I wanted everything perfect, like a Dwell magazine spread, before showing pictures of our new place. But it’s time to let go and show our progress. Maybe when everything is really done, I’ll hire a real estate photographer to get the full effect. Maybe Dwell Magazine will even come knocking. (An amateur can dream right?) Here it is, as promised…
Presenting our new floor plan:
After the insane stress and pressure of a major renovation, it was a relief to discover upon moving in that we loved living in our new home.
The Great Room
Unbelievably, even after adding a 3rd bedroom and an office, our great room is still bigger than it was, demonstrating the tremendous potential of bad floor plans for remodeling projects. We stole space from the master bedroom, entry hallway, and former master closet. With the walls around the kitchen gone, a kitchen island with seating for four fits comfortably in the center.
It is brighter too. In the old floor plan, both bedroom windows were hidden by walls. In the new plan, if the bedroom doors are open, all four windows shine into the great room.
The genius of our office is it can be part of the great room, part of the master bedroom, part of both or completely separate. It has triple sliding doors to the living room and a door to the bedroom.
Because I stay up late and can’t keep an office clean to save my life, I didn’t want to disturb family members with either bad habit. My solution at our former rental was to move into a back closet. This is much better – right next to the picture window. [Read more…] about Converting a 2 Bedroom Condo to a 3 Bedroom Plus Office