It has finally come to pass that, after approximately 6 weeks after deciding to add onto the house, the plans have now been drawn up – and not without much effort and hand-wringing. I really thought that drawing plans for a laundry room, kitchen pantry, and master suite would not be difficult. How hard could it be, anyway? So I filched the Home Designer software from work and loaded it up on my home computer and set to work. The software isn’t hard to learn – there’s about a 3 hour learning curve with it – but I quickly reconfirmed something about myself: I have a girl brain.
The harder I tried to make the entire 24 x 26 space work, the more frustrated I became. Every few days, members of my family would ask “have you got your plans done yet?” and I’d have to answer “not yet.” Since no one in my family currently has anything torn up at their own house, I’ve got this window of opportuninty to get everyone on board my project. And once I have them, I’ve got them for the duration. So the pressure’s been on, because if I don’t move on this soon, someone else will start a project at their own house and I’ll have to be satisfied with their sloppy home renovation assistance seconds. You can see my dilemma.
Since this is my house, I felt the planning needed to be my baby. But Ken, having the superior, ‘able to see it in 3-D brain’, jumped in. And by golly, he did it, folks. We’ve now got us some basic plans. I’ve got a brother with a brand new Bobcat with all the major attachments, and he’s just itching to get out here to demo the back of the house and dig some footers. And since he’s basically retired, he’s also going to be my free general contractor.
This is gonna be sweet.
Phase II – bringing in the subs, finalizing plans, getting financed, getting a permit. Let the madness begin.