“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”
Plans, and projects, and if you live in central Alabama- RAIN!
Not a great combo when it comes to building a barn in your backyard. :-/ (Click here if you missed the news about my in-laws moving in with us: Bungalow Barn) So even though the barn was supposed to be completely finished by now, I’m sad to report that the pier-and-beam foundation guys still haven’t started, and I’m told that the rain (that fell months ago) is still to blame for the back-up. *sigh*
Gosh do the trees look pretty because of it though. Everywhere I look: green, green, green!
That was the view out my bedroom window yesterday morning. Seems like just last week those tree branches were naked! (Just noticed that yellow house is giving me a wink!) 😉
I’m hoping there’s plenty more sunshine where that came from and that the builders are caught up with their other foundation work soon. I long for Kevin’s parents to be able to get settled- both physically and mentally.
And speaking of weather, I was under it this weekend. Monster sore throat, runny nose, fever, the whole deal. I’m 98% back to normal now, but it did knock me down long enough to finish For the Love and to start (an advance copy of) Jay and Katherine Wolf’s book: Hope Heals. Y’all, it is so well written and powerful…and SO hard to put down! I finished three-quarters of it in 2 days (a first for me), and I’m looking forward to sharing a full blog post about it soon. It’s an incredible story story of their relentless love for God and each other. If you like books, you will LOVE it.
I also watched a fantastic episode of Fixer Upper and it got my mind racing with ideas for the inside of Jim & Katie’s *hopefully* soon-to-be-built barn.
Did you see the Beanstalk Bungalow episode? The homeowners were Ben and Staci Childers and it turned out SO cute! Here are some ‘after’ photos if you missed it:
The kitchen photos gave me an idea of something I could show Kevin’s mom, Katie. But before I show you that, here’s a look at their future den/kitchen furniture placement:
Jim & Katie prefer to sit in their recliners when watching TV, and the loveseat they have also pulls out, so that will act as their guest bed. Jim also needs to be able to pull his scooter right up next to his chair, so the floor space on the right will be used for that. (PS- That’s their front door and the door into our sunroom to the right of the scooter.)
The area we’re most looking forward to seeing in person (vs. on paper), once the bones are built, is the kitchen. I think that will give Katie a better idea of how much room she’ll have for appliances and a table. Right now, we’re envisioning a round table and banquette seating in that empty corner at the end of the kitchen cabinets. Kind of like this:
Kevin’s dad also needs to be able to pull his scooter up to the table, so they could just skip the extra armchair that’s included in the photo above.
I found that photo (and the two below) in an old issue of Country Living. Look at how creative that homeowner got with her fridge!
Isn’t that precious!? 😀
Here’s another space-saving idea she incorporated next to the banquette area:
What an smart use of 5 inches of spare space!!
I wanted to show my in-laws how everything might sit space-wise in their den/kitchen, so I added boxes on top of one of Joanna’s photos from the Beanstalk Bungalow episode:
There may be an extra foot or two between the front of the recliners and the front of the TV unit, but I *think* that’s pretty close to how everything will sit in relation to each other.
And because it’s obviously not to-scale, I also don’t know exactly how wide that kitchen wall on the right is, but I imagine that’s pretty close to the same width as my in-laws kitchen area will be, and if it is, it looks like they may not be able to have as many base cabinets as the Fixer Upper couple does if they want to incorporate the round table. We’ll see.
Like I said, I’m excited for the bones to be built so that we can really get in there and show Katie and Jim what their options are in person. Here’s hoping the builders will be breaking ground here soon!
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