Friday, January 31, 2014

New FitSpace Home

We recently sold our home and will be looking for a new home soon.  We'd like to live in a FitSpace house so we've put together a kind of check list to use to evaluate potential new homes that could be renovated to match our needs.  Indeed this is a FitSpace house checklist:

Nearby to restaurants and retail.
High walking score.
Character of environment is benefit; interesting, history, amenities, farmers markets, etc
Quality of neighbors and some privacy (tidiness of neighboring properties, street appeal, street view)
Views to city or mountains is bonus
Emotive / spiritual connection to outdoors / sky / landscape/ views.

Quality of schools public / private.  Daycare, preK, school system.  After school programming, recreation facilities.

FitSpace context
Proximity to fitness amenities; bike route(s), outdoor facilities such as ball fields, running track with bleachers, forest, running trails.  Neighborhood Indoor amenities: yoga, gym(s), pool.
Natural resources; river, lake, climbing areas
Look for opportunities for daisy chaining outdoor activities.

Outdoor Space
Rear yard outdoor space for Tucker (dog) – can be small space.
Quality outdoor space; meditation, garden, outdoor room, outdoor living.  Requires some privacy (sight and sound)
Front of house at entry will be used so progression from street or walk important.  Front outdoor porch; outdoor room allows for participation of street activity. 

We like multipurpose / multiuse space
The house should have some ‘personal space(s)’ such as nooks, alcoves, built-in areas.  Personal space and family space are both valued. 
The house will incorporate FitSpace concepts such as storage, aesthetics and where possible will engage; i.e. climbing walls, performance runway, pull cables, warrior boards (incorporated into door head casing), stair structure for exercise, and so on…

Building systems
Gas preferred
High efficiency furnace
Forced air
Central air climate control
Tankless hot water (on demand)
High R Val (especially roof) for energy conservation
Insulated windows
Recessed lighting
Some smart home components; wired for sound

Living room
Gas Fireplace

Open to living area
18 linear ft counter top area (preferred min)
Center island with 3-4 bar stools
Pantry storage
Wood flooring preferred
Light and view (some privacy)

3 Bedrooms
Master with closet / storage (does not need BA)
Children’s room
Full bath or ½ BA will service master and children’s room.  If full bath, small shower (custom tile with glass enclosure)

Guest room with ½ BA ideal + small closet (see also rental income)

Designed Bath
Family style (Japanese) bathing, most likely will be addition to existing house.
Double sink vanity
Large shower can accommodate 2 or more (Japanese bathing seated as well as standing shower)
Soaking tub
Sauna (wet heat)
Dry heat room 8x8
Connection to outdoor private space with outdoor shower
Toilet closet (with window; on exterior wall)
Wired for sound and AV

Mudroom and second entry
Mudroom is connected to designed Bath
Storage clothing
Washer / Dryer
Utility sink low for dog and shoes
Wet drainage mat at floor / entry
Bench seat, cubbies, hooks, mirror
Chalkboard wall
Accommodate shoeless in house

Storage for gear
Small shed / garage / walkout basement
Outdoor gear; organized on shelving
Bikes; Road / mountain / cross or cargo / Tri (6 bikes min)

Shop - multiuse
Design shop / studio; metal and wood fabrication.  Also architecture workstation
Can be garage or basement (with access) and adequate ceiling height (8’)
Space can also function as workout room for bike (trainer workouts) – although this could be incorporated into other parts of the house.
Bike maintenance

Rental Income
Scenario A
The third bedroom (guest suite) could be located with private entry and have controlled access to house to provide temporary AirBnB rental potential.

Scenario B

Second dwelling on property for longer term rental to student or single professional.  Provide small guest cottage or private living space with possibly some shared amenities.

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