Many thanks for your input, I feel I've opened a can of worms!
Loads of interesting ideas ...
Regarding the wide hallway - that was in the brief. The reason the study/den is stepped back is to allow line of sight from the front door, right the way through the house to the back garden. I really think a wide, bright, open hallway really adds to the feeling of space in a house, though I suppose it could also be considered wasted space
We have two children and having a second reception room for them to use as they grow is very important to us. It's a very small room indeed but should be enough space for them to have their toys and a couch and a tv for when they're older.
About the utility, yeah we are worried it might be just too small to be useful, though I don't know what the solution is. Moving to the top floor is not really a runner as we want to keep that floor reasonably self contained for guests, or an au pair etc, so traipsing up and down with laundry wouldn't be ideal. Also would be concerned with noise. We were planning to have a pocket door into the utility room, which will help with the space issue I think.
Rich1880, on 14 May 2015 - 03:58 PM, said:
It's not a bad size utility if it is really just acting as a room to pop the washing machine and tumble dryer in or to get some extra room, you could loose the recessed front door and make that wall flush and add a small portch to the front instead projecting from the elevation. Meaning you could move the staircase slightly, and the window on the gable, and then the WC and you would add 500mm to the utility room :-)
I love this idea. Unfortunately the site is too tight. The planning regulations require 2 parking spaces out front, and it's already tight as it stands unfortunately. Don't think we'd be able to squeeze in a porch. Boo.
ProDave, on 14 May 2015 - 02:42 PM, said:
BUT separate out the washing operation, from the ironing and sorting out operation, and the top floor space would make a good ironing room.
It would make a great ironing space .. if we ironed
stones, on 14 May 2015 - 01:51 PM, said:
Hi and welcome.
Like others, I think the utility is a problem - too small to do anything meaningful in and as soon as a couple of pairs of shoes gets left on the floor, you'll be tripping over yourself. I like Sarah's suggestion of relocating the utility upstairs - this after all is where the laundry comes from. If you did that you could then use the existing utility as a boot / coat room and access the WC off. Create a bespoke study area underneath the staircase / against the WC wall in the hall.
I would also ditch the smaller of the two family rooms, and split the space to create a larger family room (say 4960 x 4400) and to increase the kitchen / dining / lounge space, as trust me, this is where you will spend 99% of your time. Increasing the size of that space, and perhaps repositioning the stove to the middle of the gable end would give you a bit more flexibility in terms of how you zone the space.
I think you may also be wise to ditch the stove in the family room due to the potential overheating issues it may cause in the limited space available.
Loads of good ideas here. thanks. Do you think 37sqm for the open plan space is tight for the functions we have included? I agree we'll be spending most of our time here, it'll be lovely and bright and great for the family. We don't mind the front sitting room being small (in fact our current sitting room is the same size), we envisage this as being an adult-only evening room really, so cosy is fine for us.
I grew up in a house where there were only 2 main rooms on the ground floor, and it was a pain, we were living on top of each other, so that 2nd reception room (small and all as it is) would be a necessity.
Regarding the stoves, given the family room is south facing, would you feel a stove would be too warm here, as opposed to in the east facing sitting room? We were hoping to just get small 5kw stoves to avoid overheating, more for an 'atmospheric' effect