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Explore the Existing Floor Plan

Happy Friday, everyone! This week has just been full of treats here on the blog. First, the People’s Choice vote launches, and now … the existing floor plan is here! For me, it’s hard to really understand the layout of a home through images. Now, you can really comprehend what the home looks like and make your predictions on what’s to come in the renovation. Project manager Dylan Eastman shares his commentary and unnoticed details throughout the floor plan “tour” to help you all navigate.

Dylan Eastman Chris GrundyProject manager Dylan Eastman and tool expert Chris Grundy on site at Blog Cabin 2014.

Dylan Eastman Chris GrundyDylan and Grundy scoping out the home’s floor plan.

Check out the original floor plan >>

What do you think is changing? Share your renovation dreams with everyone.

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410 Comments

  1. I love the breakfast nook!

    Cherie on January 10, 2014 at 4:04 pm
    • Me, too! It's one of my favorite features.

      Kayla@HGTV on January 10, 2014 at 6:10 pm
    • Love it too and want to at least keep the table in the remodel! It is a great versatile piece of wood or something wood like LOL that has character and functionality. It looks like it can seat 5-7 people around it too!

      minitoni on January 11, 2014 at 2:49 pm
    • I think the breakfast nook is going to be history. To make the kitchen bigger and flow into the dining room. I like breakfast nooks. So this will be sad, but i can see it coming.

      vicki_in_Utah on January 10, 2014 at 7:25 pm
    • I'm with you vicki. It is so uncomfortable to get into and out of a booth! Once you are in you aren't going anywhere. Stuck! There's a reason they disappeared. I'm not as young as I used to be and these old hips……… well to be honest I have more real estate…. front and back and I don't slid as easy as I used to. If you get my drift.

      Ashtabulannie on January 11, 2014 at 2:29 am
    • can we at least keep the table vicki?

      minitoni on January 11, 2014 at 2:50 pm
    • With the nook not truly being part of the kitchen but walled in, I find it claustrophobic.

      Eugenia27 on January 11, 2014 at 5:31 pm
    • That nook is way-way dated and not in good way. A breakfast nook/space is a nice feature, but not in this configuration. Hopefully they will open up the space between kitchen and nook and put a small table and lots of glass or doors going to an outside porch/patio/garden area. And if the Orange/Lemon/Lime trees were right near there, that would be perfect :p

      Windsmurf on January 13, 2014 at 2:07 pm
  2. I have already gone head over heels with this house. I adored 2013 BC and thought I'd never "get over it" but by golly, this great old house in my state, in fact only about two hours north of my home now, I love love love it! Sorry, I'm okay now…Now that we have the original floor plan, it's so much fun thinking of different directions Dylan and DIY can go. Then waiting to see which way they do go along with the voting process, this is awesome. I can honestly see me and my husband living in that wonderful home.It's close to our family, so they can drive over and spend a weekend or their vacation time relaxing with us! I may be getting older(hate that word!) but my imagination works fine. Keep safe and have a great weekend!!<3<3:D:D XXXOOO

    Sheri McNamara on January 10, 2014 at 4:51 pm
  3. I can look at a house, a floor plan and imagine what I would have it look like and I can do that because I live in a 55 yr old house that I was raised in. I spend a lot of time inside my head thinking about what it could be…

    Shara on January 10, 2014 at 5:06 pm
  4. Come on brave designer wannabes. Let's say bye to bamboo, it's a porous weed that's overrated and overused. Vote Oak. Green siding? It's also overused on these Dream / Smart / Green / Blog Homes. Vote Cream, which is pictured as a pale yellow. That looks much nicer in the Florida lake environment. And lastly, Neutral Indoor Paint? Seriously, aren't you tired of that as well. Go for something interesting.

    Cindy Lynn on January 10, 2014 at 5:13 pm
    • I'm voting green so that it beats the blue. And I'm with ya on those bamboo floors- just can't believe so many people like those better. Oh well, whatever happens, I'm sure it will still be stellar. :)

      AndreaMP on January 10, 2014 at 5:37 pm
    • Cindy I am with you. Just can't go wrong with Oak flooring. I think bamboo will cheaping the whole project. Cream is the pick. Blue and all that green surroundings just does not work. Green will just blend in with the surroundings. So there, you voters. Go for OAK and CREAM

      Jay Michajluk on January 10, 2014 at 11:22 pm
    • If there's no heart pine and no maple offered definitely oak is the way to go. Real wood, not plastic impregnated grass, please!

