If you follow Sarah’s Big Idea on Facebook, or if you caught a little detail in my last post, you might be wondering about this “new floor plan” I mentioned. Let me start by saying that it’s not nearly as big of a deal as the last time we changed our minds about our kitchen layout. But of course, it will cost a little more time. And not surprisingly, a little more money — because we’ll be adding two windows to the back of the house instead of one.
Let’s take a look at the layout we had planned on before we started the plumbing last weekend:
The thing we’re worried about is that angled wall where the powder room door will be. I know it’s not ideal, but I was trying to work in two of Chris’s big considerations: 1) Being able to re-open the old window on the back wall, and 2) Not spending too much money.
Well, it turns out that Chris has always thought that the angled wall is weird. And I don’t disagree. But it was a compromise that I thought would work pretty well. Besides, if we made the wall straight, it’d cut right through the middle of the window. And Chris wanted that window.
But his concern about the angled wall was reinforced by Terry, a family friend with a ton of experience in the construction business. Terry stopped by Friday morning to help Chris get started on the plumbing, and somewhere along the way said that he also thought the angled wall was weird.
So I get home from work on Friday morning, and Chris tells me that we should just do a straight wall. But to save money, he thinks we should just keep the footprint of the old window, and install two smaller windows on either side of the wall.
Sorry dude, not gonna fly.
I don’t want two 12-inch wide, 50-inch tall windows smashed up against either side of a wall, with no room to even trim them out properly. You know what that’s gonna look like? LIKE SOMEONE TRIED TO PUT A WALL IN THE MIDDLE OF A WINDOW, BUT WAS TOO LAZY TO TAKE THE WINDOW OUT. Come on, even the previous owners, who left us the God-awful full bathroom in the dining room, knew enough to cover that window before putting a wall in the middle of it.
So I told Chris, if you want to straighten the wall, you can either say goodbye to that window you want so badly, or you can put in two windows that are adequately spaced, so that they look like two separate, planned windows — and not like a single window with a wall in the middle.
Well, neither of us were prepared to say goodbye to the possibility of bringing more light into the kitchen. And to be honest, even if we kept the footprint of the old window, we’d still have to buy two (very tall and very skinny) windows — one for either side of the wall. And we’d still have to patch some stucco. So I argued that we could spend the money on two windows and put in the extra stucco work and end up with something I absolutely hated (by staying within the footprint of the old window), OR we could spend the money on two windows and put in the extra stucco work and end up with something the looks well-planned (by getting wider windows and spacing them farther apart).
If you’re gonna do something, do it right the first time, am I right?
So without further ado, here’s the newest version of our floor plan (thanks to Floorplanner.com):
The windows will each be two feet wide, with almost two feet in between them. Wide enough — and far enough apart — to look intentional, and not like a half-assed DIY project.
Now I’m off to go order some windows, before we change our minds again. 😉