Thursday, January 6, 2011
house tour, part III
As I mentioned in yesterday's post, there is no *formal* entry to our house -- once you step through the doorway, you're immediately in the great room.
Besides the bedrooms and bathrooms (and the loft space above the spiral stairs), there is only a great room and a kitchen. No living room. No separate dining room.
That is both one of the things that we loved about this house, and it's also one of the drawbacks.
One of the things we learned from our previous remodel, is that we lived in our great room. I mean, we spent all our time in there. Even though we had a seperate living room and dining room, we rarely used them. In fact, we never used the living room. It was simply a place to put the Christmas tree in December.
The extra rooms were wasted space.
So now --in this house-- we don't have the wasted rooms, but we're limited for space.
That's where our renovation plans come in.
Before we made an offer on the house, John figured out how and where to relocate the stairs, as well as push the kitchen back.
Lucky for me, I married a man who is very good at visualizing wall placement, as well as understanding terms like "loading-bearing wall" and "structural engineering." Lucky for him, he married a woman who has the patience and imagination to live with (and in) yet another remodel.