A lot of people have asked how we decided to build the house that we are building. Like if you could build anything you want, where do you even start? If you read this post from beginning to end (it’s a long one, not going to lie!), then you know that as far as the floor plan requirements were concerned Aaron and I each got to have three things that were priorities to us and then we agreed to be flexible on everything else. One of my three priorities, and perhaps the one that was most important to me, was having a playroom downstairs. Parker’s bedroom will be upstairs and I just had visions of myself traipsing up and down the stairs a million times a day to put toys away or nagging her to do it. I also love the idea that when we have friends over, the kids have their own little space to play that feels a little more secluded, but is still super close to the living room where we can keep an eye on what’s going. The floor plan is below, and as you can see the play room is super open to the rest of the house which means the design is going to have be super functional for kids and toys and storage, but also flow really well with the rest of the house because of it’s visibility. I have spent more hours than I care to admit thinking about this conundrum while sitting in traffic, laying in bed or surfing Pinterest. Below is what I have come up with so far, but you guys have given such great feedback on this post and this post that I would love to hear from you on this space!
(This floor plan isn’t the most update. Some small changes have been made to dimensions and closets, but it was the one with the least about of numbers and measurements that you didn’t really need to know making it the simplest to read and understand the flow.)
For seating: sette, love seat or small sofa layered with throws vs. hanging swings vs. low floor cushions and chairs
Modern play table vs. built in work bench: (I actually think a table in the center of the room is our only option unless we did the work bench up against the floor to ceiling glass windows in there which doesn’t seem ideal.)
Storage: I’m thinking that a large sideboard / buffet is our best bet for most of the storage in the space with a couple of chic clustered baskets for good measure. Anything open or open shelving feels like a bad idea since the room is so visible to the rest of the house.
And here’s what I’m thinking for the furniture layout… (Bear with my simple rendering…it’s not fancy, but really helps me to envision how things might work!)
Initial Image Source via My Domaine: