Plans for extension - thoughts on floor plan?

Jac Johnston
last month
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Hi there,

We're looking at some sketch designs to renovate our 1900s worker's cottage on a small 300sqm block. The original part of the house is being reconfigured and we're adding a rear extension to add additional living space.

As a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 under 2) we are struggling to decide on the right option and would appreciate any advise on the better layout for a young family.

Option 1

Pros and cons:

+ 2 living areas (retains our existing living room & adds additional open plan living at rear)

+ Proper laundry

+ More storage

+ Better division of rooms (main up front with ensuite, 2 kids rooms together)

+ Potentially better resale value in future given the second living area could be used for multiple purposes (4th bedroom, large study, play / movie room, etc.)

- Smallish rooms

- Addition at rear is a bit small (not much division between kitchen and second living)

Option 2

Pros and cons:

+ Internal courtyard!

+ Bigger study area with view to courtyard

+ Bigger main and opens up to courtyard

+ Bigger rooms

+ Architecturally, will look and feel better and much bigger due to amount of light

+ Better separation between old and new

- Only one living area

- Small built in laundry in rear addition

- Kids room at front of house


Both come in at around the same price which makes this decision even more difficult.

Jac x

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