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2-flat to single family home converstion

jennamartJanuary 7, 2013
My husband and I are converting a typical Chicago-style 2-flat building (2 seperate units plus basement) into a single family home. Currently each unit has living room, dining room, kitchen, one bath and two bedrooms. We have an architect.

We will be knocking down walls, building stairs etc.

I am looking for some general ideas for the floor plan and layout. I am really into lofts, open floor plans and undefined rooms (don't want a formal dining room etc...). Need help with the first floor living space.

Any and all ideas welcome!
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You R fortunate to have an architect. I'd be discussing these things with him/her.

One idea: I'd keep a portion of home as a small rental. Many lovely homes in San Francisco save a portion for a rental or could be a MIL apartment etc.
    Bookmark   January 8, 2013 at 12:01PM
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Margaux Gonyea
Hi jennamart- looks like your place has great potential. Check out the ideabooks listed below for some great idea for loft style homes. Good luck with your remodel and make sure to keep us updated on your progress and add pictures!

Ideabook: My Houzz: Color and Cupcakes in a Denver Loft · See Ideabook

Ideabook: Houzz Tour: Life in the Vintage Renewal Loft · See Ideabook
    Bookmark   January 8, 2013 at 2:05PM
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HI -- Sounds like this is going to be a big project and good luck to you . Are you staying with the Chicago style or are you wanting to go more modern and open. You should start a binder of ideas and this binder should have pocket pages for invoices and copies of e-mails ,phone and cell phone numbers , suppliers etc.and this will help you and your architect with the project and budget and what not. Gather info on products you would like to use , like maybe some info on newer rads that are smaller and more modern looking and so on.Remember to make good choices because after changes cost money and that adds up real fast . Have fun and don't fuss with the small stuff !
    Bookmark   January 8, 2013 at 2:15PM
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House of Holland - TX
Really depends on how you live... Do you entertain a lot? Do you have small children?
    Bookmark   January 8, 2013 at 2:27PM
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Tres McKinney Design
The more information about your preferences that you bring to your architect the better the house will fit your lifestyle. I recomend you also hire an interior designer and bring them into the process early on as part of your team. A team approach (Client,architect and designer) will give you the most successful overall design. You will save money in the long run by avoiding expensive and disappointing mistakes.
    Bookmark   January 8, 2013 at 3:00PM
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thanks!! all great stuff to think about.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 8, 2013 at 5:16PM
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