I've gotten some suggestions from friends to put a sediment filter on, but I fear that would get clogged in a day.
With all that aside I wanted to talk a bit on the general consensus on some renovation ideas. As I noted earlier I am not aiming for a 100% restoration to the 1920s-1930s when the house was built because of some interesting characteristics of the house, namely that the house was built as a pseudo-duplex by two brothers. If you split the house in half, the house would be nearly identical. Also an interesting characteristic is nearly every entryway in the house has a door. Click here for a PDF of the ground floor planClick here for a PDF of the 2nd floor plan
(The plans are still missing a couple doors. Punch Home Design keeps on killing them).
To the right of the ground floor, which is a library/sitting room that we have dubbed "the Peach Room" thanks to it's wallpaper, seems to be historically another kitchen. There are holes in the floor (now covered by the hardwood floor) that were the conduits for the pipes. It would be interesting to see what that side looked like pre-rennovation sometime in the 50s-70s. #1
The existing kitchen has a bit of a organizational flow problem, with cabinets that at inaccessible by the stove and refrigerator. The fridge is quite small, and any replacement will cover up most of the dishwasher. The built ins are beautiful but damaged and generally in a bad spot (the fridge would be better situated there from a non-modified floor plan size.
What is the general consensus on floor plan redesign? Again I want to keep the character of the house, without sacrificing usability. I had thoughts of expanding the kitchen with a passthrough design with double sided cabinets, or opening up the room to allow part of the Dining Room built ins to function as part of the kitchen. I could go smaller, but I am trying to accommodate a family of four. Plus I really can't go totally back to the original concept since the house was built as a pseudo-duplex so it's hard to know when lines should be followed, crossed, or just forgotten.