We have purchased a unit in a luxury condominium called The Brownstone that is currently under construction in downtown Blacksburg, Virginia. The unit is 1726 sq ft with two bedrooms, two baths, kitchen, living room, laundry room, and a "dining room/den" that one sees upon entering the unit. We've worked with the project architect to make design changes but these have generally consisted of minor adjustments of partitions here and there.
We're looking for some fresh ideas on how to make better use of the space so that it's more efficient and visually pleasing. The builder has made the project architect available to us and we will most likely share any winning ideas with him for implementation. Today the workers began pouring concrete; the builder says we have until late August to propose any design changes to the unit.
Some specific changes we would like made to the existing plan include:
* More purposeful use of the space; the unit's entrance area seems wasted and arbitrary.
* A somewhat larger walk-in closet (roughly 55 sq.ft) for the master bedroom.
* Easy accessibility of a bathroom to the living room.
* De-emphasize the visibility of the doors to bedroom, bath, and laundry when in the living room
* Closet space for coats of guests.
* Larger shower in the master bathroom and jacuzzi in guest bathroom
* Counter areas for entertaining (already in the present design) as well as a wet bar near the living room.
There are limitations to where the unit's utilities may be relocated. Specifically, the utilities (e.g., gas, water) for the laundry room should be roughly in the same location as where they are now located. Openings may be made in the unit's central wall (the one running parallel to and in between the two exterior load-bearing walls) but the wall cannot be shifted laterally. The fireplace may be moved to either side of the balcony. All cabinetry for the unit is contracted with Ideal Cabinets (www.idealcabinets.com); designs should include suggestions for cabinetry.
The Brownstone's website is www.thebrownstoneblacksburg.com/
* meets project goals (stated above)
* high usability of the environment (e.g., can make efficient use of kitchen)
* visually interesting