-----In 2004 we bought a falling-down house and 30 acres. This blog documents our progress-----

Sunday, November 11, 2007

hello to Eric and Ken

A quick shout-out to Eric and his Dad Ken, who beat us to it by moving to Amherst 3 months ago. Needless to say, I'm very envious. :-)

Ken found me through the blog and couldn't find my email (now remedied - see sidebar) so left a note with our neighbors saying to call which Dad collected... Thanks again guys for getting in touch.

They've got some Agave Americanas in search of a home as well as a ton of lavenders - apparently Eric's place used to be a lavender farm and there are wild seedlings galore which are going to be bulldozed otherwise. Eric is also in need of some tongue-and-groove wood, so when Dad next goes up hopefully we can re-home a little of the wood pile ... Of course, we'll need to keep enough to do all the verandah roofs and sunroom, wainscoating, etc, but there seems to be SO much amidst the two truckloads that I'd guess there'll be enough leftover - I'll let Dad be the judge.

If anyone else who stumbles across this blog lives around there, please drop me a line - it'd be nice to say hello. :-)

Saturday, November 10, 2007

redesigned library

Woohoo! Eric's sent through the first part of the redesign, and we love it.

From his email on November 7th:

I've been working through that list of modifications. Widening the hall and pantry was more difficult than I had imagined, but I have it working. It sounds simple, but I have designed the house to work on a simple structural module. That will help down the track with some of the details. Here are some sketches of the library tower and how it could work with some future bed rooms where the billiard table will go.

Here's the side view:
library wing redesign (side views)

Here's the floorplan views:

library wing redesign (ground floor)

Hopefully we'll never have to convert it to bedrooms, but so pleased we have the option. We could either put it to two small bedrooms as this shows, and convert part of the laundry to be a shared bathroom for them, or else put in just one lovely downstairs bedroom with ensuite.

library wing redesign (top floors)

Finally, this shows the first floor and rooftop balcony for the library tower. Not much to say about this except that we love it. I know it's utterly whimsical and we'll probably use the tower balcony once in a blue moon, but it will be such fun to have and give a great looking over the houses and garden.