Thursday, June 26, 2014

Closets & Kegerators

Two VERY important things. 

This whole home building process is bringing out a new side to my husband.

This new side REALLY cares about things like the location of our vacuum, having an abundance of cold beer and pickles, and the depth of the doors that will ultimately lead to the toilet. 

Who is this man?? 

If you have been following my blog over the years or just happen to know me, you are probably aware of the fact that when it comes to most things home related, I run the show. 
Not that I don't want him to, he just doesn't usually care.

He suddenly cares.
About kegerators.
and vacuums.

I'm not complaining.
I just think it's funny that all of a sudden he cares about really random things.

Please note the location of said kegerator in the garage.

A man should have a nice garage with a keg. 
Who am I to hold a man back??

Plus, I got my closet for coats in the front entry AND a closet in the office for supplies, so I guess we're even.

It is also important to note that for re-sale purposes, we have space behind the entry door to the office for a small closet, should we ever want to have this room considered a "bedroom".

Now that we have the most important elements of our home plan covered (closets and kegerators) we can move on to other really important things like, hidden doors and dumb waiters!

I half-seriously requested a dumbwaiter.
Mainly because I think they are cool, but also because my Dad might need to send up some of his delicious chicken marsala or my Mom might need to send up a huge rhino beetle or something to scare the bajeezees out of me and Bailey. Retired people do crazy things.

Anyway, I thought it was a big deal to ask for one, but my amazing builder just included it in the plan like it was another toilet or something. I wasn't going to argue.

Also, dumbwaiters totally bring back memories of watching Webster and eating chicken noodle soup.

I just hope that when our budget explodes that I won't have to let go of my dumbwaiter dreams!

We also shrunk our closet since I am easily overwhelmed with choices in the morning...

It's a much more reasonable size and it won't encourage me to shop til I drop.
Not that I won't, but I certainly don't need another excuse!

I also wanted saloon-like doors opening up to the toilet room.
The kind that squeek and swing back and forth.
Just kidding.

We actually asked for french doors. Possibly mirrored on the fronts, like these:

I fell a little silly having doors close off the toilet room because I know that they will remain open 98% of the time because my husband and I will be too lazy to shut them. 
So, if they are suddenly closed some night that I come home alone I WILL, 100% guaranteed, think there is a serial killer inside my toilet room.

Unlike most women, I will not run and grab a high heel shoe and barge through the doors thinking I am going to scare off an expert killer. I will, however, open my secret jar of fire ants and my box of poisonous snakes and let them loose under the doors.

Maybe I will have a fancy plaque made with an inscription to warn the hubs and the prospective killers.
I figure by the time the expert killer reads the inscription on the plaque, it will be too late. 
Who needs security systems anyway??

Now that we almost have the first floor plan finalized and the closets all situated, I can finally share some of my plans for each room and how I plan on making our new home feel like an old home, filled with character. 

Stay tuned! 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Don't Forget The Closets! Or Should You??

I totally forgot about putting a closet in the entry!

The home plan that we are basing our plan on doesn't have a front entry closet and I didn't even notice until recently.


No closet to put some coats or shoes or even store the vacuum.
How did the planner miss that?? 
Are entry closets SO last year??

If they are, that might not be a trend that you want to follow.
We remedied our no hallway closet situation by cutting into the master closet, which is waaaaay too big.
The real plan now has one right by the front door.

Wait.....What girl says her closet is too big? 

The closet I have now, plus the closet my husband uses, is not even half the size of this one. I do not plan on increasing my wardrobe by 100% either. Excess isn't cool and I figure if I have the cash to buy that many new clothes, then i have the cash to put some clothes on a person that doesn't have any. 

Having more selections than 10 to 15 outfits just makes it more difficult for me to get dressed in the morning. IT also sucks the life right out of me and that isn't a good way to start my day. 

Have you ever noticed how some famous people seem to always be wearing the same outfit???

It's most likely because much of their day involves decision making and they don't want to waste an ounce of their decision making power on their own clothing. I get that. 

Here is a list of those most noteable for always dressing in the same way:

Steve Jobs
Carrie Donovan
Michael Kors
Grace Coddington
President Obama
Tom Wolf
Johnny Cash
Albert Einstein
Simon Cowell
Karl Lagerfeld

I figure if Carrie Donovan, Michael Kors, and Karl Lagerfeld can get away with always wearing the same things, then I can too.

Besides the fact that fewer selections means getting ready faster, it can also be crucial to creating your own brand. 

