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15 years ago

Hi everyone--

Attached is a sketch of our second floor home plan. Can you give us some constructive feedback?

We will soon be attempting new home construction in Wisconsin. We are drafting a plan with a local home designer in order to get bids from several builders. The designer drafts whatever we request, but does not provide much feedback.

We have three kids ages 2, 4, and 6. Our goal is an energy efficient home with plenty of storage at a reasonable price. We would rather invest in some interior built-ins than an ornate exterior. We have long winters and plenty of time indoors.

Our plan is a two story home above a walkout basement at a grand total of 3000 square feet. Attached is a sketch of the second floor plan. The top of the sketch faces east, which is our view of a wetlands. The bottom of the sketch faces west, where we have a first floor entrance. The left of the sketch faces north and looks over the first floor garage. The closet and bathroom windows are high awnings (over sinks) or glass block (around showers/baths). We would like to have a window seat in the stairwell but couldn't draw it with our program.

Our two daughters would have bunk beds in the bedroom at the top left (NE). Our son would have the room at the lower left (NW). This is a rough sketch, but you will see two built-in desks/chairs and built-in bookcases in the girls' room. Our son would have built-in desk and bookcases along the bottom (west) wall.

We welcome your feedback about the layout and any other ideas/observations. Is there a problem with transoms in a closet? I was once told this would fade clothes. Do bathrooms need a large exit window or can we use only transoms and glass block? Is this second floor plan efficient or cramped?

Many thanks for your time and ideas. We have been learning a lot in the Home Forum!

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