Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Adrenaline Rush!!!

There are some things that books about homebuilding never prepare you for, and last night was just that kind of night. I was at the grocery store yesterday afternoon when I received a phone call about a specific cabinet in the house. Since it is easier and safer to send a picture as a description, I asked if I could send a photo as soon as I got home. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Strolling through New Orlean's French Quarter can result in a sensory overload of smells, sounds, sights, and uneven sidewalks; on top of store after store filled the tourist gadgets or antiques, or world-class pralines. Then suddenly a visitor realizes there are beautiful gas lanterns with flickering flames on virtually every business in the Quarter.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Custom vs production

While we have worked on our new home from the beginning of the planning stage, our previous two houses have both been "spec" homes. The builders started these homes without a buyer, so decisions on the floor plans had already been made by the builder. We discovered both homes in time to choose the flooring, lighting and hardware.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pesky little details

Magnatrons and televisions

When reading microwave manuals, I kept reading a version of this same information:
Do not place microwave near a television receiver in order to prevent interference with the television signal.
After realizing there might be a problem since our game room will have a small microwave on the other side of the wall from a television receiver, I spoke to people who would know more than I would about this.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Design or function?

The previous post on brick flooring brought an important issue to mind. Which is more important; design or function? Can we have both?

We do admire this modern neighborhood for the character of the homes, for the feel of history and the beauty of the homes.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Brick flooring?

The charm of brick flooring keeps calling me to the idea of using brick in my home. However, I live without shoes inside my home and can't imagine walking around on the uneven, rough texture of brick. Not only that, but the harder surface can be hard on a person's legs and backs after working for a length of time. (Thinking holiday meals here.)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Choosing a designer - thumbnail

With multiple factors involved when working with a designer, it's important to choose someone that you enjoy working with and with whom you have great communication.

  • "This is how we do......"
  • "My fee is XXX per hour."  followed by
    "I make frequent, but random visits to the construction site....."

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Christmas decor

Photo belongs to The Rusty Heart.
(Same lantern I have)

When a sweet young lady that we have known her entire life was to be married not long ago, she wanted lanterns on the aisle she and her dad would walk down on the way to her groom. Spoiler alert: The wedding was beautifully decorated with lanterns, not only on that center aisle, but around the church platform as well. The variety of sizes and the ambiance of the candles created an almost magical glow in that sanctuary.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Progress report time

Students have already received progress reports and some will soon receive their first six-week report card. If this writer was one of these students, she could look forward to a big fat F for having done very little writing during these past six-weeks.  Guess it's time for some last minute extra-credit to see if I can save my "grade" for this reporting period. (It's obvious that I am part of a family with teachers.)