So – you are probably wondering what this house looks like, and what “The Plan” might be. As explained before, it’s a 2000 sq foot rancher that was built in 1986 in Maple Ridge, BC. Therefore, it has raised panel oak cabinetry, pink p-lam countertops, blue/grey plumbing fixtures, single pane windows, 2 1/2″ mouldings/baseboards, shiny brass hardware, a burgundy double front door and 11 flooring transitions [GAH!] – which include linoleum, carpet and laminate.
As for layout – it has five bedrooms including the principal bedroom which includes an ensuite. There are two, three piece bathrooms as well – which is great for a growing family. The public areas of the home are compartmentalized and therefore, make it harder to entertain. I have always liked the way the home was laid out – but now thinking about functionality for our family of 5, there are definitely a few things that we are going to change.
By taking out some partition walls – and adding a beam in another area – we hope to create an open space. We will define the different areas of this open space with custom millwork and furniture – therefore, still allowing a separate feel for the kitchen, work space, dining area, and media area. We also decided to stack the washer/dryer to allow for an undermount laundry sink, and took out the closet in the boot room to allow for a built in to house shoes, coats, backpacks, etc. I feel that the riskiest thing we are proposing to do is take out our existing (tiny) WIC and use that space to extend the existing (tiny) ensuite – and include a freestanding soaker tub. To make up for the lost walk in closet, we will have full height built-ins installed in the bedroom instead. I will let you know if this is a disaster – or if the trade off was worth it!