Last week, we thought we were settled on the design. This week, there have been decisions to cut square footage significantly more. The goal has been 2500-2700 square feet, NOT including garage, greenhouse, and shop.
The driving factors in that have been us thinking hard again about:
- How much house do we want to pay for?
- How much house do we want to take care of?
- How much do we want to pay in taxes?
Part of the problem is getting a clear idea of overall cost. For one thing, the prices per square foot for construction are on an upward trend around here. For another, there are some unique design features that are harder to price out and/or inherently more costly simply because they are unusual.
Greg has been going around with a tape measure in our current house and comparing spaces to the new house design. He came up with some very doable adjustments and we talked to Robyn about them via video chat. That was after the meeting in the video below.
It all looked like it would not change the overall shape of the house until Greg re-considered the space dedicated to the curved wall again. Now, we may be saying good-bye to that. That makes me sad, but I understand.
We are still talking about earth-berming the north and west sides of the house significantly, and I would rather we do that than spend a lot of money on a curved wall. I love curves, but I guess I will stick to furniture and landscaping to achieve them.
So, with that preface, here is a preview of the 3-D view of the house. In architect-speak, Robyn refers to this as elevations. It is hard to say how removing the curve might affect this.