I realized that I jumped ahead a bit last time with my light fixture dilemma. I have spent entirely too much time whining about our driveway, and haven’t even shown you our final floor plan or how far along we are in the building process.
I pored over floor plans for months, which is part of the reason we are at the worst time of year for building. Yep, all my fault. We combined aspects of different plans to come up with the best option for us.
If you follow on facebook, you may remember a different layout in the living room and kitchen when we were still in the planning stages. I originally had the kitchen open to the living room, but Richard wanted it more separate. Sometimes you have to pick your battles. Well, to be honest, I picked that battle, but had to surrender in the end.
I also tried to maximize storage while keeping us on one level. We’re not getting any younger, you know. Result? An oversized pantry and extra space in the laundry. We won’t be able to add cabinets in those spaces right away, but the option is there for later.
Since we haven’t mysteriously or miraculously become millionaires, compromises were necessary in many areas. No little stone cottage with authentic French antiques. Vinyl siding is not in my dream folder, but it fits the budget. And it’s low maintenance.
For just a little extra money, vinyl shakes accent the gables and help break up the lines of the clapboard style siding.
Another way we are keeping the budget down is to finish the landscaping ourselves. Eventually. I love an all natural, leaf strewn, tree covered yard. However, as you can see, clearing for the house killed that idea for now. At this point, I’ll be glad when we can just walk out without ruining our shoes and clothes with red mud. Do you like our scrap wood sidewalk…? One of the workers told me he felt like he was in an old western movie.
See that pile of brush at the edge of the clearing? The first guy we hired to do our driveway and clear the building site left us this little gift to look at from the front porch. A great habitat for snakes and mice. It doesn’t look like much in this picture, but it’s about 20 feet high. It was supposed to have been spread out along an old logging road just below that spot. We also have another eyesore where he dug a pit for more brush, but failed to cover it as promised. ~sigh~
We will get ourselves in shape while getting this place in shape, no gym membership needed. If you’d like to join our program, just let me know….