As we have been getting farther along in the process I have started to be a bit concerned with a lack of storage space. With a small house and no basement, I think we really need to add some more storage. The sketch below shows a modified 2nd story floorplan that addresses the storage issue a bit better than previous iterations.
As you can see, our double height space is all but gone. ISA has compensated for this with an extended 2 story space in front of the stairway as well as a small 2′ gap between the back wall and the floor. Both of these gaps should allow adequate air flow to the second floor to aid in our passive heating and cooling design.
ISA also designed a railing for the 2′ gap that would serve double or triple duty as a railing, storage area and built-in desk. In order to increase storage further I took the mechanical room and closet out of the core and spread it along the east wall. In theory, this storage could go from floor to ceiling and offer quite a bit of extra storage in addition to closet space. The floorplan remains open and each room is just as big if not bigger.
The last tweak was to rotate the bathtub and place a shower head outside of it with a drain in the floor. To me, this adds a bit of a design flair while increasing the functionality of the only remaining bathroom. I’ll be meeting with ISA tomorrow AM to discuss the proposed changes and finalize the floorplans.