To not want a house with this floor plan (pic included)
Raymond1989 · 27/06/2017 10:20
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?
clumsyduck · 27/06/2017 10:24
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 ?
Raymond1989 · 27/06/2017 10:27
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 · 27/06/2017 10:27
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.
SaucyJack · 27/06/2017 10:29
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.
scottishdiem · 27/06/2017 10:32
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?
Huldra · 27/06/2017 10:34
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 · 27/06/2017 10:35
" 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."
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.
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MacarenaFerreiro · 27/06/2017 10:36
This is a very standard layout for a terraced property - in fact it's better than normal because you've got the bathroom upstairs! In lots the kitchen and bathroom are together, downstairs at the back of the house.
I don't think the "room would be redundant" argument stands at all - very odd. You hate having your dinner in the same room as the telly - fine. So have a "proper" dining room which can also double as a playroom depending on the age of your daughter, and then use the lounge as a proper "sitting" room with the telly.
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