Status (Update on November 1)
Our newest (November 1) attempt:
Latest: 1 November
It has a downstairs master. It has 3 good-sized
bedrooms upstairs, each of which has a large closet. The
daylight windows would have to be on the left side of the house,
so that's the part of the basement we'd finish.
We think we're almost at a contract. (Gosh, this takes
longer than I expected.) (I suspect I'm hearing maniacal
laughter from those who have done this before.)
The 27 Sept efforts were things
we liked but we had to do a lot of rearranging to make it
affordable. As many people told us, straight walls are
much less expensive to build!
Last Status (27 September)
Our early Sept second
attempt was more in the ballpark, although still 10% over
our budget, which had been increased at least 25% already when
we discovered we couldn't have what we wanted.
However, I've realized that I really want the master bedroom
downstairs, which means moving the Project Room to the basement.
Hmm. Something has to be the basement. I
don't think there's a lot in our town that's priced less than
twice what we're looking that would have room for a 5,000
square foot ranch!
Our first attempt wasn't even in the ballpark. So we
made some changes:
- Accepted that the master would be upstairs
- Recognized that our Study/Project Room needs could be
met by dividing a Living Room/Dining Room
- Recognized that a Study could be used as a Dining Room
With those changes in mind, this new plan is a
modification (pushed out walls and extensive changes to the
second floor) of a plan the builder has used in the past.