Sunday, September 28, 2014

Laying the Groundwork

It's been pretty slow around here on the tangible house progress front but we are moving along.  We've been working with our house designer and have plans drawn up and submitted to the county for permits.  The house is slated to be even bigger than we originally planned - a whopping 6 bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, 4800 finished sq ft behemoth.  By suburban standards, this might not be too big but it's a significant increase from our last house, which clocked in around 2800 sq. ft.  But while the scope is bigger, then plan is much the same as before - pull off the roof, add a floor, and put a two story addition on the back.  So it's good to remind ourselves that this isn't a new process, just a bigger project!

In the meantime, we've been working on the yard to clean up the foliage and clear a path around the house in anticipation of construction starting and getting organized inside and out.  One small project with a satisfyingly large impact was cleaning out and organizing the garage.   The prior owner had some nice shelving and work benches in the garage but when we moved in, we just piled stuff in and around the garage without much planning or sorting.  So, we finally took a day to go through our tools and other items and get them organized and put on shelves.  We also demo'd a bunch of the shelving and workbenches to make more space and used a favorite trick of taking the doors off existing storage cabinets to create more visible storage space.  This wasn't a big project but it's a good one to check off the list.

This is kind of a mess

More mess...

Much better

We may even be able to find our tools now!