LA Good Questions: Floor Plan Help!

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One of SanDiego AT's possible layouts

One of our Curees, SanDiegoAT, needs help with her floorplan:

The living/dining room is long and narrow (13' x 20'). I find the placement of the stairs, the front door and the guest bathroom are all hard to work around. For example, I don't really want anything facing into the bathroom. The current furniture is only the sofa, table, console and stools. I want more seating since I want to entertain more often. I would love suggestions. It doesn't seem to have the 'flow' that is discussed in the AT book.

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Here's another plan from SanDiegoAT

Hmm. This is definitely a challenging space. We like the idea of having your living room first, then your dining room. We think we'd combine elements of both plans. We'd try the console against the stairs, where it can do double duty as your landing strip. Then we'd move the dining table closer to the window. We think we'd try the couch facing the console, with a coffee table in front of it. Finally, we'd place a chair at right angles, to the couch, facing the front door, or, perhaps, slightly tilted towards the couch. We'd use rugs to help define the "rooms."

Does else have any suggestions for this tricky problem?

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