Monday, February 11, 2013

Building our Home :: About a Window

Have you ever dreamt of one single element you MUST have in your home?  Curved staircase, arched doorways, dormers?
We are building our house around a window.


When we were in the early design stages, going through pictures and potential plans, I kept coming back to a classic East Coast home (see inspiration here).  One with oval windows.  They’re unlikely in today’s popular architecture, nearly forgotten, but add such character. I lost sleep over those windows.  Couldn’t get them out of my head, searched the entire interwebs until I viewed every oval window to be found.  So while we didn’t entirely base our future home around it, when we did work up the ideal layout for our family… we knew there must be a place for my oval window.


Our Home

It just so happens that our front oval window has the best view… and it just so happens that it is in my daughters bedroom.  The travesty.  After months of pining, I handed it over to my firstborn.  I nearly made her flip a coin for it.

(Why you might be asking… because we designed our home for children upstairs, adults down).

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Not to be left out… on-a-spur-of-the-moment-design-on-the-fly type meeting with our builders, we decided to add an oval to our son’s bedroom as well.  His window sits higher and is hidden from the road by the eaves/roofline; however, its such a fun element and fits with the higher ceiling.

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We’ve discovered that oval windows are not without their own set of ‘issues’.  In determining window treatments, and just how exactly we were going to get our son to sleep with bright light shining in, we realized covering his presented problems.  Our daughter’s oval sits lower, we’ll be able to frame it out with curtain panels (more on that another time).  However, our son’s window was high and smaller.  Curtains would take away from the overall ‘effect.’


The perfect solution!
A wooden shutter is both functional and a really great feature for a boy’s room.
I can hardly wait for him to slam it a million times to see the finished product!
Our house makes me happy for so many reasons… but designing it around a feature that I had dreamt about, makes it that much more enjoyable and personal!  It’s the little things my friends!


Life takes many turns, as does a blog … please excuse us, while we overshare our home building process.  This blog serves as our memory.  Its allows us to share with friends/family, and reminds us in the days ahead of where we’ve been.
Thanks for understanding and checking in on our nonsense!


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