When we bought our 1950′s ranch it was for the location. And the yard size. But being a basic box, we knew we could do just about anything with it.
Andy and I prefer old houses, so we knew we wanted something that looked old but narrowing down the options was harder than I thought.
In the end we decided on a farmhouse. Because it just fits.
The front of the house will look like this- we will take the roof off and increase the ceiling height on the first floor to 10 ft instead of 8. The front porch roof will be metal.
This is the side of the house- with a side porch entry off the driveway into the mudroom
The opposite side of the house
And the back- part of the back garage will have barn doors that open to the backyard, where we hope to eventually add a pool. The balcony upstairs is off the master bedroom.
The inside first floor- the big box thing between the living room and the family dining is a fireplace (that is already there) but we going to have it be open on both sides. To the left of the back staircase will have barn doors that open up to back butlers pantry type thing. Mudroom/laundry room will be a workhorse room that has lockers for the kids stuff and lots of storage for lacrosse gear and other messy stuff. The hardest part about working with an existing house is trying to rework the old spaces. If I were designing this house from scratch I would probably ditch the living room but it is already there so we are just going to open it all up.
The 2nd floor was a bit easier to plan since it doesn’t exist yet.
So that’s what we have so far. Can’t wait to get this party started.