Currently, if my mind isn't occupied with writing an essay, algebra homework, cooking dinner, or spending time with Stephen and family/friends, it's consumed with designing our house. More specific to this time period, my kitchen and all things lighting. Chandeliers. LED. Recessed. Piano lights. Artwork lighting. Ambient lighting. Task lighting. All things illumination! The intense phase of planning the layout and drawing up the architectural plans has been completed, giving way to the even more intense (although more fun) part- designing the finish out!
Perhaps the most exhilarating part of home building is the fact that THE SKY IS THE LIMIT. The ability to create whatever in the world you want to create. Within reason, of course- reason being a thing called "Budget" and "HOA guidelines". But still- when you've set a budget and have a good idea of what you can accomplish within those parameters; and when you are subject to an HOA in which your personal style happens to agree with (even if you do push the edges), now that's what I call a good situation. The world is your oyster, as they say.
This inhibition pairs well with a glass of Prosecco pressure. The pressure that reminds you that you've only got one go (at this particular house, that is), therefore you must be sure it turns out exactly how you want! You have to think of every last detail of your daily life and routine- resulting weeks worth of agonizing over whether or not to place a vegetable sink on the island. (The sink won. There will be a sink on the island.) Also, standing firm in your decision to locate your laundry room upstairs rather than downstairs, near the garage, which is where every other house on the block has it. Extensive research says we do not get dressed in the kitchen, the mudroom, or the garage. We get dressed in our bedrooms and closets. All of our bedrooms are upstairs. Laundry room goes UPstairs (true story- I did have to convince that to one of our designers). Whew.
At the end of the day, one lesson learned I am currently learning is to prioritize; which includes brainstorming the difficulties that have come due to currently living in an older home. The remodel we completed 9 years ago is fabulous- it looks like an entirely different home than the one we began with. However, you can only customize so much. Additionally, nearly 10 years ago and just starting our life together, there were many aspects of home customization that Stephen & I were not yet keen to. Starting from scratch, you must think of all the things that need to be change in order to improve the quality and flow of your daily life. Little things such as recessed electrical outlets and home automation; or the placement of your fireplace, which determines the layout of the furniture you have not yet purchased- much less picked out. And furniture arrangement is related to your peace of mind, believe it or not!
All of this being said, Stephen & I have become acquainted with the difficulty of homebuilding; namely, the dirt guy not bringing enough dirt, dealing with easements and utility lines, keeping contractors in check..... and the like. But the great thing about difficulties large and small, is the process required to alleviate the issue at hand; sharpening our ability to problem solve and deepening our knowledge of the particular task. The excellence of the end product is worth the undertaking.
So, without further ado, just a few photographic updates on the makeover that our (second) little piece of the earth is undergoing at the time:
Top: forms set, soon to undergo drilling for the concrete piers. Bottom: the current state, all initial plumbing and electrical has been set in place. Awaiting the foundation that will be poured within a few days from now.
More updates to come, as we make more progress! For now, you can find me scouring all of the lighting stores in the Western hemisphere, in effort to locate the perfect chandeliers.