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Wetlands: Called Steve, who met
with the county wetland guy. They agree on the wetland line and site
location for the house. However, the county believes that the
Department of Environmental Protection may want us to build on the
FRONT of the lot (destroying the front cypress stand and leaving the
majority of the lot swampy), rather than the logical location midway
back in the already-disturbed wetlands. Steve thinks we'll eventually
get them to see our side, but it may take a while. No problem. I also
asked him about the alleged water problems in Wedgefield. His feelings
a) The media blew it out proportion
b) Wedgefield Utilities regularly tests their water and in reality the levels are fine
Since we will be on our own well water we are in a different situation.
It will be pumped from a much shallower aquifer than what the city
water pumps from. Also, we will use different methods of treating our
water, and the experts believe it is the chlorination that causes the
production of the harmful agents in the water.
So A-OK there.
Dave called yesterday, he has come up with several plans but they don't
match the elevation he had in mind. So he's going to work on it a bit
more. Then he'll provide us with the draft, as well as each iteration
prior, what he changed in each one, and why. Awesome! We will have it
I went to see a few house models last week and
plan to go to a few more possibly next weekend. Saw a 4br model around
2500 sf. This reaffirmed our decision to go w/ a 3br... We will be able
to make the secondary bedrooms bigger, and add space to the great room
by doing so. A few things I wanted to make mental note of:
Don't forget about soffitt lighting when it comes time to do electric plans
Recessed lighting in the shower stall looks pretty darn cool
Stucco finishing on covered patio- how much, say, to do arches between support columns, etc.
Plant shelves in bathroom or other?
17x20 absolute minimum size for great room
Think about walls and furniture placement too... Where will everything be situated in the great room?
Definitely still like the concept of a pool bath adjoining a secondary BR (acts as a guest suite too!)
there be enough room somewhere to eat inside? If we have a larger
living room type area, this could potentially work. Otherwise, maybe an
eat-in area of the kitchen that adjoins the great room? Somewhere there
needs to be room to feed 12 people easily.
I heart mitered glass eat-in nooks, but I think it would be too expensive.
could be an option for the "living room" area. It might make the place
seem bigger. We'd be sacrificing soundproofing, but it could
potentially be nice. Good for entertaining, too, I think.
13x18 is plenty for a Mbr
Hallways are an utter waste of space!!!!!
Kitchen layout is important- it has to be just right, otherwise I will feel "crooked" while I am in it.
Research construction management software and pick one
Research window costs and standard sizes
Get up to date on owner-builder message board, get a login and introduce myself
Begin to find out how to get a street address assigned (please god don't let there be any fees for this...)
Get Orange-specific critical path, permitting, and inspection list to begin project management chart
Look into taking a construction class at Valencia beginning in September