I was so thrilled with the response to our house design on Friday! I was pretty sure you’d all love it, but was so excited to read all the comments and know that I’m not alone in thinking it’s going to be gorgeous. I just can’t wait to see it start to come to life….
So as promised, here’s the floor plan, designed by us together with Scott Salisbury Homes.
Like the exterior design I spent a lot of time thinking about the floor plan, making sure it suited our needs perfectly, but was also going to be appealing if and when we decide to sell the house. I wanted it to be right for our family now, but also to work for us in five and ten years time. Our kids will be nine and five when we move in, but they will be teenagers before we know it (agh!) so we wanted to make sure the layout suited us then as well.
Originally Phil and I thought it would be nice to have our master bedroom at the back of the house, over looking the pool. We imagined opening the french doors up to the backyard and being able to sit outside our room and overlook the garden, a nice glass of wine in hand….Which all sounded lovely, when the kids are still young enough to go to bed early and give us some time out. But when they are teenagers and want to have their friends over for a swim, well then we don’t want our bedroom over looking the backyard, we want it as far away as possible!
So we moved our bedroom and living areas to the front of the house and the kids bedrooms and living areas to the back. It’s kind of like the kids have their own wing! Originally there was a big gum tree in the backyard we had to work around, which is why the back is an L shape. But once we got approval to knock that tree down (much to my relief, it was too big and potentially dangerous if it dropped a branch) we decided to keep the shape because it worked so well. I like it being different to a square box and I like that we will use different areas for different things.
So as you walk in you have the master bedroom, WIR and ensuite on your right. In our current house we don’t have a WIR or an ensuite, so this is cause for great excitement! I have included sliding cavity doors into the WIR, because we are both a little messy and I want to be able to hide that away if people come over.
Then on the left will be the music room/sitting room/adults living area. This will predominantly be used as my work area, for writing and rehearsing, but will also serve as another living area for adults to relax in. There will be no kids allowed! Which means (in theory) I can keep it looking nice and make it a little more formal and stylized than the rest of the house. No cushions thrown on the floor! Then when the kids are older and are hanging out with their friends in the main living area and backyard we could retreat to that space with guests. Doesn’t that sound nice! At the moment my piano is in the living area so trying to write or record when the kids are around is a nightmare. I can’t WAIT to have my own space.
Next to the music room is Phil’s study. He works from home a lot so this was also an integral room to have. I am hoping to have inbuilt cupboards and shelving to keep it streamlined and this is the room I want to paint navy blue! I want to go a little masculine in that room, which will be fun to do. Both the music room and study have french doors that open up to the wrap around verandah. This not only gives Phil his own entrance for clients if he needs it, but it will be beautiful to work with the doors open for fresh air and light.
I want built in cupboard and shelves live this in both the study and living area.
Then we get to the main living area, with kitchen, butlers pantry, dining, living and study nook. Here there will be gabbled ceilings and exposed beams over the living area, to make it feel even more spacious and add the design feature that we loved so much in our Block All Stars house. I think it will be touches like this that make it feel less like a pristine new house. And with that thought in mind, we will be up-cycling the stone from the original house to use around the fireplace in the living area. I always knew I wanted to use the stone because it was so lovely, so came up with this idea to keep a connection to the old house. I also think this will give that room great character, warmth and life.
Finally in that space we have included a study nook, with cavity sliding doors. That way if I am working or the kids are doing their homework it will be open to the living area, but if we have guests over we can shut the doors and hide the mess. I love that bit!
Then in the ‘kids wing’ we have the laundry/mud room, which you will enter into from the garage. The aim is that all the school bags, muddy football boots etc can be dropped there before entering the house. Then there’s the kids bathroom, two bedrooms and play room, which also opens up onto the deck. So when we have friends over, the kids will have an area to play in but can also access the backyard and pool without having to run through the main living and dining area. Same goes for the bathroom, that bathroom can be accessed through the french doors from the pool. I am really hoping that having a designated playroom means all the toys, dolls, puzzles etc that seem to invade every room in our house currently will have one spot to stay in and it will be easier to keep the rest of the house clutter free. In practice this probably won’t happen (Poppy being the messiest/most creative child ever) but a girl can dream.
Then there is the double bifold doors to make it all open up to the backyard, the big deck and outdoor kitchen and the pool. Honestly, it feels like a dream that this will be our house!!
So ultimately it will be a 3 bedroom home, with study and three living areas, which suits us perfectly. But if we wanted to sell it we could market it as having potential to be 5 bedroom plus study, if you converted the music room and playroom to bedrooms, which will also make it very appealing. As I said before, it’s all about doing what suits your needs, but not limiting the floor plan so that it appeals to a wide market if you want to sell.
Can’t wait to hear what you think about the floor plan and hopefully it gives you some ideas for your own if you’re planning to build.