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Display Name: Laura222
Member Since: 12/1/10

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The first one with the kitchen in the corner. It gives more space for dining and a better kitchen layout. The second choice looks cramped. If you need a separate seating area like you have in option two, you can use the sunroom most of the year. I would omit the built in window seat and desk in the NE corner and use furniture in case you decide you want to borrow the space later for something else: landing strip, more dining room, or more living room.

What's Your Favorite Layout for House We're Building? Good Questions
3/26/14 08:04 AM

YoungMrsW has the right idea with placement to create a "TV/fireplace viewing area" and an entryway area. I also second the no-tv-over-the-fireplace, my fiance has a 42" and told me I'll never be allowed to place it over one. The angle is poor for viewing and puts a crick in your neck.

However, I find the closet by the fireplace interesting and wonder how deep it is? If it's fairly shallow, perhaps you could remove the door and put shelves inside to create a built-in bookshelf. Add some clever molding on that wall and paint and you could create an entire "built-in" effect incorporating the closet, fireplace, and a stand on the other side for the TV. Unifying that wall in this manner would help the room look larger and give you a larger focal point rather than three things competing for attention (blank TV, blank door, and fireplace).

Help for Living Room Lacking Wall Space? Good Questions
7/8/13 05:06 PM

I'm on my third winter now in a Chicago garden unit, and it's really not that bad. The extra space, dishwasher, and backyard my place offers makes up for the lack of view.

That said, there are a couple safety issues to beware with these units. Make sure each bedroom has an operable window you can climb out of in the event of an emergency. It's a good idea to have security bars on your windows, but they should be unlockable and the key should be stored right next to the window (but not visible from outside!).

Smaller Unit with View VS. Larger Garden Unit?
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12/1/10 01:45 PM