Hi friends! Earlier this week I showcased the display of our Lake St. Louis home. I also promised to show you some of our favorite floor plans for our Table Rock Lake home we are hoping to build in the next two years. Here is our current favorite dream home plan.
Dreams to Reality
It has been close to a roller coaster ride for us as we have for the past three years looked at plans. Some have gone towards Georgian, others to European, still others are Plantation. We have looked at 4000 square feet, which is what we were told was the minimum square feet for our subdivision, up to 8000 square feet when we dream wildly.
However, there are a two things that bring us back to reality. Price to build, which is unknown to us and our age and ability to care for a very large home for more than 10 or 15 years. While our research shows us that it should cost about 30% less to build per square foot in that area than where we currently live, we have trees to clear and stone to dig through. We also want top of the line interior features because this is our dream home.
Tweaking the Dream
Our recent stay with friends in Carmel, NY at their lake home, made us realize we could tone it down a bit as long as we had lots of bedrooms for guests and some great outdoor living spaces. We could be really happy with less fuss. So much did this influence us, that if it does seem too pricey to build on our 5 acres, we may sell it and purchase an already built home and modify it to our liking.
My husband and I turn on a dime. We come up with a new idea and off we go. The home we are currently building was not a part of this future, so it is really taking away from the funds available to build. We will just see how it plays out.
Meet Our Favorite Architect
By far, our favorite architect, has been Don Gardner. We have several home plans from his web site that we are pouring over and considering. As I was writing this post and went to his site to get a link, he had another new plan that I just have to look at.
His plans range from 2000 square foot to as high as you could imagine. Every style is also represented from Mission to French Country.
All Floor Plans and Photos belong to Don Gardner. Please visit his website to see more of his amazing work.
The Clubwell Manor is our current favorite as far as a floor plan goes. The exterior shown is not something we are drawn to but we have found in this process that it is very simple for the architect to give you a completely different style exterior than ones shown.
What We Love
We want to open the front door and see through the home to a two story wall of windows that show the lake. This floor plan gives us that.
We love that there is an elevator. I don’t think you really come to terms with growing old and losing your energy and strength and maybe health until you start seeing your parents go through it and then you know that within 25 years that will be you. So, knowing this is our last home and hoping we can live in it until we can’t live on our own, we want an elevator.
Very excited to have the Master Bedroom on the rear of the home and with the way this one is placed you have great views of the lake. I would love to wake up every morning and the first thing I see is the water.
Having his and her closets will be great. Most plans give the lady a much larger closet, but I am sure I can make this work.
We love the symmetry of the Master Bath.
Love having a screened porch right off the kitchen and to have it include a fireplace, sink and grill. We think we would make huge use of it. This past year we stayed at a home in Florida that had a screened porch right off of the great room and we spent hours reading and relaxing and eating out there.
No Living Room
This floor plan does not have a formal living room which most people rarely use. We have used ours more as a library with our baby grand piano housed in it. But to keep costs down, we are willing to not have the living room and this great room appears to have enough room for the baby grand to live there.
No Butler’s Pantry
If you read my post on designing an Epic Butler’s Pantry, you know how important that is to me. But again, I would much rather have room for someone to stay with us and have their own bath rather than me use a room for dining room storage.
Kitchen Is Too Small
We are willing to give up the hearth room to expand the kitchen. When we currently have people at our lake home they stay over for a few nights. There are lots of cooks in the kitchen and we love that. We love that everyone feels at home enough to cook, fix drinks and wash dishes and put them away. We don’t want to lose that.
Not An Open Layout
We really don’t want the kitchen off to itself. If you have a hearth room that takes care of the area for people to sit and be in the same area but since we plan to take it out, we are suddenly walled off from the great room. We have not worked out that problem yet.
Overall Rooms Too Small
We have fairly large rooms now and we really don’t want them any smaller, so we may just have everything bumped out a little bit to make the rooms the size we want.
Not Enough Garage Space
We currently own 4 cars and we will have to get a Gator to take to our boat slip. If life is good, we may also over time purchase a couple of old cars like a 1957 Chevy or a 1970s Muscle Car, so we may look for a way to make more garage space. Our lot is 5 acres and is actually two lots combined, so we have space to widen our home’s foot print.
This Bonus Suite is over the garage, so if we expand the garage space we will be able to make another bedroom and bath. Our goal was to have a minimum of 5 to 6 bedrooms all with their own baths. One would be a bunk room that would be for our grandchildren. To get an idea of what we are hoping to build for the bunk room space look at 21 Awesome Bunk Rooms.
