It’s been 9 months since we bought our lot (May ’15)…more time than I originally thought planning a home would take. But after multiple brainstorming sessions with the Hubs, hours spent researching local/coastal architecture as well as late-night internet exploring (thank you very much, Houzz and Pinterest!) and gobs of revisions with the architect … we’re almost ready to break ground. Its getting real all up in here! Contract with builder is signed, trees have been taken down (but we’re keeping every.single.live.oak….swoon) and plans approved by a rather picky HOA…we are READY! Yep, we’re moving forward and thrilled to pieces.
Looking through a group of live oaks, towards the Bouge Sound (view from our future front porch)
I call this the “Tree of Life”….massive live oak on the back of our property…kids love to climb it.
Designing our new home was fun, but getting it right is key…oh yeah, and staying on budget (&$*%$*$). We’re building a family home for 4 of us now (with 2 growing kids and a future dog), but need it to suit the Hubs and me after our kiddos fly the coop (this is our 6-foot-under house)…yet still accommodate friends and family since we’re at the beach and want visitors and like to entertain. So, our house kind of needs to expand and contract with our life state of the moment.
I may be biased, but I think we nailed it. Working with an architect was a first for us and she was brilliant. After seeing our neighborhood and lot (Did I mention our neighborhood was once an old summer camp along the Bogue Sound?…there is a special history to the land) and water views/solar direction and considering our must-haves and wants (more on that later), she helped us design a floor plan that maximizes all the good stuff. Of course concessions had to be made (like letting go of my kitchen sink being situated under a bank of windows and a back stairwell to the bonus room…boo) but its all give and take…and oh yeah, staying on budget… (#$*%^)
Here is a sneaky peak of our first floor layout and rendering of the front exterior. I’m constantly rolling out the large scale drawings to see if we missed anything glaringly obvious…because change orders are expensive and Momma wants to furnish this place, too!
We’re getting so very close….eeeek!