Erica Lucke Dean

"Making the world a better place, one book at a time."

plan plan plan

Sometimes you work so hard, you have to say it three times!

I spent a good bit of the day (and several of the wee hours of the morning) working on the footprint for our dream abode in the mountains. 

Mike and I were able to settle on a style (old English stone cottage) but not a floor plan.  My husband, in his infinite wisdom, has declared that we must stay within specific dimensions to maintain some level of affordability with the plan.  I am all about pushing those limits, but he has put his foot down, and I am going to have to live within the guidelines. Surely I have mentioned how much I hate coloring inside the lines.

But on the other hand, it was a challenge, and I'm always up for a challenge. 

The dimensions were are working with are 24x36.  I needed to find away to get a living room big enough to fit my favorite furniture, a kitchen with an island and all the comforts of home, a bedroom large enough for a king size bed, and a fully equipped bathroom.  Not to mention a space for storage and laundry. 

If you think this was easy, you would be wrong. 

In fact, it couldn't be done.  Not using 24x36.  But being the genius that I am, I made a few alterations to the footprint, changed the dimensions to 28x32 (mathematically the same square footage) and voila...we were in business! 

I was able to get everything into the plan with room to spare! 

Now we just have to begin the rest of the process.  Or as Mike says, he needs to "tweak" my design somewhat.  Trust me, I'll be keeping my eye on that.  The last thing I want to find is my balance suddenly all out of whack!

I'm not really worried...I was sure to save several back ups.  And I don't sleep nearly as much as he does. 

Except for tonight...I need to get some sleep.  I was up half the night using my architectural computer program to build a stone house.  It's a lot of work you know...I can't imagine what it will be like to actually move stones!

Until the next time...I'll be dreaming of my little cottage in the woods!

 

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