My mom came up for a visit and revealed her interior layout to me. It’s not what I had imagined but in some ways it is better. She is having a lot of custom cabinets made which I’m afraid may close in the space a little (it is so open now and with the dormer it seems huge inside), but the fact is she needs the storage space. While the house was up here I gave many tours and would explain my vision for the layout. However, in my explanations I forgot one substantial thing: clothes. Both clean and dirty. Since my mom is actually going to live in the house she has spent a lot of time thinking about which of her belongings would be making the move with her, and where each would be stored. She did not forget about her clothes :)
Below is an approximation of what she has planned. The big difference between her vision and mine is that where she has a large wardrobe, I had a wall mounted TV and a table and chairs. For a dining area, she instead opted to add a countertop to the top of the narrow cabinet above the wheel well on the left and will use barstools for seating. Because of the barstools, she also opted for a convertible futon instead of a bed. The cabinet behind the front door will store two medium sized containers; one for trash and the other for laundry. I like the idea of the laundry basket but for trash I think I would still opt for a small trash can that I would empty frequently. No point in storing trash when space is at a premium.
Below is the countertop that will serve as both the dining and painting/crafts area. I suggested that the countertop be able to be lifted up to ease access to the storage below, but she believes that the countertop is high enough to not be an issue (the neighbor may want to reconsider this option after a few early morning calls to get her a can or jar).
Below is the cabinet that will contain the trash and laundry baskets. She is reserving the space above it for some art. Shelving can be substituted later if more space is required.
For those wondering, the door was only primed on the outside and they made the mistake of painting it. So it needed to be sanded. Then again, maybe that’s a new style my mom is trying to pull off :)