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marsia
We have one level mostly done and are living in that while planning the rest. We have to save up and do a little at a time, and it is really hard to plan because we always run into a ton of surprises that we didn't expect.
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I had just started to work with an architect on plans to 'seniorize' my 160 year old house, when there was a sewage (just grey water, but still) backup. The grey water flood turned the back hall, lavette, cellar, and part of the kitchen into a biohazard disaster area. After months of deconstruction, mold remediation, and asbestos abatement, the repairs have finally begun in the basement. I had a waterproofing system installed in May and now 3/4 of the space is being rebuilt down to the fieldstone walls. When it's finished it will be a studio/workshop with built-ins for my sewing machine and fabric collection, a space for weaving, storage for my yarns and art supplies, along with a drafting table, craft table and lots more storage. There's a laundry fireplace down there, so the plan is to covert it to natural gas and create a seating area with a sectional sofa. I can't wait! It will almost make up for months of post-backup hell!
Meanwhile, my architect, Stephen Greenleaf, came up with a great design for the kitchen extension, laundry room, and bath that I want to add to the back of the house.
I already know what I want the kitchen to look like. I'm going for white Shaker style cabinets, Kohler iron cobalt farm and bar sinks (which I bought a few months ago when I figured out that Kohler was discontinuing its cobalt sinks). Now, I'm very seriously considering splurging on a French blue 71" LaCanche dual fuel stove.
I've been working with a kitchen designer to figure out how to get the most storage and create the best work triangle, while waiting to go before Zoning on 9/10 to ask for a set back variance.
With a new bath with walk in shower, a convenient laundry room, a new kitchen with breakfast room, a lavette converted back to its original use as a pantry, and a chair lift in the back stairway, the house should accommodate an aging occupant(s) for years to come.
Which is good because I'm not planning on moving out until I'm carried out feet first!
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juancastillo added 4 photos to ideabook: Exterior Ideas
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Thanks for the suggestion. Luckily we don't live in a region that gets much snow. Smooth cement is sounding better and better.
on Sunday at 5:09PM     
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juancastillo
To Custom Craft: If we do board and baton look just on the area highlighted in green, would we want to match the color of the Hardie Shingles?
on Sunday at 10:21PM   
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juancastillo
janroze, what style would you say is our house? I plan to post that question when our house is finished, the reason is because the original roof was supposed to slope from the top roof, but some mistakes our plan designer made, forced us to move the curved roof down a lot, but in my city here in Vancouver there are a lot of the same design style as ours being build, question is what style would this be classified as?
This houses shows what the trend is and how our house is supposed to look.
on Sunday at 10:48PM   
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I would say you could leave the board and baton portion the same color as the difference between the materials will add dimension. But on the same hand, you could go a shade darker and make the entryway stand out quite a bit.
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to Custom Craft: I like your idea, I did not know what Board and baton look was until you posted your advice, looking at some photos here in Houzz, I think I have an idea what you suggest and I like the idea, thanks I will explore that option with our Hardie shingle installer
on Sunday at 11:15PM   
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Depends where you live and what use you plan for your basement, we are in mid construction and our basement will be a income generating place, so we we designed it to have a large 1 bedroom apartment, shared laundry and space for a guest bedroom, your picture of the plan is not very clear. I think it is good advice from Pyramid, talk to someone other than your contractor maybe the person who did the plans.
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djutt5
Here's a pic showing the garage and stairs.
on Monday at 4:25AM   
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Update: I truly appreciate the few of you who gave a suggestion! Figured it all out after talking to our building director.
on Monday at 6:42PM   
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The owner of Cirrus Homes was very helpful, he was the first one to tell us that we were better off building a new home. He offered a lot of advice. In the end ...
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