Recently life has been moving along at an accelerated pace for us here on the coast. My husband and I are in the process of working with a local designer to build a new house on a beautiful piece of property we purchased a few years ago. Both of us are excited to have the process moving full steam ahead and are looking forward to moving out of the cramped quarters we live in now, to something that is closer to what we love about our living space. This place is super cute now. My husband and I have done a lot of cosmetic improvements and added some charm, but it’s not our home.
Home for us has always been a place of expression.
I’m not knocking anyone that loves those older homes, but I have never been a big fan of a fixer-upper. I adore seeing the old style architecture and marveling at the days gone past, curves and lines, but I prefer something a bit more streamlined and modern. Clean straight lines and wide open spaces are what we love most. Those dust covered cubbies with the half patched ceilings and the formal this and that room that never gets used, are just not my idea of a home.
An old home is just that. It’s old and needs a lot of TLC. Once you start letting the small repairs in an older home slide, like plumbing, or sheetrock crumbling, eventually the older home will lose most of it’s market value and all of it’s charm. If you are not financially able to care for an older home, perhaps you might think about buying a condo instead.
Our designer is local and well known in this area. They truly get what we want out of this house and have already presented us with two different floor plans to choose from. We have stacks of magazines with marked pages to look over and decide on, while the next set of drawings is put together.
Everything will have a purpose.
When the designer asked me what kind of home we wanted, both of us agreed that we wanted a space to share with our friends, as well as a place to grow older together. We want a space that is in tune with the surrounding nature, with a home that gives back and recycles everything it can. We are installing on demand hot water heaters and gray water toilets, for starters.
I would also like a touch of whimsy. 🙂
That’s why one of the artistic features in the home will be a wall that lights up.
My husband and I have long been fans and supporters of the Arts and have a nice collection of work from our friends, so other walls that are big enough to support that collection are a Must. Our designer has already pointed out several walls that are perfect for showcasing the beautiful work we have already. This leaves years ahead of us to expand our collection as we continue to find those treasures from our travels.
That’s what’s been happening in my world over here.
What’s happening in yours?
I hope that wherever you are this minute, that you are home and it is a place where your heart is.