Happy progress report on the house day, friends! I know that it's highly unlikely that any of you are as excited as we are about this, but those first few vertical pieces of steel are the happiest sight for me! (I'll give you the cliff's notes version, but feel free to fall down the rabbit hole here if you prefer all of the details.) After closing on the house the beginning of June, finishing up the rough floor plans by mid June, then dealing with all kinds of demo, tree, and building permits as well as structural engineering, finalizing interior elevation details, and choosing our builder, we finally officially broke ground on December 27th. Since then, some of the rough plumbing and electrical have gone in, the foundation has been poured and all of the steel framing has gone up. (They're finishing the wood pieces of the frame as we speak!) The place we are renting is really close by, so it's been fun to drive by and walk through the different rooms, imagining what they'll look like when they're complete. (Which, by the way, will be around the end of September. About a month after this babe is born!) Keep reading for our full floor plan break down and Aaron's drone shot of the property...
Here's what the foundation looks like from above:
And here is the floor plan:
You'll remember that I was adamant about having a playroom downstairs and also about the kitchen and living room having a nice flow to each other. Aaron's priorities included that atrium area that you see on the right side of the property behind where the stairs will be, tall ceilings in the living room, and a cool entry area. (I still can't get over how functional my priorities were and how aesthetic his were-- so funny.) We both loved the idea of a ton of glass that would allow the outdoor and indoor spaces to flow more seamlessly. We also both agreed that we didn't need huge spaces or superfluous rooms. We wanted every square foot to feel like it was being used, thus no two living spaces and no formal dining space in addition to the breakfast area. The kid's room sizes are average at best because we don't imagine them doing much up there except sleeping. We would rather everyone be hanging out together downstairs.
Also, I'm pretty sure this is where we landed on the exterior. Between Facebook, Instagram, and the blog, over 100 of you commented on your favorite exterior options (which you can see here). Things can still always change in this arena, but this option offers some different elements while still staying within our budget for this line item.
Now here's hoping we have more progress to share soon!