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Final Floor Plan

     July 16, 2014 0 Comments

Well ladies and gentlemen, here it is:

final floor plan flipped 2

 

This is the final floor plan. Yep. Final. The plans have been approved, stamped and certified. KRN Residential Design did an amazing job, and we’re thrilled with the results. Kelly and his team are incredibly patient and kind, and have a wealth of knowledge and expertise. They were able to take jot notes from our first meeting and turn them into a custom floor plan that we love. We can’t wait to start building this house, and see the floor plan come to life. It’s going to be amazing.

If you’re dreaming of a custom home, renovating, adding an extension to your house or even building a garage, consider using KRN Residential Design. We highly recommend them.

 

 

 


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.

Elevation Options

     June 11, 2014 0 Comments

Our designer at KRN Residential Design must have been ecstatic that we finally made up our minds yesterday on the floor plan because they sent us the exterior elevations already… probably to get us to focus on something else instead of finding further changes on the inside.

front elevation option

My first impression was: Nope. Not the look we want. I really like the curved arch over the door, but it feels disjointed from the other half of the house. I asked our designer to change the window in the bonus room, and the results are much better.

exterior option 2

Much better.

Next, we’ll be sending our window list to Humphrey Window and Door Store to get a quote. This locally owned company is joining Tradebank Regina to trade us the windows, supply only. Woot woot! We have progress!

What do you think of the arch above the door? Curved window? Stone accent? Two garage doors, or one big double garage door?

 


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.

+2’6″= Huge Difference

     April 7, 2014 0 Comments

Ever have one of those moments when everything clicks and falls into place? Light bulbs go off and suddenly everything makes sense? Angels can be heard singing in the background? Our “Ah-Ha!” moment wasn’t quite like that, but what we did realize will make a huge difference with our floor plan.

Kelly and his team at KRN Residential Design planned the house to be within the specified square footage we had discussed at our meeting, which was 1800 sq ft. Dan said 1800… I said it had to start with 18, which meant that anything up to 1899 would be okay. The team listened and gave us exactly what we had asked for – a plan that was 1880 sq ft.  However, in order to achieve the square footage we’d asked for but still have decent sized rooms and a good flow, the house had to be squeezed in.The width of the house is currently 29’6″.

original width

Most lots that we’ve looked at (strongly considering a lot in the north end!) have been 40′ wide. The building guidelines for the area we are considering is to have a minimum of 4′ on each side of the property line, meaning a 40′ wide lot can accommodate a 32′ wide house.

Are you seeing where I’m headed with this?

After a few conversations with a lot of justifying and persuasion, Dan agreed with me that the house should be 32′ wide. In an area where all the houses are so close to each other, you may as well take advantage of the space you’re rightfully allowed (if it’s in the budget, of course). Having the extra space in the side yard would be useless since we’d have a house on either side of us, anyways.  So once we re-examined our budget, we decided to go ahead with this change. The space we gain from this change will allow for a dramatic change to the master ensuite… I think! I played around with the floor plan in paint (I know, I know… there are much better programs out there) and I think we can move the stairs to create a larger ensuite space.

32 foot change

The red arrows are showing the shift and the rectangles show where I’d like the extra space to be added. We’re meeting with KRN Residential Design soon, and I’ll let you know what happens!

Have you worked with a design firm before for a floor plan? Do you love open concept or traditional defined rooms? Are you working on a renovation? Tell us what you’re working on, we want to hear about it!


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.

KRN Residential Design (to the rescue!)

     March 25, 2014 4 Comments

I love looking at house plans. Some people think it’s a headache, but I like to imagine a layout, furniture placement and small details. Very rarely though do I find a floor plan that I like without making any changes. There’s always one room that is too small, or a wall that I think should be moved. When we first began dreaming about this house, I spent hours scouring the internet’s free floor plans trying to find the right one. I spent a lot of time playing around with the layouts, asking my husband which options he liked the best. To some, this is a waste of time, but to me – it was fun!

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Imagine my excitement when we booked a meeting with KRN Residential Design to discuss a floor plan.  We walked into their office, not sure what to expect, and were pleasantly surprised with the ease of the planning process. We sat at a comfortable table and had the eyes and ears of 3 experts in the industry. General questions were asked like how many bedrooms, bathrooms and square feet we wanted. Our answers were scrawled on notepads, starring important must-haves and must-not-haves in our house.  Bonus: my MS Paint floorplan wasn’t entirely a wasted effort – it acted as a jumping off point regarding the open layout.

I love the enthusiasm and passion they have for design. At one point they lost me in conversation when they got excited about an idea, started using jargon and talking about how they could make the foyer sunken but still maintain the same ceiling height in the basement by using different boards or something and this would improve the curb appeal of the front door… did I lose you? That’s ok…they said it would look awesome. They brought my attention back into focus when they said suggested a coffered ceiling in the master bedroom.

After 60 minutes of discussing our floor plan, the meeting was adjourned. The team had everything they needed from us to get started on a floor plan, and we can’t wait to see what they come up with! Once we get the plan back, I can make further tweaks until the plan is everything we want.

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KRN Residential Design has been creating custom designs for over 15 years in Regina and is a member of the Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association. The team of professionals can help put your ideas on paper, ensuring both function and beauty in every room of your house.  Be sure to check out their profile page on our website to learn more about this locally owned company.

 

 


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.