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Plan critique

Posted by wild1685 WI (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 20, 13 at 12:49

Hey all,
This is our first post on gardenweb, though it is about our hundredth visit to the forums! We have already learned so much from all of you, thank you for that.

We are hoping/planning to build in the summer of 2014. We are currently meeting with a builder but are not 100% locked in with them, may try to be our own GC if we feel brave enough. The plan is entirely ours, with a little input from the builders designer.

Some things to know before you begin tearing our plan apart:
1. We are building in part because we have a toddler with spina bifida and so we want a more disability friendly home, 36" doors, everything on the main floor, wide hallways, zero entry from garage, wide stairs to basement, ect. We are hopeful that he will walk with assistance but want to plan for possible wheelchair use.

2. We live in Wisconsin

3. We are not a 'formal' family so a formal dinning room, hidden kitchen, or other things like that serve no purpose to us.

4. We do plan to have another kid or two so we need a home that can fit us all

5. We are not wealthy and the plan I have drawn up here is at the top of our budget, so please don't suggest adding more bedrooms, a formal entry, large master spa tub or other things that are going to greatly increase the cost.

6. The overall square footage is around 1800, due to budget restraints it can not go up much, but if anyone see ways of saving room...

7. We do not currently own a lot, but are eyeing up a small development with 1 acre lots just outside our small city (45,000).

8. I do plan to finish the basement someday down the road with another bedroom, bonus room, play room, and bar/pool table area.

Thank you in advance for your critique and advice.
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