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?