I live in a 40 year old bi-level / raised ranch home. Except kitchen the entire home has been renovated.I have 2 teenage girls and they seem to be spending most of their time in their bedrooms.
Due to the style of the house, formal living room and dining room is on the mail floor and family room is in the lower level as a result on a weekday there is no space on the mail floor to spend time together and enjoy a common area.
2 key issues:
1) missing common cozy area for the family
2) missing area to entertain friends
1) Open layout with renoveated kitchen and family area
2) Party area with pool table , bar and home theater
If possible convert the lower level half bath to full bath.
Feels dark and closed up at times....very important to see an open floor plan with lot of light.
Willing to give up the lower level bedroom for home theater area....but woudl like ot be able to place a bed.
First and foremost, creating an open area with renovated kitchen.
Cost-cost-cost. I am on a tight budget and looking for the most cost efficient design.