#20 Exterior Details

We're getting down to adding the final details to the exterior. One of the many decisions we need to make yet involves the flower boxes planned for under the windows. Should the color be black or brown?

My designer instincts are leaning me towards repeating the brown from the garage doors in order to create balance. We are considering black as well because of the continuity it would have with the shutters. The brown can be brought in with a fence or landscape. We had some images made of the options to confirm.

A view of the final selections

A view of the final selections

And the winner is...

After looking things over, we decided to stick with the brown. We really like how the brown adds warmth to the white and black. It also adds a touch of rustic which we like very much. we can't wait to see that pink wall by the front door turn to stone in the next week or two.

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#8 Architectural Elevations

Back in post #4 we shared our daughter's house plan. If you squint really hard at this elevation drawing, you can see the porthole for the submarine she drew. Or, maybe it's just a really cool round window pouring light into our mudroom. 

It was extremely important to us that we had clean roof lines on our new home, we love good curb appeal. We used the dormers (windows projecting from the roof) over the garage and house to break up each roof and we used a barrel arch over our front door to create a unique entry area. We absolutely love how it looks.

Angie worked tirelessly with the architect to make sure that the top roof line of the house and the garage were at exactly the same height and, from the front of the house, the roof over the entry hides the roof over the screen porch. If you run a vertical line through the center of the garage or house, you have two equal halves. Symmetry is really important to our vision, as it adds a sense of order and feeling of ease. The outer design gives us some major curb appeal and we couldn't be happier with the view from the road! 

Front Elevation

Front Elevation

Rear Elevation

Rear Elevation

On the back side, we have an incredible view that stretches out over miles and miles. We needed to make sure that when an opportunity to sit back and relax presented itself, we could truly enjoy the view. The large windows and screen porch offer many spaces and opportunities to relish the endless view. 

Though it may seem obvious - We can't wait to get into this place!  Talking about it gets us excited, each and every time!

Happy new year to you and yours and here's to a fabulous 2018 for all of us!

#5 "There's no such thing..."

A shed on our property was discussed in the initial planning phase of our project. After careful thought, we decided we should build for current and future storage needs right away in the garage. It's a big one; 30 feet by 43 feet to be exact. Too much garage? Our peeps tell us that there's no such thing.


Angie's favorite part? There are stairs from the garage to the basement. Brent and our daughter will have regular trips to the farm next door to visit their horse, Honey. When they return, they will walk down to the basement from the garage and straight to a dressing room just outside of the laundry room.  Remember the compromise between the country boy and the suburban girl? The compromises continue and the house design accommodates the arrangement.

Brent showing our daugther the future stairs.

 
Future basement plans including steps from the garage to the laundry.

Future basement plans including steps from the garage to the laundry.

 

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A pump truck is used to make the concrete foundation walls.  Blue sky today!

A pump truck is used to make the concrete foundation walls.  Blue sky today!

 
 
Waiting for the concrete to dry (that's the technical term).

Waiting for the concrete to dry (that's the technical term).

 

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The amount of fill we need at this phase was underestimated.  With the help of friends, we found some fill available close-by but this will still add more unexpected costs to our original budget.


Brent shows us just how much fill is needed in the garage alone.