      Ralebird on January 14, 2014 at 6:16 am
    • I'm with you on the neutral paint, blah!
      If enough people rally it might be possible to overturn the vote.
      As for the rest I think it is a lost cause.

      I'm voting green/sailcloth (whatever that is) because it has a chance, cream/white, while lovely, has no chance at this point. I guess I'm really voting anti blue/beige.

      Whatever wins I think the place will end up looking great.

      Kari on January 11, 2014 at 12:37 am
    • Kari, my home is the pale green with the sailcloth trim. It is beautiful. If you think that is the least of the two evils, you may be right.
      Sailcloth is an off white. Pale green is – well, pale green. I wish I could send you a real picture so you wouldn't be so opposed to it and feel like you were voting for an avocado.

      Wind Chime Girl on January 11, 2014 at 1:28 am
    • WCG, I also love the pale green. It would make an especially lovely background for the landscaping. Think of all the gorgeous, vibrant, tropical foliage and flowers that grow in Florida! Sigh….I'm so disappointed the bamboo flooring is leading.. it seems totally inappropriate for an arts and crafts bungalow. Also as several other bloggers have mentioned, bamboo flooring has been over represented as "green", ignoring the environmental impact of transporting it here! It's simply trendy – jmho. :S

      SID on January 12, 2014 at 6:48 pm
    • Sorry, Cindy, green is my favorite color. If it's overused yesterday, so what. My home is green as well as an interior room. It's all very soothing and calm.
      I'm with you on your bamboo flooring and neutral interior paint opinions.
      I just don't see a bland Cream colored exterior on this home.
      WCG

      Wind Chime Girl on January 11, 2014 at 1:19 am
    • I'm with you on the creme….more Floridian. However, I am partial to bamboo flooring. I am sure the tiger bamboo actual floor will be lighter than the pic given, more of the oak color palette since the voting is close. A good solid wood floor is what I am asking for…if its free, its for me. As long as the wood is great for environment, wears very well and receptive to the humidity of the Florida heartlands. I am sure the bc decorators will generate a welcoming furniture package enhancing all to see.

      kmh on January 11, 2014 at 1:20 am
    • I said this before in a reply, look at the each color palette, that give you all the the colors that go with them. You will see they have the same just in a different hue, tone, shade what you use to call it. The vote is for the palette of colors. Ask them to use different ones, not the one you sick of. One can repaint if they win it.

      Denise_D._ on January 11, 2014 at 9:38 am
    • It's 'free' except for the tax. ;)

      Gayle on January 11, 2014 at 10:17 am
    • Other than the neutral palette of colors (did you page through the links under each color palette name to see more of the colors when you voted?) I pretty much agree with you. And you have ten votes a day to make your opinion count!

      minitoni on January 11, 2014 at 2:34 pm
    • I love that the yellow siding too! I can just see how wonderful it would look against all the tropical plants that can survive in this zone!!
      I have to say that I love the neutral paint scheme for for the interior, only because I love bright kitschy Florida decor pieces and I thought the neutral paints would not compete.
      I like the wider planks and the grain available with white oak, too.

      Lia_M on January 12, 2014 at 1:03 am
    • I'm going to try to defend the blue siding…;-) I live in the Sacramento, Ca area, and every new shopping center or new development, and lots of the old, are patterned after a spanishisy architectural plan with neutral creams, yellow or beiges, pale greens or grays and pale blues thrown in…everything looks the same and boring! Finally, the newer stuff is going up with blocks of different colors, deep blues, greens, burgundy……..color! and they look wonderful. You can actually see the difference between two places..

      karenlin91 on January 12, 2014 at 12:39 pm
    • The darker the color the hotter it gets. Wouldn't a pale color help in the cost of keeping the house cool?

