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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.

Basement Plan

     October 16, 2014 0 Comments

We decided to meet with KRN Residential Design and have the basement plan professionally designed. They came back with a couple of options, and we’re indecisive. Which one do you think would be best for the House Trade Built? Tell us on the website or on Facebook. Thanks!

this or that basement options


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.

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.

The House has a Home!

     June 18, 2014 0 Comments

Woohoo!!

The good news – we signed an offer on a property! Which means… we finally have a location for this house! We lucked out and found the perfect property. It’s on a quiet street within walking distance to parks and stores. We’re also happy with the neighbourhood – Harbour Landing. Ruth from A.R.E. Law put together the paper work for us to purchase the lot and helped us through the whole process. She’s a great real estate lawyer if you need one!

The bad news – the lot is designed for a house plan with the opposite garage orientation of what we had created.

The best news – we’re on a corner lot, which means no neighbours on one side! It also means making one side of the house appealing since it will be visible from the street. KRN Residential Design is going to take a look at the exterior of the house and come up with something pretty for us.

It didn’t take long for KRN Residential Design to flip the house. They did have to backtrack a bit with the foundation design and engineered detailing, but at last we’re taking a giant leap forward.

exterior flip 2

I may have also taken this opportunity to add a second window beside the front door in order to centre it and create a larger transom.

Isn’t it strange to look at it flipped? I’d show you the interior floor plan but it’s the engineered version which means it has markings all over it. It’s harder to read now, so I’ll save you from straining your eyes.

Do any of our readers live in Harbour Landing? What do you love about the area? Are you relieved that we found a property, and aren’t just creating a fictional house? We sure are.


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.