changing floorplan

Old 01-25-03, 07:03 AM
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Question changing floorplan

We'd like to change our floorplan. Our current layout is Living room & kitchen diner off a hallway. Previous owners blocked doorway between living room and dining room (which was an off-centre doorway) and knocked thru kitchen to make it a kitchen thru an archway to the dining room. So have to walk thru kitchen to get to dining room. We'd prefer all rooms to be separate. The choices are:
(1) Block wall up again between Kit & diner then re-open doorway between living room and dining room [downside is we'd have to go through living room to get to dining room]
(2) block up wall between kit & diner, then create hallway by building a wall which would reduce kitchen size. Currently kitchen is straight ahead off the hall and living room is on the left off the hall. Building additional hallway would mean at top of existing hall there would be a left turn down extended hall to a new doorway leading to the dining room and before turning, a door ahead into a reduced sized kitchen. [downside is reduced kitchen]. Hope this makes sense. We're trying to decide if it is sensible to reduce size of kitchen - from 3330x3180 to 2300x3180. We've seen kitchen planners for new units and not very many units can fit into the reduced size but it would be functional. What would be more appealing if we were to sell in a few years time - separate rooms with a smaller kitchen or a larger separate kitchen with access to dining room thru living room?
Old 01-25-03, 08:43 AM
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changing floorplan


It is hard to imagine the situation without a plan or image. But, my first suggestion is: follow he option you feel more comfortable with. Even if you are planning to move in few years.

With small rooms, you will need to consider air renovation and light. I don't know where you live, so I don't know if heating is an issue for you. Usually small and closed kitchens are not a desirable option.

Some of the alternatives you wrote are more expensive than other options, so you need to consider your budget. Hallways, IMHO, are lost and expensive spaces.

Last month I made a project with these characteristics and I used a "virtual wall": it organized the room, but the spaces remained integrated.

My best advice, try to make a plan of each situation and try to visualize in 3D all the options. In this way, you will see in advance how the rooms will look at. You will save a lot of money, by just choosing the desired options.

If you want to e mail me a draft of the plan, I will be glad to give a better advice. You will find my e-mail address clicking in "profile"

Hope this help

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