Been lurking here for months. I am doing a major remodel and adding about 900 square feet to a 1950s ranch. Clearly told the architect that I had a specifc budget in mind for the remodel and that if I had wanted to spend more than that I would have A. bought a new house or B. torn this one down and started over. We purchased this house in early fall and ended up moving into it before the remodel. Long story but, because of the mortgage crisis someone offered us a good price on our old home and we sold on the spot. Then finally got to the bid phase and found out that what the architect had come up with just was too invasive i. e. knocking out too many exterior and interior walls. 2 of the 3 contractors right off the bat told us the plan was going to be 3X more than our budget. Back to the drawing board. So the latest floorplan version adds sq footage to the rear of the house in the form of a great room and back porch. Then in the front by the kitchen, he is attaching the previously detached garage and rearranging it from side facing 3 car garage to a 2 car garage front facing. That gives us additional sq footage for a keeping room, butlers pantry, mudroom, etc. I'm okay with the footprint, not sure I like the layout especially the master suite. Of course I spent months designing the one that is out of budget now that we can't do. Back to a plan that is somewhat blah. Any ideas and feedback quickly is greatly appreciated. I posted this on the new home forum because basically that is what I am doing here. The added sq footage also allows us to add a new roof line to change the exterior look of the low slung ranch. I have included here the floorplan and demolition layer. I can also post the "before" pics if that helps.
I could really use some feedback. You guys have such great ideas. I have tried to figure out what I want but, having a lot of trouble visualizing the end result.