When we were originally thinking about how we wanted our house to feel and flow and function for us way back in October, we really surprised ourselves with what we came up with. We both kind of gravitated to allocating the majority of the space to the “workhorse” areas of the house such as the kitchen, laundry room, and closets and then also to areas such as the porch and entryway, which really don’t serve much functional purpose at all but give a home that certain old-timey cool feeling. There is just something about an entryway with an exposed staircase that gets my heart going. It almost seems counter intuitive to allocate the space in the way we choose, because you do spend a majority of time in the living room and bedrooms; however, we felt that in those times, you wanted to be cozy and close and that the more room we had in those areas, the more “stuff” we would need to make it feel lived in. We also wanted to alleviate as much stress and clutter as possible and having plenty of room to spread out and do the laundry and a plenty of room to put the clean clothes away just sounded so nice. I really hope we made good decisions for a functional home that works with us and not against us and I really hope that our living room isn’t too small, lol.
Here are some of our inspirations for a house that combines function with form: