If you run into me on the street, in a restaurant or anywhere else – be prepared.
I have become a crazy person.
A one-track-mind-I-only-talk-about-houses crazy person.
If you are a friend. I’m sorry. Sort of.
It’s just that getting ready to build a house has taken over every little open spot in my brain. And I’m beginning to realize that planning a renovation and planning a house build are two totally different things.
I would like to believe that the renovations we’ve completed give us a good start on the path to home building, but there are just so many things to think about. And we haven’t even broke ground yet.
Just prepare yourself.
As we finalized the house plans and started making decisions, we’ve also realized that many of the decisions were based on our past houses – especially things that drove us crazy and we want to do differently.
Here are a few of those things.
(And I want you to tell me what you would do differently in your house in the comments.)
Practical floor plan over curb appeal
This is a tough one for me.
I so badly want the outside of the house to be adorable. I love a cute little house.
But we live INSIDE a house. And I badly need the inside of the house to be super practical.
This actually came up recently. We had planned a centered door in the front. Because, duh, symmetry.
But then I started losing sleep over the layout in the living room. And I realized that in our last two houses, I HATED walking in the front door in the middle of the room. It essentially meant that we lost a lot of real estate to foot traffic and door openings.
In our last house, we really only used half of our living room space.
So, we decided to change the door placement in the house and align the door on the right side of the house. I’m at peace with this. And the outside will still be cute.
This is pretty self-explanatory. I’ve never had a mudroom. I’ve never had a place to store coats and boots and bags appropriately.
That was a non-negotiable need when we designed the house.
In our last two houses, we had the standard number of closets in an old house. Which is also known as not nearly enough closets.
And we were stupid enough to lose all downstairs closets in our last house. All we had was a little area of hooks near the backdoor and a built in bench in the front
In the Midwest. Where it snows and rains and we wear coats.
(Can you even believe that’s all the space we had for coats? I’m practically Amish with that simplicity.)
And this was the space I had for my closet in our first house. It was in the guest bedroom.
So, in this house – closets are a first priority. Ample closets in bedrooms, a large linen closet, and a huge coat closet downstairs. And there’s even room in the mudroom for built-in lockers.
Life will be very good.
I adore the staircase in our last house. Gawwwwd. I loved that staircase.
But you know what I didn’t love?
Falling down the stairs. Several times. Life flashing before my eyes. And having a minor heart attack every time my toddler got near said stairs.
So, as much as it pains me to say it. We’re going to have carpeted stairs.
Can you ever have too many kitchen cabinets?
The answer is no. So, more is more with kitchen cabinets. I’m just packing those babies in there.
Better pantry usage.
In our first house, we had no pantry. (But we did create this rad little storage area in the area by the basement stairs.)
In our second house, we had a pantry. And I didn’t maximize the space at all.
I put the garbage cans in the bottom, and that was a terrible use of space.
So, in this house, I need a great pantry. One with roll-out shelves, preferably. And I guess the garbage cans will have to be hidden in lower cabinets.
So, those are a few of the things I want to do differently in this house.
Solving big world problems here, folks. Pantries and carpeted stairs.
And now I simply must know …
What would you do differently in your next house?
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