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Floor plans of famous TV homes by Brandi Roberts and Inaki Aliste Lizarralde


Artists Brandi Roberts and  Inaki Aliste Lizarralde draw the floor plans of TV homes. For example Eddie Monsoon’s townhouse from Absolutely Fabulous; the Golden Girls’ Miami bungalow, Frasier’s Seattle apartment , the NYC apartments from SATC, Friends and the Big Bang Theory and the offices of Stirling Cooper Draper Pryce.

Inaki Aliste Lizarralde’s floor plan of Friends apartments

Inaki Aliste Lizarralde’s floor plan of Carrie’s apartment in SATC

Brandi Roberts sells the prints as art. In her own words:

“Fantasy Floor plans was born out of my love of drawing, pop culture and TV. My hand-drawn floor plans merge Pop Art with celebrity to make art that doesn’t just entertain, but captures the evolution of the American TV home over the last seven decades”.

I hear her! Many times have I tried to imagine the lay-out of Monica and Rachel’s great flat. or the lush place of Frasier in the show of the same name. Or come to think of it, the bungalow of the Golden Girls…. I even considered drawing them out myself on more than one occasion.

Brandi Roberts floor plan of Golden Girls bungalow

But as much as I love this idea, I immediately noticed some errors. I know I know,  jealous much? But may I?

Saffron’s room in Ab Fab for instance… There are several scenes where it is clear that her door is in the middle of the room. Also, the room is in between at least two other rooms as there are also scenes with people passing her room. And Serge’s room is drawn at the left end of the hallway while in the scene where Eddy is considering knocking down the wall it is clear the room is immediately next to hers and the hallway leads straight into the door. But still, what a great idea and damn her for beating me to it……

Brandi Roberts floor plan of Absolutely Fabulous

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Americans know their houses


Somehow everything seems bigger in the States. Often this is in fact the case with the portions of food, the ants, the flags, the cars and very often the people. But with houses it is not neccessarily the case. However, the floor plans of American homes tend to be more clever, more convenient. Even the tiniest homes have two bathrooms or an extra room to watch TV. Also, what we lack in storage in most houses here in the Netherlands, they make up for.. and then some.

Online you can find amazing sites where you can download floor plans to look at and be jealous about. I put one site, this one, to the test.

I pretend to be a husband and father of two looking for a two story 3 bedroom house with two bathrooms. One for the kids, and one for me and my lovely wife Gayle (hey, even gay guys dream of white picket fences everynow and then!). We don’t need a very big house, so we look for a detached house of anything up to 1600 square feet which is about 150m2. In the Netherlands, that is considered a nice and spacious house. In the States is is actually considered small to average. Off course we have a dog so we need a separate laundry room or storage room with direct acces to outside. I am a straight guy in this story, so I like to set things on fire, a fireplace is no luxury. Because we bought a plot with a lovely view towards the front we want a porch in the front of the house for wine and romance on summer nights. Because it hardly ever rains where we live, I don’t need a garage, but if the plans happens to have one, we wouldn’t mind.

Mmm, sounds like a nice house!

Let’s see what the site comes back with…

I like the way this house looks…

courtesy of eplans.com

courtesy of eplans.com

I love the big porch in the front, and the double garage should make for plenty of storage. In future maybe the entire garage or part of it can be converted into a granny-annex or game room or study.
The floor plan however gives less reason for cheers…
courtesy of eplans.com

courtesy of eplans.com

There are two bedrooms with a seperate bathroom upstairs. That would be the kids rooms. Downstairs however a rather small living room and dining room in one means you be on each others nerves the whole time. I guess one could break through the wall between the garage and the living room, but our little pretend family does not have the funds for that now, so… moving on.

I also like this house, it’s very Victorian almost.

courtesy of eplans.com

courtesy of eplans.com

The floor plans give me and Gayle much to cheer about this time. It has a separate dining room, a breakfast nook, a large living room with firepace and two porches of which one partially screened. Upstairs, there are two bedrooms, one designed to be the master bedroom. However, Gayle and I can sleep downstairs and the kids can take the rooms upstairs.

courtesy of eplans.com

courtesy of eplans.com

I just noticed one negative aspect… guests will have to use our master bedroom bathroom to pee as there is no separate toilet….. Mmmm, that actually is not a very pleasant idea…
Moving on again…….Gosh, I though this would be easier…
But then, not a drawing but a bright and sunny picture, of what could very well be our next house!
courtesy of eplans.com

courtesy of eplans.com

It’s lovely isn’t it? And guess what? So are the floor plans!
courtesy of eplans.com

courtesy of eplans.com

courtesy of eplans.com

courtesy of eplans.com

The den downstairs will easily double as a TV room for the kids so Gayle and I don’t have to watch Spongebob all the time. Furthermore, when we have guests they can stay in that room as we will put a sofa bed in there that will fold out to a large queen size bed.  They will have to use the bathroom upstairs, but that shouldn’t be a problem. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet for Gayles shoes and dresses. The room itself is big enough for a cosy little sitting arrangement at the foot of the bed. Also, I think we might be able to put in a fireplace as the chimney goes right through the room.

So far for pretending. I am happy with my own beau and my wonderful two story apartment in Amsterdam.