Anyone want to review my house design?

Hi all, I'm looking for anyone willing to look at my house plans and give me some feedback. I'd really like to know what people think are the biggest problems with my current floor plans.
I'm planning to hire an architect or home designer in the near future, but for now I just want to get informed and have fun exploring some possibilities for my dream house. So please, take a look at the plans on my blog at http://casasolana.blogspot.com and tell me what you think.
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snipped-for-privacy@bolaris.com wrote:

Let the games begin!
1) Garage isn't nearly deep enough. 2) No "entry" just a space (maybe that' the entry, but it doesn't feel like it. 3) Bathrooms are all screwed up, both floors. 4) Door swings are messed up in most places. 5) It looks like you're living in a garage. 6) Where does the furniture go? (the couches on the main floor just don't work.
That's the first 30 seconds... I'm not sure it's worth doing more without resolve some of the bigger issues first...
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Sorry, but your design is really poor. You haven't drawn any furniture, so I think you have no idea how big, or small, these spaces are. Many of them are way off the mark, and the whole thing is terribly organized. Sorry if that comes off as too harsh.
If you're going to use an architect, I suggest that you throw this out, uninstall the software you used, and forget about it. Tell him/her what you want, and let him figure out how to design it. Then keep an open, yet critical, mind when you see his/her design.
It's fun to imagine things, but I think you haven't appreciated how complicated a good building is. If your architect is any good at all, he/she will astound you with all the things they considered and resolved. You can have much better than this.
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On Nov 21, 3:41 pm, snipped-for-privacy@bolaris.com wrote:

I'd only change two things - the inside and the outside. Oh, three things - fire the designer as they're not competent.
You're spinning your wheels. From the design archives it's obvious you've fallen into the neophyte designer trap - creating something and getting married to the idea and then not changing what desperately needs to be changed.
The near future - when the designer is hired - will hopefully come sooner rather than later.
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I particularly like the south elevation, with *seven* different window styles and sizes.
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Oops, north elevation.
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Honestly, it's a nightmare. There are spatial problems (inadequate space for some areas and vice versa for others) and missing elements all over the place even given the fact that you want to have a simple rectangle house. Don't get married to your own design ideas that put you at odds with a designer who is only trying to be on your side and tell you that such and such won't work. I fact this problem too many times.
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should learn early. EDS
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I never erase. I crumple. (I draw in ink.)
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IF you're saying that it's a good thing to let go sometimes, I hardily agree for both client & architect.
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In school we used to say, "Sometimes you have to throw out your babies."
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Oh, with the dirty water? lol
The worst of the worst in my experience is a 20 y/o woman & 25 y/o man building a 4,300 square foot house. They now live in an apartment, one works a good job at Dow and the other getting an accounting degree. They don't need a broom closet. Oh, they'll just put the vacuum in one of their W.I. closets and the mop & broom (whatever) will go in the linen closet in the Utility Room. I asked what about if you get a carpet cleaner. Oh, we'll never get one of those. I don't need a broom closet. They also MADE me put in THREE side doors on the right elevation, two of which are about 4 feet apart. I hate working for retards. I try to a point to convince them of some things but, at some point, you HAVE to let the igmos have their way. I also have to explain to people all too often that when I give advice, it's based on 2 years drafting college, 5 year architect degree and 18 years experience and that it's NOT about who "wins" or being in control. It's about pragmatic, common sense that some people don't have most of the time. What can you do but take the $ and run. I'm on THEIR side but if they're not open to logic and reason, then you're screwed and have to do ridiculous details. I have had to learn how to let go plenty, let me tell ya.
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says so!!!!"
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Yeah, but if you have to reach for that one, you're already up to your armpits in trouble.
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In my experience, the stair (location and type), when placed in the allowable envelope, generates a house plan. Clients who insist on a particular stair type, without knowing he consequences on a particular lot, are standing in their own light.
When I used to do spec housing, the first thing I'd do to generate a different model on the same lot was change the stair, and then follow the logic to the conclusion.
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