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Big Art

In some cases, size does matter and the context in which I’m thinking about size is art, specifically large scale art or as we sometimes like to call it big art.

I was recently lamenting over not pulling the trigger on a piece of abstract art I saw at the High Point Furniture Market two years ago. I ran across a reminder of this piece in my camera roll as I was trying to free up some space on my phone by getting rid of screenshots from too long ago and blurry images of little girls at ballet recitals.

I came across it on the roll and instantly realized that it would’ve been the answer to my question of – do I move the gallery wall from the living room to the dining room and put shelves in the living room or do I leave the gallery wall where it is and get a new larger piece for the dining room…on and on and on and on

And this is where I land us all on big art.

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A Frame Project: Week 2 and 3

When we first started on this project in late spring we encountered some routine rain fall that sent the crew home for almost an entire week but after the rain stopped we got back to it.

Here’s what happened in week two…not much. Well actually, the dog house entry over the red door is gone!

That’s why we combined weeks two and three, so you could see some action.

We started and framed the dormer that will expand the head room for our stairwell and create a much larger space to put a bed in the master bedroom. We decided on one large dormer to achieve both objectives instead of framing two separate dormers.

You can see the beginnings of what the dormer might add to the interior. You can also see our brainstorming scribbles of a built-in bookshelf on the staircase wall.

This view shows how the dormer relates to the existing shed roof of the laundry room. The dormer lands right above that existing roof.

It’s time to take a deep dive in to window design and configuration next week so be ready to pour over images of the windows of modern homes.

 

 

 

 

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New Additions at Betsy’s House – Update

There has not been a ton of activity here on the architectural department side of the New Additions at my house. It’s a waiting game at this point on both the baby and the garage additions!

The baby nursery is coming together though, slowly. So I’ll share some progress images for both projects, starting with this little quiet corner.

The stuffie is a Newfoundland like our big Dodge and was a gift from some dear friends. The watercolor disco ball by Shana Frase was a graphic player in our wedding invitations and that little lampshade is something that I recently slapped together with some leftover Baule Ikat from West Africa. I love the look with this rattan chair, but it will be swapped out for a linen rocker soon. That turkish hemp pillow and the suzani are both ShopTEOT inspired finds.

For the actual addition to the house, we recently had a crew come out to dig around in our yard to see how far down the bedrock was. This was an eager moment for us because if the bedrock was so deep that the new garage required 30 foot tall caissons then we may have had to scrap the whole idea. Luckily our findings were favorable and we can build on our hill without having to dig too deep for support.

This is a finalized floor plan sketch if you are into this sort of thing. I love a floorplan!

With the final floor plan in place, we had a visit with the contractor to go over it and discuss some costs. A new front door/entryway enclosure is a big maybe. It’s not seen drawn on the sketches above.  But, I’m pulling hard for it as 5 people arriving to go in opposite directions while being greeted by a 160 lb kisser dog and a 30 lb jumper dog is mayhem in the current tiny foyer area.

It’s going to be up to the city though. Apparently It puts us something like 5 sq feet over the allotted area and since the entry would not meet current code (40 feet from the street) we aren’t technically supposed to enclose it at this point… However, we’re gonna try to get this by the city anyway cause its kind of silly not to let us do this. It’s minimal. I can get into this more if its going to happen. I still don’t have any drawings of it which keeps the idea abstract. A photograph of our current entryway exterior is below the proposed exterior illustration.

Can you imagine our current porch enclosed with a new face and front door?

Moving back inside to the master bedroom nursery situation. I pulled the trigger on the art rug from Chairish and I’m pleased that I did. I also took the hardware off of the IVAR drawers. It’s better this way.

So, its any day now until baby is here. Getting ready has been fairly relaxed, but as I near the end I begin to understand why so many mamas want to chug castor oil to speed the process along. (DON’T DO IT, I’M KIDDING.) Feeling patient can be hard when your body is sliding toward its primal caretaker role.

