The Plan

I have so much I want to share with you, but first things first. This post is dedicated to the floor plan. When I first looked at my crappy house, I immediately knew I wanted to do some renovating. I seriously thought this could be accomplished in 2 months. By me. (Yes, really.) This was the first of many delusions. This first picture shows the house as I bought it. It’s typical. (You can click on any image to get a closer look.)

I knew right away that the wall between the living room and kitchen needed to go. I also knew that I would eventually want to finish the basement and I definitely wouldn’t want to have to go into the garage to get there, so that meant moving that wall too. Add in the bay window and that’s all of the structural changes that I wanted to accomplish. In two months. Alone. (Seriously.) Here’s the plan:

The best part of this plan was being able to do a more intelligent kitchen layout. The old layout was crappy. The new plan creates a return wall so the fridge has a new home and I have space for an island where the wall used to be. I was also able to include a small alcove by the garage door for Egor’s litter box. Yes, I thought of everything…

I’m a visual person and, luckily, I’ve got mad skills, so I did a quick 3D sketch of my renovation plan to see how things would look before I started. Below you’ll see a photo taken from the front door and a rendering from that same view.

Living Room - Before

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19 Responses to The Plan

  1. Susie says:

    Can you come renovate my kitchen?

  2. DYAN PETKE says:

    This is beautiful. looking forward to more blogs

  3. Mom says:

    You never stop amazing me.

  4. Andrea says:

    Such an inspiration. ..beautiful, strong woman. I’m a single mother…I think u will be hehearing from me. Keep up the good work…its awesome whatt u have accomplish!

  5. Knuckles says:

    Wow, so glad I found this blog. Nice work! I’m struggling to find a way to create drawings of my own overly ambitious reno ideas. I’ve got paper and pen but my drawing skills are horrible. Can you tell me the software you used? Thanks.

    • My Crappy House says:

      Hi! Thanks for visiting! I’m a 3D designer by trade, so I use 3D Studio Max. It’s a bit cost prohibitive if you’re not using it to make money. If you’re just looking to sketch out ideas for your personal projects, I would suggest Home Designer I can’t say I’ve used this personally, but the reviews on Amazon are positive. If you have an iPad, this looks promising. Good luck!

    • My Crappy House says:

      Oh, and I forgot about the floor plans. I used Adobe Illustrator for those, but I bet those two programs I linked probably handle flat plans as well.

    • Knuckles says:


    • My Crappy House says:

      You’re quite welcome. I hope I helped

  6. Harmony says:

    I happened upon UR site, purely by accident, U have done such a great job, I am a minimalist and from the look of Ur post so are U, so sexy & serene, don’t let to many people visit, they just might not want 2 leave, such a Zen feel 2 UR home.

  7. renicholyons says:

    Landed on your blog today for the very first time and already cannot stop reading. Love this very first post and adore your sofa. Cannot wait till I’ve read the previous two years worth of posts and got current. Excellent blog.

  8. Krystal says:

    I just found your blog today. You remind me so much of my best friend (Classy, Sassy and a bit Smart-assy). I haven’t read all the posts yet but I will because I already love your vision and can’t wait to see the progress you’ve made. I evilly plan to get my friend addicted to this blog as well!!!!