Like anyone with a new home, we had lots of ideas about what we wanted to do with the place. Besides the land, the house had much of what we were looking for: pantry, office space, studio, and 2nd bathroom. Some things needed immediate modification, even if only temporary; the kitchen for example. Other things like the fireplace, weren't salvageable and needed to be overhauled entirely
As we've been living here, we've been thinking not just about individual rooms and projects, but about how our living space is arranged as a whole. Our ideas and discussions have been about things like this:
- Food storage - while I was delighted that the place came with a pantry, the 4 by 6 foot space now seems totally inadequate for what we want to store. I'm talking a full year's worth of home canned goods, jars and crocks for lacto-fermented foods, grains, and garden produce. One possibility is a root cellar, but a larger pantry is also in order.
- Water heater - is getting near the end of it's service life. It currently resides in a rather inaccessible spot in the crawl space. When we install a new one, we'd like to relocate it.
- DH wants a master suite with a master bathroom. Even though it's only the two of us living here, this is something he really likes.
To see our current floor plan for comparison - click here.
This will require a bit of work, but it seems a good solution:
- If we can create another office space for DH, the back room of the addition can become the pantry. It's much larger (8 x 12 ft) and so has plenty of space for storage shelves & work table, it's right off the kitchen, and it's where we put the freezer and the old fridge.
- The current pantry can become a utility room. We can relocate the water heater there, making it accessible for inspection and maintenance. That room can also be used as a broom closet for the vacuum cleaner, ironing board, cleaning supplies, etc.
- If we borrow space from our 5-foot wide main hallway, we can create a master suite using the spare room and hall bath. That borrowed space from the hall can become a study for DH. He has a desk and a drawing table, and will need shelving as well. If we can manage that in the "found" 5 by 10 foot space, it will be a workable solution.
- We've already moved DH's office and studio into the spare room for the time being, enabling us to clear out the back room and start on the new pantry.
- Our water heater is probably on it's last legs. When we get the new one, DH will install it in the old pantry, now utility closet.
- The plumbing for that can be done in conjunction with remodeling the back bathroom, which is the next project on our list, now that we've finished the goat fence!
- Creating the master suite will be last on the list, and I doubt we can get to that anytime soon. But maybe we can a few years down the road.