I sent out a bunch of postcards to friends and family asking for participation on a website that I put together for the baby, to create a bedtime story book out of. The response that I have gotten has been so much fun to read through and I’m a glutton for more. I chose this postcard/baby book project in lieu of a big girl baby shower since my tightest of girl posse is spread out all across the country.

 

Heffe assembled our crib and I watched while feeling in love.

Perhaps a full nursery photo shoot will come together one day, but I’ll await the few final pieces and the little baby girl!

 

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A Frame Project: Week 1

We kicked off the A-frame renovation in Week 1. We had our own #demoday and we removed the tan vinyl siding and vinyl trim from the house and uncovered a strange little add-on cavity underneath the vinyl at the end of the “A” on the left front side. It was a strange and unnecessary design flaw that we promptly removed. After removing that we found that the leg of the “A” on the left side was then shorter than the right. So we’ll fix that soon enough.

Just for fun, here’s a refresher of what she looked like when we purchased.

There is a lot of discussion about changing the window and door configuration on the front of the house and we’ve all agreed that would be best to expand the view and improve the design. We’re adding windows up top and there will now be four doors with two of them being fixed.

We uncovered T-111 heavy textured siding that was popular in the 70s and 80s. I can’t say that I’m a fan. It was an affordable siding option back then, a material that kind of mimicked board and batten and barn wood at the same time.

In week 1, we also started the processing of pruning and trimming and clearing built up yard debris. It’s a process that will continue.

This awkward design that is the covered entry on the side will disappear next week. We’re looking forward to exposing the chimney and making it more of a standout as an architectural element.

After some demo, it was an obvious and simple task to rebuild the deck. The existing deck was compromised structurally and long past it’s prime.

Not a bad start at all! Check back soon for more progress at the A-Frame Renovation.

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A-Frame Project: Inspiration

In case you missed the intro, this is the A-frame project. Click here, to go back and read the beginning post.

We’ve been scouring the web, looking for images of the right dormer examples for the A-frame and I think we collected some good ones. Here are some other images that are providing inspiration for our A-frame renovation.

 

We know we want cable railing or a metal element in our railing on the front deck. But we’re on the fence as to whether or not we use metal conduit, or galvanized pipe or spring for a Feeney cable railing system.

 

this exterior is a huge source of inspiration and we’ve ordered black windows

 

we thought about using a “dog-eared” window on the front like below but we ultimately decided we didn’t like the corners,

 

 

there’s a lot of angled storage opportunities in an a-frame

Color picks for the exterior will be on the darker side. This Benjamin Moore color, Brewster Grey is an interesting color. I recommended this for a master vanity color and it worked fabulously!

I like this combination a lot, interested in the way they chose to trim the windows in white. I also really like that rich teal color. Our doors and windows are black.

You can check out the rest of what I’m pinning for the A-frame project here.

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The Cali Chalet: An Introduction

Hey Friends & Fam,

What a week! It’s been a long time in the making, but TEOT has a couple of really great irons in the fire, with Sarah’s new A-Frame by the Lake, the new shop location and now this intro, to the Cali Chalet!

The Cali Chalet is a new weekend getaway home for my family. Located in the San Bernardino Mountains, its an easy hour and forty minute drive from our home in the Palisades, and almost 5,000 feet above the sea we live by.

It’s so exciting to explore the California version of Mountain Living… Growing up in the foothills of North Carolina with frequent trips to the Appalachians, the mountains are a part of me and they call to me, just like all the Wanderlusty posters say they should.

The home that we scored is a sprawling 90s Contemporary. We are perched up on the hill a mile above the lake with tree top views. There are huge pines all around us, a beautiful Maple in the front yard and an Elm out back, which I just can’t wait to watch change through the seasons! My NC heart is so very content up here! My crew has been joking around that the baby and I are gonna come live full time and the dude will have to visit us on the weekends.

That bright green Maple makes me so happy!

After watching a number of cute little cabins get snatched up pretty quickly, we stumbled into this gigantic 90s contemporary home with so many nooks and crannies and lifestyle features that we just had to go for it. It’s large enough to host multiple families along with our own growing one, much more than we imagined when we started. Holidays are going to be so much fun!

