We are already nearing the end of July; which for my household that means that summer is essentially over. I know not according to the seasonal calendar; but 2016, summer vacation is only a couple of weeks from being a wrap. For me, it is a little bitter sweet. I've enjoyed not having to get up as early and see the kids off to school, do homework, go to school activities, parent/teacher conferences, and a slew of other things that come along with having school-aged children. But, then there is somewhat of an obligation to plan trips, outings, and activities while they're out of school to keep them busy and enjoying their vacation.
I recently helped my parents build a new home; my second new construction as a professional and thus far my largest coming in at just under 6,000 square feet. It was a huge learning experience. One that showed me exactly what it is I enjoy most about interior design. I get such a rush working with the builder and the contractors to ensure the plans that we've drawn are executed precisely. There were some adjustments that had to be made either from code conflicts, or structural stability (the home was built on a hill where there was a lot of land development), or other challenges that needed to be addressed and fixed. Not to mention that working with contractors; not all, but many, can be a pain in the "you know what!" I loved every minute of it! I loved being told no it can't be done, but then seeing it done! I also loved coming up with solutions and alternative plans that didn't compromise the original plan but enhanced it.
I'm, by nature, an outdoors person. I just can't handle extreme temperatures or being out in any precipitation. That (precipitation) I can enjoy from the comfort of a nice sofa or chair and a good book. While in Little Rock tying up some loose ends of the project, I spent a lot of time on the decks (two levels that wrap around the back and one side of the house) taking in the views, reading, and napping; mostly napping. I mean come on, the place is like a sedative! Anyhoo, this homesite was chosen specifically for the views. They are breathtaking. You are able to watch barges travel slowly down the Arkansas river, see beautiful Pinnacle mountain with all of it's greenery and foliage, and then just this incredible expanse of topography. The sunrises and sunsets are awe inspiring, and the breezes that blow are truly like a lullaby. Although, we're not quite done yet, the home has it's bones in place and all that's left is to dress it and bring it to it's full potential. I promise to keep you updated.
I had never seen a Roadrunner (bird) before. They are everywhere here! My daughter Gillian, thought it would be entertaining to chase one. The bird hates to fly! It ran for as long as it could before it took flight...only to land a few several feet away from her where it thought it was safe! It is the funniest thing to witness. They are tiny little something's; nothing like the one in the Bugs Bunnie and Wylie Coyote cartoons! There are all sorts of wildlife here; deer, raccoons, rabbits, coyotes or wild dogs (not certain which is which. Is one worse than the other?). I've yet to be confronted by one, but they can be heard sometimes at night. It's not as scary as you would think, but I will say, I don't go out on that lower deck in the evenings!
The upstairs, where the lights are on, is the family room and just to the right is the breakfast area. tho the right upstairs is the master suite and downstairs a very generous office. Downstairs is where the media room is located, with an audio-visual system that is tremendous.
A view from the deck area just beyond the pair of French doors located in the front entry hallway.
This part of the deck is the just outside of the media room, and access to the patio can also be gained from the hallway that leads from the media room to the office (which is HUGE)!
Again, the deck area just outside of the media room on the lower level. Even on the hottest day, this part of the deck is like nature's air conditioned room. I would begin reading one of my books for summer while sitting here, only to wake and not have a clue when I dozed off.
This picture was taken from one of the bedrooms showing the opposite side of the house. This deck faces east and sees the most incredible sunrises! The sun is very strong on this side, as you can imagine. The door outside to the left is another bedroom, and just past it is a door that leads to the kitchen. Every room in the home has scenic views and access to outside.
The original plans for this home was a Meditteranean ranch, but again because of the land, adjustments had to be made. The home was built to enjoy the views; so plans are underway to making it comfortable and relaxing to do just that.
Make it AMAZING!