Hi again internet friends,

It’s been a minute… but we (my architects extraordinare) have been working hard on translating our wants into an efficient floor plan.

As a reminder, we are gut renovating this mid century gem with 3 heritage oaks, on an acre.

Here is the basic layout of what we are starting with:

Here was our original wish list:

  • Kitchen and Dining in same space. Breakfast area same as dining area (eliminating a formal dining).
  • Screened in porch/ sunroom because Texas. (mosquitoes)
  • Deck
  • Separate Pantry
  • Separate Laundry Room which would also house broom closet, swiffer, mops
  • Basement with media area where we can watch TV, let the baby and her toys run wild, office nook, and guest room with its own bath
  • Bunk room somewhere in the house to host our many nieces
  • More guest space
  • Detached garage since we would convert existing 3 car garage into basement
  • RV pad for our Airstream
  • Pool (eventually)
  • Orchard and garden (eventually)

Taking these wants, they gave us 2 initial concepts to choose from: 

A- the compact plan      B- the expanded plan.

Here is the before again, so you can compare.

Let’s first look at the Compact plan-

Main level

Note that the best views are where the pool/ screened in porch are located.


Things we like about the compact plan:

  • No addition needed = less money
  • Great to have a den/ guest suite that can act as a pool house.
  • Master is away from other bedrooms (split floor plan)
  • Bunk room!
  • Office for J which can act as guest area

Things we didn’t like:

  • It just felt cramped.
  • Master suite was small.
  • Master is away from other bedrooms (we still have a baby to tend to)
  • Great room with kitchen/ dining/ pantry was cramped
  • Not enough guest space.
  • Placement of pool and inability to see from living areas

Now reviewing the expanded plan:

Main level


Things we like about the expanded plan:

  • Big pantry
  • Bigger guest bath with shower (adding value)
  • Great room is separated now with just kitchen/ living/ informal eating. 
  • Formal dining is a statement room
  • Playroom/ guestroom
  • Nice laundry room near master
  • Large new master wing with bigger bathroom/ closets
  • Covered porch near master
  • Master is nearer bedrooms and takes advantage of view
  • Storage room

Things we didn’t like:  

  • Maybe just too much room added
  • Covered porch not necessary
  • Playroom not necessary with basement TV area
  • No bunks!

The next iteration is the hybrid version-combining elements of both plans.



We kept the den, kept the formal dining, made a laundry nook, kept the same bedroom layouts, and just added on the master bedroom with a little desk niche.  Oh yeah, and we added a statement wine closet! What else could you want in Texas wine country?!?  In the basement, a closet was added to try and hide the stairs that jut into the room. The bunks/ media area were reversed and I like that you see the media area when you come in, rather than the bunks.  The office was also enlarged. 

Getting very close…. But we still had some minor changes.

  • Added a desk area in the pantry (bill station). We always pile our mail on the island and it’d be nice to get it out of view.
  • Changed the type of eat-in in the kitchen to a low table
  • Changed the wall at the entry to be a buffet for the dining rather than an entry bench where I know I’d let crap pile up
  • Tweak the laundry nook
  • Change desk niche in master to a window bench
  • Change full height storage in master bath to low storage with open shelves for make it feel more open
  • Add door to basement to contain noise from surround sound movie watching (guess who asked for that one?)

So, here we are at our latest iteration… would love to hear any of your comments/ suggestions…

You can also vote on my Instagram  @celine_ord  

I usually post sneak peeks and polls there.   Oooohhhh.. 



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