Well friends, a couple of months ago I caught the dreaded I-want-to-build-another-house disease. I knew it was likely to happen when I started thinking these thoughts:
- I want to live in a much smaller home with less furniture since our children have all moved away.
- I want to be able to clean our home in less time than the 2 full days it now requires to get it done.
- We need a smaller yard. My husband has spent most of his summer watering and mowing ours.
- I believe I have reached the point where there is not much more I can/want to do to this house in terms of decorating. (Although I have one room that has been redone that I want to show you soon.) So it seems a waste of time, money, and energy to redecorate it. (But of course, I can always work in the yard. 🙂 )
I also knew I wanted to build this new home on a piece of property with a lake view. So today we are just going to dream a bit. I started looking for plans that had the living room, dining room, and a porch at the back of the house. Southern Living’s Topwater Lodge has been my favorite so far in this dream (and yes, even though it has 3 floors, it would be downsizing from our current home.)
While we are dreaming, there are some changes I would like to make in this plan. First, that storage closet on the front porch would be better utilized as an interior space, and I have reworked that entire corner to have room for a built-in bed, a bath with a shower, and a space for a stacking washer and dryer. I know everyone says having a master bedroom upstairs is not a good idea, but the lot we are looking at is extremely narrow, and there would not be room for everything on one floor. At least with a built in bed on the main level, that would help if my husband or I could not climb the stairs later in life. The second change would be utilizing the basement rec room and one of the bedrooms as my husband’s workshop. (He wants to build canoes.) That would still leave one bedroom on the lower level for overnight guests (plus the one with the built in bed on the main level.) And finally, I would change the roofline from a hipped roof to a more traditional one.
In researching house plans, I found a home that has actually been built from the plan (but I could only find the exterior – no interior shots. 🙁 ) Here it is painted the same color as shown in the plan.
Spinnerbait Retreat is a plan that is almost identical to this one except there is additional space in the upstairs. Here is the downstairs layout for it, so you can see it is very much like it.
And even better, I found a house that is on the market that has been built from the plan – with interior shots! 🙂 So you can see the actual size of the rooms. Now remember, I am wanting to downsize, so yes, these spaces are small compared to our current rooms. Here is the living room:
Here is the kitchen in that plan:
And here is the back porch:
(If you would like to see more of the interior of that house, just click on the source link below the photos.)
Okay, now we have the layout. Let’s dream about the fun stuff – the details. 🙂 If we build this, I would like it to have a simple old lake house feel – almost vintage like. It would have a metal roof, and I would leave off the shutters. For the exterior color, I keep finding myself drawn to an old green paint that has been used for many years on lake houses and boat houses around Lake Rabun here in Georgia, like these…
I really like the dark green with the contrasting bright white. And did you notice that “x-style” railing on all the porches? That’s on my wishlist for this dream house too. 🙂
Along with open rafters on the ceiling.
And how about this for a front screen door?
In that small yard, near the dock, don’t you think we will need a fire pit with Adirondack chairs in dark green or maybe…red? 🙂
And that is the dream for the exterior of the lake house so far.
We have just returned from a few days at Disney World. With that, our humongous yard sale, and my touring plans completed for our Christmas Disney trip all checked off the to-do list, I am hoping that blogging will get back to a more frequent schedule. The next post will have the details for the interior inspiration for this dream lake house, and guess what – no buffalo checks!
But here is a sneak peek at what I am thinking…
Would love to hear your thoughts on it all. 🙂
Until next time…