What on earth are they planning? (March, 2004)
Well, that's a very good question, indeed. We have purchased a 4-room ranch (one story) and are planning on turning it into a 3 or 4 bedroom Colonial (2 stories). Currently, the interior of our house is arranged in a square: living room, kitchen, and 2 bedrooms, with a little bathroom in between.
We are planning to convert the 2 bedrooms into the living room, the living room into the dining room, and the bathroom into a powder room, and to put three bedrooms and two full baths upstairs. If we are able to build the garage addition (depending on finances), it will be a 2-car garage with a bedroom over top under the eaves, hence the possible 4th bedroom.
We would also one day like to finish the full basement and have the rec room of our dreams, pool table included (though it will never be as cool as Dave Alberts' rec room). This includes closing off the bilco doors and having stairs down to the basement from the center hall.
Stairs down to the basement from inside the house what a concept.
Once our blueprints are finished, we will submit them to the township for permits and bid the project out to contractors. Hopefully, whomever we choose will have some time to rip off our roof, reinforce our floor, frame out the addition, add a new roof and windows throughout, and side the whole house. The finishing will be up to us...and our whole family, who we'll be calling often for help.
Read all about our progress thus far in "The
Update (July 21, 2004)
In the meantime, I have posted our new blueprints (for the first floor so far) and our site survey, so you can get a better idea of what we're planning.
As always, keep following our updates in "The
Update (March 11, 2005)
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