The Glade a la Carte: Conservatory

I met with our architect who showed me two different sets of plans for the renovation to The Glade. I liked both of them.  The best part is I don’t have to choose one or the other, I can mix and match, one from column A two from column B, an a la carte menu.

Currently the first floor at The Glade looks like this.

Living room, dining room, kitchen, powder room on the first floor

To the right of the dining room we’re adding a large room that the architect and I call the conservatory.  It looks out over the back and side yards of The Glade.

East Side Yard in Spring

This room may some day become a bedroom as we age and are unable to climb the stairs easily.  The new construction on the first floor will all be at the same level. With that in mind we’ve also decided that a full bathroom and built-in closet will be useful.

Plan A – 1st Floor – Compact Version

In this case we’ve decided Plan “A” is a bit too restrictive so w’re going with Plan “B”.

Plan B – 1st Floor – The Generous Version

But even in this larger version the bathroom seems small for regular usage if the conservatory is used as a bedroom. So we’ve decided it could encroach into the conservatory.

Larger bathroom will allow for a different layout perhaps.

Now that I’ve drawn a larger bathroom, we’ll discuss a better layout with the architect.  Perhaps now the toilet can exchange places with a more generous shower and be tucked into the corner.

Dream Conservatory
Dream Conservatory

The conservatory in the photo above (with an uncovered porch over it) is very much the visual concept that we have.  Ours will be much smaller with windows all around but doors on only one side.  The conservatory at the Glade will also have large windows and French doors but those details I’ll wait to reveal.

With this new wing of the house we’re planning for the future.  We’re acknowledging that we’re growing older.

What are your plans?  Have you found the place that will content you the rest of your life?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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