We met with our designer on Friday and finalized a few things so he can start drawing up construction plans. We’ve downsized the boys’ bathroom upstairs a bit, reconfigured the master suite bathroom slightly, and changed the entry to Eli’s room (bedroom three on the floor plan) to make it a little less awkward.
In addition, we now have plans for the attic and basement. The basement will probably not be finished for some time, though (or just partially finished). In addition, the bedrooms in the attic won’t really be bedrooms (though they could be eventually, I suppose!). Probably my craft/sewing room will be in one of the attic rooms, and the craft room in the basement will be an exercise room. I really wanted to be able to do my sewing and stuff in a room with good light, and it wasn’t going to be possible without either moving the craft room (thus creating problems for the downstairs guest suite and living room) or putting a big ugly window well on the right side of the house. So I think this is a nice compromise.
When we met with Jim, our designer, he asked if we wanted him to draw out sketches of all the built-ins, or if I had some photos of things I liked. I was all, “Oh, do I ever have photos! Are you familiar with … Pinterest?!”
So, these are sort of what we’re aiming for. I really want to stick to the Colonial Revival style in general but not get too hung up on being being absolutely historically accurate.
Wide archways from foyer to library and dining room (I am SO in love with these wide, paneled door jambs — may be one of those things that has to wait, though, depending on the budget):
Something like this for the fireplace (we’ll have the TV over ours — I want it to be slightly recessed so it doesn’t look like it’s about to tumble off the wall):
Lockers for mudroom (love the little drawers above the area for shoes — perfect for hats and mittens!):
And the upstairs window seat (though ours will have shelves on both sides, and we won’t have the sloped ceiling up there):