Okay, so the last you saw the house mockup, it looked something like this.
But the more I thought about it, the more I worried about the front of the house. I was afraid that I would have some pretty serious regrets with the design as-is, despite it being exactly what I wanted and asked for. Basically – I was experiencing buyer’s remorse before I even bought it.
So we’ve changed a few small things to the overall look – here’s the low-down.
- The double door was nixed. While that was a huge part of what I loved in our original inspiration image, once we added the roof above it, I think it lost a lot of the appeal. Plus, it was a 6 foot door on a 20-foot-wide house. It left very little space on the inside for actual living when you took the door swing and traffic flow into consideration.
- The entrance was moved to the right side of the house. This was a form vs. function decision for me – I initially chose form because I felt that having a centered door was a “must have” for me. Several of you actually mentioned some legit concerns with having a centered door in the comments, and after really thinking it through, I knew you were right. So we sucked it up and moved the door to the right side of the house. Now, the entrance will be a small dedicated entry area open to the living room and the staircase. And the rest of the space is actual usable living space. It will be so much more practical for us.
- The windows were adjusted. Ryan and I debated how to handle the windows on the front of the house. Should they be spaced apart? Should they be centered? Should they be together? In the end, we decided to make them centered between the door and the left side of the house and together. I think this will give us more bang for our window buck. And I think that it is also more true to how it would have actually been built in an old farmhouse.
We didn’t actually get a new visual representation of these changes from our draftsman, but I used my horrific abilities on PicMonkey to give myself an idea and confirm window placement.
(You’ll need to squint a bit to get the idea. A graphic designer or home planner I am not.)
I actually love the three windows, but I think it will be a little too much on a relatively narrow home (since the house is only 20 feet wide without the garage).
So, here’s another look at how it will look. Only better, obviously, since it won’t be a wonky version. Plus, we’ll be adding landscaping and window boxes and shutters and it will be a better color.
So basically, we will all drop dead from the cute.
The truth is, the house planning and design process is not simple – everything feels like a huge decision and I think it’s important to be honest with yourself about what will work and what won’t. Even if that means some last-minute changes.
Thanks to everyone who has shared tips and ideas in these house planning posts. I truly read and consider them all. It’s like crowdsourcing a house. I”m taking all your best ideas and using them to make this house better.