Well, we are going to bare our souls a bit here. We spent quite a bit of time and energy on the “before” plans, and an equal amount of time and energy on the “after” plans. We were lucky, however, in both instances to be working with seasoned and understanding professionals to come to the final product.
These are the first sets of plans:
To download a PDF of the original first floor plan, click here
To download a PDF of the original second floor plan, click here
To download a PDF of the front and rear elevation plans, click here
To download a PDF of the original side elevations plan, click here
We spent hours scouring house plan books and, not seeing the perfect fit for our needs or the site, we drew our concept onto tissue and graph paper then visited our draftsman, Tom Amorin of Architectural Ink. Tom took our pathetic sketches and put together a beautiful set of plans embodying our vision for the home. We intended to have the project LEED certified and knew that the size alone would present a challenge for green certification.
These are the revised plans:
To download a PDF of the final first floor plan, click here
To download a PDF of the final second floor plan, click here
To download a PDF of the final front and rear elevation plans, click here
To dowload a PDF of the final side elevations plan, click here
During our involuntary construction postponement, Tony and I developed our concept for Infusion Design, and became more committed to making this project embody its concepts. We made more of a study of Universal Design, determined the critical elements that we wanted to impute into Infusion Design, and began the process of “infusing” accessibility into the green components we already planned. We took our new ideas to Mary Severino of MGZA, who is the first LEED AP accredited architect in Delaware. Mary made some new suggestions and revved up the layouts further to create our new vision.
Note the hallways, which are a bit more spacious than average. The doors are all 3’0”, the elevator shaft remains, and will act as a convenient placeholder today as stacked closets. All will access the residence by a single, sloping entry with a low-threshold front door. The flooring will be bamboo, tile and low-pile carpeting. Windows will all be casements. Handles will all be levers.
We chose an arts and crafts style home, but Infusion Design can be imputed on any space—just the “wrapper” will change to accommodate different styles as chosen by the homeowner.
Let us know what you think. Your comments and questions are encouraged and welcome. Next update to include the “unveiling” of the construction site, and construction that has been completed.