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Revisiting the Abingdon and investigating a multi-generational concept

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.


Ground floor wider 3D

Barratt Homes Abingdon Ground
Floors merged
Previous floors stacked on top of each other.
Floors merged wider
New version floors stacked on top of each other.


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!

Letti colours

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.

Multigenerational ground and first floor

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:

Ground floor.

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.


There’s a skylight above the main living room because I love that.
First floor.
6 bedrooms, an area set aside for the skylight, and an area to relax, where the bookshelves would probably be.
It occurs to me that a French balcony might be better than the window by the sofa area, because cats would certainly like to hop out and sun themselves next to the skylight.
multigenerational combined
Floors merged. I didn’t manage to line up the skylights.

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.

Ground and First Floor Mezzanine plan
My versions. Includes an office, wider entrance area, utility, wheelchair lift, and skylight above the mezzanine opening because I’m Letti.
Ground floor.


First floor.


Mezzanine merged
Floors merged.


I’m not really a fan of this plan, I don’t know why but I’m just not thrilled about it.

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