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More Waiting, More Planning and a Learning Curve

Rainy Day Reflections

Waiting
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Planning…

We’ve been waiting for several very long weeks for the second version of the elevation drawing of our home to be.  The purpose of this elevation drawing is to show us what the front and sides of our home will look like. Once we agree on the elevation drawing, the construction drawing will be completed and the actual construction on our home will begin. Several weeks ago, we received version one of the  elevation drawing.  There was a small problem, though.  It looked nice; but it wasn’t quiet what we had expected. So it was time for another conference call with our builder. After discussing our concerns, he suggested sending the drawing back for a few changes.  So, we continued the waiting.  I’m usually a patient person; but I’m running out of patience.   My husband who usually thinks and plans for long periods of times before taking action…

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Things to Consider When Building a House – – The Kitchen (Continued)

Things to Consider For a New Kitchen (Continued)

We’re getting very close to finalizing the floor plan and the elevation drawing will be finished soon. I trying to be patient because I know the planning is so very important.  As I mentioned in my last post; I’ve been trying to make sure that we are prepared as much as possible when the building does begin. I’ve researched the Internet, read blogs and asked those who’ve already built a home. I want to make sure that we consider everything that we need to before we start building; so that there are few delays. I don’t want to have anyone waiting on us because we re unsure about what we want or need.

In my post “Things to Consider When Building a House – – The Kitchen”, I posted some of my favorite photos from Houzz.com and a list of items that I want to consider for our new kitchen. You can find that post here. These additional suggestions came from friends and family. (A big thanks to everyone who shared their suggestions with me.)

  • Lazy susans in corner cabinets (upper and lower)
  • Microwave over the cook-top or built-in to cabinets — so it doesn’t take up counter space.
  • Flip out cabinet front at the sink to store dish scrubbing materials,
  • Sliders in lower cabinets especially pots pans and cookware
  • Extra large window over the sink if you have a great outdoor view
  • Utility garage for small appliances
  • Double oven
  • Cabinets with partitions about 3-4 inches apart for cake pans, cookie sheets, cooking racks
  • Cabinets that go to the ceiling because you gain an extra foot all around
  • Bookcase built under the overhang of the bar or island  for cookbooks.
  • Extra wide drawers with dividers that you decide how to partition off (configure)
  • One drawer deeper than the rest (mine was at the bottom) for lunch bags, foil, etc.
  • Plugs in the pantry

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I’ve added a few more of my favorite ideas from Houzz.  You can click on the picture to enlarge it and to go to my Houzz idea books.

Examples of shelves on the end of the island



Built-in microwave

Great pantry organization

A pullout cabinet for trash and recycling

Cabinets with pullouts designed for exactly what you need

Corner drawers to utilize wasted space

A special place for the dog bowls

(I like this idea, but I think I might move it to the laundry room.)

 

Do you have anything you’d add or do you see something on the list that you found wasn’t really important when you built (or remodeled)?


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Things to Consider When Building a House – – The Kitchen

Things to Consider For a New Kitchen

Since we’re still waiting on the elevation drawings; I’ve been trying to make sure that we are prepared as much as possible when the building does begin. I’ve researched the Internet, read blogs and asked those who’ve already built a home. I want to make sure that we consider everything that we need to before we start building; so that there are few delays. I don’t want to have anyone waiting on us because we re unsure about what we want or need.

 

Here are a few of my favorite ideas from Houzz.  You can click on the picture to enlarge it and to go to my Houzz idea books.

Kitchen – Items to Consider

Built in microwave

Custom shelves and a place to plug-in appliances in pantry

Custom storage organization in kitchen drawers

Put cabinets/drawers on both sides of the island

While they are not easy to get to, they are good for storing seldom used items.

Easy-access place to store frequently used appliances

I found a great forum over at Gardenweb.com Many people have contributed to a great list of things to consider when building. I organized those items and a few others I’ve found into a spreadsheet.  Here’s the list I’ve put together of things we need to consider for our new kitchen.