Aside from the 3 bedrooms and large media room that we will turn into a kid’s play room with bunkbeds, there is also room for our vintage Shasta Camper project (which was criteria number one in the search.) Bonus, it comes in the form of a 3 car garage which means plenty of room to spread out tools and get rid of our storage unit in town. There is also a studio space in that garage in which we hope to add a pottery wheel and a kiln for my old college hobby (and the grandparents’ more recent delve).

Underneath the house, there is a pimped out wood workshop with a dust collection system, which won the heart of my woodworkin dude. None of this was pictured in the real estate listing, so you can imagine our surprise as we uncovered each bonus space.

For our crew of inveterate dabblers, tool collectors and hobbyists, there is an incredible amount of tinkering space. There is even a whole room dedicated to hot tub club, one of my favorite past times! I can’t wait to show you what that hilarious room looks like! It looks like a dream come true. Here, let me just go ahead and show you how the sellers had it styled when we visited the home for the first time.

I hope the cheetah comes with!
(it didn’t)

 

In fact here is a tour of the home as we were introduced to it, through the real estate pics.

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So that’s it. The fun new project where we have been spending our weekends.

I’m sure you are wondering how we are going to approach the decor in this dated 90s home, and on most days I’m wondering that to. But a plan is coming together and we are getting started and I don’t think anyone will be too disappointed. More to come soon!

 

 

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A-Frame Project: Introduction

We’ve got some projects on the burner right now and we want to introduce you to the first one, the A-frame project.

The A-frame architectural style is popping these days as a second home and a family dwelling and we wanted to get in on the fun. This house is in a lake community called Whispering Pines and is across the street from Lake Thagard with a lake view from the front of the house.

Here is what the house looked like in the beginning,

 

 

 

 

The Plan

A person of regular height does not have enough head room to get up the stairs to the master bedroom without some serious ducking. Clearly, not okay for daily living. Also, you cannot get furniture up the current stairwell to the master bedroom or to the loft sitting area. So we’ve got to build a dormer on to the side to alleviate both of these issues. While we’re at it, we’re going to carry this dormer all the way up to the master bedroom to create a nook that a bed can fit in perfectly. In this dormer, we’ll add more windows which equals more light in to the master and the stairwell. The dormer will have the same siding as the front and back of the A-frame.

The exterior requires new siding, a new deck and the removal of that strange little dog house structure on the right front side that serves as a covered entry for the side entrance. The demo of this little section will expose the chimney and make it more of a stand out architectural feature.

A change in the window configuration on the front has been planned. We want to increase natural light and expand our view of the lake across the street. So those windows will be widened. We wanted to go all glass on the front but for budgetary reasons we need to compromise.

I’m into green cabinets but not grass green so they’ll be going and the kitchen will be re-designed with open shelving, cement quartz countertops, new appliances and new lighting.

We’ll install new flooring throughout the main living area and update light fixtures. So yeah, I’m ready to get started.

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SHOP TALK: We Are Moving on Up

 

Hi friends and fam!

If you are on our newsletter list you received our big news already! But we’re excited to share that WE ARE MOVING!

We opened up shop in the Belvedere Courtyard a little over a year and a half ago, in September 2016. The courtyard was a great incubator space that we stumbled upon on a downtown discovery stroll one day earlier that year. After calling on the spot to inquire about the lease terms, we pulled it together and made a long time dream a reality.

Here’s a look around. Mind you these photos (by our beloved Rachel Garrison) came after a quick 1.5 month long mini-renovation. Sarah flexed her design muscle with new materials for a better bathroom and mini-kitchen. Plus we added a custom pillow wall shelving unit and cut out a new doorway into what we styled as the bedroom, making for a better retail flow. The shop was set up like an apartment, which suited us well for displaying our new bath, bed, living and kitchen collections.

