9 Aug 2013

The New House Floorplans

I sort of wish I could come up with a better name for the new house than just The New House.  Maybe I should name her (yes, she is a her...beautiful bones and all...).  I name furniture, why not a house? 

To be honest, we actually did call her the Mouse House before we decided to buy her, but now that hardly seems fair.  The first time we viewed the house we thought we saw mouse poop in a couple of places.  We had Fin with us and you should have seen me. I am not a germophobe at all, but I totally turned into a complete hovering maniac germophobe Mama.  

When we made an offer on the house we decided that before we removed conditions and finalized we would consult an exterminator to see how bad the mouse problem was.  Well, the exterminator came and told us that in fact it wasn't poop, it was bugs.  Common beetles to be exact.  All dead and shrivelled up with their little tiny legs quivering in the air.  And, before you think I've lost my marbles because I couldn't tell the difference between poop and beetle, let me tell you, that at first glance the exterminator thought they were mouse turds too.  So there!  Anyhow, we figured the bugs were just from the house being vacant for so long (it was a foreclosure and was empty for more than 6 months).  There wasn't any food in the house so they all died.  

I'll be honest, it still sort of freaks me out that they might come back...but don't worry...I'll be on full alert!  But I digress....clearly we can't call her the Mouse House anymore and I am not super excite d about naming her Beatlemania, so maybe she needs a more flattering name.  In the meantime, I hope you are ok with me just calling her The New House.

But, the point of this post is not to discuss turd, it's actually to show you the floor plans, so when I can give you a proper video tour next week it will all make more sense.  I can't take credit for any of these designs.  Mr. Swell logged himself onto Floorplanner.com and went to town...and I think they look pretty fantastic! There is no way that I would have EVER had the patience to fiddle so much.

This is the main floor as it is today.

House Floor Plan
Even the landscaping...are you impressed?  Ha!

We really want to take the wall out that is separating the laundry room from the back entrance to make one big mudroom.  Unfortunately we found out that it's a load bearing wall (of course it is!!), so it's going to be a little more pricey than we had anticipated.  We still haven't decided if we are going to do it before we move in or not.  Here's what we hope it will look like one day.

This is the upstairs.  

Pretty basic with 4 bedrooms.  The one thing I really dislike about the house is how narrow the upstairs hallway is.  I figure that Diefenbaker won't actually be able to turn around in it - he will have to get his back up beepers going.

We are still working away at designs, but we will be doing something to open up the hallway.  We've gone back and forth between adding french doors to the room at the top of the stairs all the way to moving both room walls to widen the space up.  This would be the ultimate goal....but I am not sure that we will be able to afford it right now.  It's moving walls, redoing ceiling, etc. 

The 4th bedroom will be turned into sort of an open loft type room for us to use as a playroom (much like a bonus room in new homes).  Our goal though is to keep it easy to frame in again in the future if we need too (4 bedrooms is much better for resale).

Floorplanner.com has seriously no clue who I am, but if you ever need to make a floor plan, I can't recommend the site enough.  It's easy to use, and it's free for your first plan.  Our house was considered one plan - even though we did a bunch of modifications and versions.  I also love that it has the ability to add furniture to scale and to show the landscaping.  

We take possession next week and then the real fun begins!  The new flooring is ordered and is on its way....I see a lot of laminate cutting in my future.  1300 sq feet of it!

And please, if you have any other ideas of how to open that mudroom up or change the upstairs I am all ears.....


  1. The Mouse House is cute!! I like your layout but where are you going to put the laundry if you move it out of the mudroom?

    1. Ah! Good point...I forgot to mention that! We will keep it as part of the mudroom. We bought a new washer and dryer that can stack....so that they look pretty and dont take up too much room. If we go ahead with the changes, my plan is to move a couple of the cupboards that are in the laundry room and put them up in the mudroom so that I still have a place to store detergent, etc.

  2. what a great space and love that you have an en suite!!! and our house was vacant and had lots of bugs, too.... no biggie! we cleaned it all up!

  3. Hmm, wonder if you can do some sort of columns with a load bearing arch to give you the support you need to open up the laundry/future mudroom area?

    It will be interesting to see what you do! I will have to check the floorplanner.com site out. Ive heard good things about it.

    Excited that you will be able to start working in your new place soon. Hope you have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks for the suggestion! We are meeting with the contractor tonight so I will be really interested to see if he has come up with anything different. The archway sounds good, but the only problem is that then it still doesnt give us the space we need right by the back doorway. I can just see all 3 of us and the dog getting completely squished! Apparently small people without a great dane must have lived there!

  4. Oh my goodness!! Im laughing over my coffee to myself over "Mouse House" and "Beatlemania!" Thank you for livening up my morning!! The new house looks INCREDIBLE!! I cant wait to see what you do with it! And I love your husbands patience for working on the floor plans. Thanks for helping me visualize this better. I feel so lucky that I get to come along for the ride!!

    1. Thanks Stacey! Yes, he has SO MUCH patience doing all of those floor plans. He has about 6 different versions, I probably would have given up after the first original version, and there is no way I would have had the time for actually showing the landscaping. have a great weekend.

  5. You are too funny!
    But jokes aside, do you know that you make me want to venture out and buy another house ;) ?
    Im totally impressed and not kidding!

  6. That is so exciting!! And that website is pretty awesome. Congrats!!!

    [email protected]

  7. We currently have a combo laundry room/mudroom (albeit a bit smaller) and I would KILL for a door that blocked that area off from my entrance to the garage. I would probably just change the closet closest to the garage into a banch/locker area to open the area up. Just my 2 cents!! :)

    1. Well, I will tell you that we met with the contractor for our final quote last week...and....things will be staying as they are! Plus, the more I thought of it, the more I really wanted a door for our laundry. We sort of suck at laundry and tend to leave it laying around for quite a while. So our plan now is to rip out the closet closest to the garage door to give ourselves more room, turn the other closet into a bench/hook area and then stack the washer/dryer in the mudroom and build in some more storage for coats, hats, mitts, etc.

      Thank you for your 2 cents!

  8. Wow! What an undertaking! The plans look fantastic. Good for you guys.

  9. Neat! Love the idea of growing the upstairs hallway! Our dog, Ohia, will start backing up if you beep at him :) but, its definitely not his favourite direction to go. Nice to have so much storage, that is seriously the worst bit about an old house.


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