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Beth

Celestina89 - I suspect your house is roomier than mine. When we bought the house (in 1982), our living room was very very dark. The space was a 10x10 cave, with a 6x12 space that had a cathedral ceiling. The guy before us had put up gold veined mirrors on one or two walls of the cave and had dark beams lowering the already low ceiling. The carpet was a shaggy mess of dark brown beige and everything in between. Then the dining room (11 x 12) had a dark floor, dark paneling, a stone fireplace and one small window. And the kitchen was black and dark grey with a black floor. First we removed the mirrors and paneling, and painted everything but the fireplace white. Over time we redid the kitchen into blue and white and installed a light colored laminate sort of like Pergo. Then 3 years ago we decided to hire someone to expand the space; we expanded the dining room into a new dining room and an open space sitting room. There are now 7 windows and a glass entry door. The new space and the old one got a new floor of light oak Pergo, nicer than the one we had done. So I found that I am happier at home because I needed light. A roomier home can handle cozy better, or maybe it was just my need for light. Thank goodness we have all varieties and styles here or it would be a boring world.

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celestina89

@Beth - I do have a lot of windows. Probably more windows than actual wall space to hang art! I have 21 windows and 5 doors to the outside! My current house - a ranch style house in east TX is about 1900 sq ft. It's a moderate size. My cottage in the woods project will be about 1500 sq ft. which is a small moderate or a large small depending on how you swing. So basically I chopped a room off! LOL

Light makes a big difference - especially daylight more so than artificial light. My kitch area, dining area with table for 6 and a living area are all in one room I call the dance hall. Then I have two bedrooms and one bath. One of the bedrooms is large - more like a regular size bedroom with an office. So someone can add a wall to make it 3 bedrooms if they want. I prefer open space, yet cozy feel. With this house, I get cozy in the few pieces of furniture I have.

The cottage in the woods will be smaller and very different. There will be separate rooms between living and dining. The kitch will be semi open to the living room with a 'roomy' entrance into the dining room. You won't be able to see the dining room from the living area. There will be access to bath from both bedrooms and by guests with the way I'm designing it.

I just handed my basic CAD plan over to a house designer (an architect without an AIA but basically the same education). He said I did a good job on it even though there were some things that were off. He said I am making his job easy, so he gave me a discount because I had most of it planned out (including where to put all the lighting & plugs, windows, doors, garage, mechanic building, greenhouse/potter shed, porches, etc.) even if the angles threw the roof off a bit. LOL

   
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