Posts Tagged ‘architectural plans’

the upstairs plan

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

On Friday I showed you the downstairs plan we worked out with Emily, our architect. Speaking of which, we met with her and the engineer today to make sure everything’s hunky-dory before we go to the city for the permit. Getting closer. While we wait for final engineering drawings, let’s discuss the rough upstairs plan that Emily drew up. K?

Stage Two: Main Living/Kitchen Area

The upstairs remodel will have to wait for warmer weather — which is fine since we’ll be plenty busy with the downstairs. Upstairs is more involved than the downstairs as this is where the main living area and kitchen are located. Feel free to take the visual tour of what we want to do (I posted that back when we thought upstairs was going to be Stage One).

The upstairs currently looks like this (click to biggify)…

existing upper level

With the changes we want to make, it will look more like this…

proposed upper level

Not easy to spot the differences but here they are:

Just like downstairs, we’re knocking out a few load-bearing walls and putting in beams in order to open up the space. We’ll gain some breathing space in the kitchen by putting in a cooking island/breakfast bar that juts into the living area, plus we’ll go vertical with storage and add a large cooling tower/skylight over the whole space. Facing out to the backyard, we’re knocking out the giant closet and putting in glass sliders and little sitting area with a fireplace insert. The main living area will be flanked by floor-to-ceiling built-ins with built-in seating. The dining area next to the tiny kitchen will get a built-in sideboard/serving shelf as part of its floor-to-ceiling built-ins. We’ll replace current sliders and windows, put in a new floor and ceiling, and improve lighting and heating.

Basically, nothing goes untouched. So do you think we can get it all done in 2011? Let the wagering begin.

the downstairs plan

Friday, January 14th, 2011

I go on and on about how this remodel is really going to happen and yet it looks like nothing actually does. But behind the scenes, things are happening. Our supastar architect, Emily Wetherbee, has met with us several times to get the Stage One plans finalized. Shall we take a look?

Stage One: Downstairs Entertainment/Guest Area

We always thought the upstairs would be Stage One. But because we’re planning structural changes, we want to begin at the bottom and work our way up. Plus timing is everything, right? It’s winter and the work we want to do upstairs in the main living area and kitchen involves skylights and tearing out walls. Who wants a blizzard in their livingroom? Not us. It just makes more sense to begin downstairs — it’s all interior work down there.

The downstairs currently looks like this (click to biggify)…

With the changes we’re about to undertake, it will look more like this…


So what are the differences — other than furniture being drawn in?

Essentially we’re knocking out some space-interrupting, load-bearing walls and replacing them with two headers that will make the downstairs less chopped up. We’ll move the water heaters out to gain a new access corridor and built-ins, tear out the tiny efficiency kitchen we’re currently relying on and replace it with an office area, gain a few feet of bathroom space, add storage space plus a cushy Murphy bed for guest visits. Oh, and a wet bar, since we already have the plumbing. There will be lots of other details, like new windows, new floor and ceiling, eliminating window and door trim, new lighting, etc. etc.

Because we’re dealing with load-bearing walls, Emily also had to take into account future plans for the upstairs. Interrelated pieces that have to go to both the engineer and the city in order to get a building permit. I’ll show you on Monday. Thanks, Emily, for starting off our New Year right!