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jack & jill

Wow!

     April 24, 2014 0 Comments

Well, they did it again. KRN Residential Design sent us a present today. Not only did they give us one revised floor plan that is now 32′ wide… they gave us two. Ooooh the options. They should know by now that options just mean more decisions for me to make. I better improve at making decisions or this design process could take forever. 

option 1 website

Check out that dining room! It’s a lot bigger, which means it can accommodate a larger table. I like it. One thing we were concerned about was the number of chairs that could fit comfortably in the dining area.  When touring showhomes and looking online, we noticed that a lot of dining spaces were small. The ability to have a table extended was important to us because we want to build a house that any family would be happy to own. Having the ability to entertain and serve more than 6 people around a table is important.  You will also notice we removed the upper cabinetry between the kitchen and the dining room. We figured that the fewer space restrictions there were, the better.

The other major change on the main floor is the foyer. It’s quite big now. Like, really big, for a front entrance. I’m looking forward to this space and including artwork and decor like a comfy bench or planter.

And… the walk-through pantry. Love. Main floor = perfect.

Let’s move upstairs, shall we? LOOK AT THE ENSUITE! Yes, it’s cozy, but there is a separate bath and shower! And the laundry is still up on the second floor! We gave KRN Residential Design the option of moving the laundry to the basement as a last resort to solve the bathroom problem, but fortunately they didn’t have to. With the magic of their floor plan software and imagination, everything on our ‘list’ is included. They even made up a plan sans Jack and Jill bathroom, just to provide that option… although I admit…the Jack and Jill bathroom has now sort of grown on me.

option 2 website

This is option 2. It’s 32′ wide, and bigger. The total square footage increased by 215 square feet, to 2095 total. I love the layout. The upstairs looks awesome. The kid’s bedrooms are exactly as I imagined. At our meeting, we talked about built in desks beside the closets, and I think it will work really well. The windows are also positioned to appear as a corner window. I can’t wait to see it in real life.

photo (5)One thing I love about Option #2 is that when you arrive on the second floor, you see 2 doors: the master bedroom door, and the laundry room door. The second and third bedroom doors are tucked away in their own hallway, through the archway. In Option #1, you come face to face with 6 doors. Six. I much prefer the clean look of Option #2, as we currently have 7 doors in our own hallway. 

Check out the size of the master bedroom, too! It’s huge! There are a few tweaks I want to make, like the windows in the master bedroom, but I think we’re getting closer to the final floor plan. Once we finalize this plan, we move onto the next step, which is the electrical plan. I’ll let you know if I make about any tweaks and if it changes the floor plan, but so far so good.

Is a large dining space important to you? Do you entertain a lot? Do you like an open concept main floor? What would you use a bonus room for?

 

 


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.

J & J = No Way?

     April 1, 2014 0 Comments

Let’s talk about the bathroom situation in this house. Our floor plan currently shows a powder room on the main floor and two full bathrooms on the second floor. The master bedroom ensuite is accessed by walking through the closet. The second and third bedrooms share a Jack & Jill bathroom.

Let’s focus on the Jack & Jill bathroom right now.

Powder Room

Powder Room

Master Bedroom Ensuite

Master Bedroom Ensuite

Jack & Jill

Jack & Jill

A Jack & Jill bathroom is a full bathroom situated between two bedrooms and is accessed by a door from each bedroom. There are many variations of a J & J, and each comes with pros and cons. Having grown up in a 3 bedroom/1.5 bathroom bungalow, I am having a hard time imagining a functional J & J bathroom.

I keep trying to picture this house with the J & J bathroom, and these thoughts come to mind:

  • Wouldn’t it be weird to lock two doors when you need some privacy?
  • What if Jack is a bully and locked Jill out on purpose?
  • What if Jill forgot to unlock the other side as she was leaving, resulting in only one open door to the bathroom.
  • Is one sink enough? Isn’t the whole point of a J & J so that the kids can get ready at the same time?
  • How can a single vanity be enough storage for two kids?
  • There is virtually zero wall space with this plan… where do the towel racks go?
  • One child won’t be able to brush their teeth or get ready for school if the other child is showering.
  • Will a small child be able to even close a pocket door?

 

I’m just not sold on the concept. I looked at images online and found some more functional layouts where the tub/shower and toilet were in a separate room from the sinks. Or, what about a plan where the sink was in a nook, visible from the bedroom? I went to my trusty MS Paint tool and created a few ideas.  These are obviously not to scale…they are just sketches (don’t judge! I will figure out how to use photoshop one day!)

Jack and Jill options

There are so many options to consider, but our biggest restraint is the space available. I don’t want to steal too much space from the bedrooms because, quite frankly, bedrooms in some of the new houses we’ve toured have been tiny… like, you’re-lucky-to-get-a-single-bed-and-dresser-in-there-tiny.  I’m looking forward to our meeting with Kelly and his team to discuss other options; I just know they will come up with something we like.

What’s your opinion on Jack & Jill bathrooms? Did you have one growing up? Would you add one to your dream house? 


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.