      Eugenia27 on January 12, 2014 at 6:26 pm
    • Average temp here in the summer is in the 90s and we have way too many days that go over 100…109…… but good insulation helps and having the house sitting to catch any regular breeze…..Here we usually have the delta breeze in early evening (usually need a sweater at night), so that cools it down, I don't know what the weather is like there, but I think I'd take my chances……I am so totally done with light colors.

      karenlin91 on January 12, 2014 at 7:12 pm
    • karenlin91, you are close to nice breezes there. Why would you suffer a Florida home, inland, with good insulation to make your case for a dark sided home?
      I think you are tired of the Cal-Tex-Mex colors that we have here, too, and you are looking for something different.
      Sorry, but I don't think a colonial blue is the answer.
      There isn't enough insulation in the walls to justify a dark color in a warm area.
      That's why southern Florida, California and Texas colors are what they are. "Spanishy".
      I'm sorry you don't like those colors. They are historical and I like them. If you have greens in your buildings, that's even better. They must have found some old 'Spanish Moss' to put into their old clay bricks. Innovative at the time.
      I have two friends with the yellowish siding. It's okay and they are both kind of – not so happy.
      There's my opinion again. Seems it's not so humble since I keep harping and politicking on it. Ha!
      WCG

      Wind Chime Girl on January 13, 2014 at 1:53 am
    • I am with you on the tiger striped bamboo, but more because of the color than the green factors. I am also much in favor of the pale green, the blue is too dark and the "cream" looks yellow which I don't care for. I prefer the nuetral color palette as well because you can spice it up with pillows, curtains, other accesories and you can change them out way less expensively than if you have to re-paint – and I hate painting almost worse than anything else in the world. Dark, vibrant colors on walls just get too old, too fast.

      Windsmurf on January 13, 2014 at 2:18 pm
  5. Wow! These AS-IS floor plans are great and with the real pictures. I can't wait to see what changes and how the DIY crew will "open it up" and add another bathroom. :)

    AndreaMP on January 10, 2014 at 5:28 pm
  6. Here is one of my guesses on what will be changed. The breakfast nook will be removed and the kitchen will be enlarged. After all there is already a dinning room, why have 2 separate rooms for dinning.

    Eugenia27 on January 10, 2014 at 5:49 pm
    • My first thoughts exactly!

      Petraathen on January 12, 2014 at 1:13 am
    • definitely like you idea Eugenia…i love having a kitchen where i clearly see my main living area and eating area all at the same time; wonderful for sharing with everyone while cooking…

      twoTERRIERs on January 12, 2014 at 1:27 am
    • To me, if the breakfast nook is repurposed, the most likely location would be the front porch as built in seating.

      My dog would love to sit on one of the benches looking out the window (What we call "Dog TV") watching the world go by.

      MAOW on January 12, 2014 at 10:34 am
    • I like your idea of repurposing the benches on the porch.
      P.S. my husband and I got a good laugh at "Dog TV"

      Eugenia27 on January 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm
    • We were watching the Westminster Dog Show several years ago and keep telling our dog to watch. No interest…at all.

      We then opened the front door and our dog immediately moved to a position in front of our screen door. She was only interested in watching the real world, not the TV World so we started to call our windows and doors "Dog TV".

      I am glad that at least someone else understands what we mean.

      MAOW on January 12, 2014 at 7:50 pm
    • :-)

      Eugenia27 on January 12, 2014 at 11:57 pm
    • Dog AND kitty TV, and commercial free! lol<3B)xD

      SID on January 12, 2014 at 6:34 pm
    • Commercial free and "On Demand". If only the channel had a "Dog Cabin" contest.

      MAOW on January 12, 2014 at 7:52 pm
    • Tee Hee!

      SID on January 12, 2014 at 8:23 pm
    • Our cat sits in our picture window and watches the world go by, The school bus stops in front of our house, and the kids always likes to wave at him.

      vicki_in_Utah on January 12, 2014 at 9:27 pm
    • I agree Eugina27. Most homes have a breakfast nook and a dining room – I've always thought, just make the dining room more conveniently located in relation to the kitchen and get rid of the nook all together – As it is now, we only use our dining room for when company comes over (wasted space otherwise)

      CreativeGraf on January 12, 2014 at 12:05 pm
    • I grew up where we ate all our meals in the dinning room. It just seems "right" to me. What I don't understand is in some of the newer homes and homes I have seen on HGTV and also DIY, where the dinning room is way in the front of the house and the living room next to the kitchen. No wonder people like eat-in kitchens. Who wants to haul the food all the way across the house.

      Set up properly the dinning room would be close to the kitchen but you don't have to look at messy counters or dirty pots and pans when you are eating the meal.

      OK, I know a lot of you are going to say … clean as you go. Sure, I do that – but there are times if you want to have Hot food, not every pot is going to be cleaned polished and put away before the meal is served.

      Eugenia27 on January 12, 2014 at 6:35 pm
    • i think it should be 3 beds and the kitchen not to huge

      RONALE on January 13, 2014 at 2:05 pm
  7. Kayla, thank you for the floor plans with pictures. It makes it so much easier to picture how it could be changed.

