A New Floorplan

Since we bought our house a year ago, I’ve had great plans to make a few changes to the overall floor plan. And by a few changes, I mean I want to change nearly everything.

It’s in my blood. I can’t help myself.

Basically, I want a larger kitchen, with a walk-in pantry. I want an actual master suite with a walk in closet and attached bathroom. I want a real office that doesn’t double as a guest bedroom when we have company.

I’ve been playing around a lot with the floor plan. It started on a piece of printer paper about two weeks after we moved in. I scribbled some lines on a piece of paper that resembled an elementary schooler’s depiction of “home” drawn during art hour.

Then I progressed to floorplanner.com, where I plotted everything out based on some measurements I’d taken using a tape measure around the house.

Then I found the original house plans, and was able to get a little more precise, so I tinkered around on (free) Autodesk Project Cooper (now AutoCAD Freestyle (not free)).

With each software upgrade, I’ve also made fairly major changes to the layout, but I think I’ve come to a pretty good resting point.

I have two problems. 1 – I’m sure I’ll need a structural engineer, since the new plan requires a fair sized addition and changes to the roofline. 2 – I need to find a good drafting program that doesn’t cost me anything.

SketchUp = blaa. About a week ago I discovered “Sweet Home 3D” which is what I used to design the latest floor plan. It’s not the easiest to use… for instance, as you may notice, I couldn’t figure out how to make some of the doors swing the right direction, but it does okay.

I’m sure I’ll have to just fork over a few bucks to really get what I want, but in the meantime, here’s what I’ve come up with:

Just for reference, this is the current floor plan:

What do you think?


  1. Emmanuel said:

    Nice plan!
    In Sweet Home 3D, you can change the door axis side, by double-clicking on the door and selecting “Mirrored shape” in furniture dialog.

    August 6, 2010
    • Kevin said:

      Amazing! Thanks! I knew there had to be a trick, I just couldn’t find it!

      August 6, 2010

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