We’re seeing the first signs of spring, and things are starting to happen,
|Typical modern Japanese soaking tub|
|Brochures from the Home Show|
Today we participated in a charrette - a collaborative meeting between us, the architect, a structural engineer, and the contractor - to iron out some sticking points. The main problem being the remodel, as originally designed, would be significantly over budget. As it stood, the plans had nearly everything we ever wanted in a house, plus some extra space that we could easily do without. This propelled us into some serious thinking about what they call value engineering. In other words, how to do as much of what we want to do without breaking the bank. This calls for being creative with materials, and scaling back the project.
|What to do with the roof|
The roof is still under discussion. The shingles need replacing, and it really should have eaves extending over the walls (it occasionally rains in Seattle, if you hadn’t heard). But completely redesigning it is too expensive.
While trying to finalize the rooflines, we looked at the plans, and compared them to exterior photographs of the house, and concluded some of the measurements for the front of the house
The basement will probably stay as it is rather than the radical redesign we first envisioned. We're keeping the walk through bathroom intact, the only one, thank heavens that doesn't have horrible concrete countertops. Various other elements have been jettisoned, such as a staircase between the back garden and the deck (everyone agrees the current metal monstrosity has to go). Along with a sweeping shed roof, we’ve cut out a catwalk with a view over Puget Sound. The back deck will cover a smaller expanse, but have more useable surface area now that there is no staircase in the middle of it. However, after shivering through two cold snaps (the last one record-breaking) we decided the hydronic underfloor heating is not optional. Forced air heating is too unpleasant, and I’m willing to give up a lot for warmth.
Looking forward to next spring, when we might be able to enjoy the view from our refashioned home.
|Fishing boat on Shilshole Bay|