Porch House // the Floor plan Before and After Renovation


I’ve gotten a few question about the Porch House floor plan lately, especially where the mudroom sits in relation to the kitchen.  So today I wanted to show you guys how this house is laid out.  I’ll be focusing on the first floor, because the second floor – which houses 3 bedrooms, a bathroom, and a sun porch – required such few changes to the layout that we didn’t draw plans.

Here’s what the first level floorplan looked like when we bought the house.  I imagine it’s similar to what the home looked like in 1900 although there were some additions later on (like the sunroom and attached garage).

The Grit and Polish - Porch House Floor Plan BEFORE

And here’s what the layout looks now:The Grit and Polish - Porch House Floor Plan AFTER

UPDATE: a few readers caught an error in the dining room on the AFTER plan.  We didn’t take out the original window. I’ve fixed the floor plan to reflect reality.  

We made quite a few changes to the floor plan.  First, to create a master suite on the main floor, we divided the front bedroom into a master bathroom (you can see more about that space here) and a brand new powder bathroom. What was once a kids bedroom is now a large en-suite bathroom with heated floors plus a quaint powder bathroom, accessed off of the entry.  Here’s the view of what’s now the master bathroom, pre and post renovation.

The Grit and Polish - Porch Master Bathroom Before and After

rug / bench / turkish towel (similar) / art (except vintage and bird postcard) / basket (similar) / slate tile

The original main floor bathroom was previously a jack-and-jill bathroom between the bedrooms, and is now the master closet.

The Grit and Polish - Porch Master Suite Before and After

basket (similar) / stool

The other major changes to the floor plan came at the back of the house, near the kitchen.  We removed the wall between the old storage room and the kitchen, making for a more modern/open-concept layout. It was easily the biggest layout change we made to this house, and easily the single best thing we did during the remodel.

The Grit and Polish - Porch Sunroom Before and After

rug / pillow (similar color) /

We also closed off the original door of the master bedroom’s tiny closet and moved it to the mudroom.  This added some much needed storage by the back door.  Finding original wood shiplap behind wallpaper in the closet was just a cherry on top.

The Grit and Polish - Mudroom trim and paint 2

Updating an old home’s floor plan to modernize it and make it more efficient is probably my favorite part of renovating.  Well that and kitchens.  I see layout changes – whether it’s opening up the kitchen, improving flow, or adding a master suite – as an essential part of ushering these old homes into the new century.

Next up, I’ll be sharing more on the mudroom!  Any thoughts about our layout changes?



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  1. Hi Cathy

    I absolutely love the house and all the work you have done so far. However, since you revealed the master bathroom I cannot stop thinking that the vanity should be where the bench is inside the bathroom. And use that space (where the vanity is right now) a matching “make up” vanity.

    That’s what I would do anyway. Nevertheless It looks awesome.


    • That’s a layout I’ve thought about too. But we would have had to shrink the window or place the vanity in front of it to make that layout work. The reason we didn’t pursue it was because we didn’t find out about the tub not working until AFTER all the plumbing fixtures were roughed in (when the inspector came in). Also, we wanted to leave the option of adding a tub open for the future owners (there’s already a drain below the floor where the bench is so they could add one in fairly easily). The layout of these rooms is definitely not perfect but the best we could come up with in the existing space (without demo’ing everything).

  2. You really came up with a better use for the space. Especially the kitchen. I looks great. I’m curious as to why you took out the window in the dining area. I’m looking forward to watching the pilot.

    • Thank you! Let’s see, we swapped out the existing windows in the now sunroom for 5 double hung windows. The “windows” that were there before were essentially panes of glass held in with molding :0. We also moved the electrical panel into the mudroom to make room for the windows in the sunroom

  3. I love how you adjusted the floorplan. I find myself often rearranging walls when I visit people’s houses (mentally only, of course). I’d love to see a post on your thoughts on kitchen layouts. Figuring out how to fit everything in is challenging for me.

    • That’s a great idea! Kitchen layouts in old homes are always tricky (especially small spaces), but I’m sure there are some general rules of thumb that we use!

  4. Is there another floor? If not, you turned a two bedroom home into a one bedroom and is there a huge market in your area for that? Seems like a one bedroom would be hard to sell.

    • Yes there’s a second floor (details about it are in the first paragraph). I’d definitely never recommend converting a 2-bedroom to a 1-bedroom unless there were pretty special circumstances!

  5. This is so fun to hear about! I am a CWU alum and lived in the Burg for 5 years. I love seeing you fix up one of these old beauties! My husband and I are currently working on a 110 year old commercial building in Downtown Kennewick. Layers of old and years of dust. Restoring history is a beautiful thing!

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