Am I Actually Contemplating Making an attempt This Once more? Sure. Sure, I Am.

Y’all have my head completely spinning together with your feedback on yesterday’s publish. Nevertheless it’s not the unhealthy sort of overwhelming head spinning that makes me need to bury my head within the sand. It’s the nice sort of thrilling head spinning that makes me need to spend hours and hours at my laptop making an attempt out each risk y’all urged. 😀 So I wished to go over a number of the recurring themes in your solutions and feedback.

First, let me say that I used to be completely and fully shocked on the response to my eager to eradicate an enormous walk-in closet in the main bedroom. I used to be positive I might get nothing however pushback on that concept, and I used to be blown away that the response was fairly the alternative. Whereas there have been just a few individuals who mentioned they might by no means, ever eliminate their large walk-in closets, the overwhelming majority of individuals mentioned they might (or do, or plan to) dwell completely comfortably with a wall filled with IKEA Pax wardrobes, or a typical non-walk-in, huge, reach-in closet with good group.

So after studying your entire feedback and considering how I would like our bed room to look and performance, I’ve determined to do a whole wall of Pax wardrobes on the shared wall with the grasp rest room.

The slim part is 40 inches huge, and the realm on the opposite facet of the lavatory door is 140 inches huge. That’s 15 toes of floor-to-ceiling closet cupboard space. For comparability (as a result of lots of you referenced it), John & Sherry’s Pax wardrobe wall is just below 9 toes huge. So with my newfound love of IKEA cupboards, I’m so unbelievably enthusiastic about this concept. I’ll get a ton of storage with out having to sacrifice a lot sq. footage of house required by a big walk-in closet. And as I mentioned yesterday, I completely love a complete wall of built-in cupboards. I believe it’ll look superb, and it’ll perform very effectively.

About that laundry room…

A lot of you shared the identical thought in regards to the laundry room placement — that I ought to transfer it in order that it’s proper towards the again wall of the hallway rest room. First, let me present you the way I had it organized, after which clarify why. That is the position that I had proposed. (Ignore the eating desk within the nook. I’m simply speaking in regards to the laundry room for now)…

Since so lots of you urged it, I did think about putting the laundry room towards the again wall of the hallway rest room. I performed round with that concept for fairly a very long time, however I simply couldn’t make it work. The rationale I’ve an issue with it’s as a result of then I’m simply left with a doorway instantly from the household room into the main bedroom. That appears unusual to me. Very unusual. Not less than with the laundry room the place I positioned it, it creates a hallway that results in the main bedroom, which supplies a sense of separation between the 2 areas. With out that hallway, it’s only a door on a wall main from the household room to the main bedroom.

Does that not really feel unusual to anybody else? To me it’s as unusual as having a visitor rest room instantly off of a household room. These issues are typically tucked away and accessible by way of a hallway. It’s probably not normal (a minimum of to my data) to search out these “personal” rooms positioned good off of a household room and solely separated by a wall with a doorway. It appears bizarre to me.

So I’m probably not on board with transferring the laundry room in order that it’s proper up towards the again wall of the hallway rest room except I can discover one other technique to create a little bit of a separation between the household room and the main bedroom.

I did come throughout this image the place they created a bit of hallway really feel simply utilizing built-in bookcases and cupboards. I like how this appears to be like…

However I do want some type of separation, whether or not it’s a hallway created by a laundry room (or perhaps a laundry closet), or a “hallway” sort of really feel created by built-ins like within the photograph above. I simply merely can’t have a main bedroom proper off of a household room solely separated by a wall with a door in it.

So except I can give you one other technique to create that separation, I nonetheless actually like the concept of placing the laundry room the place I had it, and creating that little nook behind it. BUT…I do agree with most of you that the nook received’t be sufficiently big for a eating desk. That nook can be higher suited to one thing like a studying space. I envision some comfortable chairs surrounded by bookcases full of books. Or I might even envision a recreation desk in that space. The probabilities are limitless. However no matter I exploit it for, it could look intentional, and never like an afterthought. I imply, that’s a great quantity of house for use for one thing superb! (By no means thoughts that bizarre window placement. I dragged it over there by the door after which forgot about it.)

