-Bryan goes through the entire Parade of Homes magazine, checks out the floor plans, reads the articles about the homes, and decides which ones are going to be extra cool, and marks our map accordingly. Super cool mega amazing ones get a circle around the house number. Good houses, but okay to skip if they're totally out of the way get a dot next to the house number. Lame-o houses that are going to detract from the time we could be spending at the super cool mega amazing houses get an X through the house number. Ideally, I'd like to see them all, even the ones that get an X, but we just don't have time for that.* Especially this year when Bryan's had to spend a lot of nights studying for the OAT instead of going and looking at cool homes.
*(Note: I'd just like to add here that if you have a house in the Parade of Homes and we didn't make it to it, that doesn't mean that I think you have a stinky house. Or that the contractor is mean. Or that the house isn't infinitely cooler than our apartment.)
Okay, now back to our regular programing...
Well, I'm so far behind that I've decided to go out of order (i.e. not document the houses in the order we visited them). But I'm still going to post them all. Not that any of you would have known. Anyway, I bring you...
(Side note: I was just having a brain lapse and couldn't remember the name for "rain spout," and when I asked Bryan he told me and then said, "I really liked those little purple flowers on the path leading up to the house." See? I told you.)
Bryan and I both loved the open layout of this house. Super great flow. The ceilings were all high and open, but the house still very much had a cozy feel to it. Definitely a very livable house.
Also, this isn't really vital, but I love little half doors.
But here's a side note about home offices in general. It applies to this house, but it also applies to every other house we've seen so far (that has an office). They get these big, gorgeous desks. And they put big, gorgeous shelves behind them. And, typically, that square right in the middle of the big shelf (where the red pot is in the above picture) is where the computer's intended to go. But--hello!--you can't put your legs underneath where the computer would go. Is the person going to sit sideways every time they're on the computer? A little unrealistic in today's world, I think. My personal solution--if you're going to be serious about keeping this room as an office for a long, long time--is to add an outlet to the floor below the desk so you can actually put the computer on the desk. Or to use a laptop, I guess, but I think if I had an office that nice I'd splurge and go for a nice desktop computer. Anyway, just my thoughts on offices... and the idea of where cords might end up.
But, getting back to the point, don't you just want to flop down on that bed?
Bryan said as we were leaving that this is his favorite house he's seen so far. I don't know that it's my favorite, but I do like it a lot. And it is certainly one of the more realistic, livable homes we've seen. A very nice house.
I don't have any website links for this one, but you can reach the contractor, Bill Fairbanks of Carter Construction Company by e-mailing him at the following:
And, I just have to add as little ending side note here, that when I was chatting with Mr. Bill Fairbanks himself at the home and letting him know that I'd be putting these pictures up he said that was great and thanked me. (As all contractors do. I haven't met a mean one yet. They've all been super nice.) Then as I continued to take pictures around the kitchen he asked me if I was a professional photographer. I laughed--uhh, a lot--and said no, that I was nowhere near being a professional photographer. But he continued to compliment me by saying that it looked like I was getting some good shots from the angle I was taking the pictures at and everything. Maybe he didn't notice I was just walking around with my little point and shoot camera? Or maybe he was just trying to butter me up now that he knew I'd be giving him a little free advertising? Well, it definitely worked. Made my ego huge. And my heart full. Always a great feeling.
So what did you all think of the house?