Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Oh The Choices We Make

One would think after contemplating building a house for a few years that one would know exactly what they want it to look like (within one's budget of course).  
Well this "one" doesn't.  I actually amaze myself;)  How can a girl who likes everything home and has spent many many hours contemplating spaces, efficiency and of course looks not have every detail all figured out?

Because there are too many choices!  

Here were 3 of my missions today: going to Costco because we are out of the two things I use most often in this casa...coffee and laundry detergent! Driving 60 miles to pick up a stone sample for the exterior of the house and picking a shingle color, metal roof color, and stucco color that all look good together.

I accomplished 1/2 of one of those missions.  Although I didn't have the stone to help guide me along I started trying to put together some exterior colors.  I have an old Sherwin Williams paint deck, some shingle samples and some itty bitty samples of metal roofing..I mean ITTY!

All along we have been thinking of leaning towards more gray tones on the exterior.  I have a few reservations about it being to "cold" so lately I have been drawn to some more taupey gray tones.  I have been "pinning" away for what seems like ages to help me grasp what we are looking for.

Here are some of the looks that have caught my eye.
While our house will be quite different, I love this look and the mix of materials.

West Coast Contemporary Exterior modern exterior
                 modern exterior design by calgary general contractor Veranda Estate Homes & Interiors

Here are more of the gray tones we are drawn to.
Rhodes Architecture + Light modern exterior

This is a little closer to the way our home will look.  There will be a lightish stone, stucco, and some metal roof mixed in.
Hill Country Arts and Crafts eclectic pool

I LOVE this home.. Modern yet warm and perfectly contemporary Texas to me.  I looked into this type of stone for our casa and it was way out of our budget.  Bummer!

So I finally laid some samples out today and started playing around.  I did it outside to try to bring out the true colors.  To the right you'll see some of the gray tones I ripped out of my paint deck because I have a hard time visualizing if I can't lay the colors right next to each other.  I think these pics make the grays look a lot lighter and washed out than they are.  I'm playing with the "sticks and stones" color on in the middle of the palate on top of the paint deck too.

Here are those itty bitty metal roof samples I mentioned.  I actually tore off the slate gray color so I can play.

Here I laid the slate gray roof which reads pretty taupey  on top of the driftwood color composite shingle.  We can't afford to do the whole roof in metal and actually almost nixed it completely until we found out that some of the very slight pitches on our porches and over our garage won't allow for shingles.  So we will have a mixed material roof instead.  I like metal a LOT so I'm cool with that!

Here is the gray shingle that we are considering with the itty bitty metal color 
sample and sherwin williams stamped concrete for the stucco color.

Here are the metal and stucco colors against the driftwood roof color which has some gray and brown and may feel a little warmer for us.  Plus from what I understand the lighter the roof the better as far as avoiding the mean ol' Texas sun goes.

This is a horribly washed out picture.  These two potential stucco colors are way darker than they are showing up here against the gray roof materials.

Actually here they are against the driftwood.  See what I mean?

And here is a "gateway gray" against the driftwood for good measure.

Here it is against the gray shingles.

O.k. So I was hoping as I wrote this post I would gain some clarity but I didn't!  Doh!  You see why these decisions are so hard.  They are all so very similar but I have no idea how they will all come together on the big canvas that will be our house!

So that is what I accomplished today on the home building front.  I have a hard time putting the energy into this at times...you want to know why?

At the moment there are many things going on in the 
"not building yet" process.
For instance: 
Friday the frame engineering was completed!  Yipee!
Sunday I paid for the the engineering plan received it via email and sent it to the builder in hopes that we can finally get the completed construction contract to the bank.
 Monday I get a call from the hubs that starts with "Don't panic but....I've been on the phone with the builder and the engineer off and on all day and we have a problem"  Woohoo!
The builder apparently thinks that it is all "over-engineered" and the engineer says that he is not surprised and that they hear that often from builders.  He also was right to assume that the builder felt the foundation was also "over-engineered". 
You wanna know the best part?  The plan that the engineer suggests will add a whopping 15 grand to our costs per the builder.  Seeing as we are already at our max budget we most certainly DO "have a problem".
The next step is to get the builder, framer, and framing engineer together to see how we can safely and affordably deal with this issue.

