A Plan

You guys I’m so excited!!!  We have “A PLAN”.  Yes, you have to think of it in all caps.  Because it is grand.  This PLAN is for our house.  I finally feel like we’re in a space that will allow us to fufill our design ideas. 

The front of the house is coming along nicely.  Those of you on Facebook may have seen the photoshopped picture of the house.  The one where I painted, rocked, graveled, and planted the vision of what we wanted to do.  I’d say that we’re probably at the halfway point.  So far we’ve spent a whopping $6 on a can of spray paint.  The rest has been FREE!  The house has been transformed from a light blue and dark peach to a lovely tan with contrasting terra cotta trim.  The light fixture, house numbers and barn star have been given a fresh coat of paint (the $6) in “Hammered Bronze” although the kids argue it looks black.  Whatever.  We’re about halfway across the front of the house with the rock veneer.  That.  Ug.  It looks so lovely but it takes f o r e v e r. 

So what’s left?  The rest of the rock veneer.  Ripping out the grass.  Shoveling in gravel.  Cutting down the orange tree and hopefully the two palm trees.  Adding bird of paradise and some other random deserty plants.  Oh, and the mailbox.  It needs to be replanted and painted.  Adding window screens to the bedroom windows.  Eventually we’d like to enclose the carport and make it into a garage but that will probably be in phase 2 or 3.

The front of the house went through the planning stage and then into the rock ‘n’ roll stage and it’s all very exciting.  But.  Then.  We devised the “PLAN”.  Oh I am so excited.  The PLAN is for the inside of the house.  It’s going to revolutionize our lives.  Ok, maybe not really… but just maybe it will. 

We currently have three bedrooms, a living room, family room, dining room, and kitchen.  All separate and divided by walls.  It feels very choppy and doesn’t flow.  Plus did you catch the part about only having three bedrooms?  Right now our kids are in a stage that they don’t always get along 100% of the time (imagine that!) and they need their own space.  Our short term plan has been to move Beans into the living room.  Now when you walk into our house you enter into her bedroom.  We moved a daybed and dresser into the front room and allotted the coat closet to her clothes.  It’s okay.  It works for now but we can’t continue to live like this indefinately.  Enter the PLAN. 

Our large family room is going to become the new master bedroom.  A fireplace.  In my bedroom.  (Do you hear the angels singing?)  We will have to build two closets and at some point we’ll add a master bath.  Moving our master bedroom will open up three bedrooms for the kids.  Joy!  By taking away the family room it will leave us with our tiny closed off living room.  Enter the PLAN.  We will knock down the wall dividing the dining room and living room – creating a great room.  We will also change the floor plan of the kitchen.  Taking it from a galley to an L shape kitchen – adding to the great room feel.  Design details include fresh colored paint, removing the popcorn ceiling,  new wood flooring, a chandelier, and board & batten walls. 

There will be some cost involved but a lot of the changes can happen with little to no money.  Many of the changes will happen in phases – like the kitchen floorplan.  When we move the kitchen around we’ll use the existing cabinetry but at some point the plan is to get new cabinets.  We’re also going to be doing some downsizing and decluttering. 

First things first though.  We have to get everything into ABC order and prioritize our PLAN.  Part of the sub-PLAN will be to document everything and share it here… how-to’s, design dilemmas, and successes.

Be back soon!


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