Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Home For Our Jane

Here is our sweet baby Jane Margaret.  She was born on April 23rd at 12:14 AM.  She weighed 8 lb 11 oz and was 21.5 inches long.  She is two months old and is now finally starting to grow out of her colic (it has been rough). Motherhood so far is just like moms  always say, the hardest but greatest thing you'll ever do.  I have definitely grown in many ways in these few short months (especially in my patience!).  

Since we are going through this renovation, we are living in a temporary apartment right now.  All of my plans for her nursery have been put on hold until we can finish our home.  In January we were told how long our home would take to complete and I was really disappointed to hear that I wouldn't be able to set up a nursery for her before she was born.  After I got all of my pregnant emotions out, I realized how silly I was being for placing so much emphasis on not having a prepared nursery, especially since she'd be sleeping in a bassinet in our room for a few months anyway.  

So since I don't have a nursery yet for her, the one we do make is going to be great.  Here are some photos that are my inspiration for Jane's future room.  

My current plan is to go with three main colors, which are: coral pink, mint green, and yellow.  So this picture really inspires the overall color scheme for the room.  I really want her room to feel happy and bright, because that's what babies are, happy and bright little angels.

I love these handmade paper flowers, but we'll see if I attempt something this crafty for her decor.

Oh Joy! always inspires me with her darling daughter Ruby's room.

Thinking about an accent wall in this color, but are accent walls even current anymore?

Another option for an accent wall, with the small triangles.

I have loads of ideas, prints, accessories, etc. that have been filed away since I found out I was pregnant.  So I am hoping to that I can gather my ideas and make a beautiful nursery for Jane.  I can't wait to get started, but this room is definitely a long way away from being completed (since we haven't even demoed yet) but it's fun to think about :)

As for an update on our home, we are currently getting bids from many different people, including our general contractor, electrician, framer, and tree removal.  So nothing exciting happening yet, but we are slowly meeting neighbors each time we go to the house.  We can't believe how friendly people in our neighborhood are.  So exciting!


Have a happy Tuesday!

- Cait and Jane

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Kitchen Inspiration

So our plans were approved with no revisions!  We just have to submit the name of our contractor to the city and we can begin!  Exciting!  Now for our kitchen inspirations...

We really love modern kitchens, but ones that still feel comfortable, practical and warm.

Here is a close up shot of our kitchen layout, sorry for the poor quality.

We unfortunately don't have a rendering of the kitchen, so it's hard to imagine how those pillars are going to look, but we definitely know they'll turn out nice.

Here are some pictures we are looking to for our kitchen design.

Light and bright

White fireclay sink, feels more stylish than a stainless steel

We love those waterfall countertops!

As you can tell from the images, we really like a light and bright kitchen.  We are planning to go with a quartz countertop in white with honey colored maple cabinets and hopefully matte brass fixtures.  The kitchen is probably the most put together room for us so far because we've been saving pictures away for our "dream kitchen" for ages. 

We still don't have a start date for our home, but we're still hoping to get started before the month is over.  We'll keep you updated!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Interior Plans

We just submitted our plans to the city on Friday for approval!  We should be hearing back on whether or not we need any revisions by the end of the week. If all goes well, we can then start working on our house!  We're so excited to begin! 

I would have loved to show you the original floor plans for the house, but we don't have a copy of those available right now.  So here are the new floor plans for the interior of our home.  

Top Floor

The image isn't the best quality, but you can see the overall layout of the upstairs.  Honestly, there's nothing in the home that is remaining intact, except for the general location of the kitchen, nursery and master bedroom. Some of the biggest changes that we'll be making to the top floor is the location of the front door and the stairs, as well as the second bedroom becoming our master closet and bathroom.  We are most looking forward to having an additional window in the master that looks out over the Salt Lake valley and the awesome windows on the back side of the house that overlook our creek and our mountain views.

Bottom Floor

Just like the top floor, the bottom floor is getting completely restructured.  We are no longer having the large fourth bedroom downstairs, but are now using it to be the new location of the stairs, and our exercise room.  The biggest challenge we faced with the downstairs is the location of our HVAC system. It's not directly in the middle of the home, but it might as well be.  So now we've had to work around it.  We've laid out a decent size family room (given the HVAC), two bedrooms with their own ensuite bathrooms and walk in closets. We have a designated gym area, laundry room, and guest bath.  We are looking forward to the outdoor living and dining room we'll have just off of the family room.

Our architect asked us to give him pictures of the general look we'd like for our home, and these are the pictures we sent him.  We found out we can raise our ceiling in our kitchen and living room and we are  to look like these awesome homes with the exposed trusses and beams.  We want the overall feeling of the home to be light and bright, so these pictures capture that feeling for our general home design.

We can't wait to get this project started!  Hopefully by next week we'll have a start date.  Until then...

Monday, June 2, 2014

House Plans

 After our architect went through our house and drew up the original plans for the house he asked us what we wanted our home to look like both exterior and interior.  We really wanted to embrace the style of the home, with it's shed roof and large windows, so here are the pictures that we sent him.

And here is what he came up with.  We are beyond excited!  It's difficult to tell from the images (since they are in black and white), but we are still keeping most of the exterior of the house in wood (as seen by the lines that run across the home), and the rest of the home will have a smooth stucco finish, with a somewhat "concrete" look.  We are so happy with the renderings, and hope that it looks even better when it's all finished.

The top drawing is of the backside of the house, with it's upper deck and lower outdoor living area.  The bottom drawing is of the front of the home, you can see that the entrance of the home as been moved to the left of the front windows, as opposed to it originally being on the right of the windows.

Next Monday I'll show you our inspiration for the interior space and the new floor plans.  Have a great week!