A (kind of) Concrete Plan… and practicing patience.

As Christmas was approaching, I got to thinking about the practice of patience, the the feeling of anticipation, waiting, and hope.  The season of Advent is all about these things; the anticipation of the birth of Jesus, and the waiting with hope of his second coming.  Children practice patience as they count down the days for Christmas for Santa to come and bring them gifts.  As the days get closer, the anticipation and excitement grows with hope for what’s to come.  We can all relate to how much sweeter it is to experience something good when it required a period of waiting and a bit of heartache to get there.

“Waiting is an art that our impatient age has forgotten.  Whoever does not know the austere blessedness of waiting – that is, of hopefully doing without – will never experience the full blessing of fulfillment.  Those who do not know how it feels to anxiously struggle with the deepest questions of life, of their life, and to patiently look forward with anticipation until the truth is revealed, cannot even dream of the splendor of the moment in which clarity is illuminated for them… For the greatest, most profound, tenderest things in the world, we must wait.”   – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Now, while a house project is not an example of life’s deepest questions, it does make me reflect, and has caused me to practice being patient.  I can only dream of how much sweeter this journey and home must taste when we finally get to live in it after a year of anticipation and excitement that has been a struggle (at times) along the way.

Below is our video of the concrete process.  This was back in spring, mind you, when the grass was green and the rain never stopped.  Kansas City had two huge storms with major downpours, flooding, and high-winds while we were trying to get our foundation down!

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Current Plans

Per usual, I am still changing my mind about certain aspects of the design even though the project has started.  I usually avoid that when working with clients, but for myself.. well, I’ve already broken all of the rules.

It’s ok for a client to change their mind on some things during the process; that’s normal and to be expected, but if they do that too much it becomes costly and affects the timeline.  For me, however, I am trying to finalize all decisions before they affect the timeline and budget.  I am just waiting until the very last minute!!!

The layout and plans won’t change.  Plumbing selections are made, and the kitchen layout is done (even though it’s changed from the original plan).  I am still just wavering on tile, carpet, lighting, and small details.

So if you’re curious what everything is going to look like when it’s done please see below:

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I know this one is upside down, but I wanted it to match the direction of the plans below it.  This drawing shows what is existing on the lot and what is being added on.

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In this plan, the bold darker lines are the addition.  The old 3rd bedroom is becoming our family room with sliding doors out both ends to patios.  The master suite and small office with laundry re-location is in the addition.  We are also moving the door into the garage from the living room area to a small mudroom we are adding off of the family room.

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Here is a “before” plan.  You can see the way the kitchen was divided up and the laundry closet took up space in the kitchen walkway to the 3rd bedroom.

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Here is the “after” where you can see that we tore out most of the kitchen walls and re-located the laundry to the addition hallway near the master bedroom.  This plan shows furniture which helps for getting an idea of scale. (Don’t pay too much attention to the white areas…that was me trying to get an idea of the roof-line eaves)

The laundry closet on the right below and the non load-bearing wall to the kitchen were removed for more of an open concept while still maintaining division of spaces.

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I contemplated doing an island instead of a peninsula, but after lots of conversations with my friends and family that know us well, we decided a peninsula fit our family better.  It gave me extra storage space and countertop workspace, but more importantly, keep traffic flow out of the main work zone while cooking.  And one of my big pet peeves right now is having my little kids running around my parent’s kitchen island in circles while we’re cooking!  Peninsulas are also more commonly found in authentic mid-century modern homes.

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We removed the non load-bearing kitchen wall for better views of the front living room fireplace and easier circulation into the kitchen.

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The old 3rd bedroom now-turned family room had  one full wall of cabinets we removed.  This is the wall we pushed out 3ft to line up with the end of the roof eave.  This extra space allowed for circulation between the master addition and the garage mudroom.  It is also where we installed a 9ft wide sliding door unit for views to a future private patio space.

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We hope to add some sort of outdoor fireplace and private fence on the patio at some point after we move in.

Things are progressing, although slowly!