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How to Fix Old Floor Plans for Added Storage

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How to Fix Old Floor Plans for Added Storage

The ‘Florida L’ floor plan may not be the most practical for today’s homeowner, but a few remodeling tricks can open up living spaces and increase comfort and functionality


February 23, 2022
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According to Housing Design Matters, the classic “L” shaped floor plan could use some reorganizing to fix outdated design faux pas for today’s family, especially among those looking to expand their living and storage spaces. The formal dining area can be moved into the former living room to create a flex space that can be used as a home gym or office.

The batwing kitchen island can be replaced by a straight island long enough to include a dishwasher, sink, pullout trash, a drawer microwave, and extra cabinet space. For added living space, a guest bedroom can be reconfigured to function as a laundry room, a family foyer, or another flex area depending on the needs of the homeowner.

“You must help me with my house! There is simply not enough storage for me and Frank,” wrote Pam (name changed for privacy). “We love our neighborhood and Frank has a 7-minute commute to work.”

Pam included the original floor plan brochure of her house. Turns out, a lot of people in Florida have a similar floor plan like hers. We call it the Florida L first made popular by Arthur Rutenberg – so named for the L shape the family room and bedroom wing create. 

By today’s standards, the house has too many rooms. Our solution is to take one of the formal rooms and reorganize the plan. To make this remodel as affordable as possible, we have stayed within the existing walls – at least for now. 

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