      • Built in paper towel holder
      • Copper tubing for your ice maker from the freezer and until it’s out of the kitchen wall
      • Drawer microwave
      • Knife drawer
      • Pantry door on swivel
      • Pantry entrance near both kitchen and garage
      • Pantry light on motion sensor
      • Place to hang hand towels & aprons
      • Plugs under the cabinets or a pull up strip – to keep the backsplash clear
      • Plugs above cabinets for Christmas lighting
      • Pull-out garbage/recycling/laundry (for dirty dish towels/napkins/bibs!)
      • Paper towel holder in drawer slot
      • Recess the fridge
      • Set up for both gas and electric appliances 
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      • Two soap pumps at sink (one for hand soap, one for dish soap) 
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      • Under cabinet lighting in your kitchen, because those areas do get dark–makes a huge difference when prepping your food.
      • Warming drawer

 

I’m hoping for feedback on this list. Do you have anything you’d add or do you see something on the list that you found wasn’t really important when you built (or remodeled)?


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The Dream Continues:  Researching, Planning, and Waiting … Let’s Build a House

The Dream Continues

The dream of our new home continues while we wait on the second version of our home design plans. The first draft didn’t fulfill the vision we had for a light filled, open floor plan. Having never gone through the process of building a home, we really didn’t know what to expect. Evidently, it’s normal to go through several drafts before finalizing your house plans. Needless to say, I was disappointed because it meant at least another week in the process. I also realize that it’s much better and less expensive to make any changes at this point rather than later. Once we’ve finalized the plans; then we’ll decide on the placement of our house on the lot. We hope to save as many of the beautiful trees as possible.

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Some of the gorgeous trees we are trying to blend into our house design.

Researching…

My husband and I have discussed what we each want in our new home. I want an open, light filled home with lots of windows. He wants a home that requires little maintenance, is energy-efficient and looks good. We have an agreement that (for the most part) he concentrates on things that make the home work – electrical, heating, air, insulation etc. While I focus on the decorating and design – windows, colors, decorations, and the organizational/functional aspects of our home. Personally, I think I got the fun part.

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Hubby pacing out the possible dimensions of our house.

There are so many things to consider when building a new home. It can almost become overwhelming. It would be very helpful if someone from HGTV would magically appear to guide us. (David Bromstad, where are you?) I don’t see that happening anytime soon; so I’ve been burning up the Internet everyday researching home designs and decorating options. Of course, I have several Pinterest boards dedicated to our new home. I started with a lake house board; but soon decided for organizational purposes to start boards for decorations and various rooms. You can find my Pinterest boards here. My plan is to pin everything I like and then narrow down the ideas to the few I like the most. In order to reduce frustration and wasted time, I’ve learned that you need to make sure to track back to the original website before pinning anything. This is one of the cool things I’ve pinned. I think every home could use at least one of these.

 

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Rambler socket from gadget review.com

I also have started several ideabooks on houzz.com. You can find my ideabooks here . Houzz ideabooks are convenient to use and allow you to save photos/pages from any website. It’s also possible to upload personal photos as you begin or complete a project. You can even order products straight from houzz.com. It’s hard to describe just how much information you can find on houzz.com. The “about page” provides this information:

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve theirhomes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality. (Check it out at Houzz.)

We want to incorporate a type of bunk room for our grandsons. This is one of my favorites so far.

If you check out my “boys’ room” ideabook, you can see that I’ve found many variations of the bunk room.

You might think that I’m still dreaming — that all of this isn’t really research. Yet, this is how I would research any project. I need to look at many different ideas in order to be able to figure out what I like and what I don’t like. I’m a very visual person; so this method really works for me. I also tend to see things in color and I’ve already started thinking about the color schemes that we might use in our new home. I think that I really want to go for a beachy cottage look; so this home will be much different from the home we are in now. (Does that mean we might need new furniture, too? I better start saving now.) I seem to be drawn towards blues, turquoise and green. watercolor blues

And Planning…

One of our biggest debates right now revolves around a fireplace. I want one and my hubby really doesn’t care if we have one or not. We decided that a corner gas fireplace might be a good compromise. I’m looking for the perfect corner fireplace — one that isn’t too big; but adds character to the room. My decorating style is rather eclectic; so we can go towards a more modern one if we choose.

The pantry is another item we’ve spent some time discussing. Just how big does a pantry need to be? I believe that a pantry could never be too big (especially since we will be located some distance from the grocery stores). My dear hubby says that he doesn’t want to waste our home’s square footage on a pantry that is too big. We’ve decide to wait to see what size pantry the architect puts in our second draft of plans.

And Waiting…

Truthfully, waiting is the biggest problem I have right now. I’m usually a patient person; but I’m ready for the next step.

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 Our dogs check out their new home for the first time.