Breaking Ground!

Breaking Ground!

I’ve had a few distractions from this blog lately, one of which is, WE’VE FINALLY BROKEN GROUND! Here it is! This is facing the front of the house. Just a hole in the ground at this point. It’s one of those things, like a baby’s first tooth, that only the parents of said baby are really interested in. But I had to pass it along. We’re actually beginning to build the house we’ve been planning for so long! It’s just…

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A New House, Part 5: Black Windows?

A New House, Part 5: Black Windows?

I know I’m in the midst of talking about floor plans, but today I need to skip ahead to a decision that I’m in the midst of making NOW, this week. Since I began this process I planned on having black windows.  I mean, they’re all over the internet, in all their contrasty glory. Why wouldn’t I want them?   They look clean and trim, and would give my very traditional Georgian house a slightly modern edge.  From the inside…

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A New House, Part 4: The Floor Plan

A New House, Part 4: The Floor Plan

It’s floor plan day! We’re finally getting to the good stuff. If you’re just tuning in, check out the Interior Inspiration, the Exterior Inspiration, and Exterior Elevations to get up to speed. Or just jump right in here, if you so desire. I have always been obsessed with floor plans. Growing up in Reston, VA in the 70’s and 80’s, while the town was still largely under construction, one of my favorite things to do was visit model homes. And there…

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A New House, Part 3: Exterior Elevations

A New House, Part 3: Exterior Elevations

  With my inspirations in place, we began to design a house that fit within that L shaped footprint.  Architects often start with a floor plan and work outwards.  But we did the reverse.  I had a specific idea of what I wanted the exterior of the house to look like.  In so many ways the exterior dictated the room placement of the interior.  For example, I wanted light filled rooms, but my vision for the exterior involved mostly singular double…

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A New House, Part 2: Exterior Inspiration

A New House, Part 2: Exterior Inspiration

Going into this new house build, I knew I wanted a very traditional white house.  Like the most traditional, classic house I could picture.  Father of the Bride traditional.  I think this house has been in the back of my head for a long time.  Ideally I would have liked to have built it when my kids were growing up, but we don’t always get the whole dream, do we?  So I’ve adapted some aspects of the dream house to…

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