With that space dominated out for a eating desk, I don’t see that there’s every other house for a eating desk in that room. If I create a passthrough from the kitchen to the household room like I had deliberate (which I nonetheless need to do), and put the eating desk simply on the opposite facet of that passthrough, then it begins encroaching on the house accessible for the household room.

So what am I contemplating for the eating room? I can’t even imagine I’m about to say this. However…the lounge.

Yep, we’ve come full circle. I’m solely simply contemplating it proper now. Nothing is about in stone, and I’ll discuss to the architect to see if he has any higher concepts.

However a number of of you urged it, and clearly, having been down that street and failed miserably prior to now, my knee jerk response was, “Oh my gosh, NO! Not once more!” However the extra I considered it, the extra it made full sense.

The world accessible for a desk and chairs measures 12’10” x 10’5″, which is loads of room for a round-to-oval expandable desk. And if I would like extra room for a much bigger crowd, I might flip the desk and increase it into the “entryway” house. And it’s completely located proper by the kitchen. It’s additionally in an space that doesn’t create any issues for Matt getting by way of the home. I imply, it actually is ideal.

However I’ve tried this earlier than, proper? And I failed miserably, proper? So why wouldn’t it be totally different this time?

I gave this a lot thought yesterday, and it dawned on me that the explanation it didn’t work final time had nothing to do with the perform of the room. My failure wasn’t as a result of I used to be making an attempt to show it right into a eating room. The eating room facet of the plan wasn’t the issue in any respect.

The issue was that that was after I was making an attempt to brighten my residence round a inexperienced and gold kitchen.

Actually NOTHING I did again then labored. What number of totally different iterations did that room undergo as a front room that didn’t work out? Many! It wasn’t simply the eating room concept that failed. It was a number of front room concepts that failed as effectively.

I couldn’t even get any of my front room concepts to work till I modified the kitchen cupboards to teal, discovered my coloration palette (which took numerous trial and error), and located the proper rug (and the proper rug dimension) to encourage me. That’s when all of the items began falling collectively to create the present front room that feels so “me“.

However now I do know myself a lot better. I do know what colours I like, and what colours I don’t like. So turning this very “me” front room into a really “me” eating room at this level can be a breeze. I wouldn’t change something in regards to the hearth, the curtains, the rug, or something on the entryway wall. It will simply be a matter of swapping out the chairs, couch, and occasional desk for a pleasant eating desk and chairs. And voila! I’d have a eating room. It’s positively the room that makes probably the most sense as a eating room.

I’m nonetheless simply considering, and clearly, this will’t occur till we even have a totally completed, totally furnished, and fully useable and comfy household room. Till then, I’m nonetheless simply dreaming and planning and contemplating and considering.

ETA: I wished to handle yet one more recurring suggestion, and that was to show the music room into the eating room.


I can perceive how that may make sense, and it’s apparent from the unique flooring plan that the builder supposed this to be the eating room. However for us, this isn’t a risk.

The music room is probably the most excessive site visitors room in the whole home. It’s the principle thoroughfare to get from the bed room facet of the home to every other space of the home. We move by way of this room numerous occasions each single day.

To interrupt that stream of site visitors with a giant eating desk and plenty of eating chairs would simply be terrible. I might personally hate it and discover it to be an enormous annoyance, however Matt (in his wheelchair) would discover it just about unattainable to get by way of that maze. Simply think about him making an attempt to wheel himself from the bed room, into this room with a giant desk and chairs within the center, across the desk, and into the kitchen. That may virtually be merciless.

In order that’s simply not even an concept I’d think about. If you’re making an attempt to take an previous home and redesign it for somebody who’s in a wheelchair, issues could be difficult, however I all the time have to bear in mind how he’ll get from one room to a different. And I by no means need to create obstacles for him.