Wednesday, August 4, 2010

From nothing to something real good

Okay, so I know one of the worst things you can do when you start blogging is to stop blogging. It discourages your readers, puts out the message that you're no longer interested, interrupts the flow and stifles any momentum that's been generated. Yet that's exactly what I've done. It's been over a month since our last blog post! And to tell you the truth, from our side of things not much happened. In fact the closest we've come to construction was the removal of one of Brendon's screws from his ankle. Yes, back in July Brendon went under local anesthetic and a doctor removed one of the pieces of hardware holding his tibula and fibula together with a screw driver.

Right afterwards we took off to Saskatoon for my grand parents 65th wedding anniversary and left all visions of the mini home behind.

Now back in Vancouver, we met with Smallworks late last week to look over the architects first crack at our home. It is pretty amazing to see it start to come to life. Unfortunately we had to absorb a couple of setbacks, not the least of which was the loss of square footage on our place. Apparently, the main home on the property cannot have a footprint of more than 40%. With the addition of a laneway home that cannot surpass 60% total. Barb and Roger have a long home that (although not big) covers more than 40% of the property leaving a much smaller pocket for the mini home.

After we got over the shock a smaller main living space, Smallworks introduced to the idea that our loft space could now be larger and would make up for the space lost below. Phew! We took the plans back home and spent all Monday morning plotting out our 'home' in the backyard, marking the kitchen, bathroom and garage with rocks and bricks and trying to imagine how it would look once it was built. This is when we really started to get excited as we began to see how amazing it was going to be.

Next week, we'll be meeting with Smallworks again to look at a second revision of the plans, one that will take into account some of the changes we explored in our last meeting. From there everything will begin to snowball as we take on the work of prepping the site for building.

I promise, this will be my last lapse in blog entries for a while. The energy is picking up again and the list of things to do begins to unfold before us.

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