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:


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.


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.

as is dimensions

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.


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.





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!

He gone.

The huge tree in the backyard that provided more shade than I even realized was not in a good location, and would be very difficult to remove later once the back addition is there.  It was right in the center of the yard where the kids will be able to play.  We thought the chances of it surviving after roots being cut up for foundation was slim anyway, so buh bye big tree.


Don’t worry, we will plant prettier ones in the future.  Our top fave decorative trees are: Sweet Bay Magnolias, Bracken’s Magnolia, Dogwoods, Ginkgo, Weeping Cherry, and Japanese Maples.

Hopefully, some more sun in the back will help our future luscious lawn grow since the front is way too shady to grow grass very well.


We’re Crazy…

Let me first start off by saying: we’re crazy.

It all started when a bright orange and gray house (same colors as ours) down the street went on the market.  I admit my guilty pleasure is perusing the real estate market for fun to see what’s out there.  When this particular house became available it got me thinking.  It had some pros and cons compared to our home, but I realized how much they could get out of it and how the market was climbing.

We were perfectly happy in our house.  It served us well, we’d improved it a bunch, and we came to love it.  Unfortunately, we knew it wouldn’t be a long-term home for us.  It was 3 bedroom/1 bath/1 garage, and we already had 2 little kids.  So we were torn on trying to take advantage of the market to hopefully make a larger profit, or staying and practicing the art of contentment.  I didn’t really feel like there was a wrong choice.  One was cumfy and predictable, and the other was scary as well as exciting.  I felt like God was saying, “either be grateful and content with what I have given you, or have faith and trust that I will provide – I am there regardless.”


Our previous home lovingly called the “Kersten Haus”

Needless to say, we decided to jump.  We up-rooted our family from our routine and moved in with my parents.  Luckily, they were our saving grace for deciding to even move this direction.  We knew in this market we would have to have no contingencies when we did find a home, and would need to sell first.  Then we searched, and searched, and searched.  Not unlike many people today in the same predicament.  Our gift was time.  Living with my mom and dad bought us time to look, but our downfall was budget and style.  Let’s just say we are extra picky.  Thankfully, we had the best realtor that was patient, but persistent.  Lindsey Haymond and her sister Kelsey Bradley went on this wild adventure with us enthusiastically… and boy do we have some stories!  We didn’t want this scary free-fall to feel like we were settling for something that wasn’t worth the headache.  We were particularly looking for the lower roof lines of mid-century architecture, but also wanted a project to make our own.  We looked at homes worth demolishing, foreclosures, as well as scary vacant hoarder-like homes that looked more like a storage unit for furniture and spiders.

That aforementioned house is a whole other blog post in and of itself.  Needless to say, we eventually found one with the potential needed to create the vision we have.  It backed up to the creek, had a 2 car garage, vaulted ceilings, a larger yard, and another bathroom.  It just needed style and a tiny bit more space.


Our new adventure