Well, I guess this is the official "Before" photo of The Descartes. I have to be honest and say, I tried to get a real good one with the whole family standing in front of our little slice of heaven. It was back in November after a couple of first snowfalls, and I had just happen to be driving by with the whole family in tow, each family member wearing whole outfits of real clothes. Since I didn't know when that would happen again, I jumped at the chance of getting a "lovely" pic in front of what would be our new Idahome.
Long story short, my eldest had other ideas and thought it was the perfect time to practice her new "Duck face" look for each photo.
This one captures my second attempt.
Prior to the building of the house foundation as you see in the picture above, this lot was just a few piles of dirt and whole lotta weeds. We purchased this empty beauty in September 2020. From September to January, we have had several meetings to determine specific design and building options prior to the BIG Pre-construction meeting which occurred on December 11th 2020.
These last 3 months have been full of a lot of panicked questions, small focused bursts of kidless research, and some all together just design madness which I will be reflecting in future posts.
It's important to note here: attending design center meetings without children is mandatory! Not really, but for your sake, I'm saying it is. You'll thank me later.
Prior to selecting finishings and other design options, you'll actually be required to pick specific building options ON the day you put in your offer. Surprised? I was too. Now because of this post, you won't have to be.
Options needed to be picked on day of purchase of the Carson Model due to Building Permit Requirements:
1) Solar Panel System
2) Exterior Options (Window Packages, Black Vinyl Windows, Covered Back Patio, Sliding Glass Doors off of Master)
3) Fireplace Package
4)Garage (3rd car garage bay with bonus room, Garage Man door)
5) Interior Options (Bedroom 4, Bonus room Bath, Den Option, Independent Suite)
6) Plumbing (6ft Master Shower, additional hose bib, Double Sink Master, Hot/Cold hose bib in garage, Laundry Sink with base cabinet)
These are the items you should prepare to consider prior to purchase. In my next post, I will be going into more detail around the options we chose, why, and where my vision is headed.
Stay tuned! And.....maybe have the duck face talk with your daughter before your big Before pic. ;)
Publicly chronicling my design grind, mamahood madness + mini narratives of how I make sense of it all was never something I thought I would do; but when your passion in life for creating + relating are also your personal gateways to peace + sanity, you've got to go somewhere with all of the things!
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