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Basement Plan Decision – Trust the Pros!

     October 30, 2014 0 Comments
We truly appreciate our business relationship with Mike Beatch, a real estate professional, and his wife Laura who works for a large home builder in Regina, because of the property advice they give us. Anytime we have a question about the property like how to best maximize resale value or decisions regarding the floor plan to appeal to the majority of people, Mike and Laura have no qualms about helping us out. We thought we would pass their most recent advice along to you regarding the  basement plan just in case you’re in the same position we are with building a house or doing a renovation.  
 
 

Dan and Lauren sent Laura and I a copy of their basement development plan to get our feedback on which of the two plans we thought would be best for resale. With my real estate background and Laura’s experience as a new homes sales expert, we both see a lot of houses and a lot of different floor plans. Additionally, our clients don’t hesitate to let us know what they do and do not like.

The problem with Dan and Lauren’s two options was that they were both really good! We could not say that one would be significantly better than the other for resale because in this case it will totally be a matter of preference for a home owner. For some, two bedrooms in the basement are a must: maybe you frequently have guests, or maybe you need to turn the basement into a teenage dungeon. For others, a large entertainment area best suits their lifestyle.

My biggest suggestion for their plan was to make the second storage room a bit smaller. Storage is important, but the mechanical room is huge and I think that you can add shelving there to maximize on living space in the rest of the basement. In the end, the one bedroom option was my favourite because I think it was the smartest use of space. The games area is wide open, and I preferred the wet bar set back into the wall because I think it will allow for better flow in the space, greater symmetry, and it doesn’t take any floor space away from the main area. I can envision this as being a great space to have a party, so I wanted there to be lots of room for guests to move around without feeling cramped. We also need to make sure that people can line up for a perfect shot in pool. I love that Dan and Lauren took care to tuck the bathroom away; it’s so much more comfortable for guests to go down a short hall to use the bathroom than it is to have a bathroom door that opens right off the main area.

Whichever option Dan and Lauren choose, this entire project is going to result in a beautiful house. You don’t often see someone put this much love and attention into a project, and I can’t wait to walk through the house when it’s done!

 

Update: we decided to take Mike and Laura’s advice, and YOUR advice from our Facebook post, and went with the one bedroom option. We put the options on the website and Facebook as a “This or That” post, and the answer was crystal clear. 

Mike Beatch is a Regina realtor with the JC Realty team at Royal LePage. You can find more information about him on his business profile page on this website.


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

Flooring Options

     August 21, 2014 5 Comments

What type of flooring would you put in a two-storey home? We were quoted for hardwood floors throughout the entire house when we were gathering quotes for the draw mortgage application. Now that we’re getting ready to make a real decision about flooring, we are second guessing ourselves. (more…)


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

Revised Stairs

     May 27, 2014 0 Comments

So, I went back on my word of not revising the interior floor plan. I’m sorry. I had to. You’ll understand.

I started imagining what we would do for the stairs (carpet, hardwood, stair runner?) and all I could think of was a giant V like this:

stair y

I started thinking of the number of steps, and wanted to know if there would be a way to reduce them. The answer was yes; it involved adding winding stairs instead of having a large landing.

modified stairs

We decided to go ahead and make these changes. We went with 2 winding stairs, resulting in 3 stairs up to the bonus room and 5 up to the bedroom floor. So the V is now a checkmark.

stair y

Sorry for the extra work, KRN Residential Design…. we heart you. Thank you for putting up with us.

So, hardwood, carpet or a stair runner on steps? Tell us what type of flooring you like in a house. Carpet in the bedrooms? Hardwood throughout? Anyone doing any major renovations?


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

Second Floor – Final Decision. Finally.

     May 9, 2014 0 Comments

We took 5 seconds to decide which option we liked best (we reviewed our options in the post yesterday).

Drum roll please…..

second floor decision

We chose Option B for one reason, really. A house that is 2000 sq ft deserves a large master bedroom. We felt that 12×12 was too small, and that 17×11 would suit the house better. The master closet is still a great size and the ensuite just seems larger than option A.

But you have to know by now that we didn’t make it thaaaaat easy on KRN Residential Design. We still had a couple minor tweaks. Obviously.

final second floor tweaks

 

  • Centered the windows in the master bedroom and a tray ceiling. There are now two side windows with 3 small transom windows over the bed. I took inspiration from this photo:
  • Added 6″ on both sides of the bonus room, allowing us to create a 4’6″ wide stairway instead of 3’6″, as per the recommendation from KRN Residential Design.
  • Moved the washer and dryer to one side, creating a larger counter space on one end of the closet (instead of being split between the two sides).

 

And that’s it! We feel comfortable with these decisions, and are ready to move forward. Onto the electrical plan!

Do you like Houzz or Pinterest? What do you think of a tray ceiling? Do you agree with our decision?

 


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

Second Floor Dilemma

     May 8, 2014 0 Comments

 

main floor

I sent the pictures of features we liked in the homes we toured during the Open House Extravaganza to KRN Residential Design last week. Kelly and his team made a few tweaks and just sent back two more options for us to consider. The main floor is complete, and we love it.

Main Floor features we love:

  • large dining area
  • spacious kitchen with large 4×7 island
  • walk-thru pantry
  • cute kitchen office/desk space
  • large foyer with a closet and transom window…I plan on adding a shelf/bench/coat hangers under the window, kind of like this picture:
 

The second floor poses a question – which one? Both plans are awesome. It just comes down to what we think will appeal to the majority of people.

second floor options

Option A:

  • laundry room with window for natural light
  • gigantic master closet
  • Smaller ensuite (though it still has a separate shower/tub)
  • 12×12 master bedroom – is this big enough?

 

Option B:

  • 17×11 master bedroom
  • large master closet
  • laundry closet – small but maximizes space with shelving and drawers (just like the picture on this post)
  • ensuite looks more spacious than Option A

 

Bonus: Did you see how they tweaked the Jack and Jill bathroom?! Yay! Two children will be able to get ready in the morning. One can shower, and the other can still use the sink to get ready. We were able to make this design work by removing the linen closet from the hallway. There is enough space in the bathroom beside the sink to put built-in shelving which will store towels and linens for the two kid’s bedrooms. The linens and towels for the master bedroom will need to be stored in the master closet.

We have the weekend to make up our minds, and then it’s time to pull the trigger and get started on the electrical plan and exterior choices for the house. Tick tock.

Which option would you pick? Why?

 


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

Back on Track

     April 17, 2014 0 Comments

After careful review and consideration, we decided to stick with the city. We loved the idea of building in the country but with too many unknown variables (cost to landscape a huge property, cost to upgrade the house to fit into the neighbourhood, future amenities)  we decided it wasn’t right for this project. Now that we know we’re sticking with the city, we can proceed with the floor plan changes. There are plenty of properties in the city that are 40′ wide which means we’re comfortable adjusting our floor plan to be 32′ wide, even before we own an actual property.

We met with Kelly and his team at KRN Residential Design today to get everyone back on the same page. They were happy we decided to change the width of the house because it gave them more opportunity to include design elements they couldn’t before. For example, they want to change the stairs between the foyer and the main floor to be at a larger angle so that it’s more open to the middle of the floor. This is something Dan and I didn’t even notice, so we’re glad that they’re looking out for us!  They were also happy to work on a different bathroom layout for both the Jack and Jill and the ensuite. With the additional square footage, I’m sure they’ll come up with something amazing.

Now we just need to decide on an area of the city. Yeesh. These decisions are tough.

 

Do you like the idea of living in the country? Do you currently live in the country? 


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.