Take, for instance, the "solarium". This pointless room counts toward our square footage and was Home Renovations 101, as we had to spend months trying to figure out how to dig out all of the dead plans and musty dirt that it housed.
|First attempt to excavate the "solarium"|
Anyway, on to the second project that we undertook - because we really had no other choice. You see, this was the front door we had when we moved in in the fall of 2009:
|Yes, that's a stream/creek thing running under our house.|
|Seriously, the perfect door for our, err, "modern" home|
Which brings us to Home Renovations 103 - the bar.
You see, all of those awkward rooms mean that we get to have some FUN with this house :) And if you look back up to the photo of our original door, you'll see a room that is built over the creek. That bank of windows to the right of the door (as you look at the picture). For a while my sister lived with us and that was her "living room", but she moved out this past April. We always knew we wanted to build a bar in our house, and probably in that very room - but now we've finally actually started working toward that goal!
(If you can't tell, I'm super excited.)
We spent Sunday mapping out some ideas with masking tape on the floor, and on Monday we purchased access to The Easy Home Bar Plans website. For only $20 you get access to all of their bar plans, which we were a bit surprised to find very detailed. And while Steve worked on some software to mock up some designs, I combined the measurements we took of the room with the measurements from some of the plans and created my own little drawing!
|Look at those drafting skills! Impressive, no?|
So this gives us a decent sized bar and still leaves about...I would say about 2/5 of the room as open space for a high-top table and who knows what else. I'm being optimistic and hoping we'll have this done by my birthday in December...or at least by the end of the year. Steve on the other hand is being pessimistic, so I guess what it all depends on is our ability to focus and get the work done.
Shit, who am I kidding, that doesn't make our chances of finishing this in a timely manner good at all...haha.