“Consistency of all kinds is what builds brands,” Schawbel says. “People who wear the same thing, have a catch phrase or two, and associate with the same people are more memorable than those who don’t. It says this is who I am and this is what I enjoy. I think it’s a rather positive thing that helps people identify with them and allows them to just be themselves.”
-Dan Schwabel

So when I am feeling too lazy to get dressed in something different I will just call it "brand building" and move along with the rest of my day.

Don't get me wrong..I do daydream about a fabulous closet! Just not a HUGE one!

A smaller version of Dallas Shaw's closet would be spectacular!!

or this closet by mlh design....

You know I am attracted to the black and white Deco look!

And this one with what appears to be a Caitlin Wilson Floral drives me CRAZY!!

Don't be surprsed when you hear about me living in my closet for a week while I make it look like this. 
Just slip some pizza under the door and I'll be fine.

So, when building your dream house, keep your eyes peeled for necessary closets and those that maybe aren't so necessary. 

I know that real estate experts will tell you that huge closets are a plus, but are huge closets really a plus to your everyday happiness? Not mine.

I have a feeling that my future teenage daughter is going to strongly disagree!

Next up is how to walk through a plan to see if it works for how you actually live.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Choosing The Right Plan.....

...It's not the easiest thing to do.

It's hard to tell how a floor plan will actually fit your lifestyle based on the little images that you have to start with. If you do not have a set of builder's plans or the priveledge of starting from scratch with an architect, then you are basically on your own to find a plan that you can work with.

There are only 98,450,934,709,376,921 to choose from!

This is NOT our floor plan, but this is a perfect example of a home plan with several features that would help narrow your options. This specific plan would require a rather wide lot that is also fairly deep. Most lots, at least those that are not out in the country somehwere, tend to be either too narrow or not deep enough.

So, the first thing you need to know when looking at plans is what your lot dimensions are.

It's actually a good thing to be restricted by lot dimensions when there are so many options.

This is the first home plan that I fell in love with.
From Architectural

Of course it was much too wide. By about 20 feet and you can't exactly shave off 20 feet without cutting out the kitchen or some other room which is intended to make living in a home less like camping.

I don't like camping.
So this plan got cut.

My hope is to make the real house plan look like this one.

I will keep you posted on how I go about achieving this look with this general plan:

We do not start our real plans until June 25th and knowing me and how often I change my mind, we won't be finished with the plans until 2016. 

The second thing to narrow your home plan search is usually the square footage.

We have a square footage requirement to meet in our subdivision, and that led to a larger home plan than I would have usually been drawn to.
I am a smaller house kind of girl. They are easier to decorate and maintain.

For those of you that will come over to our new house and ultimately find it to be a little messy, I will just blame it on my retired parents who are very likely to come upstairs, make huge messes in the kitchen, throw laundry everywhere, and then go back downstairs to play video games and make snap chats like a bunch of lazy teenagers!

Floor plans are tricky though.
You might start browsing and find yourself looking at 5,000 square feet and not even realize it.
Then, after you fall in love with a plan you're like, "hmmm......I wonder how many square feet this is...doesn't look like too much....5,589!?! Pfff... I'm not cleaning no 5,589 square feet!"

thoughtful pause

"ohhhh.....I guess the real owners of this 5,589 square foot house don't really have to worry about cleaning"

That isn't us and I'm pretty sure I max out on cleaning right around 1500 square feet.
That means the rest is up to our five year old.

The third thing that will help narrow your home plan search will usually be the placement of the garage.

Are you front facing or side facing garage people?

We are side facing people because no one needs to drive down the street and see the contents of our garage. We work on stuff and it gets real in our garage. We don't mess around, but we don't need everyone to see that.

Let's face it, garage doors in general are just not that pretty. They can be cute and all, but in general, the front of the house is usually cuter and I don't like the garage trying to steal attention. 90% of the time it's just not worthy.

Plus, we needed room for an extra 2 car garage for my parents. Home plans that can accomdate that are NOT easy to find!

They keep their garage nice. I mean, they keep their garage nicer than we keep our house, so theirs can be in the back facing the street. We will also pretend that their garage is our garage when people ask and blame the messy garage on my parents. That's what they get for agreeing to live with us.

The last thing that might help narrow your plan search is the location of the kitchen and whether or not it is open to the areas that you wish.

I wanted a kitchen that is big and open to the breakfast area and the great room.
Like in one straight shot.

Like this:

In a straight line.

Straight lines are hard to find!

There are all kinds of L shaped kitchens that have a breakfast area that lead into the great room and then turn the corner to the dining room. BUT it's hard to find them all in a row.

I will post the real plans as they are made and describe why I chose certain things and how they work for us.

Next up I will talk about important, functional aspects of your home that you might forget to include in your home plan.
No joke.
Forgetting things like closets and important rooms like bathrooms really happens people!
I don't want it to happen to you!