Things on the outside haven’t changed much. I can’t wait for the second floor to go in so I can start to see the personality of the house.
The window that is popping up high on the left of this picture is the window over the stairs. We have a playroom and a “future” theatre room for Kenny that will go over the garages. I just changed things up a bit and added a closet in the playroom. I had to take some space out of the upstairs laundry room to do it, but I’m so excited to have a place to organize all of the kids’ toys. I’m already dreaming of storage options for that closet! I’m going to have to spend a lot of time at The Container Store after this house is built. Darn! :)
This is our main living area – the family room. I’m putting in a fun oval window in that square up high and then the TV built-ins will be below with a fireplace in the right corner.
To the left side is our outdoor entertaining area. There will be french doors along that left wall leading outside. I’m sure the kids will be in and out and in and out 20 times a day and I’ll never be able to keep them clean. But I bet I will be so happy that they have a yard to play in that I won’t even care. Actually I bet I will care. Because I can’t help it. :)
Next to the outdoor space is our breakfast nook. I debated over and over if I should put in windows along the wall of the nook leading to the entertaining area or french doors. Windows are on the other nook walls so it would have looked more symmetrical, plus the doors will be slightly blocked by a table and chairs. Plus we already have the doors off the family room. But we finally decided to put in doors anyway. We figure if we have people over it might be nice to set food up on the table inside and open the doors up outside so people can go in and out to get food. What do you think? Did I make a mistake? Actually don’t tell me if I did. Only comment if you are going to say – good idea. I would have put in doors. ;)
Here’s the kitchen layout. Bay window on the right. Oven and cabinets along that back wall. Behind that wall you can kind of see the food pantry. Butler’s pantry to the left (the formal dining room is across the hall). The work bench is close to where my first kitchen island will be. We decided to go with two smaller islands vs. one big one. I hope I like it!
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Hot air balloons are always flying by our house so we thought it would be fun to have balconies to sit on and watch them. And I could write posts all day long on how I’m planning to decorate the front balcony for Christmas each year! Building the house is only the beginning! :) Now if I can just find time for that shower…