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What Do You Mean I'm Over Budget

What Do You Mean I'm Over Budget

First off, I can't thank you enough for all for your beautiful comments yesterday. I want you to know reading your words here and on social media made me feel like I was part of such a beautiful community, and for that I am incredibly grateful. So thank you. In a world of swipes and likes, it was nice to have some real conversion,

I promised I'd move on here so that's what I'm going to do. The other big event from last week was that we finished up the design of the exterior of the Costa house and guess what? I came in way over budget. Can you believe it???? (Insert a mountain of sarcasm here).

After an initial freakout I talked to my dad and he let me know that this is actually normal. As you are designing you throw in all everything and then you get the bill and the breaks go on. After a conversation with our architect we decided that the best way to go was to cut the separate guest house for a few years (we will still draw up the plans and lay any plumbing that will be necessary)  and we will decrease the house by 10% then we will actually be pretty close to what we budgeted. The large, double height living room was sucking up a lot of square footage so they have found a way to rework some things so we can cut costs without changing the look or the feel of the house. 

Relief. 

Now that we know we can move forward, we are full speed ahead. That means we are moving to the interior as we finalize the exterior and I am thrilled. Getting a glimpse into what is going to be our actual house is so exciting, and honestly I still sometimes can't believe that this is actually happening. I don't have much yet, but here is a glimpse into our future living room and kitchen. 

Okay, let's disregard the furniture (please) but GAH!!!! I love it! We are going to open that double arch into a larger single one, and rework the stairs a little but really, this is what the house is going to look like. I'll say it one more time.... that's crazy! 

Now that I've sort of seen what the vibe of the house is going to be, I've started to rethink the darker wood. I had originally planned to have all the wood on the outside of the house be the same color as the inside but I was reminded about how much the wood is going to fade as it bakes in the sun. This means that no matter what I do, I'm going to have different shades of wood so I might as well pick a tone I love for the inside and I just tend to always prefer lighter wood. The last thing I want to do to the inside is make it feel dark, so I think that a lighter, more rustic wood is going to be the way to go. Teak is readily available so I think we will go that route. I saw this image on Rue earlier today and loved the wood on the ceiling. If I can get something close to this color and tone, than I will be thrilled!

Even though we came in a little over on the structure, I was happy to hear that I was on the same page as are architect when it comes to finishes. He agrees that the beauty of this house is going to come from the design and the surroundings, so there will be very little need to go super high end on the fixtures. Simplicity is going to be the key to making this house really sing and luckily, in this case, simple is cheaper! 

I'll share more pictures as they come in and the floor plan once we nail it down. Again, thank you all so much for sharing so much positivity with me yesterday. It is an absolute honor to be part of this community. Xx

Reynolds Gallery Newbury Street Pop-Up

Reynolds Gallery Newbury Street Pop-Up

What I'm Doing

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