Tuesday morning we met with the architect. I was so nervous about it. I was afraid he would suggest that this would all be much more expensive than we anticipated.
By the end of the meeting, I felt really good. What we proposed sounded very do-able and he could see why we liked the house so much. We have gotten so many mixed responses from people when talking about the house. Someone told me, “It’s fine is you like that old stuff”. Others have said, “Oh, that house”.
The architect was wonderful. He said that we have a fun project on our hands. He said that once it’s done you’ll have a house we can love.
Our meeting with him was basically two part. The first part he just looked at the house. We told what we liked and what we didn’t. We told what we wanted to have. He asked if we had thought or this…or that. He was so personable and a great listener. I know you women who are reading this will understand when I say he listened to me just as much as he listened to my husband. He didn’t talk down to me either. Sadly, many men do that.
The last part, he just spent the time with his tape measure and notepad, asking occasional questions.
I hadn’t shown you outside pictures so I thought I should do that. The back part of the house where it juts out will be removed. Right now that’s the bathroom, kitchen and laundry. The front porch will be removed. A new open front porch will be added going across the entire front of the house. We are hoping to keep the dormer look on the porch and add a similar one to the right. We know it really needs some curb appeal. Then the garage would have some type of similar feature to tie things all together.
The garage will start right about where the architect is standing. It will face the street. Right now we are planning a double garage with a workshop area for Hubby on the far right of the garage. The garage will also have the “kitchen” area as well as a bathroom. With all that going on, we’ll be heating it too.
I know that sounds a bit excessive with a “kitchen” and bathroom in the garage but that gives Hubby a place to wash up at before he comes into the house. So many of you suggested after seeing my little drawn up plans to have a door from the kitchen into the bathroom. We have had bathrooms off the kitchen in places that we have lived and let’s just say, the smell can be annoying. That’s why we want a bathroom in the garage. It will be a working man’s bathroom with a industrial sink that I can give Ruby a bath, wash paint brushes out in or wash garden produce in. The kitchen area gives our family room to grow in this house.
We have started talking about siding colors…We don’t hate what is there. What do you think for siding and trim? I wanted a dark color but Hubby is kind of putting the kibosh on that. I do like having three colors…what do you think?
Rumor is we might close on the house tonight…if so, I’ll be drinking a glass of champagne!!