Basement of Clubwell Manor
What We Love
Our dream was to have every bedroom have a view and an outdoor space. These two bedrooms are perfect. Each have their own bath and are far apart for privacy.
Rec Room and Billiards
We have a billiards table but we aren’t certain if it is storable when we move this Spring and how much it may cost to store. It may be less expensive to sell it and purchase a new one once we move. We love to play games and entertain, so the rec room with fireplace and great access to the back yard and view is lovely. The wet bar with a window opening to the outdoors and a seating counter indoors also makes it smart.
We have had a media room since before media rooms were a big deal. We love it for movie night, though unless it is family, I don’t suspect we will use it for friends. We rarely even turn on a television when we are entertaining unless it is to watch the Kentucky Derby.
In our current home we really don’t have storage other than a cedar closet we put in for off season clothes and our attic. We are getting too old to climb ladders and carry Christmas decorations and stuff up and down. So we really want to be certain to leave room for storage inside this home.
We currently have two exercise rooms set up. His and hers. Our exercise room was an afterthought that came about once we had already finished the basement. It was our unfinished area and we fixed it up with dry wall and mirrors and popped in a treadmill, bicycle and weight machine. But over time I added a reformer and kettle balls and other things that required more room than we had which is why we used a lower level nonconforming bedroom as my exercise room.
There is no exercise room here. Our dream is to not only have a large one, we want the view. I think we will enjoy our exercise far better if we can see the lake. So perhaps we overtake one of those bedrooms and add another over an additional garage space.
Exterior of Clubwell Manor
We don’t hate the exterior, we just would rather have a larger porch and less pillar.
Rear View of Clubwell Manor
So you can see that this home really brings the outdoors in through the many windows seen. Details like the dormers in the roof of the screened porch and upper windows in the master and great room are also stunning effects.
Details really do make the space. We have been amazed during our research when we find the layout in a floor plan that we like and then we see photos and the rooms are so plain it is such a turn off.
This 2 story foyer with the cutout to the great room is spectacular. Such beauty!
The great room without seeing the high ceiling here, you get a look out to the deck and in through to the kitchen, hearth room and even a peek at the screened porch.
We will likely do a floor to ceiling stone fireplace. I may also consider white beams because this color palette is not me. You can see by looking at my Pinterest boards what my decorator style is and I am hoping to utilize it in the final build.
I like the colored cabinetry though I would choose gray or blue over green. However, I really need more kitchen space than this offers. We currently have two islands. I also prefer to have a window in the kitchen though I am certain there is a view from the sink out the window of the breakfast room.
What an exciting ceiling for the kitchen!
This is the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast with the view. I adore the ceiling cutout and treatment as well.
I would prefer full size windows in the room but we are planning to turn this into kitchen space, so I am not sure what that may turn into in the end.
We would want an eating area here as well as a seating area, so this space would need to be expanded. But what a great view, the fireplace allows us to use it nearly year round. Love it.
Totally in love with this Master Bedroom space. Loving the view from the bed. If I could give up TV in the bedroom, I would make a larger window across from the bed. The ceiling is divine and I would be delighted to step onto the deck from our room.
Built in storage across from the closet is really nice.
While this bathroom is smaller than the one we currently have at the lake, I think it works. We love the symmetry. We love the separate sinks. We may pop a wall fireplace in one of the walls of the tub, but overall this is great.
Pocket Doors and feature ceilings make great statements in this study. We will likely line ours with bookcases. Our original plan was a two story study with the ladder and the balcony but the reality is do we even have that many books and do we really have to have that.
Outdoor living is the most important part of our building this home at the lake so the outdoor spaces have to work for us. We are used to very deep and long decks, large pool patio and covered entertaining areas, so the exterior spaces may have to grow.
This is the lower level. Doesn’t look like a basement does it? The ceilings are high and exquisite.
This won’t be the style we will go with for the fireplace and television. Since there is a media room, we most likely will only have a fireplace.
Very spacious billiards room with built ins.
A great place for your guests with a private outdoor space.
Another great bedroom for your guests.
A bar that can work from inside or outside.
Now We Wait
There you have it. What do you think? You didn’t get to see photos from the dining, mud, laundry but I am sure they would have the same great style we see in these rooms.
We both can see this home sitting on our lot. But then we think of some of the other features we want….like a widows watch….who knows what we will have in the end.
We will be meeting with our builder in two weeks and may get the news that this isn’t even in the ballpark for us. We have to just wait and see.
Thank you for stopping in again today. I love to hear from you.