|Can you tell this is a diagram of a soffit detail???|
So what have we 'tweaked' thus far? Quite a bit actually:
|Master Bedroom Window Installation|
Dining Room windows - the corner placement of the front window in the dining room seemed a bit odd. Particularly from the street. So we'll be adding two new windows in the center of the front wall, over the garage.
Living Room 'Picture' Window - we're going to replace the 50's style picture window with double hung windows that match the rest of the house.
Roofline - We decided to extend the front roofline over the garage. It adds a little more dimensionality (?? is that a word??) to the front facade and gives us a great place to install lights over the garage and driveway.
Ceiling Height - The blueprints called for a 7' 6" ceiling height on the 2nd floor. But, with the stick built construction we used for the rafters, we suddenly realized that we could have vaulted ceilings, providing lots of light and space! And we are still able to meet the insulation standards required in Maine (R-49). They're most dramatic in the master bedroom and bathrooms, but the other rooms will have higher ceilings as well. The downside: my drywall guy came out today and just shook his head - 'do you have any idea how much cost you've added?' I'm not sure I want to see his new estimate….
|Master Bedroom - Lots of ceiling height in here!!|
2nd Floor Laundry - We figured out how to add a stackable washer/dryer on the 2nd floor. We were able to include a laundry closet in the master bathroom. We'll still keep the washer/dryer connection in the basement, but it's nice to have the option of doing the laundry wherever it's most convenient.
Built Ins - There was a built in chest of drawers in the old house that we want to reuse. We've figured out how to build it into the gable end of one of the bedrooms. On the same wall, we will also add a window seat under one of the big windows - a great place to curl up with a book as the sunlight streams in through the south facing window!
I'm sure that's not the last of the 'tweaks'. And unfortunately, tweaks tend to be expensive, since they almost always drive additional costs. But as we make these changes, we really like how they make the house look and function! And we think they will be appreciated by the new homeowners.