I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving! I know we did. We celebrated 3 times and I am a few pounds heavier than I was at the beginning of last week. That is surely a sign that a good time was had.
I managed to get most of my holiday shopping finished and my Christmas cards mailed last week. Some of you have asked if I would write some holiday postings about how I organize everything. I would love to but I am so "off" this year with our big move and building a home. We will see if I can get that done in the next few days.
Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is time for me to refocus back on our new house again for a couple of weeks. I wanted to thank you for all of your advice regarding stone vs painted brick. We went with the stone, even though I honestly like painted brick better. As some of you pointed out, our climate isn't really kind to painted brick. And I didn't want to risk having it peel off in the wind.
After three trips to the stone yard, I finally found a stone I liked. Actually, I love it. While I don't have a great photo of it, the photo at the top of this post was my insipration and the bad cell phone photo below is what I picked. The masons could not find the exact stone in the photo but they did manage to find a suitable alternative. Ours will be darker but will go equally as well with black and shades of white. I'm glad that decision is done.
Along with the fun there has been a little bit of stress and a few regrets.
1. Our driveway will be steeper than I wanted it. The neighbors built their home higher than most. We need to be sure our house is high enough so we don't have water issues. This means our driveway will be a hill. This is not what I wanted at all.
2. Our garage protrudes more than I want it to. This is my fault. I did not notice this "issue" until a few days ago. Gasp! I was so focused on other things, I forgot to change it. :) My husband keeps reminding me that the house will still be nice. He is right.
I am told these little things are just part of the process. And in the big picture of life, this house building is insignificant.
To end on a good note, I found the most wonderful website I just had to share with you. If you want to look at some serious eye candy, check GP Schafer. Gill is an amazing architect with great style. I wasted hours on his site, drooling at all of his work.
Love to you all, Maria