Friday, September 21, 2012
We want to identify 'the new" and "the existing" with respect to the re planned spaces of the interior. Where windows and doors are to be replaced similarly to what is presently installed, there is no change to the facade. Where we have dramatically changed the configuration of the fenestration, we will mark the facade with vertical stripes of a different siding material to accent the new light entering the home and display the alterations of the project.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
What you have all been waiting for, FLOOR PLANS V1.0!
While working with the family on the jobsite this summer, we asked, "How did you see yourselves living in this home?", referring to the walls and rooms arranged as they were originally built. The couple looked at each other with a little uncertainty and responded, "We were thinking of giving our daughter the first floor bedroom, putting our son in the basement, and having the upstairs for ourselves." Nate and I found this a little unfortunate because it appeared as if no one had looked at the family's structure, and how they would be living in this home for the next 20 or 30 years.
At this point We pulled out drawings of our first scheme (not shown). This design included a first floor master bedroom and two small bedrooms upstairs. The family was impressed at our 'big imaginations', they didn't know moving walls was an option, but they weren't sold on the design. We asked them to forget about the walls and plans and express how they would like to live in the house. The couple was excited about the idea of having some peace & quite, and the second floor for themselves. To meet this desire we fit two equal bedrooms on the first floor and a master suite on the second.
Note, we are still working on the design. Since the story above took place we have discovered the chimney does not support the roof or second floor, allowing us to remove it. This will free up the first floor plan even more and do wonders for the small, attic like second floor.