The laundry room is complete. It nearly killed us, but after two weeks, an unthinkable number of late nights, an ice storm, a power outage, a stomach bug, and the final push of nearly 46 hours straight, we were able to pull it off just in time for Christmas.
Happy Friday friends!! Well, Project Santa is well under way and if you've been following our behind the scenes progress on Twitter and Instagram you know that we created a workspace in the basement to stage and dry fit everything. By measuring and taping off the dimensions of the laundry room, it basically it gave us a place to plan, construct, & assemble all the elements to see how things would all fit together before we got into the actual space. It also allowed us to do all that, without forcing my parents to go without a laundry room for 2 weeks while we carry out our little transformation.
If you've been following our journey, you know that we've been living with my parents since we sold our first home last summer to embark on building our Dreamhouse. In the nearly year and a half we've been back home, there's almost never been a time that they haven't put our needs above their own.
The amount of colour choices that go into the exterior of a house is ASTONISHING! I always anticipated that the interior design decisions would be hard but it never crossed my mind that choosing colours for the exterior materials would make me want to tear my hair out. Grab a cup of coffee cause this might take a while...
After narrowing in on the look we were going for, we set out to finding the right materials to accomplish it. It turns out - we simply live on the wrong coast. Who knew?? Apparently the exact type of house we love is so popular on the other side of the continent that it's coined it's own style. A quick google search of 'West Coast Modern" and you'll know what I'm talking about. We found a ton of information on expressed joint panel systems, & cedar cladding materials in the Pacific North West, but we were hard-pressed to find building practices & materials for that style of home locally. Sadly, we no longer live in Pennsylvania, otherwise we would have called the best West Chester roofers in town! They do an excellent job but it was now up to us to try and replicate some of the fantastic work they have done in the past.
Today kicks off our second Design Week and this time it's all about the exterior of the Dreamhouse. When we left off last time, we revealed the conceptual elevation drawings & first colour renderings of the exterior. Of course drawings are easy. The hard part is bringing the drawings to life to achieve the look we want within budget. We've been looking for the best place to get materials and have been looking for local contractors who will be able to offer us a good rate. Luckily, this North Florida Residential Roofing Blog has a great article on red flags for roofing contractors so that has made the hunt easier. There are obviously still a few things we need to iron out and compromise on but we're taking steps in the right direction!