A Change of Plans

I drove to Hillsboro about a week ago to chat with the lovely people at Washington County Building Services. Even though we have a “Portland” address, technically we live in unincorporated Washington County, so I have to drive and brave the farm-folk every time I need a permit. Or get summoned for jury duty (another story).

I put together these elaborate plans – a photo copy of the original blueprints, with a version of the remodeled floor plan I designed using Sweet Home 3D on top. I was worried I was going to have to have an architect draw plans because I’m not skilled enough, but apparently I got too fancy.

The fix: photocopy the original plans, use a red pen to draw the new walls, and use white-out to remove the old.

So I got home, drew up the plans, and then with a permanent marker and a tape measure, plotted out the lines on the floor of the laundry room, just to make sure everything would work well when arranged. And… well, I didn’t like it.

Not enough space in the laundry room, SO SO much space in the pantry.

So I went back to the drawing board.

Helen had mentioned a few months back that it would be nice to have a door to the outside in the room. And the more I thought about it, I agreed. When the remodel is complete, the only door to the inside of the house from the back yard will be into the dining room. Not the best if you’re covered in dirt. So why not add an exterior door to the laundry room, and make it an official mud room.

So here are the new plans:

The drywall and doors are waiting in the garage, and I’m planning to order the exterior door and windows this week.

Now just to make it back to Hillsboro to get the permit…

One Comment

  1. Mommy said:

    So smart to double check!! Would have sucked to get it all approved only to find out it wouldn’t work! On our blueprints, the main floor bathroom looked fine…but once we built it, was just so tiny 🙁 Would have redesigned many things if we had been more experienced..such as we NEVER use the ‘front’ door. Could have used that whole hallway for something else.

    March 29, 2011

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