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California Bungalow Floor Plan Dilema

25 days ago

Hi fellow Houzzers!

We are hoping you could help with some ideas on a floor plan dilemma we are facing with our newly purchased California bungalow within a HCA.

Basic brief is:

- seamless flow from front to back, designed to be able to grow with our young family

- 4 bedrooms minimum

- main bedroom with ensuite (plus walk-in robe if possible)

- main bathroom with bathtub (preferably not bath/shower combo)

- extra living room that could be used as spare room, study or kids retreat

- open plan living out the back with indoor/outdoor flow. We love entertaining so deck and BBQ area is a must as well as a 6x3m minimum swimming pool

- garage would be ideal (maybe brought forward off back fence and a part of the house)

We don't have an unlimited budget, but we are very handy and are prepared to spend the $ needed to make this our forever home but are still hoping to try and keep it single level and use as much of the double brick footprint as possible. The exterior needs a lot of work, and we want to change the colour scheme of the facade and gutters but wanted to focus on the inside first.

We have a sketched a number of ideas but always get stuck with the laundry location and how to fit it in. Original thoughts were to put it towards the back and have a toilet in there so if kids are in the pool they can access it easier with wet feet, but after reading a lot of articles the back is apparently not ideal and will take away the glam from an open floor plan looking over the pool.

Any feedback would be much appreciated.

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