Quite a few weeks ago I mentioned that my husband and I purchased a property just a few houses away from where we live now and plan on building a new, even more glamorous abode! I know we are insane, but we also happen to be that small percentage of couples who love the whole process of building a home. My husband’s background is in construction and my background is in design, so the two of us have a lot of fun building together. I swear we never fight or freak out when it comes to remodeling, except for when we actually have to move. Then we both get pretty stressed out. But until that point is is a lot of creative teamwork, which we both enjoy.
When we built the home we are currently living in, I didn’t really blog much about the building process. I was very new to the blogging world and didn’t know how much of my life I wanted to share. Here we are five years later and as far as I am concerned, my life is an open book! I have never been one to hold things back, so I write about most aspects of my life. So I am thrilled to be able to bring you dolls along on what will be at least a two year journey into building a house from the ground up!
One of the major reasons my husband and I loved building a home is due to our architect Lewin Wertheimer and our contractor Martin Leon at Alisal Builders. They are both creative geniuses and I adore them both. We have already hired Lewin to be our architect for the new home and a few weeks ago we got the first taste of what the possibilities were for the property.
In our current home the theme is vintage California. Both my husband and I wanted a California style beach cottage that had a lot of details found in classic California homes from the turn of the century through the 1930s. For this home we are going with a more Southern, kind of New Orleans/Carolinas/Caribbean look. The reason for this is due to the fact the house will be three stories instead of two and there are very few three story homes that are not Victorian here in SoCal. But there are quite a few gorgeous three story homes in the South, so that is from where we are drawing our inspiration.
The picture above is one of the many pics I have saved on my “Dream Home” Pinterest page which I just made public. If you scroll though it you will see my inspiration is pretty similar to what I have going on in my current home. What can I say, I just adore a certain look.
I’m not going to go into detail on what the floor plans consisted of because my husband and I noticed right off the bat that the pool was way too big. I don’t really want a pool, I want a puddle. I have this obsession with having a swimmable water feature because they are so pretty and I like to lounge next to them. Plus the kids love pools. But we don’t need a huge body of water to swim laps or go diving or anything. We just want a hot tub with a cool water area which we are calling a “pool”. Pond is more like it. Oh wait. Did I not mention before this that there is going to be a pool? Oops, sorry about that. Yes dolls, Chez Glamour is going to have its very own place for the kids to splash around in! It is a huge reason we decided to build a new home.
At this point things move fairly slowly. We called our architect and gave him the notes so he will be redrawing the floor plans according to the new information. It is a long back and forth process, but one that is really the most important part of the whole building process. As soon as we have new plans I will be sure to blog them and let you in on more specifics.
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