The next house plan renovation was upstairs.
I loved the way the house plan integrated a balcony into one of the bedroom walls that overlooked the two story great room opposite the fireplace.
In the image below you can see how the balcony overlooking the great room can be opened into the guest suite or closed with double doors.
I felt this house needed to have an open 2 story foyer at the entrance, so I removed the bathroom in between the front two bedrooms to create a two story foyer and made one of the bedrooms a kid’s loft/study.
Once that was opened I added another balcony on the loft wall overlooking the foyer to mirror the one overlooking the great room.
At this stage in the design process we only had two kids, Gracie and Caleb, but we knew our plan was to have 4 kids in the end. Knowing that we at least had one of each, I decided to create two suites – a boys’ suite and a girls’ suite. The details of these rooms could be decided once we were done having kids. So I created these suites, got rid of the massive bonus space, and condensed the square footage to that above the first floor.
Some of you may have noticed the manual dumbwaiter. Follow along as we start the process of adding the details and character to this new old-world French Country home!