Life is still crazy here in the Major house. I've actually enrolled in three classes on top of my already busy photography business. Apart from having no time for much else other than class and work, I've been loving it. I've been especially excited for our blue prints since it's looking like we should have the final draft in hand sometime in late June, early July. We've managed to swing an amazing architect, who really listens to every crazy idea we have and manages to work it in to the design.
I think the hardest part about this whole project so far has been putting a hold on basically every DIY project I dream up or want in that moment. Mainly because I ask myself if it's something I want to keep in the next house, how will it fit in and so forth. I pacify myself with dreaming up designs for each room and find myself weekly planning on all of the items I am going to get rid of. I think we will need a much smaller moving truck than when we arrived in NC.
I will admit that we did break down and bump up the square footage to 1500 square feet. I still love the compact house idea, but since both my husband and I work from home, and we are planning on having children a 4 bedroom 800 square foot home just wasn't what I envisioned. 1500 square feet is still a modest sized home, but allows for the upgrades I really love-- like a walk-in pantry!
Now that we have approved the floor plan we've been hashing out the finer details like exterior siding, stair design, fireplace design and my personal favorite kitchen design!
I still really love the industrial look, after 6 years of it I'm still not sick of it and I don't think it will change anytime soon. Planning for children we don't have yet has been tricky, but I have put some thought into those alternatives that make a difference. We've managed to catch some flack from our family for having a master suite upstairs and the children rooms downstairs, but ultimately I still loved the idea of having a personal oasis to climb up to at the end of the day. Would you rather have your children upstairs or down?
Living in a state where there's an old barn on every farm, makes it easy to get our hands on barn wood siding which is something I have always dreamed of having the exterior of my home done in. I've been talking with several dealers who disassemble barns and preserve the wood for just this purpose. This type of stuff comes at a pretty penny but its something I'm working hard to fit into the budget. Somethings are just worth the extra dollar.
I've got big plans for extra features like sliding doors, lighting and custom sink vanity's.
I was at a loss for the type of kitchen I wanted, I mean there are so many types to choose from! It wasn't until I was flipping through a Martha Stewart magazine that it clicked for me. She apparently has paired up with Home Depot to offer a custom Martha Stewart kitchen design, cabinets, back splash the works and I seriously love every piece (well maybe not the stools!). It was my dream kitchen on paper and even having Home Depot install it will allow extra room in the budget for that coveted siding. Score!