Home with no proper entrances drives owners crazy
The way we (ourselves and our family) enter our houses is kind of a big deal. If our path is blocked or crowded, it can add strife to our lives.
The way our guests enter is another matter. In many ways, this initial entry into someone's home creates a lasting first impression.
The public entry doesn't have to be huge, but large enough to welcome people and allow them to remove their coats (if applicable), without doing a lot of backing up or maneuvering.
The home is supposed to have three bedrooms, but since one (E) doesn't have a closet, it is termed a den. The two bedrooms (F & G) have tiny closets and minimal space. The hall bath (H) is the only bathroom, so it is shared with guests.Narrow stairs (I) lead to a storage-only attic (I) and an unfinished basement (J) where the laundry lives. Original to the house, the one-car garage (K) initially had no inside entrance into the living space. At some later date, a family room (L) was added — good, but not good enough. Now the family entry is right through this family room. The only outdoor access is through this family room, through sliding glass doors (N) out to a patio (O). This set up is not great for kids playing outside, or when food is brought out to grill. This family consisted of two children, both desiring their own rooms. The homeowner wanted a bigger bedroom and more closet space, but didn't feel they needed a separate master bath. Clearly the entrances and the kitchen were a disaster. The only place they could build an addition was out the back, and the proposals the homeowners had contemplated were grossly inadequate. Once again, a space miracle was needed! SOLUTION
Marcia Lyon is a professional remodeling designer and freelance writer, producing projects locally and several other areas across the U.S. and Canada. Her new book on remodeling design, “The Essential Planner for Home Remodeling,” is available at www.creatingspaces.net. You may contact her at Marcia@creatingspaces.net or at 515-991-8880.
Thu, Mar 8, 2012 : 4:56 p.m.
As someone who's looking to do a major home renovation project in the near future, I always enjoy reading these articles. However, I wish they at least included some idea of the cost involved. It's pretty awesome that you can just renovate a whole house and make everything more usable, but if it costs $150,000 it might be better to just move to a different house.