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To not want a house with this floor plan (pic included)

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Raymond1989 Tue 27-Jun-17 10:20:26

In the area I want and with my budget I'm only going to get a terraced house. All the terraced houses I've seen a tiny and I feel like I'm in a prison cell.

I've found a house that's within budget and I love it! Feels spacious and is end terrace with a big park next to it. I love the area.

It feels cosy and there's still a yard for own use eventhough it's small. It's big enough to have a washing line and an outdoor table and chairs. I'm moving from a semi detached house with front and back garden but it's worth it to live in a better location.

My issue is the floor plan (see pic)

An extension has been added but to preserve some yard space it's been added in a long rectangle. This then leaves a large dining room but another lounge with no use to it!

My friend has th exact same floor plan and her living room is redundant!

I only have my daughter and I but family stay a lot so I could make the 'lounge' into a multi use room with a guest bed,computer desk etc.

Would this floor plan put you off? Is it a disaster?

Any ideas on how to make it work?

SolomanDaisy Tue 27-Jun-17 10:23:30

Umm, that's not an unusual layout at all. Just use it as a lounge or whatever you want, why wouldn't you?

crocodilesoup Tue 27-Jun-17 10:24:09

I cannot imagine a room ever being redundant. Your daughter and you won't always want to sit in the same room. One room could have tv/toys the other could be more adult. The lounge could definitely take a sofa bed and then be used for guests.

clumsyduck Tue 27-Jun-17 10:24:27

I have Similair layout op it's difficult with the narrow kitchen extension isn't it and got to be honest a lot of my dining room essentially becomes a walkway to the kitchen , there may be some way of adding walls to create a longer kitchen and then having living room and dining room as one larger room ?

clumsyduck Tue 27-Jun-17 10:26:12

Oh no forget that I forgot about the stairs !! Front room as a totally seperate living room and dining room as family room / dining room and have the kitchen open onto it

Raymond1989 Tue 27-Jun-17 10:27:19

I was thinking I could knock down the internal wall and have one large kitchen/dining room/lounge combined. But I think that would feel less cosy.

My friends lounge is literally never used. It might as well not be there and I think that's why I'm put off.

I order to extend the kitchen I'd have to remove any outside space. I've noticed a lot of neighbours have made that sacrifice and extended the kitchen into the yard.

wowfudge Tue 27-Jun-17 10:27:30

An 'extra' room as a problem? I don't see it myself. I would use the rear reception as a dining room and possibly have a sofa bed in there should you have guests, some shelves and a small desk to make a study/office area.

The front room would be the main living room with sofas and TV.

Raymond1989 Tue 27-Jun-17 10:28:05

The kitchen can't really open on to anything.

The door has been taken off but it's clearly two separate room because of th shape of the kitchen.

Raymond1989 Tue 27-Jun-17 10:28:56

I think it's just that I hate having my dinner in the same room as he TV. Growing up we always had a kitchen/diner and the lounge was for watching to in etc.

SaucyJack Tue 27-Jun-17 10:29:17

It wouldn't put me off, but there are 5 of us in my flat so two reception rooms would be great actually.

I can see that for your family (particularly if your daughter is too young to want "personal space") then one big living area would maybe be preferable.

I'm sure you'd soon adapt tho. Just don't put a sofa or telly in the dining room. Make yourself use the lounge as a lounge.

wowfudge Tue 27-Jun-17 10:30:10

If I was going to remove any walls, it would be the one between the ground floor hall and the lounge on the floorplan to make the living room bigger. I've lived in a house with that layout. Worked fine.

FluffyMcCloud Tue 27-Jun-17 10:31:05

My house is exactly like this but we use the lounge as a bedroom so dining room is the lounge if you see what i mean.
I can't imagine ever having a room I didn't use!! I'd love an extra room or two in my small house!!

witsender Tue 27-Jun-17 10:31:24

A friend has similar, her front room is used a playroom and spare bedroom, she has a good sofa bed in there and it is well used.

The middle room is their kind of TV room, and then kitchen/diner.

BandeauSally Tue 27-Jun-17 10:31:56

If you hate having dinner in the same room as the tv then surely you won't put the tv in the dining room. confused just use the front room as a living room. You don't have to use your house the same way your friend uses hers!

scottishdiem Tue 27-Jun-17 10:32:27

I have no idea what the problem is here?

I like separate lounges and dining rooms but can also see the use of a spare room/office space.

In what conceivable way could this be a disaster? Unless you think dining rooms are also lounges since you call it another lounge and houses with two lounges are in some way disastrous?

crocodilesoup Tue 27-Jun-17 10:32:58

I am not getting it! Don't put a sofa in the dining room. Put a dining table, bookcase, computer maybe - couple of easy chairs. Put sofas and telly in the lounge. Are you thinking it's too far to walk from kitchen to lounge?

grasspigeons Tue 27-Jun-17 10:33:22

Eh?
That is such a standard layout round my way
you could have a play room
A grown up lounge for evenings
A study
all sorts.

crocodilesoup Tue 27-Jun-17 10:33:55

But then I have actual dreams where I open a cupboard door and find an extra room...

Huldra Tue 27-Jun-17 10:34:27

So the current dining and kitchen area is large enough for table, seating area and TV?

The front room would still be used, make it cosy, sofa bed, desk, nice storage for all those bits you can't find room for. You may want an extra room to be used as a play room or snug teen and friends.

We have a dining room at the front of our house and have often thought about knocking through but it still gets used quite a bit. We don't eat there often (lazy tv eaters or garden) We have it surrounded with wall storage and there's room for a blow up bed. It's nice to have a room we can close the door on for random clobber, it currently has 2 suitcases on the floor that are half unpacked.

SaucyJack Tue 27-Jun-17 10:35:13

" think it's just that I hate having my dinner in the same room as he TV. Growing up we always had a kitchen/diner and the lounge was for watching to in etc."

You wot?

But that's what you've got here.

This house would only be a waste of space for those who did want one large living area so they could eat dinner in front of the telly.

TheVeryThing Tue 27-Jun-17 10:35:27

I'm a bit confused. Why do you need to have a tv in the dining room?
We also live in a terraced house and will have this sort of layout soon.
Dining table, small sofa and possibly computer in the dining room. Big sofa and tv in living room.

Blimey01 Tue 27-Jun-17 10:35:47

Use the dining room as a dining room and the lounge as a lounge? confused

Mylittlesunshines Tue 27-Jun-17 10:35:59

The lounge would make a great homework room and a space to entertain guests.

I would have it as a homework/library.

mrsm43s Tue 27-Jun-17 10:35:59

Surely you'd use the lounge as a lounge, the dining room as a dining room, and the kitchen as a kitchen. Totally standard layout - can't see the problem at all.

GreenHillsOfHome Tue 27-Jun-17 10:36:06

I don't see how it can not be used tbh...are you using the dining room as a dining room? If so, use the lounge as a lounge with TV/sofas etc.

I don't get it tbh.

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