I never thought that I would be the type of person that would want to live in the country.
I thought we would be city dwellers, or at least live in the suburbs.
Richard grew up on a farm, his parents and his grandparents still live on the same piece of land that his family has owned for over a hundred years. It is one of the most relaxing places I have ever been. We had our first kiss at the farm; Rich taught me how to drive a dirt bike and quad there; Fire works & roman candle fights filled our spring and summer nights, and some VERY chilly winter nights.
Lately Rich and I have been talking about selling our house and buying/building an acreage. A thought that excites me beyond measure. I want our children to have the childhood that Richard had. I don’t want them to remember what it is like to live near the train tracks, or near neighbours that are super close (don’t get me wrong, I love my neighbours, I just crave something more for our boys).
I love looking at house plans.
I think it stems from my grandpa and dad both being general contractors. When we were little we would get the old blue prints and get to colour and draw all over them. It was awesome.
So I scoured the internet, went to our local home hardware and bought this book.
Then I went online here, and found a floor plan I loved. I made some MAJOR changes to it, to fit our family better.
What do you think of the plans?
This is the outside of the house. It won’t be this big.
This is what I want.
Cut the house off before the little window on the left.
The original is on the left, how I changed it on the right. The original is gorgeous. But it is HUGE.
How did I change it?
Well, we don’t need a three car garage, a prep kitchen, a media room, or 4 bathrooms.
I moved the garage down and made it a two car garage with a mudroom closet in the garage (that way work boots don’t need to come in the house! Hallelujah)
I redid the kids bathroom, I quickly realized that the original plan didn’t have a bathtub in the main bath. When you have small children, that just isn’t going to work.
I also moved the laundry room to where an ensuite was (for the fourth bedroom), because we really didn’t need another bathroom there.
As for the basement, we want to leave it unfinished, and just have a bathroom roughed in. Eventually we will put a tv room/playroom down there, as well as a couple bedrooms.
Even though this won’t happen for a couple years. I still love to dream!