Since opening, Sarah and I have learned a lot, namely that the retail adage “location is everything” is super real. We have certainly built plenty of wonderful friendships within the SOPI community back in the courtyard, but we can’t wait to get up on the main drag and see more of that foot traffic that we missed by being tucked away, out of sight. Sarah and team asked almost every guest that walked through the door how they came by us and more often than not, the answer was something along the lines of “just wondering around town and found my way back here.”

Wait! You mean it wasn’t because of all our hard work posting pretty pics on Instagram, our buckets of duckets on local magazine and newspaper ads or a Word-of-Mouth referral? I’m sure those efforts paid off as well, but the foot traffic opportunities on Broad will surely enhance our bottom line! Don’t you think?

Even our neon dream sign couldn’t attract all the attention we crave! (But we love all the great compliments we received.)

Feedback on the shop, the mini-kitchen and the updates that we performed to get this former salon in shape for our collection has been super encouraging. We’ve ended landed a few design and staging gigs from it, as we hoped.

We are looking forward to bringing our vision to another space in downtown Southern Pines, but we do admit that dropping bonus cash dollars on a Moroccan cement tile, shipped from LA was a splurge that maybe didn’t translate in the courtyard. So, we’ll perform the upfit a little bit more conservatively on the next space. We’ll add a TEOT kitchenette in due time, but in the interest of getting back into the game sooner than later, we’re cooking up a plan to open on Broad street asap with the essentials.

Some design brainstorming needs to be done, lickety splitly. We should have access soon to get measurements and start pulling quotes for the basics like painting and electrical.

So where are we moving? It’s literally right around the corner, not even a full half mile away. We’ll be setting up shop at 168 Broad Street, right by the Ice Cream Parlor… which should make Sarah’s little girls REAL happy, since now shop days will mean Ice Cream Days too.

So, if you are local, please join us at the shop in the courtyard on Friday evening from 5-7pm for a fond farewell with cocktails and sales. And we’ll keep you posted on the progress at the new spot!

PS. If you aren’t local… use the coupon code MOVINONUP at checkout for 20% off your entire order, all the things – even SALE items.
 

The Estate of Things is moving on up! A new spot in town opened up and it's just exactly where we wanted to go next. So…

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Betsy’s House: The Kitchen

It’s not time yet.

So I’m still doing that thing where you collect inspirations and bank ideas and make wishlists for features and stare at what you have and wonder what it could be.

Currently, this is what I stare at and wonder about.

At move-in, we removed all the uppers on the right side of the kitchen to make it feel more open.

It’s not the worst kitchen to live with at all, which is precisely what enabled us to get this darling home that we got back in the house hunt. Workable, but also prime for a renovation someday! It’s very 90s Italian Cucina inspired with its large square tiles in teal and fiore trim.

It’s a bit more open now than when we first purchased the home. We removed some uppers and I have some Rejuvenation brackets here for floating shelves… I bought them about 2 years ago, but I have yet to convince the dude to hang them for me in real time. Funny how time passes and projects just don’t get done.

That’s the previous owner’s setup. We haven’t missed the fax machine station.

We have been happily making due with what we have. And I like to continue to dream about what could be.

So, let’s explore the collection of images that I have stored for various ideas! I have collected most of these to help express ideas to Heffe and to get his opinions on finishes.

 

We both love this beverage bar situation for the obvious reasons, but we’re also a fan of the materials mix. The white oak with black + white theme is still going strong.

I’m really digging these cabinets.
They look like old wooden barrister bookshelves on the countertop. Also, display storage like this seems more practical than say open shelving.

 

Prepare yourself for a bunch of Amber & Lauren Liess as they continuously pump out my fav kitchens.
This one is of note for the marble countertop + backsplash, and the simple modern range hood.
Plus, its an argument for a La Cornue gas range.

 

I believe I saved this in the argument for keeping our current layout with peninsula and simply resurfacing. Peninsula’s aren’t all bad, but I just rarely see them in new kitchen makeovers.
It’s all about the island.

 

And speaking of islands, boy do I love a huge eat-in. This is more rustic than I can pull off in my home, but that black countertop with wood is a nice mix. Love you Lauren Liess.

