Think Outside the Floor Plan


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Do you ever have those nights when your body somehow forgets it’s supposed to sleep? Ya? That’s exactly the kind of night I’m having right now.. It’s 4:22am and I’m sitting wide-eyed with about two hours of sleep under my belt. I finally gave in to the sleepless night and decided to be a little productive.. I’m doing my best to type quietly as not to wake up hubs aka sleeping beauty right now..

Anyway.. Josh and I moved into a house with an extremely standard floor plan. In fact, my nana and pa’s house is set up about the same as ours, and we know at least five more people with very similar layouts. We moved in having the house set up as originally intended with a family room, kitchen/nook, dining room, and living room on the main floor.

That’s our ‘before’ layout complete with ‘before’ flooring in each room (yes our house came with yellow floors in the kitchen). We had the house set up as-is for about six months when I got to thinking that we just don’t use our living room space. We had a couch in there, an awesome built in bookshelf with a bench, and our piano, but it served no real purpose for us. The thought somehow popped into my head that perhaps we could use the living room as a dining room since the room is much more spacious and then we could use the designated dining room space as that main floor office we were hoping to have. So I ran it by J and some other family members and everyone thought it sounded like a great idea! The only concern is that the dining room would no longer be right off the kitchen, but we finally decided what’s a few more steps going to hurt!? We made things official by buying a new dining room table and chairs and fell in love with our new dining room the day everything was delivered. Shortly after we even had family over for dinner to try out the new setup. It was family approved and those few extra steps seemed like nothing. So here’s how things are looking now (unfortunately we still have those yellow floors) :

I can’t wait to share more about the dining room and office transformation, but for now all you’re getting is the floor plan (hint: if you really want to see pictures of the dining room now you can click Our Nest here or in the header above)! And just for fun here’s an ‘after’ floor plan complete with the flooring we envision throughout the house and the new kitchen we are dreaming of:

Oh ya, and thank you to my main man for creating these awesome floor plans for me… xoxo

2 Comments on “Think Outside the Floor Plan

    • HI Seleav,
      We’ve tried a couple different sites for floor plans, the best of which is hands down.

      They offer 1 floor plan with a free account which is exactly what we used for the designs above.

      Thanks for checking us out!


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