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I like my house, It's in a good neighborhood, we have a nice yard, and we have a large space (1850 sf). Big kitchen, big closets. It's a nice house.<br><br>
However, the longer I live here the more confused I am by the design of the rooms. The master bedroom is way too big. One of the bedrooms is way too small. The office/den (could also be a formal dining area - it's off the kitchen) is too big. The "eat in" area of the kitchen is too small and oddly shaped. We don't have a utility room, just a utility closet, which is hemmed in by our dining table, which is too big for the eat in area of the kitchen. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
With better space utilization we could have had a fourth bedroom *and* a den/office/formal dining area. Or a bigger patio. Or even a utility room. The space saved by not having a utility room is totally wasted in the huge master bedroom.<br><br>
It drives me nuts (as you can tell).<br><br>
So... anyone else?
 

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My best friend's house makes very little floor plan sense to me. It's nice and roomy (2400 sq.ft), but has some odd features. One of the oddest is that you open the front door so that it bangs into the basement door. The top floor bedrooms are teeny, and the basement bedrooms are large.
 

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I love my floor plan, but am starting to dislike my house! The only thing I'd change about the floor plan is to make the kitchen a little bigger w/a sunroom, and add a mudroom. That's never going to happen, but a girl can dream. Otherwise, I like the layout very much. It's a 4 bedroom side hall colonial.<br><br>
The house, however, was cheaply built, and is of an age where everything needs redoing. We are doing it bit by bit, but it seems like more is falling apart or needs updating than we can fix.
 

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I am utterly mystified by the fact that the only indoor passageway into the main level of our house is also supposed to served as a seating area for the kitchen island. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
There's a set of stairs coming from the rec room and garage right there, converging into cross-traffic from the front room to the bedrooms, and people are supposed to be able to have a cozy breakfast there, too?<br><br>
Um, no, that doesn't work.<br><br>
Also, our stairs are 3/4 the width of regular stairs (probably because the original designer said "oops! the stairs won't fit there!") which is constantly tripping our poor guests up.<br><br>
At least burglars would be confused in the dark. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Finally, whoever designed the deck was clearly less than five feet tall-- there isn't enough space to walk around the house and under the steep angled roof without smacking your head everysingle time. :irk:<br><br>
So I guess I have the opposite problem from EF-- the house is solid as a rock, since the original owners put serious $$$ into nice solid woods, but they weren't talented amateur architects, for sure.
 

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Yes! My house takes the cake I think.<br><br>
Tiny kitchen with no natural light, no real dining room. One huge master suite with large loft area, and the closet is up in the loft. Washer and dryer upstairs in the attic off the loft. Second bedroom is in the front of the house, way too far from the master to put a young child and besides you can hear anything happening in the kitchen in there. BUT it is filled with beautiful custom woodwork, has such a warm feel, great location and wonderful passive cooling. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: The bedroom situation works okay while we're cosleeping, but we're going to have to move in a couple of years.
 

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I have a large kitchen... with no natural light. The eat in area has a large window, and the office/den/formal dining area has two, but the kitchen is sandwiched in between those two rooms with no windows in it. And the stove is in the darkest part so I HAVE to turn on the light, even at noon. WHYEEEEEE???<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Yeah I have this issue, too... DH snores, like, BIG time. I can't sleep with him! He has the whole ginormous master to himself (what a waste of space! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) and I have my own room. DS's room is the insanely small bedroom. If we had another kid, then what would we do. I don't WANNA sleep with DH! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">I am utterly mystified by the fact that the only indoor passageway into the main level of our house is also supposed to served as a seating area for the kitchen island.</td>
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Yeah, I've seen this in other houses. Who ever thought this was a good idea?
 

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Yes!! I love the area where we live, I love the neighborhood, I love the yard... I hate the floorplan!<br><br>
The eat-in kitchen doesn't really have a place for a table. It's just a square of a room. The table has to sit against the wall, because if it's out, there is either no room to walk or sit around it. And it's a small table! There isn't a dining room, so the kitchen is it for us.<br><br>
And the family rooms! There is a more formal living room where the front entrance is, but it's really tiny. And stuck on the back of the house is a big, long, narrow room that opens into the back yard. It's just awkward, but it's the biggest room in the house.<br><br>
We've dealt with it by making the front room into our library room, and we recently re-arranged the furniture in the back room to break up the space a little better.<br><br>
Houses are so strange! I wonder what people were thinking sometimes!
 

