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Smaller 2nd story possible in two story home?

8 years ago

My husband and I are in the beginning stages of figuring out what we want to build. We know we want a 2 story home with living areas downstairs and bedrooms upstairs. We are big on entertaining but don't need/want large bedrooms. We're realizing we want to put most of our sq. footage on the main floor. I don't think we could afford a home that was double the sf. of the main floor.

I'm not a fan of modified 2 story homes (I grew up in one and all the noise goes straight upstairs) and I don't want a 1 1/2 story either.

We were thinking we could put some of the main floor under the garage roof, but weren't sure if that was an option structurally. Is that even possible? Other ideas?

I know some people recommend not going to your architect with everything planned out, but I can't shake my doubts that he won't understand my vision unless I draw it out completely first :)

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