I realized the other day that I never got around to sharing our floor plan. So here it is! (It’s the one the constructor provided)
I hope it helps you visualize the apartment better. I’ve said many times that the terrace is bigger than the apartment itself, so you can finally see that it’s true. Also, even though the outside is painted “green” as if it were a lawn, it’s actually tiled.
As you can see, all the windows face in the same direction (west, and a bit north) and the bathrooms are interior. The good thing is that all of our windows are floor to ceiling, so we get in tons of light. Plus, there aren’t any houses on this side of the building, so we really don’t need to have curtains or blinds pulled down all the time.
The washing machine is outside – it was supposed to go inside in the kitchen, but our kitchen isn’t big and the terrace is huge, so we had a plumber friend help us take it outside. When you step outside from the living room, on the left side there’s an area where we can sit down and relax. It sits 10 people or more, so during the summer we hang out there quite often. It was also pretty cheap, since we built it with pallets and bought some inexpensive outdoor cushions from Ikea. I’ll have to share pictures some time, but right now during the winter the cushions are inside so it looks kind of sad.
If you count the number of doors inside the apartment, you’ll see there’s a lot of them for an apartment of this size – eight doors, nine if you count the entrance! that’s why we got rid of the unnecessary ones: the double doors leading to the living room / dining room and the door leading from the entry to the rest of the house. Actually, we traded the kitchen door (which had a glass panel) with the door at the hall so we could paint it with chalkboard. And honestly, who wants a glass door for a closed in kitchen? I think if you’re going to have a closed kitchen, you’ll probably want to hide the mess inside!
Anyway, right now our biggest priority is the terrace. We had envisioned something like this…
…but right now it’s still kind of empty. We’d like to build something on the right far side so we can hang all our clothes to dry, but it must be protected from the bad weather. I’d also appreciate any suggestions so we can take advantage of all the space we have!