#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.

 

#2 Architectural Style

After settling on a location, we started looking for inspiration for both the design and style of our future home. We pulled inspiration from our community, the site itself, and from our own experiences. We looked at roof lines, doors, windows, shutters, stone, siding, and so much more! We often found ourselves interested in simple lines and neutral colors. This love for simplicity as well as the country location lead us to this farmhouse style. Below is a curated collection of images to inspire the selection of exterior colors and materials. 

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We started with crisp white windows and siding. We added black in the roof, door, and shutters for high contrast. The roof will be a combination of metal and asphalt shingles. To warm things up a bit, brown will be used for the garage doors, flower boxes, and pillars on the front porch. Stone with just the right texture will serve as the focal point around the entrance to our home. 

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The moods these images evoke for us are comfort and simplicity. For us, home is a place for connection. It is the place that we escape to at the end of our work days and a place where we embrace the love and laughter of our friends and family. We want our home to encourage informality and authenticity. We want visitors to feel welcome and at-home.