Monday, January 31, 2011

The Perfect Laundry Room

In my mind, the laundry room is in the same category as the root cellar, the pantry, the mud room, and the linen closet--often overlooked but actually the nerve center to a well-functioning home.

Rather than seeing laundry as a dreary chore to do in a dreary place, I get a kick out of dreaming up the perfect laundry room for keeping our belongings clean, mended, and organized! (Sick, I know...) 

The new house will have a laundry closet instead of an actual room. It is located off the second floor hallway and has lots of light flooding in from the adjacent sunroom windows. All my previous laundry areas have been in the basement, so I’m anxious to see how this 2nd story version will work out.   3XANPUVY95X9
Here’s my idea of what the perfect laundry room should include:

Monday, January 17, 2011

Gettin' Real

Yup, there is no denying it now--this house is happening and gettin' real! Here's a photo of the exterior as of a few days ago. In another week all the shingles should be on and the exterior essentially done (well, except for landscaping of course...)

I think it's fun to see how it compares with the architectural drawing--pretty darn close, huh?!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Let There Be Light(ing)!

Despite not even having the wallboard up yet, I have been thinking about, researching, agonizing over, and actually buying lighting like there is no tomorrow!

Although lighting isn't installed until nearly the end, the decisions need to be make earlier when the rough electrical work is being done. We thought we had a pretty hefty budget for lights, but now that we have walked through the house room by room, it appears that even more dollars will need to slide into this category.

What All the Fuss is About

View of the Olympic mountains and Puget Sound from our attic window
With Seattle positioned between the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, Lake Washington, and Puget Sound, you don’t have to work too hard to see sparkling water or snowcapped mountains. The topography of Seattle itself with its many hills makes for plenty of lots with prime views. And those views—of water and mountains—are what all the fuss is about!