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A Step Above

In Design Options, Dining Rooms, Materials, real estate, Spaces on April 22, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I am really the type of person that should not have too much idle time on my hands waiting for responses. I am pretty resolute at making decisions, though I like to banter about a bit and toss around viable ( or not so viable) options.  Luckily, the designer on our project is receptive to this approach and when I come up with a gee whiz idea and shoot it over I usually get a pretty quick response which will then allow my to give a thumbs up or a thumbs down to the idea and move on.  When I don’t hear back, it just gives me more time to root around for additional options and ideas.  After all, until I get a response there’s nothing that I am doing that will stall the process…

And hence we arrive here today.  We are currently awaiting costing on some items the HUD consultant has mandated be included into the scope of work.  The amount of this additional work will determine if other things need to come off the current scope of work we have. So we’re waiting…meanwhile I got to thinking that perhaps the foyer concept we are currently implementing may not be the best way go.

This currently our idea.  I don’t like that in our Colonial the front door drops you into the living room so abruptly. We like the idea of something a little more defined.  The more I think about it though we are blowing out all the walls on the first floor and I am a little concerned that it will look like a big open space with a foyer and a kitchen island. So during breakfast this morning, I had an epiphany.  “What if instead of putting in the entry space we raised the dining area, while keeping it open?”

Much to my astonishment, the hubs almost immediately latched onto the idea and really liked (dare I say Loved?) it.  Now it will be open on two side and walled( by the exterior walls) on two side, rather than landlocked like in the pictures above and below.

In essence, I see it being a large platform that the dining room set will be on overlooking the large bay window that is currently in that space. As much as I am all for the open concept, something in me cringes just a little at the loss of a formal dining room ( perhaps it’s the realtor in me).  This option gives me a defined space while keeping the open concept. Yay!

This image (above) gives a better idea of what I am thinking. Simple and clean with just a hint of schmaltz 🙂 A cursory search of course showed some of the bells and whistles I shall add to my request. Love the lights recessed into the platform.

The drawers in this option are interesting, but I don’t know if we’d make adequate use of them. What would I store there? Suggestions?

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Hello world!

In real estate on April 16, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Ta-da!  After many clicks and edits we’re up and running!!! Great, now what?

Let me just start by saying that those of you that already know me know that I have an easy going, if not somewhat snarky personality. You shall see much of this going forward as par for the course.  I am opinionated and sometimes a little stubborn but its only due to my passion. 🙂

You will see all of that and more here in this most recent Johnson venture.  Before going any further let me give a bit of the needed background. Both myself and my husband John are Realtors.  We have spent the last year and a half on the hunt for the perfect property for us. To no avail.

Recently we made the decision to renovate our actually quite lovely, conveniently situated, not under water, Colonial home.  Yes! Knocking down walls, adding additions and the like….

Let’s just say, that though we are optimistic for the outcome, the process is proving to be quite humbling.

And so I am able to put myself in the shoes of many of my clients that are going through the home buying process for the first ( or fifth) time and I felt a sense of camaraderie. So we are opening the doors to the good the bad and ( as much of ) the ugly ( as we dare allow…)

I hope that the blog will be a source of inspiration for others to take the plunge or at least a community of support for my nerves when things get….tense. There’s plenty to fuel the fire of this project, but we’ll get to all that in due time.

Meanwhile, John and I welcome you into the Renovation of our Estate….