Nancy and I experienced a surge of excitement during the past couple days as we studied the first draft of the floor plan of our “new house.”
We feel the living space will flow well and will comfortably suite our needs. Because we are choosing to value preserving the character of the church building, I expected that we would need to accept some compromises regarding our living space. I expected that it would cost too much to both preserve the old and acquire all we would like in a new home. I am pleasantly surprised that it looks like we will be able to transform the church structure into an under 2000 square foot house that wonderfully fits our lifestyle, and do it within our budget constraints.
You might be able to see from the sketch above that we are choosing an open floor plan with the kitchen and halls to the bedrooms open to the great room. There will be a counter/bar peninsula between the kitchen and the great room. The dining area will be at the kitchen end of the great room and lunches might often be eaten at the bar. We will have two full bathrooms and four bedrooms – good for hosting guests. Nancy’s office/craft room will double as the laundry and my office will be in a gabled/attic area up stairs primarily over the foyer. There will be a basement under the master bedroom and bedrooms 2 and 3. We will also have a large garage.
The two windows in the kitchen and the two in bedroom 4 are stained glass. There is also a stained glass window in what will become my office.
Now that the plans are almost finished, we will soon start the process of acquiring clearance from the Zoning Board and appropriate building permits. We also need to complete the septic system peculation test. We are going to seek waivers from the township for the septic system and location of the garage as our current plans are not compliant with the zoning codes.