Ok, Im not going to lie and tell you the entire process of designing your own home is easy. In fact, purchasing a stock plan would have been more of my style and maybe kept me a little younger. You see, I’m the one who takes the easy road and Henry not so much. He is always up for a challenge.
He had his mind set that we were going for unique, our own design, but of course functional for our family. But with our architect, Frusterio Design, I truly feel we accomplished exactly what we were going for: the perfect match of timeless style and functionality. After a few long weeks, it was well worth it!
We wanted the look of our new home to be a timeless design. One that would grow old with us if we did live here forever. One that would never go out of style. One that would be new, but look like it had been there for years.
For the exterior finishes, we will be using brick and Hardie plank. Both brick and Hardie plank are very low maintenance and very durable. Other than painting every so many years, both materials should withstand time and weather.
We will be doing a solid wood front door and side entrance door. We did debate this, but couldn’t resist the beauty of solid wood.
We have solid wood doors now and absolutely love them! The front door is under a covered porch which will help with weathering. Neither front or side doors get direct sunlight due to the many trees, so this is also a plus.
On the other hand, the garage doors will be faux wood. After thinking about the wear and tear of garage doors we felt this would be more functional. It will also save us from restaining every few years.
First Floor: Master Bedroom
Going into this process we had several things on our list that we wanted to include on the first floor. The first thing we were set on was having the master bedroom downstairs. Not only is it great for resale value, we know we aren’t getting any younger. As you know, we aren’t the type of people to say “forever home,” but who knows, so we did take this into consideration. Also, with two teenagers and no small kids at home, it is kind of nice being somewhat separated from them. This allows everyone to have their own space.
Separate Mudroom and Laundry Room
Henry and I chose to have a separate mudroom and laundry room. We wanted the master bedroom to be near the laundry room for convenience. This would make doing laundry much easier. We will be doing a laundry shoot from the bedrooms upstairs to the laundry room. Anything to make my laundry a little easier is a must have!
The mudroom will be on the other end of the house near the garage. It will be a place where we can leave the junk before coming into the rest of the house. Im also loving how the plans calls for an entrance into the kitchen from this area. This will make carrying in groceries much easier. I know this mudroom is going to be used and very functional!
Covered Back Porch
We know first hand that a covered back porch is a must have for us. We love our current back porch and use it all the time! When planning this new build, we knew we wanted this area for entertainment and relaxation. Considering this is a much used area for us, we are even adding a fireplace. And, I think another necessity will be a porch swing!
Another area we wanted and really needed in this house was a designated office area. We chose to put this room downstairs for a couple of reasons. The first reason is because for resale purposes we wanted a guest bedroom on the main floor. It will have a closet and an attached bathroom which in return will count as a 5th bedroom if on the market. The other reason we wanted to do an office on the main level was for separation from the children. This allows for us to get more work accomplished during the summer and winter breaks while they are at home. Not to mention, we plan on having a very cool office space, so who wouldn’t want to make it more visible, right.
Our thinking behind this area of our home was family! Our family spend more time in the kitchen and family room more than any other are on the inside of the home. We are very close and tend to migrate to the same area. I may be cooking, the kids doing homework, and Henry watching a ball game, but we love being in the same area. So, we made this more of an open area with vaulted ceilings. This will definitely make it feel more roomy and will also be great for entertaining.
Another cool feature we are thinking about doing is a panoramic door between the family room and covered porch area. This door will allow more of an open flow to the porch during warmer weather.
The upstairs is really pretty basic. It houses three bedroom and two baths. This allows each child to have his/her own bathroom. Having both a boy and a girl this is kind of nice. We will use the third bedroom for a tv/game room for them to give them more space when they have friends over.
We are very excited about our upcoming build and feel like we nailed it with this house as far as functionality for our family.