll outline the details as I move forward. My list of dreams includes:
- 1. Relocating the water heater, water pump and pipes to better use the space.
- 2. Hide the utilities behind a removable wall - removable for maintenance reasons.
- 3. Add studs where necessary (back wall) and sheet rock it all. ( It has a cathedral ceiling!)
- 4. Add flooring - probably just vinyl.
- 5. Get a stacked washer dryer.
- 6. Install cabinets EVERYWHERE.
To start I need some more advice. I 've got a dream but I need to talk with a plumber to discuss reality! That is the next step.
Right now I have been spending my project time relearning Intaglio, a floor plan program and Google SketchUp. I do plan to create a 3-d drawing before moving forward.
I expect I'll be sharing stories with all of you!
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