Moccasin plan almost ready
Hi. There was a long trail to get the remodel plan this far. Not quite there, but almost. Take a look at it, and see if you can find the few things I've yet to change on it.
Our house, White Dove, is a white stucco cottage built in 1950. Two bedroom and one bath originally, with hardwood floors. The kitchen front and back walls are coming down with just a sort of beam left across the top portion of the walls. The same is true of the back wall of the bedroom, so we have a sitting area with a door leading to the deck.....and to an outdoor shower. I'm reorienting the front doorway and creating a real (but very small) entry by essentially bumping out the window on the wall adjacent to the front stoop. I could not see the little "phone booth" stoop having metal roofing, so this will allow a raised space to give a different look to the front of the house. Imagine the old doorway covered by a fixed in place cypress shutter (recycled from our river house destroyed by Katrina).
Note that the former 2nd bedroom is shown as "office" which is really our "study" since we do not work, and study fits what we do in there better. I'm also relocating the door to our bedroom away from the hall and covering that end of the hall with a much needed broom/vacuum/supplies closet, having fixed louvered pair of doors (think the kind they use for closets). When we have company, which is seldom, the study will not double as a guest room. The living room will stand in for that. So I'm returning french doors to the passage to the dining room, two pair of bifold french doors we found at Home Depot and have used in this house and the Cape we sold YESTERDAY up in Massachusetts.
The old back porch is being ripped off and rebuilt as part of our kitchen. There will be a long view through the house from a point just at the entry, through to the back deck and the garden. However, to see the back addition, you'd need to walk forward and see it slowly reveal itself, because I plan to have that entire area across the back of the house have the sort of cathedral ceiling covered by beadboard, as will be the walls in that add-on space.
Basically I think of the kitchen as a galley style, with two long runs. But the cooking side has a gentle square "c" and it will have stainless countertop.....except the bar surface for 2 people will be the same Silestone 'Stellar Snow' as used on the wet side of the kitchen. Notice that the bump out behind the sink will be countertop level, and 48" wide, I like a lot of light, even if it means expensive hurricane windows. All my appliances are either in use now or waiting in the restored Teahouse.
I prepurchased all the Bellawood Select Ash 5" flooring, but not the metal roofing. The job will encompass a whole-house hardwood flooring install. And a whole house roof replacement too. And rebuilding the inefficient windows. My DH volunteered to do the new high baseboards, but his knees are so bad, it just is not worth it....so the contractor will be doing those too.
We plan to take a week off as soon as DH returns from closing on his sale for the beloved Cape and our trip includes a couple of days at IKEA in Atlanta, where I plan to select the kitchen cabinets and have them shipped to our Teahouse.
Take a look at the plan which still shows the old house layout, not trying to make a fancy thing out of it, just one very comfortable for two old gardeners to spend the rest of our lives in.
Sure I know I left out a lot of stuff here, but you can imagine how my head is spinning!