Monday morning we met with the architect. I am still trying to digest all of the information. His drawing show the house going from this….
We will be making changes to the back…no over head garage door. The back porch will be MUCH simpler with no real deck. We don’t want the extra cost or the extra maintenance of it. There will be a porch but just a simple cement porch. We also want to put in a big fire ring/patio like we have here at the farm and the deck along with the fire ring is over kill in our opinion.
I did want to show you this picture though as I know you’d all like to know about the sewing studio. It’s the double windows to the back and the three windows to the right.
The inside I am not as in love with…it’s all workable and with a few revisions we’ll figure it out. Hubby and I are just simple people. After years and years of living in small spaces we really value the open spaces. We want small bathrooms and bigger hallways. We don’t need separate showers and tubs. I don’t want 48″ vanities…smaller is just fine. I know that bigger is considered the norm now days but I have discovered I am not normal.
I look at a 4′ wide entry way and think, when (imaginary)grandkids are here and sitting on the floor to tie their shoe, I am going to trip over them as they will be right in the middle of the hall. We just need more space at the entry. I look at the open laundry area near the back door and know myself. I don’t know how many times we throw things in the laundry room when company is coming and close the door and the mess away. I want a laundry room with a door that closes…even if it’s small.
Seeing the architect’s design really made us rethink a few things…we are willing to eliminate the “garage bathroom” to give us more space. The “house bathroom” will only be about 10 steps further away. We have two bathrooms in the house..we really don’t have to have a third in the garage. That cuts a big chunk of money out too.
People have talked to us telling us to consider resale value. I do consider it. When it comes time to resell this house, I will either be dead or going to the nursing home. In either case, I don’t care. We are doing this that will make it resalable. We are adding bigger nicer closets to the bedrooms (one currently doesn’t have a closet)..we are adding a nice kitchen along with a double car garage and work area. Mul tiple, big bathrooms are just not a priority to us….
Extensive cabinetry is not something we want either. We want our antiques and their character. We definitely don’t want a NINE FOOT island in the kitchen…six to seven okay…NINE, nope not for me.
Oh and hey, have I said my sewing studio..yep I am upgrading to a sewing studio, not sewing room. It will be 13 1/2 x 23 1/2 along with a closet I am trying to finagle into the design that is 6 x 8. Trust me, I spend WAY more time in the sewing room then I do in the bathroom….and that’s all I have to say on the house remodeling right now.
Feel free to chime in and tell me what you think…I’ll show some inside drawings once we tweak some things with the architect.