 

Same as above, but this time wood countertop and black bottoms. Oh and copper cookware is of note.
That’s gonna happen in the next kitchen. I’m looking at you Mauviel.

 

This is wicked clean and I really love that statement sink.

 

Sticking with the clean, crisp look another Amber in all white with marble. I do really love a waterfall island. Can I have something like that?

 

We have some tall storage along the back wall of our current kitchen and I’m always wishing it were something beautiful.

 

Another argument for the peninsula (with waterfall). This is an easy look to achieve.

 

I got pretty into wood shakers for a minute, but I think I need the contrast from our white oak flooring.

 

A mix of black and white cabinets with some wood fits here. And again, really lovin the french range + modern range hood combo.

 

More of the same idea. Are those concrete countertops?

Lauren Liess Greatest Hits. I’m pretty sure that I could pick this up and put it in my kitchen and it would work perfectly. The age on that island is an unexpectedly rustic element that I think we could support. It’s just the right amount for our beachy rancher.

Lauren also knows how to work some practical family gathering. I wish that I could line up my 5 children around my sink!

 

I think we’ll skip cabinets in a blue or green hue at our house, but its tempting.

 

Ooh, another Amber kitchen. The whites are getting warmer y’all.

Lastly, I pinned this for the creative range hood, and the composition of those two doors is just so good. It’s dreamy.
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Shelves in front of Windows

We have this great little duplex that we remodeled on the exterior but the kitchens in these little apartments need an overhaul because the wall space is limited and I’ve thought that layering a couple of shelves over the window would be a fun element in a small but modern apartment kitchen. This concept has been around for a minute and its picking up a little steam here lately.


 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s your official position on shelves over windows?

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New Additions at Betsy’s House – A Baby Nursery

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Hi! It’s your 7 months preg blogger friend checking in with updates on the New Additions.

Accidental closeup of the bump when I was trying to work the self-timer. It’s become my favorite shot of late. And I got to see my mama for a bit in my 5th month.

I have always wanted to be somebody’s mama someday, and I still kinda can’t fathom that someday is on its way. Due date is in mid July (the day after Sarah’s Birthday).

I’m still very much enjoying being pregnant more each day, I can’t wait to actually meet this little thing that has been moving around inside of my belly. I was laughing with my sister-in-law, Lowrey yesterday. She is also pregnant (her fourth!) We were laughing at how scooting and rolling out of the bed onto your knees to stand up and go to the bathroom 6-10 times a night sounds like it is miserable, but we’re just having so much fun!

As far as nursery prep, and until this post, I had done next to nothing. Is it paralysis? Is it laziness? What is it that has me holding back? I have 2 months to figure it out.

As you may know, we jumped to it getting the new garage addition on the house rolling, and there have been more meetings and more idea developments that I will share soon, but its still a ways in the future before baby has her own room. Until then, she has to share with someone, and it looks like that’ll be us! (Something about on demand feeding and SIDs, etc. I’m getting the deets, don’t worry!)

Okay, so what’s the deal with me and getting prepared? I guess once the dude and I start plucking some purchases off of the nursery decor list, then I’ll start putting together a newly organized master bedroom. You may recall that it only recently evolved into its latest iteration, which is still a design in progress with a few more tweaks needed… but instead we’ll move some things around and hang up a room divider and turn half of the room into babyland while we live among construction on the new garage addition!

My brainstorming is shaping up to look like this.

I do have a few little doodads here and there that my sweet supportive friends have already given me in excitement. As my sister in law told me, babies beget baby gifts. If you conceive, gifts will come. So we’ll see about that as time grows nearer. I’m happy to play baby dress-up in little outfits and send friends and family pictures of their picks. Otherwise, I’m stocking up on white onesies.

My hopes to be a minimalist are pretty strong. Not that I’m a minimalist in any other way. I guess I just mean that I don’t want tons of unnecessary baby paraphernalia. My desire to not let our house become overrun with swaths of primary colors in plastics is palpable. The dude shakes his head in the opposite direction of agreement when I talk about baby minimalism, so we’ll see how it plays out. I’ve been warned of the moments that one will buy anything to get a crying child to sleep.

