Sunday, October 10, 2010

Design Dilemmas

September 22
We met with the architect again on a Wednesday night and he showed us his design for a beautiful house. It was alot to take in and it took me awhile to even absorb it all. I woke up several times during the night thinking about the house. It wasn't my house. It wasn't the house I designed. I kept thinking "what about . . ." and in the morning I told B. that I wasn't happy with the design as it was and proceeded to point out all the things that I did not like. He told me I needed to be telling these things to the architect. So I let myself think about it a day, then I emailed the architect with a list of things from my original design and why I did this and that and how I wanted them in the new design. Within a few hours he called (thankfully B answered the phone) and we set up another meeting for Sunday.

Sunday began with a detailed account of all that was wrong with my original design which I really didn't need to hear - and actually some things weren't wrong, he just misunderstood my intent. But that was all beside the point. We needed to find ways to make a plan that we were all happy with. We made several changes to his original design. We worked over several ideas and hopefully we come up with something that works. This all makes me nervous. I want this house and I want to love it.

October 4
The new drawings arrive via email on this Monday. B. left for Denver early so I forwarded the email to him. I printed them out and studied them and he and I talked over the phone awhile. We had discussed earlier that the floor plan was too big. We were trying to stick to 3500 sf and the first plan was almost 4000. This one was slightly over 4000!

I called the architect and my daughter, R., and I met with him on October 6. We discussed ways to cut out square feet and get closer to 3500. I think we arrived at a point we could live with. Now we wait for more drawings to be emailed.

The weather has been so perfect and amazingly beautiful that we spend alot of time out on the land. In fact R. and some of her friends had a party out there last night. It was so nice. Just perfect. I am getting very anxious to be living out there.

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