Am I Actually Contemplating Making an attempt This Once more? Sure. Sure, I Am.

Y’all have my head completely spinning together with your feedback on yesterday’s publish. Nevertheless it’s not the unhealthy form of overwhelming head spinning that makes me need to bury my head within the sand. It’s the nice form of thrilling head spinning that makes me need to spend hours and hours at my pc making an attempt out each risk y’all instructed. 😀 So I wished to go over a few of the recurring themes in your ideas and feedback.

First, let me say that I used to be completely and utterly shocked on the response to my desirous to remove an enormous walk-in closet in the master suite. I used to be positive I’d get nothing however pushback on that concept, and I used to be blown away that the response was fairly the alternative. Whereas there have been a couple of individuals who mentioned they might by no means, ever do away with their large walk-in closets, the overwhelming majority of individuals mentioned they might (or do, or plan to) reside completely comfortably with a wall filled with IKEA Pax wardrobes, or a typical non-walk-in, broad, reach-in closet with good group.

So after studying your entire feedback and considering how I need our bed room to look and performance, I’ve determined to do a complete wall of Pax wardrobes on the shared wall with the grasp toilet.

The slim part is 40 inches broad, and the world on the opposite aspect of the toilet door is 140 inches broad. That’s 15 toes of floor-to-ceiling closet space for storing. For comparability (as a result of a lot of you referenced it), John & Sherry’s Pax wardrobe wall is just below 9 toes broad. So with my newfound love of IKEA cupboards, I’m so unbelievably enthusiastic about this concept. I’ll get a ton of storage with out having to sacrifice a lot sq. footage of area required by a big walk-in closet. And as I mentioned yesterday, I completely love a complete wall of built-in cupboards. I believe it’ll look wonderful, and it’ll operate very effectively.

About that laundry room…

Lots of you shared the identical thought in regards to the laundry room placement — that I ought to transfer it in order that it’s proper in opposition to the again wall of the hallway toilet. First, let me present you ways I had it organized, after which clarify why. That is the position that I had proposed. (Ignore the eating desk within the nook. I’m simply speaking in regards to the laundry room for now)…

Since so a lot of you instructed it, I did contemplate putting the laundry room in opposition to the again wall of the hallway toilet. I performed round with that concept for fairly a very long time, however I simply couldn’t make it work. The rationale I’ve an issue with it’s as a result of then I’m simply left with a doorway immediately from the household room into the master suite. That appears unusual to me. Very unusual. At the very least with the laundry room the place I positioned it, it creates a hallway that results in the master suite, which supplies a sense of separation between the 2 areas. With out that hallway, it’s only a door on a wall main from the household room to the master suite.

Does that not really feel unusual to anybody else? To me it’s as unusual as having a visitor toilet immediately off of a household room. These issues are usually tucked away and accessible through a hallway. It’s not likely commonplace (a minimum of to my information) to search out these “personal” rooms positioned good off of a household room and solely separated by a wall with a doorway. It appears bizarre to me.

So I’m not likely on board with transferring the laundry room in order that it’s proper up in opposition to the again wall of the hallway toilet until I can discover one other solution to create a little bit of a separation between the household room and the master suite.

I did come throughout this image the place they created a bit of hallway really feel simply utilizing built-in bookcases and cupboards. I like how this seems…

However I do want some form of separation, whether or not it’s a hallway created by a laundry room (or perhaps a laundry closet), or a “hallway” kind of really feel created by built-ins like within the photograph above. I simply merely can’t have a master suite proper off of a household room solely separated by a wall with a door in it.

So until I can give you one other solution to create that separation, I nonetheless actually like the concept of placing the laundry room the place I had it, and creating that little nook behind it. BUT…I do agree with most of you that the nook received’t be large enough for a eating desk. That nook could be higher suited to one thing like a studying space. I envision some cozy chairs surrounded by bookcases stuffed with books. Or I might even envision a recreation desk in that space. The chances are countless. However no matter I exploit it for, it could look intentional, and never like an afterthought. I imply, that’s a great quantity of area for use for one thing wonderful! (By no means thoughts that bizarre window placement. I dragged it over there by the door after which forgot about it.)

