Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Flow and concept 5

Well, we made multiple small changes to concept 5 (see uploaded pictures). Then, I have not been sleeping well do misgivings about the flow of the main area of house and us getting away from our original goals. I think I got so wrapped up in the "new making it compact concept" I did not stop to again think about how I wanted things to flow and how we were going to use the spaces.

I feel like I am one of the crazy people who is constantly wanting to make changes. Hey, guess what I AM CRAZY. Crazy loosing my mind anyway. For those of you who know me I like a decision, a well laid out plan, and a goal. I am not good with all this constant indecision and changes. That may sound a little rigid but it is just the truth. We keep going because I honestly believe this will completely be worth it in the end and I hope I am going to enjoy the building process more than the design process.

Well, here is what we are working on: getting the kitchen so it shares on axis with the dining room. As it is currently it feels more isolated and formal which is not what we were looking for in our main dining area. We are still not a huge fan of where the screen porch is (taking up some of the south wall) but cannot figure out where else to put it so it does not block the east view and is not on the hot western wall but still has access from the kitchen/dining area. We think perhaps sliding it more west along the east wall. I have decided that perhaps I can indeed live with the living room in the north east corner of the main living space/square if I could see out big windows to the east and be able to see out over the table to the south. This might also make it feel more sheltered/cozy with a wall to the back of a couch. Finally, this would probably place the fireplace in the middle of the big room and it turns out Joe was not a fan of where it was in the last concept anyway.

On my part, this largely hinges on trying to maximize and enjoy the beautiful view off to the east/south-east which looks down into what we think is the best part of property. The goal is to not build or have the house near this spot but rather preserve it for what it is but still be able to see it.

We are going to put up some drawings we made of this concept and wait to hear from one of my dear family friends who is feng shui expert and who perhaps can guide us in our "flow" problem before making another set of changes. After we rearrange our rooms this time I think we are going to stop with design, tweaking the windows, roof etc.. until we meet again with the builders we have tentatively picked. Hopefully they can also help us decide the best way to make it feel more like we are living outside and a little funky. As it has gotten more square and we gave up the one room thick concept it has also gotten a little less unique. More to follow on the potential builders after we meet again!

Good night! See the pictures. Comments and ideas welcome as always.


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