We just bought a 2300 square foot home in Marin County.
The house has good bones, but the inside is in disrepair and the layout could use some love. The home sits on over two acres of land, is south facing, but the current layout does not take advantage of the great view, light, and outdoor space, to the degree we would like.
The weather here is not too extreme. We have short winters, hot summers and temperate climate. Home is south facing (over 2 acres), and we want to fully enjoy an indoor/outdoor lifestyle.
Upstairs will be used for a family. Needs privacy and sound-insulation from downstairs.
Downstairs will be more of a group/cooperative space. Doesn’t need privacy.
Upstairs will be used as a family (of four) quarters. 1 master bathroom. (maybe ½ bath for the kids). Kid room. Family living area. Sound insulated and private from the downstairs. Master bedroom should get a deck extension, and more light, and a decent closet.
Master bedroom needs more efficient use of space, possibly skylights. Now there is a half-wall separating it from bathroom. We prefer more privacy--complete that wall?
Ideally we would love creative remodeling of the master bath that includes the deck for indoor/outdoor bathing. Perhaps have an outdoor tub (or shower), that is private but incorporates views of surrounding hills.
The area currently called “den” that is open to the downstairs needs to be closed off. Possibly skylights will be needed here, too, or walls that have thick glass up high to allow light in from the south.
Maybe there’s a deck on the west side of the house as well? And a separate entrance for the upstairs (though not directly into the kids’ room)?
Downstairs we want a guest room, bathroom, laundry room, shared office space, kitchen/dining and living areas. The bathroom/laundry room needs a serious remodel.
Deck needs to be redone (and expanded / re-imagined), with easy access to the farm/garden.
Kitchen needs to accommodate two fridges, 2 sinks, and room for 4-6 people to be cooking together.
The house has good bones, but the layout of the space can use a lot of love.
Don’t be shy about moving some of the exterior and/or interior walls where it makes sense to do so.
We would like a big deck off of the master bedroom / bathroom, and a sun room extension off of the kitchen. The idea of an indoor/outdoor bathroom for the upstairs makes us smile.
Bird’s eye view: http://screencast.com/t/mmWJct4i
Floor plans: http://pl.an/1c35p6#details
1st floor: http://screencast.com/t/VFfMbKuE
2nd floor: http://screencast.com/t/vSv3EnT3abbQ
360 Degree Images:
All 360 images: http://occipital.com/user/c10b-812363/shereef-bishay
Outside the kitchen (east side of the house): http://360.io/fU3hHn
Front deck (south side of the house): http://360.io/vDL3Lp
Master bathroom (2nd floor): http://360.io/u7cefQ
Master bedroom (2nd floor): http://360.io/SQa8vc
Loft (2nd floor): http://360.io/8nzyXx
Living area (1st floor): http://360.io/QJUmYR
Bathroom (1st floor): http://360.io/zPC6Lu
- Homey. Simple. Uncluttered. Farm-house feel. Warm and welcoming. Unpretentious. Functional. Soulful beauty.
- Open space.
- Great room flow.
- Simplicity. Lack of clutter. Reclaimed wood.
- Lots of natural light.
- Indirect lighting (good lighting)
- Indoor/outdoor living.
- Earthy colors. Natural feel.
-Rounded edges (clay walls)
- Outdoor showers / baths
- Outdoor Kitchen:
- Sunroom off of kitchen:
http://www.houzz.com/photos/183875/Crisp-Architects-traditional-exterior-new-york (don’t like the new england aesthetic of this one, but it’s the right idea with the deck on top and sunroom below)
- Passive-solar design.
- Green materials.
- Cost-conscious design.
- Marble countertops (or any other super-lavish stuff)
- Ultra-modern, ultra-masculine styles
- Mid century modern
- ‘Greenness’ of design
- Options. If you have a couple of ideas, show them to us.
- Great use of southern exposure, and outdoor space.
- How well the space flows from kitchen to living to exterior.
- Design that is creative in its simplicity and execution