With that space dominated out for a eating desk, I don’t see that there’s some other area for a eating desk in that room. If I create a passthrough from the kitchen to the household room like I had deliberate (which I nonetheless need to do), and put the eating desk simply on the opposite aspect of that passthrough, then it begins encroaching on the area accessible for the household room.

So what am I contemplating for the eating room? I can’t even imagine I’m about to say this. However…the lounge.

Yep, we’ve come full circle. I’m solely simply contemplating it proper now. Nothing is about in stone, and I’ll speak to the architect to see if he has any higher concepts.

However a number of of you instructed it, and clearly, having been down that street and failed miserably previously, my knee jerk response was, “Oh my gosh, NO! Not once more!” However the extra I thought of it, the extra it made full sense.

The world accessible for a desk and chairs measures 12’10” x 10’5″, which is loads of room for a round-to-oval expandable desk. And if I would like extra room for a much bigger crowd, I might flip the desk and increase it into the “entryway” area. And it’s completely located proper by the kitchen. It’s additionally in an space that doesn’t create any issues for Matt getting by way of the home. I imply, it actually is ideal.

However I’ve tried this earlier than, proper? And I failed miserably, proper? So why wouldn’t it be completely different this time?

I gave this a lot thought yesterday, and it dawned on me that the rationale it didn’t work final time had nothing to do with the operate of the room. My failure wasn’t as a result of I used to be making an attempt to show it right into a eating room. The eating room side of the plan wasn’t the issue in any respect.

The issue was that that was once I was making an attempt to brighten my dwelling round a inexperienced and gold kitchen.

Actually NOTHING I did again then labored. What number of completely different iterations did that room undergo as a front room that didn’t work out? Many! It wasn’t simply the eating room concept that failed. It was a number of front room concepts that failed as effectively.

I couldn’t even get any of my front room concepts to work till I modified the kitchen cupboards to teal, discovered my shade palette (which took lots of trial and error), and located the best rug (and the best rug dimension) to encourage me. That’s when all of the items began falling collectively to create the present front room that feels so “me“.

However now I do know myself significantly better. I do know what colours I like, and what colours I don’t like. So turning this very “me” front room into a really “me” eating room at this level could be a breeze. I wouldn’t change something in regards to the fire, the curtains, the rug, or something on the entryway wall. It could simply be a matter of swapping out the chairs, couch, and occasional desk for a pleasant eating desk and chairs. And voila! I’d have a eating room. It’s positively the room that makes probably the most sense as a eating room.

I’m nonetheless simply considering, and clearly, this could’t occur till we even have a completely completed, totally furnished, and utterly useable and comfy household room. Till then, I’m nonetheless simply dreaming and planning and contemplating and considering.

ETA: I wished to handle yet another recurring suggestion, and that was to show the music room into the eating room.


I can perceive how that may make sense, and it’s apparent from the unique flooring plan that the builder meant this to be the eating room. However for us, this isn’t a risk.

The music room is probably the most excessive visitors room in the complete home. It’s the principle thoroughfare to get from the bed room aspect of the home to some other space of the home. We cross by way of this room numerous occasions each single day.

To interrupt that move of visitors with a giant eating desk and plenty of eating chairs would simply be terrible. I’d personally hate it and discover it to be an enormous annoyance, however Matt (in his wheelchair) would discover it just about unattainable to get by way of that maze. Simply think about him making an attempt to wheel himself from the bed room, into this room with a giant desk and chairs within the center, across the desk, and into the kitchen. That may nearly be merciless.

In order that’s simply not even an thought I’d contemplate. Once you’re making an attempt to take an previous home and redesign it for somebody who’s in a wheelchair, issues may be difficult, however I all the time have to bear in mind how he’ll get from one room to a different. And I by no means need to create boundaries for him.