    Eugenia27 on January 10, 2014 at 5:50 pm
    • Glad you're enjoying them! Have a wonderful weekend :)

      Kayla@HGTV on January 10, 2014 at 6:11 pm
  8. So many walls!!! I just want to knock most of them down and open it up with lots of windows. Thanks for the floor plans!!

    Erin on January 10, 2014 at 6:28 pm
    • I hope they put in a fire extinguisher system. You all do know that newer open plans burn down faster, plenty of ox. In those way open plans.

      Denise_D._ on January 11, 2014 at 9:42 am
    • I never thought of that Denise_D_ Thanks.

      vicki_in_Utah on January 11, 2014 at 10:17 am
  9. WALLS WALLS WALLS … and how about all those doors! My mind was RACING with ideas! This one will be FUN! I hope much added space is in the plans – kids (and someday GRANDkids) are sure to want to come for visits! :) … as for "changes" … Wraparound Porch PLEASE :)

    CreativeGraf on January 10, 2014 at 7:33 pm
    • love, Love, LOVE wrap around porches!! :D

      AndreaMP on January 10, 2014 at 8:51 pm
    • Count me in for the wrap around porches!!!!!

      karenlin91 on January 12, 2014 at 12:41 pm
    • YES!!!!! I love, LOVE wraparound porches.

      Eugenia27 on January 12, 2014 at 6:39 pm
  10. Well there certainly are a lot of walls and doors, odd traffic patterns, and a bit of charm in the old place. The drawings being used in the Peoples Choice voting page, show the house having been "stretched", the main entry moved to what is currently the dining room and the sheltered entry on the end by the sun room removed.

    The act of making the house longer, will allow for better bed rooms and baths. It also adds to the space available for the kitchen. I'm a bit disappointed in the loss of the sheltered entry; the minimal roof over the entry in the drawings would not be enough in a real rain storm to protect someone prior to entry. Of course, these opinions are based on drawings being used to show exterior color combinations for voting purposes and do not claim to be actual renderings of a finished product, but the likeness is profound. If Dylan and company do actually extend the length of this house, the potential for improvement will be awesome.

    I would like to see a slightly larger kitchen, two improved bedrooms with fewer entries each, a comfortable sunroom, and a den/guest room up in the widows walk. There some interesting old pieces in the place that deserve to be salvaged for projects or historical preservation. And please save the fire place; a fire on a cool winter evening would be a great thing.

    DGustaf on January 10, 2014 at 9:19 pm
    • As a person who reads, and owns a fairly sizable library, I would love to see built-in bookshelves (maybe, below the windows) up in the Widows Walk area and a few comfortable chairs to support my need to read; a music system would be nice up there as well, for the subtle background sound. My cats would love the available window seating offered by the bookshelves I've suggested.

      DGustaf on January 10, 2014 at 9:47 pm
    • I'm with you most of the way.
      I'd love a good place for my books and a good place for my cats too.
      The widows walk is a perfect place to read and a perfect place for the cats but, while that much sun would be heaven for the cats it would be the opposite for the books. Best case the covers would be badly faded in no time.

      Perhaps there could be built-in seating with cushions? Plenty of storage options there! I can picture some happy kitties curled-up or stretched-out there! 8D

      Maybe the second bedroom could be used as a library??

      Kari on January 11, 2014 at 12:22 am
    • Or, the bookshelves could have lift doors (like a Lawyers bookshelf) with polarized or darkened material, instead of plain glass, to protect the contents of the shelves; it would also, reduce the need to dust as often. I don't want to have to enter another persons space just to do my reading.

      Cushions on the under window cases would be a nice touch, but the cases would have to be built to withstand the weight of an adult sitting on them.

      DGustaf on January 11, 2014 at 8:15 am
    • I don't know who the troll is who's voting thumbs down on everyone's posts but I'm trying to give everyone at least back to a neutral instead of a negative by giving you a thumbs up just now! Besides I like your ideas.

      minitoni on January 11, 2014 at 2:46 pm
    • Hi DGustaf, you were speaking about the fireplace being good on a cool evening, I agree. Another good aspect is fireplace also nice to have during major storms, even hurricanes. The storms don't have to be right over the house, but it seems losing power can and does happen fairly often so it is nice to have the fireplace ready to go, just in case. Good day to you. :)

      Sheri McNamara on January 13, 2014 at 2:26 pm

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