Our New House – Second Floor

The staircase that leads upstairs is on the other side of the wall that has the stove and microwave on it…

Here’s a view from the first landing, down to the first floor…

Kit-Cat loves being upstairs…

…and I’ve gotta say, I’m really enjoying the whole two-story thing too. I grew up in a two-story farmhouse in Minnesota, and being up higher than some of the trees around this place definitely brings me right back to that time.

At the top of the second landing, you can either go to the left, or go straight.

The room on the left is going to (temporarily) be Kev’s office…

(Sorry I didn’t get a wider angle on that one!) Here’s a photo that shows the opposite side of the room, looking back at the door…

(Note to self: use your wide angle lens next time you shoot this room!) There’s a closet on the left, and a small (full) bathroom to the right of that. It’s a completely blank slate and it’ll probably stay that way until we turn it into a room for our little one next year. (Insert warm fuzzies HERE.)

The door to the master bedroom is at the beginning of the long hallway. Once you walk through the door, there’s a closet for our washer and dryer on the left, and then our walk-in closet is on the left after that.

The master bedroom is nice and big, and because there are windows on three sides of it, it’s filled with natural light from sun up to sun down. Yay!

My favorite windows to look out of are the ones in the corner of the room, on the far side of the bed…a.k.a- my side of the bed. You can see a couple little chunks of the lake from those two, and I spend several minutes getting lost in that view every day…

Thank you for letting me sleep on that side, Mr. Palmer.

The master bathroom is….interesting. We’re assuming it was one of the reasons nobody bought the house all these years.

I was standing in the doorway when I took this photo:

The toilet is inside the door on the left, the (teeny) his and hers sinks are directly across from each other, and the shower is behind the sink in the middle of the photo. There’s a tall window on the wall to the right of the shower. (On the front side of the house)

We’ll have to make it work for now, but in the future, we’d like to add on a master bedroom/bathroom, laundry room, and a kids room downstairs- on the back side of the house. Then we’ll use the two rooms upstairs as offices, and do something different with the bathroom(s) up there too. Maybe just pull out one of the vanities in this bathroom and install a tall storage cabinet in its place instead? Maybe reconfigure the two bathrooms completely, so that there’s only one bathroom that leads off the hallway?

Who knows.

We’ve got time.

Kit-Cat says so.

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Our New House - First Floor

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  1. says

    Love all your plans and ideas. That view is awesome! I don’t know why but when I saw that view and I saw the porches in your other post, I keep picturing Seaside, a community that I’ve always loved, though I’ve never been there. Just love looking across all those pretty roofs with the lake beyond. I’m sooo happy for you guys!

  2. Kim in MD says

    Your new home is already gorgeous, but I can’t wait to see what you and Kevin do to “cottageize” it! :-)

  3. says

    I LOVE the outside of your new house! How lucky to have a BLANK CANVAS inside. I know after much thought and a little time…you will have the inside looking UNBELIEVEABLE! I can’t wait to see pictures! Good for you!!!

  4. says

    Hi Layla,

    My name is Susan Henderson and I’m the architect that designed your house many years ago. I was given a size limitation and the program for bedrooms and baths, and there you go. But there is a master bedroom addition for the rear of the house that I can send you if you’re interested. No cost to you, the developer paid for it.

    My firm, PlaceMakers, designed The Waters original master plan, so I’ve been involved with it for quite awhile although not since the new owners have been in place.

    Please let me know if you’d like a PDF of the downstairs master.

    Enjoy the house!

    • Layla says

      Hi Susan!
      We actually got that plan from Andrew shortly after we moved in, and we’re excited to customize and make it happen at some point in the future!
      We’re having SO MUCH fun living out here, and are so happy to e-meet you today! 😀

  5. Heidi Holdridge Frantz says

    I have only recently discovered ur blog, and this is the first time I’ve had a chance to check out anything more than ur recent posts. I love your new home. The house and neighborhood are delightful. I wish you the best of luck with all of your projects and look forward to reading about them. I adore the photos of Kit Cat…children and pets help make a house a home. From the sounds, you will be fulfilling the other half of that soon. The house really looks like a great place for a child to grow up. God bless you, your family and your new home.

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