a. We live in a home that is approximately 50 years old, but has had significant upgrades to the interior and exterior appearances including a complete remodeling of the kitchen, insulated windows, and plumbing.
b. The house is in great condition now since the upgrades.
c. The house is pretty small at only about 840 square feet, which is not enough space for us to start our family in. In an effort to increase our living space, we are looking for a set of plans that will give us the perfect home to raise a family in.
We want to add an approximate 800sqf (plus garage space) addition to the current house. The addition should consist of a sunroom, dining room, master bedroom and garage.
You will not be able to add to the front of the house, mainly because of its proximity to the street, but also, there are two very large trees in front of the house. Other than that, I am excited to see what you can come up with. I have some ideas, and have imagined the dining room, sunroom, and garage all being on the right hand side of the house. And, the master bedroom going off the back-left part of the house.
a. We want to achieve a comfortable living space that will flow
comfortably with what already exists. In our minds, the project will need to at least double the size of the home in order to give us the amount of space we really want. We must be able to gain a master suite, a dining room, a sunroom, and a two-car garage. Also, a sizeable back deck will be needed.
b. Our expectations are to have to open our house up on both ends. A successful plan will be one that has the additions look as close to original as possible. The style of the new rooms should be comparable to those that currently exist, however, if vaulted ceilings can be acheived in the master bedroom and dining room we would be extremely happy.
c. We will be executing this project as soon as we find a the plans we want.
d. With perfect plans, I do not think it will be necessary to continue working with the winning designer after the competition.
That is not to say that we would not like to have the ability to reach out to them during the project, or for possible future projects.
The winning designer does not need to be available for onsite visits. However, we would like the ability to contact them if needed.
a. The designer should absolutely know that we are open to any suggestions/ideas, but will ulitmately be making our decision based on cost. This is not to say that we will be choosing the plan that will build the most economical additions, but the price of construction needs to be reasonable.
b. For design puposes, we are open to any/all suggestions, and cannot think of anything that should necessarily be avoided, other than any ideas that are wildly different from what currently exists.
a. The things that are most important to us are that we gain the space we need and can comfortably afford it. As previously mentioned, the successful plan will include additions that look as though they were part of the original plans.
- PLAN DRAWING: Scale 1/4"-1' (or 1/50)
- SECTION-ELEVATION VIEW(S) : Scale 1/4"-1' (or 1/50)
- PERSPECTIVE/AXONOMETRIC VIEWS (where relevant)
We are expecting to gain a blueprint that a contractor can use to build, and a loan officer can use to formulate an appraisal of the fininshed product. Certainly, we would hope to be provided visual evidence of what the house would look like under the proposed plans.
Bird's eye views will be primary in the beginning in order for us to determine whether or not we like the plan.
We are expecting to gain a sunroom that will give us access to our garage via a small mudroom, as well as access to a back porch that will hopefully extend across the back of the house to the master bedroom, with a door also leaving the master bedroom to the porch.
In the sunroom, we hope to have a bay window that will have bookshelves on both ends.
The garage should have side-entry door(s) for the vehicles, and can possibly have a bonus room above if there is enough space. My only concern is that the peak of the roof of a garage with a bonus room will be so much higher than the peak of the roof on the rest of the house, creating a "lopsided" roofline. I have no problem with different peaks, but would want the differences to be minimal/natural.
The dining room will need to be large enough for a table that can seat at least eight. Our plans include a buffet and hutch that will accompany the table. The kitchen currently has bamboo flooring, and we will want the wood to continue into the dining room.
The master suite should be large enough to have two walk-in closets which can be placed anywhere the designer deems fit. We will require two sinks in the bathroom, as well as a stand-up shower and garden tub (not a jet tub). We would like a window beside the garden tub if possible.