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Howdy all –

I’d like to enlist your help.  We’re converting a workshop we have into a small apartment for guests or a rental.  I have a general idea of what I think I’d like, and I’ve put together one sample floor plan, but I’d like to get more ideas before we start construction.  If you have any suggestions, big or small (examples might include types of recessed lighting, all-in-one-laundry-units, surround sound speaker wiring), please provide.

First, here’s the space we’re starting with:

01 bare-walls

It’s a 24×24 area with two doors, and two windows.  The door at the top opens up into a 2-car garage.  The structure has metal R-panels with a concrete floor.  We already figured drywall / sheet rock with a 6″ or so area since the metal girders give us that much room.  We’ll probably get blown-in insulation for efficiency.  We have to add water, septic, HVAC and more electrical.

The graphic lists our main wants (click to open a larger version) – we want the primary use for 1-2 adults to be able to comfortably live there, with a secondary use of at least 12 people being hosted for movie night, gaming night, maybe a presentation or class or something.

The first draft I did identified areas that would work for us:

02 bare-walls-with-definition

Some of the reasons I did it this way –

  1. I probably would want all the water on just one side of the room since all plumbing would be new.
  2. I didn’t want an actual enclosed bedroom, as that would take away from the secondary use of a lot of people being able to see the TV.
  3. The kitchen sink should probably be centered in front of a window.

As we thought further, I went ahead and put together a draft of the floor plan that might work.  This shows the Murphy bed down, but most of the time, it would be packed up into the wall. (update: revised from original based on Ren’s comment about dining table)

03 normal-home-mode-bed-down rev 2

Here are our thoughts so far:

  1. When 1-2 people are living there, the bed can stay down all the time. If no-one is staying there, or we’re hosting a larger group, the bed can flip up into the wall.
  2. One option is when the bed flips up, there’s a seating section that is left over, like a couch or pair of seats.  It might be too expensive, but there are other options as well.
  3. We plan on the Murphy bed having storage and cabinets around it.  Take a look at valetcustom’s options, particularly this one.  Unfortunately that company only services one far away city so I’ll have to find other options.  But those pages show the idea.
  4. Plenty of room to entertain if needed with the chairs around the kitchen island in either case.  The kitchen island also serves as the main dining table.
  5. Someone (possibly me) can home office at the desk area.
  6. Closet has enough room for hanging things as well as shelving, cubbies or other storage space.  Closet also doubles as extra soundproofing for bathroom.  Might put in all-in-one washer-dryer unit in the closet.
  7. We plan on using tankless water heater since A) the place won’t be used much and B) seems a lot more efficient not only for electricity but also space.
  8. Kitchen has a fridge, dishwasher, garbage disposal, pantry and also cabinets over the counters.
  9. Large open area makes it flexible for sleepovers, extra tables, and lots of other options.
  10. For HVAC, I’m considering the ductless kind but I’ve never used them.
  11. We’re thinking two ceiling fans – since the ceilings are 9″ high in the middle, but only 8’4″ at the sides, not sure if we have to put them in the middle.  Maybe ceiling fans with lights, and then extra light over the sink and the desk?
  12. Both the bathroom and the closet could grow a foot or two deeper if needed.  The bathroom as designed above is 5×8.  I had this type of bathroom in mind.

With a movable couch, we can bring in chairs as needed and pack in quite a number of people.  The configuration below could hold ~20 people: (update: revised from original based on Ren’s comment about dining table)

04 group-hosting-mode-20ppl rev 2

Now it’s your turn.  What would you suggest I consider for this guest space?  All suggestions or reminders are welcome.  If you’d like the source Visio file, you can get it here.



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  • The only thing obvious about it is he doesn't want any of the lanes of traffic to go any faster than about 15mph #
  • My work day starts with a breakfast on the Del Mar beach. #
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  • REN! FOX NEWS! Check this from @FOXNews. Apple's New Maps App Heads Down Wrong Road: http://t.co/l1xuSh2F (cc @Blogography) #
  • Hear, hear RT @renagerie @queenofpink Assuming it involves you coming into town, my schedule is likely the most flexible. Let me know. #
  • Me: so whatchya learn in school this week?
    Jaden: I learned algebra.
    Me: Really? What did you learn?
    Jaden: I learned X = 3. That's it. #
  • Me: the shuttle went from Houston to California
    Jaden: Which Houston?
    Me: There's only 1 Houston
    Jaden: Oops, I thought you said Boston. #
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  • As good as the Sirius 80's channel is, I can't help think how much better it'd be with a side order of @queenofpink and @hellohahanarf #
  • So I was all settled in at the hotel looking forward to some uninterrupted time with #swtor Then I realized I forgot power adapter #fail #
  • Today in DC will be awesome. 1st, purchase dress shoes & laptop power that I forgot to pack and then I see Rush concert! #ClockworkAngels #
  • Q: How smart is this? A: Mind. Blown. (@ Best Buy) [pic]: http://t.co/5EIdJZxh #
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  • I'd love to meet the members of #RUSH (I can't stop thinking big, I can't stop thinking big) #ClockworkAngels #
  • Clockwork Angels! (@ Jiffy Lube Live for Rush w/ 49 others) http://t.co/7039mdXq #
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  • Jaden! (@ DisneyQuest) http://t.co/fxC12OE8 #
  • 2 Infinity's and be Yawn'd (@ Buzz Lightyear's AstroBlaster) [pic]: http://t.co/ZOaR5FWo #
  • Yesterday Jaden & I spent 10 hours playing games and having fun at DisneyQuest. Today I take him to Epcot. We'll see how much he can take. #
  • So, @renagerie and @blogography (& anyone else): any tips for taking 10yr old to Epcot for a day? Anything not to miss, or to skip? #
  • Jaden! (@ Spaceship Earth w/ 4 others) [pic]: http://t.co/zmChQ8d2 #
  • Dangit! I didn't know you can't have more than one fastpass active. I thought I could go around and get in virtual lines #
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  • Jaden! (@ Ellen's Energy Adventure – Universe Of Energy w/ 3 others) [pic]: http://t.co/q2OY1uo4 #
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  • Was worried about flying on airline where I had no status, but checked in and got all 4 upgraded to 1st for only $76 more than just bag fees #
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  • Jaden! (round 2) (@ DisneyQuest w/ 2 others) [pic]: http://t.co/OMLVqLOT #
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  • Cruise here we come! (@ Orlando International Airport (MCO) w/ 3 others) http://t.co/Nc27NetA #
  • If you don't see me online for next week, it's because I'm cheap. It's too expensive from my luxury oceanview suite on Caribbean Cruise #
  • I shall have one of my servants send you a handmade thank you card RT @LeSombre @whall There you go. 😉 http://t.co/sTiW0MTE #
  • Love it! RT @LeSombre @whall One last one and I'll leave you alone. Wouldn't want to use all your bandwith. 😉 http://t.co/QQwTh3fA #
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