Side note for the uber thrifty:  If you are ever considering building a home and can purchase a house plan online that already has all of these things done for you I would strongly suggest you look into it.  I know they can seem pricey but we have definitely made an investment in the plans and engineering for this home and it would have been much more budget friendly had we been able to find a house plan that would work on our lot.  Don't forget we are uber conservative with our $ and what may seem like a big investment for us may not for another. 
That being said it is really hard to find a house plan that has everything that your looking for accommodates the dimensions of your lot and works with the topography of the land.

While I have to admit this kind of news about increasing costs(which makes it undoable) is not what I want to hear I have a confession to make.
I have been praying about this process a lot.  Not like a "Dear God please help us to get this house built" kind of prayer but something just the opposite really.  While it's obvious I dig this kind of thing...the planning, the imagining the attempt at designing I don't want it to define me or our family.  Yes it would/will be a fun place to raise our kids.  It's 2.6 acres of entertainment and memory making as far as I'm concerned.  But...I also know that memories can be made and fun can be had absolutely anywhere and honestly it may be better for our family not to go through the mental, physical, and financial stress of building.  
I think this crumbling little rental house has made me realize this more than anything.  Do I like it? No..it has many issues and we are cramped but my kids could care less and are happy and that is all I could ever, ever want!  So I will keep asking God to make it apparent to us.  If we are biting off more than we can chew I would rather know now that's for sure.


Monday, April 9, 2012

Moving on....

You may recall I've been slowly but surely working on helping Marc and Lori with their master bedroom makeover.
Well guess what?  It's still not done;)  Thankfully none of us had the expectation that it would get done quickly but sheesh!  I am so ready to post some real before and after pics!  Put two working moms who live 45 minutes away from each other on a project and watch how it moves at a snails pace;)  Our shopping for the room consists of me trying to find time to "get away" and look for pieces that will look good in the room.  I then send her a picture and she says yay or nay.  What did we do before smart phones?

In the meantime we have become a little distracted;)  While I was looking for accessories for their bedroom I saw this rug and thought  " those are the colors Lori was kinda leaning towards for their  living  room".

You see they also want to overhaul their main living area.  At this price and only one available I did what any girl would do and sent her a picture and said do you want me to get this for you?
She said Yay!

I also found these 3 pictures that I thought looked great with it.
She said "yay" again..

I have learned over time that it is easier to start a room based off of a rug or a fabric than to try to find the rug after the fact.  Hence one of the reasons I think I'm struggling finding a rug for the master bedroom makeover.  Oh and when you are looking for a decent price it makes it even more challenging too right?

Anyway, after I found the rug I came home and put together this mood board.

Marc and Lori have had big dark leather furniture and were ready for a change.  It's really fun to have a client that is ready and willing to invest in new furniture too!

Here is the "somewhat before".  Since we hadn't planned on tackling this room until the bedroom was done we don't have a real before.  This is it after she got her brand new 8 x 10 rug home.

Another phone pic of course because that is how we roll!

One of Marc's requests is that we find a recliner for him.  Uh oh...right?  Thankfully recliners aren't all as bad as they use to be.

We also need to make the HUGE tv and console work.  I havent' even started thinking about this area yet.

This is an angled wall to the left of the wall with the t.v.

Anyway, after the rug purchase we got busy talking about and looking for a new sofa, a recliner and an accent chair.  I thought we should lighten it all up a bit and go for a light microfiber since they have a little one and also thought the tufted leather ottoman was a good option for their growing family.  It brings in a cozy element too.  With a large tray they can still sit drinks and what not on it.

We thought we may have to abandon the tufted ottoman when we realized how much it was going to cost!  Thankfully when I sent them to a recent Four Hands sale(I've mentioned my love for this place before and I'm sure I will again) they found this handsome feller..

 Lori texted me a picture and I got to say "yes" this time!

So now we were here....

Lori placed the pics up on the nails where the original wall art was just to see and they sold their furniture on craigslist and viola!  No place to sit in their new room!  We have got to get this done pronto.

Lori's main mission has been to find a light colored microfiber sofa at a good price point and a decent looking leather recliner and she did!  Or shall I say they did..don't want to leave you out Marc.

We are getting there.  She already has the curtains we just need to find a rod that we like.  Then once we get pillows, and lamps and some little finishing touches we are golden!  So exciting to get to this point and who knew I wold love shopping vicariously through others so much.  Since we are in between homes and don't have the budget or the room for new house stuff this has been a great way for me to get it out of my system for sure.

Meanwhile I have changed the mood board a little to pull out the orange in some of the rusty color of the rug and I think we are going this route now.  Can't wait to see how it all turns out and frankly I just can't wait to see if we "get er done!"