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  1. Why did the Master Bedroom move back downstairs?
  2. What happened to the Project Room?
  3. What happened to the Library?
  4. Were you planning on worrying about HVAC or plumbing?
  5. How come you haven't put up a picture of the elevation?
  6. Why is the Master Bedroom and Closet not planned out?
  7. What happened to the last plan?

Old Questions

  1. Wouldn't you really rather have the Master Bedroom downstairs?
  2. Why isn't there a whirlpool tub in the Master Bath?
  3. What the heck is a Project Room?
  4. Why such an unusual placement for the Study?
  5. What the heck is a Cloak Room?
  6. Why a Library and not a Family Room or Living Room?

Why did the Master Bedroom move back downstairs?

Because the more I thought about it, the more I wanted the master on the main level.  I suspect DH would rather have the Project Room on the main level and the Master upstairs, but we don't think we can build a 6,000 square foot ranch in the school district we want to be in!


What happened to the Project Room?

It has moved to the basement, which isn't on the plan yet.


What happened to the Library?

The library designation confused people, since it wasn't clear it was also a living room.  So, the Great Room/Library/Sitting Room is the place where we'll hang out and it will be lined with bookcases.


Were you planning on worrying about HVAC or plumbing?

Yes, but until we have a first floor we can live with, it doesn't make any sense to heat it!


How come you haven't put up a picture of the elevation?

Because we haven't designed it yet.  We're concentrating on the inside at this point!


Why is the Master Bedroom and Closet not planned out?

Because it's in progress.  If you have any ideas on the best way to effectively use that space, please let me know!   Send updates and ideas to


What happened to the last plan?

Well, it came in as more than we wanted to spend, and then I decided I wanted the master bedroom downstairs, and, well, you get the idea.


Old Questions

Wouldn't you really rather have the Master Bedroom downstairs?

Yes, we would.  However, it was one of the first "wants" to go, since moving it upstairs reduced our total footprint by a great deal.  Having the master downstairs also seemed to create an excessive amount of hall square footage, which, of course, is expensive and has a low payback.

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Why isn't there a whirlpool tub in the Master Bath?

The builder and our real estate agent want to know that, too.  Stan (my DH) has had one in the past--and never used it.  I spoke to friends--many never used it, some used it daily since they were "bath people" and not "shower people". 

We're planning a hot tub in the backyard instead, which I think the whole family can use and enjoy. 

Several people mentioned the need to have the whirlpool for "resale" and I originally bought into that.  And then thought about it a bit more.  We expect to be in this house for 10 years or more.  I can't predict what will be important to homebuyers in 10 years, and the truth is, nobody else can either.  I don't want to tie up several thousand dollars and 36 square feet which could be put to much better use as an oversized shower and additional closet space for the master bedroom.

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What the heck is a Project Room?

Okay, good question.  Because our family spends all of our time in our computer room, where we each have our own computer, it is probably the most important room in our house.  It also has my sewing desk and supplies in it.  And various other craft supplies.  Back when there was only one computer, one sewing desk, and the craft supplies, it was named the Project Room. 

Having a room that could serve as a Project Room was a major factor in evaluating existing homes, since it's the way we actually live.

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Why such an unusual placement for the Study?

My DH works from home and often needs more quiet than the rest of us what to produce.  By having a wall and doors between him and the rest of us, he can get that quiet when he needs it.  When he's off the phone and not working, he can open those doors and be "part of the family" again.

The desire to be able to connect his Study and our Project Room was another major factor in evaluating existing homes.

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What the heck is a Cloak Room?

Wouldn't you rather have a Cloak Room than a Utility Closet or a Coat Room or something similar?

One of the primary storage needs in our family is a large closet when we first come into the house.  That's where people kick off their shoes, hang up their coats, hang up their backpacks, etc. It's also probably where the second freezer will go.

If we didn't plan for a cloak room, those items would end up in the Library or breakfast nook--and I wouldn't consider that an improvement!

Note: I am not merely referring to kids.  I have more shoes in our current Utility Room than every one else in the house put together.  When the weather turns cold, I'll have more coats, too.

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Why a Library and not a Family Room or Living Room?

For all practical purposes, the library serves multiple purposes for us.  It will be lined with bookcases, which, of course, makes it a library.  It will have comfortable seating for talking and reading and entertaining, which makes it a living room.  It will not have a television--the kids can watch TV in the Rec Room in the basement.

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