Perhaps I’ll be defeated in time, but let me please just try y’all and I’d love your support. Once she develops her own communicative personality and starts begging me for My Little Ponies, she’ll have her own room and she can stockpile the American dream in all the colors of the rainbow. I did begin a baby registry on Amazon and you can look at it if you are curious about what products we have chosen. It’s here. Huge thanks to my friends Rene, Amy & Patterson for all the recent advice on baby must-haves and don’t needs. There is plenty that I may need, that I’m going to wait and see about in time.

Some patterns and products are coming together on this board. We’ll see where we actually end up, but this is where I’m headed.

Crib  |  Block Shop Wall Hangings  |  Graphic Wall Hanging  |  Calder Mobile  |  Rocking Chair Recliner  |  Changing Table  |  Baby Bassinet is Vintage  |  Baby Patterns via Etsy  | Pillows via TEOT

So, that’s where we are. I have a plan and a little bit of time left to execute. Can’t wait to see what that room looks like in 3 months! Ha!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dining Chair Round Up

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Since I’ve painted my dining room Swiss Coffee (a warm but modern white) and I’ve earmarked a a rattan fixture soon to arrive at ShopTEOT, it’s time to think chairs.

We’re going to keep the table that was given to us a while ago. The reason being- there is something appealing about the simple turned legs and it’s just the right size for our life and space but the finish is not ideal. I’ve kicked around the idea of sanding it and clear coating it or maybe learning about the waxing process that leaves oak with an open grain (not sure if that’s ok for eating on).

What we can establish now is that the shape and style of the table will remain and I need to think chairs.

1 Bertaux Arm Chair

2 Vienna Matte Black Chair

3 Woven Leather Dining Chair

4 Black Spindle Chair

5 Khalil Solid Wood Dining Chair

6 Noir (Order through ShopTEOT)

7 Massey Solid Wood Dining Chair

8 Classic Cafe Chair in Walnut

9 Lena Midcentury Dining Chair

 

SHOP SARAH’S PICKS FOR DINING CHAIRS

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Kataphora POPUP at The Estate of Things

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Kataphora Comes Downtown

April 28th – May 5th

We are big fans of Jordan and her boutique, Kataphora. We wanted to bring her goods downtown and give you a chance to shop Summer fashions in our shop! A POP UP!

If you don’t already follow @KataphoraBoutique on Instagram, get on that now for fresh ideas and a look at the latest that she’s bringing in. We are ardent fans of a great pair of jeans and you can find them there. Sarah follows their feed to see when new Bella Dahl pieces show up, the easy breezy of this line and the soft linen cotton fabrics reel her in every time. She also high-tailed it down when these pieces showed, before they were scarfed up.

 

All the ladies come running for Cupcakes and Cashmere, C&C takes cues from the 90s with their take on the baby doll florals and 70s bohemia.

 

 

 

The details!

Pop Up Preview: Saturday during SpringFest!
Headed downtown for SpringFest? Pop into SHOP TEOT for a Reverie Brunch Beverage and a Sweet Treat by Baker Genevieve Walker and peruse Summer Fashions by Kataphora Boutique.
April 28th 11am-2pm

Or stop in to SHOP TEOT anytime the following week for a taste of Summer Fashion from Kataphora, available for a limited time at The Estate of Things

134 W. Pennsylvania Avenue in the Belvedere Courtyard

Let us know that you are into it and please share this event with your friends in SoPi Fashion!

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New Additions at Betsy’s House – Part III


AutoCad rendering showing the slope of our home as-is.

Yay, the architect came by. We had so much fun.

Nita is what I want to be when I grow up. Or at least I want to be someone that works with architects. I loved her drawings, her math, her logic and her problem solving.

I won’t go into every detail of the two hour meeting, but I will share the highlights, and I’d love to hear your thoughts. We have options and construction costs to consider, and thus more drawings to come. But this is a great starting place.

