Before we get to the photo gallery, I don’t think I have ever described the house we designed. (Clearly I’ve been blogging a lot in my mind but not actually “on paper” over these last several months!)
- The new house is two stories – well, technically it’s a story and a half (that is when the second floor living space is less than or equal to half of the square footage of the first floor) – like the old house.
- The layout is fairly similar to the old house, but the floor plan is much more open. The flow between the kitchen and family room is seamless – it will be so much fun when we have parties!
- Our old house was a 4 bedroom, 2 bath. The new house is a 5 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath.
- Our old house was about 2,400 square feet. The new house is… bigger… a lot bigger.
At the outset I was adamant that 2,800-3,000 was my absolute limit. We wound up at almost 3,700 square feet. (She says sheepishly.) We got there by making a garage a bedroom, taking a two-story family room and flooring the second story in to a play room, adding a laundry room, and moving 2 walls out 2 feet, which when you do that over two stories adds a lot.
And I while I can’t believe we are building this ginormous house, I must confess that I love the spaciousness and openness. Plus we’ve tried to balance our desires with current trends and best possible resale. In the end, I’m amazed with what we have been able to do with the lemon we were dealt.
I love that we have a dining room that will seat our whole family this Christmas – all 13 of us. I love that my whole family will have room to stay in the house. I love that we will still have a nursery on the first floor (and we better get busy on that cause we have a lot of house to fill!). And I love that I no longer have to do laundry in my kitchen.
Anyway, I said there would be pictures 🙂 So two days after the foundation was poured, on June 20th, the framing started.
I can’t even begin to describe how exciting this was. And how fast it moves.
James and I left for vacation in South Carolina on the 23rd. This is what the house looked like before we left.
Chris sent these pictures while we were gone (though he left to join us on the 27th).
This last picture was taken the night of June 26. In six days we went from concrete to two stories.
Five days later, this is what the house looked like when we returned from vacation (July 2nd).
It still amazes me how we went from an empty lot to a whole house framed out in two weeks!!! The phoenix is rising, friends.