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    • somethingcorporate
    • By somethingcorporate 17th Jul 17, 11:51 AM
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    Upstairs Remodelling
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    • 17th Jul 17, 11:51 AM
    Upstairs Remodelling 17th Jul 17 at 11:51 AM
    Thanks for reading, I wanted some thoughts on our remodelling plans if anyone has an opinion.

    We live in a 4-bed semi and have spent the last year remodelling downstairs. It is now almost entirely open-plan kitchen/living/dining room and we have just converted 3/4 of a long garage to a family room and have around 60sq mt of space across these two rooms (plus utility room and downstairs shower room).

    Upstairs is a different story, we have 1 decent sized double bedroom (master) with en-suite, 2 small doubles (one is a playroom and one my daughters room) and a small single bedroom which we use as our office. Given the size of the bedrooms the house feels quite unbalanced and the playroom under-utilised. It is all quite squeezed up here and have come up with an idea to make the rooms larger and space a bit more efficient (as was originally developed organically as extended twice).

    Current and proposed plans on link: https://ibb.co/dEZGfF

    - Move from 4 to 3 beds, moving the office into the larger bed 3 (with the 3rd bed being a play/guest/office).
    - Move en-suite next to existing bathroom and give floorspace to daughters room. If we are smart with the plumbing this would also allow us to add a small toilet/sink to her room at a later date.
    - Move hallway to extend bed 3.
    - All walls we plan to move are stud-work so should be relatively straightforward. The solid walls are being left in place.

    Whilst this should rebalance the house and roomsizes my concerns are as follows:

    - 3 beds, large impact on price/attractiveness even though the bedrooms would be much bigger?
    - Hallway would be very small.

    For context: we have one child and cannot have any more and plan to stay in this house for at least ten years if not longer - it is ideally located for school, town and the train station. We would have room in bed 3 and the downstairs family room for guests.

    All thoughts/criticisms/advice welcome.

    SoCo
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    • Doozergirl
    • By Doozergirl 17th Jul 17, 1:24 PM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 1:24 PM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 1:24 PM
    A small hallway may not such a big deal.

    Reducing from 4 to 3 bedrooms is going to make a difference to the acheivable price. Three bedrooms with a large amount of downstairs living space may also feel unbalbaced, simply because fanilies generally expect upstairs to match down in terms of floorspace.

    That said, if this is a long term home then you should do what you want to live with and pay less attention to future residents.

    Ideal is to find a compromise that doesn't move walls too much and might allow people to move it about themselves too.

    The floorplan looks a bit awkward. The purple room is essentially containing a corridor itself to make the main hallway smaller.

    Ultimately, your family set up means always having a spare room.

    Personally, I would open up bed 4 to be a dressing room, which automatically gives you more space as it empties your bedroom for just a bed and maintains the position of the ensuite, saving a fortune.

    Your little one can have two rooms. You don't need to remodel every single room just to accommodate more space within each room.

    You could knock a doorway through between her room and the spare and then she can have that - her demands will change over time and ultimately she will love a double bed in her room and a little lounge area and dressing area. My 12 year old would die for that!
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    • ST1991
    • By ST1991 17th Jul 17, 1:49 PM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 1:49 PM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 1:49 PM
    Looks good, but the rooms are a little bit oddly shaped...

    If it was me i would block off the main bathroom and bedroom 4 from the hallway. Open these up via the master bedroom, to have a walk-in wardrobe following through to an ensuite.

    The current ensuite could then become the family bathroom.

    Of course this doesn't solve the size of the other bedrooms...
    • I have spoken
    • By I have spoken 17th Jul 17, 3:50 PM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 3:50 PM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 3:50 PM
    With the rise of working from home, losing the 'office' completely seems a step backwards.

    Agree with the other posters that shrinking the hallway so drastically will feel strange and the odd shaped rooms may not add much usable space anyway.

    >If we are smart with the plumbing this would also allow us to add a small toilet/sink to her room at a later date.<

    Hmm....

    Last edited by I have spoken; 17-07-2017 at 3:54 PM.
    • somethingcorporate
    • By somethingcorporate 17th Jul 17, 6:42 PM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 6:42 PM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 6:42 PM
    A small hallway may not such a big deal.

    Reducing from 4 to 3 bedrooms is going to make a difference to the acheivable price. Three bedrooms with a large amount of downstairs living space may also feel unbalbaced, simply because fanilies generally expect upstairs to match down in terms of floorspace.

    That said, if this is a long term home then you should do what you want to live with and pay less attention to future residents.

    Ideal is to find a compromise that doesn't move walls too much and might allow people to move it about themselves too.

    The floorplan looks a bit awkward. The purple room is essentially containing a corridor itself to make the main hallway smaller.

    Ultimately, your family set up means always having a spare room.

    Personally, I would open up bed 4 to be a dressing room, which automatically gives you more space as it empties your bedroom for just a bed and maintains the position of the ensuite, saving a fortune.

    Your little one can have two rooms. You don't need to remodel every single room just to accommodate more space within each room.

    You could knock a doorway through between her room and the spare and then she can have that - her demands will change over time and ultimately she will love a double bed in her room and a little lounge area and dressing area. My 12 year old would die for that!
    Originally posted by Doozergirl
    Thank you, yes, you raise some excellent points.
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    • somethingcorporate
    • By somethingcorporate 17th Jul 17, 6:43 PM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 6:43 PM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 6:43 PM
    With the rise of working from home, losing the 'office' completely seems a step backwards.

    Agree with the other posters that shrinking the hallway so drastically will feel strange and the odd shaped rooms may not add much usable space anyway.

    >If we are smart with the plumbing this would also allow us to add a small toilet/sink to her room at a later date.<

    Hmm....

    Originally posted by I have spoken
    Thanks, I meant add a toilet/wc room to hers like a little "pod" type bathroom. I have stayed in a hotel where there was an open toilet in the middle of the room - bloody weird!?
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