First off, I’m sorry for the lack of posts this past week. I had much going on including a little photoshoot for some #getpublished action that I can’t wait to share. As well, my kids have been auditioning for things left right and center and well, I’m also trying to balance clients in between chidlens not being in school etc.
So anyhoo…been busy as it were.
Thankfully, I’ve got some goodness to share that I think will make up for my week long posting void.
As promised a few weeks ago (or maybe it’s a month ago now come to think of it…who knows…I barely know what year it is,) I’m so so happy to tell you that this goodness is back on the table…
Yes indeedy…#projectdreamhouse is BACK THE F*CK on!!!!
And while I’ve been working on client stuff for the past few months, I’ve also been meeting almost every Tuesday with my fabo architect Wallace Brown to hammer out this house of ours.
Let me just start by saying that though we’ve had the basic floorplan hammered out for eons, the outside business has been a real stumbling block.
See the thing is that what I want is really, really hard to make happen here.
First, there’s the town zoning laws that limit building height, side setbacks and the like.
Then there’s also the planning comittee that has a say in how new homes should look.
Around my parts, new houses generally fit into one of three categories: cape code with hardy board siding; faux french chateauxs with beige stucco; modern angular box like things. And here’s the stickler with that as far as we’re concerned…what we want to create doesn’t fit into any of those categories…it’s actually not even close. So that’s likely a problem.
And then there’s how the floorplan we want impacts the size of the thing. When we started this process, we were aiming for around 3400 square feet but because of our room configuration and desire to create something quite opposite from the usual ’4 box/great room at the back with a kitchen floorplan’ that seems to be re-created a zillion times, if we don’t want rooms to be totally squished and narrow, the total square footage has mophed quite a bit upwards of our original goal and well…we aren’t really altogether sure we can actually afford to build it at the size it is now.
To top all of this complexity off, we’ve also been struggling to just freaking hammer out what we want. In my head, I know I want the place to look more like a renovation than a new build…I want it to be graphic and bold but understated and not fussy…sort of like a London townhouse but with a little NY grit.
So in the past few months we’ve been looking at inspiration after inspiration…driving around looking at house after house…going back and forth on roof lines and finishes…flip floppping between things like this…
…which I LOVE and which would actually fit in with my neighbourhood pretty well.
And then along similar lines, places like this San Francisco loveliness…
…both of which work with our ‘sideways on the lot’ plan…background on that…our front door has to be at the side of the house because yours truly wants a center hall plan and that shiz can’t happen on a 48′ wide lot unless you flip the damn thing…you’ll see what I mean with floorplans in a minute.
Back to exterior.
The thing is with both of the examples above, they just feel a smidge too pretty to me.
With the first, I like the austerity of the finishes and that grey brick/black windows/white trim business in THE business…but I’m not sure about the French shape. And with the second, I love the grandness of it but it feels too lady like.
Basically, I want a damn townhouse with a flat roof but our building envelope is short because of a zoning restriction of 9 metres.
So now matter how hard we tried, getting the shape and look we wanted proved difficult.
And months went by with many kicks at the facade can.
And then one day while surfing insta, I happened upon this shot someone took of a house being renovated in Atlanta…
…and well let’s just say that for this cat, the stars aligned as it were.
There you have a flat roof, squaty shape with 5 windows across and you know what…I love it balls to the wall styles.
Like my heart actually skipped beats.
I sent the photos to my architect and we poured through the facebook pages of the owners of those signs, Tate Builders and J. Ryan Duffey Architects (sidenote…my mom’s maiden name is Duffey…a sign from the gods much;)
So…with those photos in hand and a few more meetings, my amazing architect was able to take our floorplan and make the mood and feeling we have always wanted come to life.
Behold…and imagine in painted white brick with reproduction black framed steel like windows…
The roof- showing the glass boxes/skylights…
The back…complete with a glass atrium that wraps around a courtyard…
The side that shows how you’d walk down a covered porch to arrive at the front door…
And then the interior floorplans…
On the mainfloor, you walk in the front door to a large, wide hallway that has tall skinny doors opening up into the living room/mudroom on one side and office/dining/kitchen on the other…and directly in front, a floating staircase that leads to the second floor…facing the backyard is the kitchen, courtyard and family room…all connected by glass…
And then on the second floor…a glass ceiling over the staircase that leads to the 4 bedrooms…
And that my friends is what my dreamhouse looks like.
**Except for the basement…a few have you have asked in the comments about Natasha…as per her request, we’re building a room/ensuite for her in the lower level. Because she’s home a few weeks of the year, this space will double as a guest room etc. Eventually, we’d like to finish off about half of the basement and leave the rest for storage but that will have to wait because of budget etc. And if we have to cut any this room area off because of budget for now, Tasha will get one of the upstairs bedrooms and Scarlett and Malcolm will share until we can finish construction on the lower level space.
It’s everything we want.
So now…it’s officially time to figure out if we can make this happen.
The next few months are going to be filled with lost of committee/planning/bank meetings.
I’m already crossing fingers many many times over.
There’s going to be hurdles galore in this but as they say, where there’s a will, there’s a way and let me just say that with all of this, girl’s got some will:)