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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Addition Ideas and Goals

We have gone back and forth on whether or not to add on to our house, but have ultimately decided to do it. While the turkeys and heat (thank God it’s over) have been on Bart’s mind, I’ve spent most of my time thinking about the house.  We’ve got lots of ideas and not as much money so we’re trying to figure out the best way to accomplish our goals, which include…
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1.  A separate entry and space for Bart to change out of chore clothes.  This will probably be the landing to the basement stairs.  It will be nothing special – just keep the dirt and feathers OUT OF OUR WAY!

2.  A “clean” entry for me, kids, and visitors, with storage. I want a "drop zone" where there is a place for all the bags, shoes, coats, carseats, future musical instruments, sports equipment, etc. etc.
Source: via Katie on Pinterest
3.  Laundry on the main floor, close to the stairway.  It will probably be near the formal front door, so I am thinking about doing something like this…when the doors are closed it can look like a beautiful built in buffet.
4.  More space for entertaining – kids can hang out with their friends, we can host family gatherings or have friends over.  I want our house to be the hang-out spot for our kids when they get older.
5.  A dedicated space for toys/playing.  I’m tired of stepping on tractors!!!
6.  Another bedroom
Source: via Katie on Pinterest
7.  Storage – baby gear, boys’ clothes, Christmas d├ęcor, craft stuff, etc.  All the stuff that would normally go in the basement but can’t because our basement is gross.

Source: via Katie on Pinterest
8.  Open up the possibility of an attached garage.

Wow.  That’s a lot to cram in!  Not all of those goals will be met with the new space…some will happen after re-thinking and re-working the current space we have.  But I’m ready for suggestions.  Lay it on me – advice for choosing a contractor?  Any parts we can DIY?  Storage ideas to incorporate?  Things you wish you would have done?  Things you think I should do?  A good, cheap wine to drink while I ponder all this?
Thanks, you guys are the best. :)

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