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I really love our house. However, my next house will have the washer/dryer on the same floor as the bedrooms.<br>
Currently we have the main floor: living rm, kitchen, family rm.<br>
second floor: three bedrooms.<br>
basement: family room, office, washer/dryer.<br>
Lugging clothes up/down two flights of stairs gets old....<br><br>
Oh, and a toilet on the main floor would be nice...
 

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Yes! Our house is roomy, 1800sq. ft. It's in good condition and well built (built in 1990) but I wish it had an open floorplan downstairs. I've been in similar homes with open floorplans and they seem huge because of all the open space.<br>
Plus, they put 2 bedrooms upstairs, plus a open loft space. I though it'd be great when we were childless, now that we have a child it is sort of wasted space, my computer desk and bookshelf is in there. And the third bedroom, ds's room, is downstairs, adjacent to the kitchen. We chose that to be his room instead the second bedroom upstairs (which is dh's home office), so ds could have the run of the entire downstairs during the day, and have all his toys in there/on the same floor. If dh's office was down there, we would have had to keep the door shut all the time. And dh is messy, so it would have been visible to guests coming in and out.<br>
So it's more convenient, but whenever ds is sleeping we have to be very quiet in the kitchen, which was so annoying when he was napping during the day. Why couldn't they have put all the bedrooms upstairs?
 

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We hate our floorplan so much, we are actually gutting the bottom floor, completely renovating it then knocking the top floor off and rebuilding our house into a 1 1/2 story craftsman style.<br><br>
But other than the complete gutting, relandscaping and residing of our house, it's great. :p
 

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We like our house plan mostly but a few things are puzzling.<br>
I do want to change the door from the back porch. It opens inward onto the top of the basement stairs. If more than one person is going through you have shuffle back into the kitchen or go down the basement steps. Fun with a dog and child. If it opened out onto the enclosed porch it would work a lot better.<br><br>
There are 2 bedrooms upstairs that you have a walk through a closet between. It seems a little odd but dd likes her passageway between her play room and bedroom.<br><br>
There is a small room between our Living room and bathroom on the main floor. It has a long deep closet. It is just big enough that you could put a twin size bed- maybe. I'm not sure what the purpose of the room is. There isn't a door. There is a dining area off the kitchen. We put our aquarium and a bookshelf in it for now. If it were just slightly bigger it might be okay for a small guest room.<br><br>
The light switch for the light above the stairs is down the hall by a bedroom instead of by the top of the stairs. The light swich to turn on the garage light is on the wall as you go from the dining room to the kitchen. The garage is on the other side of the house. It took us awhile to figure out what that switch did. There is an outside light on a pole in the middle of a cement square. Not sure how you turn that on.
 

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Our house is about a hundred years old. Lots of little rooms... The kitchen is huge, BUT the owners covered TWO of the kitchen windows with cupboards. One of them was only partly covered so we took that cupboard off, but there is a window that is covered by wood panelling, then has cupboards in front of it. You can only see it from outside. There are two entire walls in the kitchen which are INTERIOR walls, but they chose to put the cupboards in front of the windows. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
The bathroom opens into the kitchen, directly across from the stove. The shower is separate, and opens into the other side of the kitchen. The refrigerator is on what used to be the back porch, but is now enclosed - so you have to go through a door to get to the fridge. the only other place we could plug it in in the kitchen is on top of a heat vent.<br><br>
The main floor has a TV room at the front and a larger living/dining room in the middle. The dining room is bigger and I would like to use it as a living room but it has FOUR doorways leading into it (one of those is double sliding pocket doors into the front room) so there is no way to put living room furniture in it without blocking a door.<br><br>
There is a teensy bedroom on the main floor, you can fit a double bed in there just barely, but then you can only open the door halfway. We have a loft bed in there for my cousin, and just a curtain because we had to take the door off. So you have to try to be really quiet when she's asleep. Luckily 1/2 the time she sleeps upstairs in her kids' room.<br><br>
Upstairs. The biggest bedroom is at the front of the house, but we use the back bedroom for the master because DH can't sleep with street noise. The light switch for the master bedroom is in the hall. The door just barely clears our bed when we open it - we can just squeeze our queen bed and two dressers in.<br><br>
Anyway. The floor plan is totally bizarre. But I think I've gotten used to it!
 
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