So, just a quick recap. The dude and I are expecting a baby and our current layout is a 3br. Jeff and I take up the master suite in our current layout and each of the 2 kids have a bedroom in the main living space. A floor below, in our split level ranch, there is a garage, studio and storage cellar. The idea is to convert that entire space into livable area with 2 more bedrooms. We’re looking to add-on a new garage with a deck on top.

In the last post, we talked about timelines and the confusion of bureaucracy. I’ll keep this part short cause probably, “who cares.” But we’re on a canyon slope in a coastal zone which affects the percentage of floor space our structure can take up in the total square footage of our lot. But there are all these bonuses and caveats and we scored a nice 35% amount, which allows us to add on up to approximately 512 sq feet. That gets us the *almost 20×25 foot garage we need!

So yeah, snoozefest but I just want you to know that we got it and that’s a green light and so that is a relief.

Next up in bureaucracy land is the geotechnical survey. I’ll spare you the details for now. Let’s get to the fun stuff! The designs!

Here is the 1st layout we looked over.

Of note with this design plan: One, I miscommunicated and the architect planned for 3 bedrooms. I didn’t correct her immediately upon review, she had a huge stack of paper to work through with me plus Bedroom #3 could easily be used as a den/living area. I didn’t want to poop on her immediately.

But I slightly panicked on the inside when I realized that there was no room left in the design plan for Heffe’s home brew and beer storage.

More importantly than the room layout though – Plan #1 accommodates a reimagined entry for the home and includes a small foyer with a staircase leading directly up to our current sunroom.

This plan was particularly fun b/c it came along with an exterior rendering.

An illustration of what a second entry could look like on the face.

My immediate reaction to this was really positive. It’s a nice modern addition to the current style of our home.

Side note, I often look at our house and think that it would be really easy to translate into the East Coast inspired modern farmhouse vibes that are popping up all over the Palisades & Santa Monica right now. You know the look, aluminum roof, black trims and window frames, white board & batten siding, gooseneck sconces.

Plans 2 & 3 eliminate the need for the second stair/entry and assume that we can modify the existing stair/entry after all. This is ultimately to be determined, but according to AutoCad measurements, its all feasible. We’ll have to have the contractor out to confirm.

If you care to scrutinize you can see that the difference between 2 & 3 is in the location of the access point from our current entry. It also scores us a second bath (which would total 4.5 for the home and is completely unnecessary).

Also, we’re still missing room for Jeff’s home brew room in all 3 of these.

But going through the plans and hearing Nita out helped me to peacefully communicate my desire for that 3rd bedroom to be treated a bit more like an open living area. I think she did an incredible job of carving out those rooms with great flow, but it was a lot of unnecessary hallway if we eliminate the 3rd bedroom. Once we started talking about opening up that space, (You can maybe make out her pencil edits on Plan 2) it also gave me an opportunity to express the preference for putting the kids in bedrooms on the back yard side of the home. 

So, she pulled out her vellum and we reworked it together and it was the most fun creative collaboration I’ve done in some time.

This is what we came up with which is not at all easy to decipher. Since its the chosen layout, I’ve taken it into photoshop and cleaned it up a bit for you below. She will be reworking the drawings on her end, and she will work on the exterior to accommodate our choices there.

WINNER WINNNER!

So, that’s the winner. This layout satisfies all of our needs and leaves us with choices/options if the stairwell & entryways limit our preference. In this plan, the stair works either way.

The whole two stair / new entry decision is going to boil down to construction feasibility, costs and budget. We will need the contractor to assign some dollars to each option. But at the moment, Heffe is leaning towards the smaller home brew room in favor of just one set of stairs, which will also leave us an uninterrupted sunroom upstairs. I’m with him on that.

Having a second exterior entry at the second stair is optional as its not necessary. We already have a front door, even if it is tucked away a bit. Nita and I discussed the possibility of gaining some room in our current entry by enclosing the covered porch and reworking the old face of the home a bit. She is going to work that up, and it should make more sense once she draws it out.

Perhaps the next exciting little piece of the puzzle will include a look exterior possibilities!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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