When we got back from Australia, the foundation of the house was poured. Now we could walk the house in 2D. This is looking at the front of the house with James' studio and the driveway on the right, the entry door behind the second garage in the center, then the library, powder room and guest suite on the left. Behind the guest suite and library is the Great Room, then the kitchen, my studio, the Master Bedroom hallway. Down the steps is the Master Bedroom suite. Standing at the entrance and looking both ways down the gallery made me realize exactly how big this house is.
This is a closer view of the one car garage in the front of the entry door with the open courtyard behind it. Again there is the library in front of the great room.
This is the main two car garage on the left with James' Studio on the right in front of the theater, the other guest room, and the Master Bedroom suite below.
James and I are pretty good at reading blueprints, so not much surprises us when we see it built, but even so, there is something concrete about seeing the floor plans and walking on them. This small recess in the floor is for the theater screen. Our chairs will be at the edge of the stairs. It's a rather small theater, but then again we have a rather small family and we like to sit close, really close to the screen.
I will say that there were two design elements we didn't quite understand from the blueprints. First was the elevated seating area in front of the Master Bedroom shower. We knew there was a step up from the tub floor area to the seating area in front of the shower door, but we didn't really understand that there was a step down into the shower area itself. We are planning on sloping the shower to the left and put a floor drain across the shower head side, so the step shouldn't be as much as shown here in the concrete, although the concrete step will be covered with redwood/teak decking.
The most surprising element were the two floating triangles coming out of the Master Bathroom. The front one is between the sink areas. The back one is in the shower itself. Both of them are tall three pane windows that will be semi obscured glass. Both of them are shelf areas and not standing areas, so weight on these projections should not be an issue.
These are the only pictures we will have of the foundation itself. Before you could say the word, "construction", the cul de sac was full of lumber and the rough framing started. It should be finished by the end of the week! It seems fast, but there is still lots and lots and lots of detail work to do. After rough framing comes the roof trusses, then the start of the interior mechanical systems: HVAC, electrical, and plumbing. It will be a while before we have any real walls and long time before they start the drywalls. We are just trying to keep up with all the pieces before they need to be ordered. We have still not picked out ALL the plumbing fixtures. We will be working on that Real Soon Now. Tomorrow we have a meeting with the cabinetry builders and Friday with the HVAC people.