Time for another installment of Building Beyeler Hollow – as you follow along as we’re building our own house – yep, the ultimate DIY! You can follow along with all posts in the Building Beyeler Hollow Series.
So we talked about how hard it was to settle on a house plan – that might have been the hardest part, and we’re already finding some things we would have changed. But anyways, I never posted the actual house plan blueprints that we settled on, and I know you’re wondering. So I just wanted to show ya those so you’ll have a feel of the layout moving forward.
Remember, we went with a basic rectangle and based the look of the exterior on this inspiration house below. We drew up the plans ourselves – DIY from the get-go. We actually searched TONS of online plans, but we wanted 6 bedrooms (4 kiddos, master, and guest room, plus a studio) and that was really really hard to find except for mega-huge houses, which we couldn’t do. Trevor bought a house plan designer software that is pretty cool – it even has a 3D mode so that after you design stuff you can flip the view and it’ll show you images like you’re standing in the room, which was pretty helpful for me to visualize everything.
Since we’re building ourselves, a rectangle was the easiest option – no fancy jut-outs, etc. But keep in mind the house above didn’t show any interior pics or layout, so that was all up to us. Here’s what our main level will be:
Even though it’s a rectangle, there are inset porches in the front on back – we liked this because the roofline is still basic because of the rectangle, yet you get built-in covered porches, so it’s a win. The one thing that was a must-have was a master on the main level – if we’re growing old here, it needed to be on the main level. All the doors are extra wide so they’re wheelchair accessible (again, thinking of growing old). I am a big fan of computers in the main living area instead of off in a back room office, so there’s a desk nook in our family room. I love how the master closet opens right into the laundry – excited about that feature! But probably most excited about having a craft room studio right there on the main level – it’s a dream!
As you might remember, there’s no attic, just a big peak loft area that we were able to put bedrooms into – so all 4 kiddos have rooms upstairs and the upstairs hall is a catwalk that looks down into the main living area below:
There is a girls side and a boys side, and each side gets a bathroom. Technically the bedrooms are really small because you can’t count any space where the ceiling is under 5 ft as square footage, but the ceiling slants almost to the floor so when you’re in the rooms they feel big-ish.
And then we also have a basement – this probably depends on the area in which you live, but almost all houses here have basements. We even excavated under our garage, so that makes a basement under the garage which will be a nice workshop type area. We did the same for under our front porches. All those areas have cement ceilings in addition to the cement walls. For now (and probably for a while) the basement will be left unfinished – just cement and studs. Eventually we will finish it off to have a guest room and family room.
So there ya go – that’s what we’re working with! Stay tuned to hear about the challenges of building on acreage (have I mentioned that our driveway is 1/4 mile long?!?)…