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the grease on the griddle is starting to sizzle

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Mar 06, 2012 01:04 AM
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by bubba of the bubbles ( last modified Mar 05, 2012



We metin meatspace with the architects late last Friday to yip and yarp about the revisedplans (sorry: no digital copies this time…). We had been going back and forthdigitally (which we like to do given our busy schedules and introvertedtendencies), but some points in the process require face-to-face interactions.Since we are near the end of the design, this was one of those points.

Wethink the design phase has gone well and seemingly quick. Progress has had aweekly rhythm with squeals of glee with delivery of a new product, a coupledays of mulling, vaguely detailed emails describing the mulls, and waiting aweek or so for the next product. It’s been fun!

Themeeting was somewhat sobering in that it was a this-is-it moment: We’re on thecusp of diving into construction drawings. It was good that the meetinghappened on Friday afternoon (barking on evening): Being mullers, it gave usthe weekend to mull the “finality” of the design. And we had a few things tomull, the main items being (1) the tree behind the garage (start your chainsaws!)and (2) lack of a covered spot for an outdoor grill (build into the housedesign or deal with it with the landscape?). Since the bride doesn’t want 8-foottall ceilings in the kitchen (we’ve been spoiled with nothing less than 10 inour living-on-our-own lives), the architects need to find space for more risersin the stairwell. So we suggested that they add space for a built-in grillalong one of the walls of the back entry (we grill a lot, so wethinks it may bewarranted). That, in turn, gives more space for the risers, space (perhaps) forshelves in the stair nook (we’re thinking this could be the “library”; we needa place for all the architecture books I’ve been buying!), and (perhaps) morespace in the pantry (which is now entered from the kitchen [thanks Devon!]).With the tree removed, the architects may optimize the placement of the garagewith respect to the back of the house. Then there’s the question of color (moreon that in a later post…).

You’llnotice (if you notice these sorts of things) that we haven’t had any [muffledgrunts] during the design phase. That’s because there honestly hasn’t beenany. The architects have been a pleasure to work with. Architect 2d has beenquietly competent, and he (and the Usonian Expert) have not been driven bydesign dogma. Everything has been on the up-and-up, and design concerns havebeen addressed directly, either by changing the design or explaining whysomething is the way it is. Next up are some of the mods described above, aquick budget assessment (the dreaded budget assessment…), and then constructiondrawings. Yeehaw! We could be breaking ground in four months! Also, we need tofind and talk to a landscape architect, someone who can De Stilj with the bestof ‘em (suggestions?).

Checkout the latest rendering of the house: It kicks the big butt!




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