Revisiting the Abingdon and investigating a multi-generational concept
Posted On November 15, 2017
I had some more thoughts about the floorplan I made that was inspired by the “Abingdon” house plan made by Barratt Homes.
The way that the office cut into the main house and reduced the width of the living room was really jarring, so I decided to move the office further up and make it a separate outbuilding, and widen the living room back out again. There’s also an additional rooflight.
I decided to come up with a proper colour scheme! The first row in this picture are jewel tone colours that I want to take up large areas in my future home, such as walls and doors and furniture.
The leftmost colour is Pantone 268, my favourite colour, and the next one along is Pantone 229, a close second-favourite!
The bottom row of colours are ones I want for splashes of colour and accessories, so things like cushions and kitchen utensils.
If you are interested, the full list of colours here are (from left to right, all in Pantone numbers):
The Pantone site is pretty interesting if you are into colours and/ or home decor.
A post on the Hanse Hause Facebook page prompted me to think about multi-generational homes.
It’s something I’ve thought about before because I like having Will’s family around and especially their pets. You’d need sooooo much money to build a house like this, and even if you pooled the whole family’s money, I’m not certain it could be done, especially when you take into account buying land.
Having said that, this house is only 12 x 12 metres, so it’s actually more compact than some of my other house designs, that have been 18 metres wide.
The office, however, would need to be a separate outbuilding to avoid ruining the shape of the house.
I based my design on this multi-generational floorplan that I found online:
For my version, I moved the living room to the back (I’ve really become a fan of living rooms at the back of the house since I’ve lived in my current house, it’s handy for letting the dog out several times a day, but also it’s just nice to be tucked away). There’s a separate living room for people who want to break off and watch/ play something different to what the others are doing. There’s a wheelchair lift, and a utility room at the back of the house. I acknowledge that getting from the bottom of the stairs to the utility room with your laundry would be quite a journey, but I’m not sure how else to position it.
So yes, I like the idea of this house but it would be very expensive.
Bonus mezzanine house!
I saw this plan while doing some Googling, and was inspired by it.
I’m not really a fan of this plan, I don’t know why but I’m just not thrilled about it.