September 26, 2023


New Estate

Our Resolution Concerning The Addition (Plus, One Last Undecided Design Resolution)

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After studying your whole options and enter, and speaking with Matt concerning the execs and cons of ready vs. not ready on the addition, we’ve determined to place the wheels in movement proper initially of 2023.

Loads of you introduced up some actually good factors. First, contractors are by no means going to be out there instantly after we resolve we’re prepared to maneuver ahead. We may very well be on a ready record for six months or longer. They might not even be capable of begin till June and even later within the yr.

And in addition, as so lots of you identified, simply because the addition is constructed and prepared for me so as to add the ending touches, that doesn’t imply that I’m obligated to begin on it ASAP. If I’m not prepared, I can wait till I’m prepared.

However a pal of mine additionally introduced up an excellent level. As she was leaving our home the opposite day, she stated, “Kristi, why do you park the van in entrance of your studio when it’s important to drive round to the again to place Matt within the van?” I defined that when it rains (and it had poured down rain that very morning), the facet of the home will get actually muddy to the purpose that I’ve gotten my automotive caught within the mud over there on just a few events. So if it rains actually onerous, Matt is caught at house as a result of I’ve no method to drive to the again since we now have no driveway but.

She stated, “Properly, that alone looks as if a great motive to get the addition, after which the driveway, completed ASAP.” She was proper. I hadn’t thought-about that.

And one ultimate level that so lots of you introduced up that stood out to me is that it’s extremely unlikely that the price of constructing provides goes to go down. And in reality, the chances are the costs will go up. So it makes little sense to attend.

With all of that stated, I’m very excited to get the ball rolling initially of the yr. I do should handle my expectations, as a result of now that I’m in “ASAP mode“, I would like it completed NOW! 😀 However greater than possible, this shall be a really slow-rolling ball. We’ll make preparations, after which should do an entire lot of ready — ready for our flip with the contractor, ready for plans to be drawn up and submitted to the town, ready for permits, ready for constructing provides, ready, ready, ready.

So even with our new plan of getting this ball rolling ASAP, I nonetheless don’t anticipate to have the contractor portion of the addition completed till the tip of 2023 and even the start of 2024. Then I can take over and do my half till every room is completed. So in my thoughts, we’re nonetheless taking a look at not having the complete addition completed till mid- to late-2024.

Anyway, that’s the plan. So naturally, I’m excited, and I’ve been wanting over the ground plan that I got here up with to make certain that it’s precisely what I would like, and that I don’t wish to make any important modifications earlier than passing them off to a contractor.

The one query that also stays in my thoughts is that this wall within the kitchen. I’ve introduced this up in a earlier weblog publish (in 2018, I imagine), however I’m nonetheless undecided about whether or not or not I desire a cased opening into the brand new household room on this wall.

As issues stand on the ground plan I’ve drawn up, the one entrance into the household room can be by way of the music room doorways. The music room is true subsequent to the kitchen, as you possibly can see by way of the cased opening on the precise within the image under.

Right here’s what the ground plan appears like if I preserve the kitchen as is. The addition will embody the master suite, walk-in closet, laundry room, and household room.

However I’m nonetheless questioning if I wish to put that cased opening on that again wall of the kitchen. Right here’s how it could look on the ground plan.

I do know that the rapid response might be going to be, “However you’ll lose a lot storage!

I actually wouldn’t, although.

In case you had been round again after I did the kitchen transform, you may keep in mind that I used inventory higher cupboards for the decrease cupboards. Again then, I had by no means constructed cupboards earlier than, and I wasn’t assured sufficient to attempt to construct the cupboards for the kitchen. So I used to be caught making an attempt to make it work with the inventory cupboards that had been out there.

To make higher wall cupboards work as base cupboards, and never have them look skimpy and disproportionate in a kitchen, I not solely constructed a base to set them on, however I additionally set them away from the wall fairly a bit.

So whereas these completed cupboards might seem like a regular depth kitchen cupboard (or near it), the within of these cupboards is simply 12 inches deep.

On high of that, eight of the cupboards are solely 12 inches huge. That was a design mistake I’ll by no means make once more, as a result of 12-inch-wide cupboards are too small to be helpful for many issues. Dinner plates received’t even slot in these cupboards. I’m not even joking or exaggerating.

So whereas I completely love the look of this wall, I don’t just like the operate of those cupboards in any respect. I’ve realized to dwell with them, and I’m so grateful that I’ve the massive pantry to retailer overflow kitchen objects in. However in hindsight, I want I had made some drastically completely different design selections for this wall.

Placing a cased opening on that wall would give me the chance to redo the storage and proper my errors from eight years in the past. I did a really fast (and never so nice) mock up of what I’m pondering. I’d have two tall storage cupboards flanking the cased opening into the household room. (And no, our household room would look nothing like that. 😀 )

Any such storage, which might be deeper and have pull-out cabinets, can be far more sensible than the eight 12″ x 12″ cupboards that I’ve now that may’t even maintain a dinner plate.

The drawbacks? Properly, these embody (1) having my now-finished kitchen underneath development…once more, (2) shedding what I feel is the prettiest wall of my kitchen (and that I actually have realized to dwell with), (3) arranging furnishings within the household room with a further doorway (the extra doorways right into a room, the tougher furnishings association turns into) and (3) opening up the road of sight from the road straight by way of the lounge, by way of the kitchen, and into the household room.

That final one is the largest difficulty for me. I actually like the thought of the household room being tucked away behind the home and never seen from the road, particularly if we’re in there at evening. (Sure, I notice I might shut my entrance front room shades 😀 , however I by no means do, and I in all probability received’t begin now.) But in addition, now that we’re having individuals in our house extra typically, the thought of opening up that wall appears extra sensible and crowd-friendly.

I’m nonetheless undecided and weighting the professionals and cons of every design. That is the final massive resolution I must make earlier than passing off the design to a contractor.

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