Space to be Designed:
This will be a full second floor addition to a current single story bungalow. The house is in the Boston area, built in 1929 and is currently (pre-addition) 1100sq feet. The second story addition EXTERIOR will be built as drawn on attached files with only some very minor potential changes. The competition is to redesign/rework only the second story INTERIOR FLOOR PLAN AND DESIGN.
The second floor addition will include 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and a separate laundry room.
The addition includes some lower ceilings and exterior walls to maintain a story and a half bungalow appearance.
In order to best utilize the space which includes some lower ceilings and shorter exterior walls we are looking for some design ideas and a potentially different layout than currently proposed.
Current Condition: This is a full second story addition, the second floor is not current existing
Overall Budget: The total budget is around $225,000 for the entire house project. ONLY the SECOND FLOOR is part of this competition.
The challenge is efficiently using the space that has been designed to maintain the story and half appearance as this creates some constraints with gable dormer in front. Given placement of the existing first floor bathroom we assume having the bathrooms/laundry in the back of the house to be most cost effective, although we are open to other possibilities.
Per structural engineer the valley beam on the gable roof will either be exposed approximately 10inches or there will be a post (approximately) 6 feet from front and side wall. This is noted on the plan and should be given significant consideration in the design of the rooms.
We are a family with one elementary school aged child. There is an existing separate bedroom and bathroom on the first floor for guests so we do no anticipate using the third bedroom upstairs on a regular basis.
We prefer a clean, uncluttered, more contemporary style.
We like mid century modern, but want design to be a mix with some transitional or more eclectic elements.
We prefer lighter cool tones for wall color.
We like bright cheerful colors and patterns, but more so in elements that can be switched out, linens, curtains, pillows, etc.
We desire furniture, closet and bathroom design to incorporate primarily closed storage.
The space will have skylights, the position of which is flexible so these can be included in proposed design.
For the master bedroom:
Very important: room and furniture layout that allows bed placement that has shelter/privacy from hall door and isn't oriented to bathroom, or ideally closet door(s). We have a king size bed.
Ceiling/pendant lighting for master bedroom for reading in bed.
Design for walk in closet. We would prefer all clothes storage in within the closet or not need more then a single longer low bureau within the bedroom.
We are quite close to our neighbors so thinking of window coverings that work well with design without blocking too much light.
For master bath:
Either large 2 sink vanity (60+ inches) or two separate vanities.
Linen storage in the bathroom
Walk in shower with glass door or glass wall enclosure with walk in shower. No bathtub
Toilet closet/enclosure or at minimum partition wall around toilet
For Child's room:
Loft bed or loft area large enough for a double bed, ideally with some storage or a creative area. We have a very active child and the more floor space the better.
Space for child to hang artwork
Walk in closet or area with storage easy for child to manage. Perhaps wall hung shelves with bins?
For second (child's) bathroom:
Linen storage in bathroom- closet or storage furniture
easy to clean, potentially wall hung toilet
Tile floor, though open to other options.
Will have front loading washer/dryer. can design to be used side by side or as stackables
Ideally countertop space, could be flexible/ flip down type type folding area
drying rack/hanging area, again could fold up to wall
single depth storage for laundry/cleaning products-shallow cabinet or shelves
potentially utility/laundry sink
use of the smallest amount of square footage while still maintaining usability.
Possible use of shorter walls/lowered ceiling height for closet or dresser. Creating a third bedroom is primarily for resale in the future, and we will likely use it as a small craft or play space.
The chimney is existing and cannot be moved.
The stairs location has been determined and cannot move.
Laundry room with hall access, not within a bathroom
Dislike corner showers with angled or rounded corner
There will be skylights and placement of these is somewhat flexible so can be incorporated into the design. Windows placement on the front and sides of the house are somewhat more fixed, rear windows less so. However open to proposed changes to window placement in front of second floor.
For master bathroom a clean spa like appearance with some warmer wood elements is appealing as is a skylight in bathroom area.
We like bright, cheerful, cozy spaces. We like some modern design, some transitional style.
We are interested in fixtures (tile, bathroom fixtures) that will stand the test of time combined with creative elements that can be changed out more easily in the future if desired such as a bright wall color in the laundry room, bold wallpaper feature wall, eye catching lighting,
We are open to creative/flexible use to make a third bedroom as we don't plan to use it as a bedroom currently, but want this as an option in the future for potential resale.
Floors in bedrooms and hall will be medium toned hardwood to match downstairs and the bathrooms and laundry room will be tile.