Good afternoon everyone!
I'm new to the TOH forums and a new home-owner living in Northern NJ (about two years now). My house is a 1960's ranch-style with 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, an unfinished basement and 3 car garage (connected by a fully enclosed breezeway).
The interior of the house is very dated, but it has "good bones" :) So far, I've had the roof replaced, plywood & all, (the roof was a mess when i bought it) and repaired a nasty leak that existed around the chimney/fireplace and some other minor repairs.
Now that all of the necessities have been taken care of, I'm starting to save up $$$ for the first substantive remodel. I would like to convert the breezeway and original garage bay into living space. I've tried to attach some photos of rough plans that i made ******. One picture (without all of the little furnishings) shows the existing floor plan. The second shows what I would like to do with the space of the garage & breezeway: Namely, make 1 bedroom larger (with walk in closet), enlarge the kitchen to include a dining area, add a laundry room, powder room & bonus room (with french doors to the back yard).
Right now both spaces have concrete slabs which are at least 6 inches lower than the rest of the house, which is good, because I should be able to run the plumbing and waste lines for the powder room/laundry under the sub-floor that will be needed to make the new floors level with the existing floor.
I guess I'm just really looking for feedback on my ideas. Anyone who might have suggestions or tips, or have gone through similar remodel, I would be glad to hear from you! Oh, and if anyone could give me a rough idea of what something like this might cost, that would help me set a saving goal for myself.
Look forward to speaking with you all!