Demolition and construction on the Ambulatory Abode has begun! I’m regularly asked if we’re living there throughout the process, and am always grateful to be able to say no. Last summer the owner of the house we’re renting decided to renovate the kitchen and the first floor flooring and keeping the kids contained upstairs, eating out, washing sippy cups in the bathroom sink… I’m thrilled I don’t have to do that again.
We’re also taking a very aggressive approach with the scope (and timeline) for the project, as illustrated by the floor plans below. We’re replacing the flooring, plumbing, electrical, moving every interior wall, replacing all of the windows, enclosing the porch, enclosing the porch and modifying the roof.
Here is the initial floor plan, photographs of the space can be found here. Four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a small living room, and a tiny kitchen.
(If you’d like a floor plan for you house, Home Depot came out and measured our space and sent back a PDF of the layout, which cost us $100.)
And after many rounds of emails with our drafting designer, Enrique of Eckhaus Designs, we settled on the following layout. The porch will be enclosed and the front room opened up to create one big bright communal living space, three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a mudroom-type space next to the sliding glass door leading to the backyard, and on either side of the mudroom are two rooms that TH and myself will claim for our offices/personal use.
Are we really moving every single wall? I wanted to check, and made this overlay of the before+after. Red is before, black lines are after.
Our contractor quoted us a four-month timeline, but I’m trying to be realistic and will be happy if we’re moved in before Christmas. Next posts will cover inspiration images for the bathrooms and kitchen!