Sunday, April 22, 2018

More on Carriage House on the Lake

Imagine waking up to this view in the morning!  Once the carriage house is complete, this will be the views from one of our bedroom windows.
 Below is the dining area's view.
 Cindy took these pictures so we can see all the progress.  This is the back of the carriage house.  The window on the second floor is the one in the dining nook.
 We hadn't seen any of the interior of the first floor garage area so she took a number of them for us.  In this one you can see the stairs and the utility closets.
 There are three car bays and here you can see the massive overhead beams so we didn't have to have any support posts.
 There are four garage doors, three in the front and one on the side.
 Opposite side, where the front entry to the stairway is located.
 This is the back of the carriage house.  On the second story you can see the bathroom window and the dining nook window.  The dormers also house the master walk-in closet and the laundry closet.
Outside this garage door we will have a small patio.  It overlooks the woods and is quite private so we will probably use it for outdoor living.  Later this will be a great area to wash off the mover or access the back of the garage. But until the larger farmhouse is built (and we are ready to move to Georgia permanently) this carriage house will be our little get away home.  And really, what more do we need?  A place to sleep and boat and fish from our own dock.  A small kitchen to cook in and a place to wash clothes.....and take a shower.  And don't forget a sweet little cottage to decorate and display Rae Dunn pottery.  Yep.  this will work just fine. 
This has all been so exciting and so far not that difficult.  Not being there to watch the progress is frustrating but our builder has really been great so far about checking in with us with any problems.  As it gets closer to being finished we will probably get down there more often!  Not to check up on them but because it will be too hard not to see all the progress!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Progress on the Carriage House

So much progress has been done on the carriage house!  We wish we were there to see it first hand but at least the builder has been great about sending us pictures.
Here is the carriage house!
 This picture is looking into the tiny kitchen and pantry.  You can also see the stair opening with it's big window.  The half wall will be the back of the sink and dishwasher counter.  On the opposite wall will be the stove and fridge area.  The door on the left wall goes into the pantry.  
 This view is into the gathering or great room.  The doors to the left go into our bedroom and the bathroom.
 Part of the gathering room includes a dining nook with a huge window.  You can also see the back of the shower enclosure on the right
 This picture is in the bedroom with the opening for the pocket door to the bathroom framed.  To the right of that is the walk in closet.  You can see the shower unit in the bathroom.
 Another view of the gathering room.  There are dormers in every room so that is what you are seeing on the right side of the room.  The builder is putting in small doors to access the areas under the roof between the dormers.  This little house is going to have a ton of storage!  The ceilings are 9 feet tall which will make the small spaces feel larger (I hope!)
 Wow!  This is so fun to see our plans starting to come together.
 The road we are building on has no outlet so only the 6 or 7 houses past our place use it.  It is a big change from the busier road we live on in Ohio.
 This site is in a pretty secluded part of the property.  It can be seen from the road but is surrounded by trees.  I love it!
Hope you all enjoyed seeing the progress of our little vacation home.  We are dying to get down there and see it in person!  We might have to make another trip soon.  The Lake is calling us.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Carriage House

We spent a week down in Georgia checking out the progress of our carriage house and making some design decisions.  We returned to Ohio on Thursday and our builder sent us these photos of what they had gotten done back in Georgia.
 The first floor has walls up!
 You can see the three car stalls and the entry to the living quarters that will be on the second floor.
Can't wait to see what they get done next week!
If you want to you can follow the progress on my Instagram account HERE.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Ground Broken for Carriage House

Just got pictures today from the builder of the excavation work they've done for the carriage house. 
 It is so hard not to be there while this is being done but we are about 10 hours away so we have to settle for pictures.  Also our daughter has been great about checking on things for us.  She lives less than 30 minutes away from our property.
Here is an aerial view of the site.  We will be going to pick out finishes at the builders in a few weeks and will be able to see for ourselves the progress they have made.  So excited!!!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Our Little Trailer

I told you I would be letting you all in on another change around here......I have decided to let our little trailer find a new home.  As fun as she was to restore we really aren't using her like we thought we would.  It is hard to let her go but we have so many other things going it just makes sense to sell her.  I don't know yet the best forum to use, ebay or one of the online sites specializing in vintage trailer sales, but in the next month or so she will be off on a new adventure.  To see more pics check out these previous posts here and here

Thursday, March 1, 2018

I'm Still Here!

So much has been going on in our neck of the woods that I have had to let the blog go to a back burner.  But I have missed writing on the blog so I hope to take a bit of time once in a while to keep up.  One big project we are tackling  has been the carriage house down in Georgia.  We picked a builder and this week they started excavating.  In a few weeks we will go down and check out the progress and hopefully start picking out finishes.  In the mean time I have been collecting items to go in the carriage house.  I've gotten some Rae Dunn (why did no one tell me about her pottery before) for the kitchen and a few pieces for our home here in Ohio too.  We will be painting some of the cabin furniture white to go with my grey, black and white color scheme.  So much to do and decide but it is so much fun to have something new to work on. We haven't been letting things here at home slide though, we also painted our dining room and living room in our Ohio room in between all the planning and buying for the carriage house.  The dining room is done but I am still working on the decor in the living room.  Below are some shots of the dining room. 

I love how simple and uncluttered this room now is!  I am sure I will be making some changes from time to time but right now this room just makes me happy.
In my next post I will let you in on a few more changes coming up.....

Tuesday, December 26, 2017


Every once in a while I start feeling like I need to close a chapter in my life and try a new adventure. Sometimes that has meant a move and sometimes it meant starting a new project. What ever form it takes, change is something I look forward to....even if it requires closing a door before opening a new one.

We have taken on a huge project this time, building a carriage house on 7 acres we just bought on Lake Lanier down in Georgia. We closed yesterday after a few months of looking at properties online, checking them out in person and finally finding one we could see ourselves living on. It has a dock in deep water (most important feature) and enough room to build a carriage house for vacations and later a larger home to move to full time. Over the next few months we will be meeting with builders and getting utilities to the site. So exciting! But not all our decisions were about the new project. We also decided to sell our little cabin we had built. We were no longer using it the way we had for so many years. Very few projects were left to do so we were not out there very often. If fact, most of the time we spent there was just mowing the fields. The grand kids no longer spent hours in the creek (they are teenagers now). It just wasn't suiting our needs anymore. So on the market it went and withing about one week we had an offer. Day before yesterday we closed it up and said our goodbyes. The furniture has been put in storage as we wait for the new vacation home to be completed. Much of the decor went to Goodwill since it was too rustic for the new cottage. Wood furniture will be given a fresh coat of white paint, or maybe a few pieces will be painted black. But most of the decorating choices won't be made for months......there are other things that we need to do the old dock, pick out sites for the carriage house and the future site for the main house, and drool over all the modern farmhouse plans on the Internet. Here are a few I am in love with.
Which one would you choose?