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Sunday, August 26, 2007

The One In Which We Pick Out Lighting Fixtures

Some things about building a house are definitely more fun than other things. Picking out lighting fixtures is SO one of the "more fun" things – at least for a girl. We need to allow 4- 6 weeks for delivery for our fixtures, so we had to order right away. The Geek actually seemed to enjoy looking for lighting fixures too, but he was a bit more interested in checking out home theater systems. He's really looking forward to building a home theater in the basement after we move in.

The excavation is now scheduled for Tuesday, so in lieu of photos of a big hole in the ground, I thought I would show you a bit of what will eventually be in the house which as yet does not exist. We may not be arranging furniture and fluffing couch pillows yet, but picking out fixtures certainly helps to start envisioning the finished product which will be our home.

So, let's start with my least favorite and work up from there, okay? I have never been fond of ceiling fans. I think they're ugly. I know. I'm a total snob.

The builder suggests we have four of them – one in the living room, one in the dining room, and one in each bedroom. So I compromised. We picked one fan that we will put in the living room and master bedroom. The 2nd bedroom is an office, so I really couldn't see having a fan in there blowing papers around. And the dining room? NO WAY! a) I do not want to have a fan blowing dust all over our dinner, and b) I want a chandelier! I mean, c'mon, the chandelier in the dining room is the most important piece of lighting in the house! (And all the women are nodding their heads in agreement. "Right on, sister!")

So, after considering budget and our decor, we chose this one.
(You can click on all these images to see a bigger version.)

Now, let's move outside for a moment. We needed five wall lanterns outside – one on each side of the garage door, one at the garage service door, and one at each door of the house. We chose this light for all of those places.
It's shown in a black finish here, but we chose what they call Verde Green, which is like verdegris – basically a black and green speckled finish.

The second bedroom is going to be our office, and we chose this ceiling fixture for that room.

And finally, the pièce de résistance, the dining room chandelier. We looked at some 5-light chandeliers, but they were out of our budget. I think this will do nicely.
As you can probably tell, we are going for warm fall colors inside the house. We're thinking dark red, sage green, buttery yellow. I think these fixtures will fit nicely into that decor. What do you think?

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

The One In Which We Sign On The Dotted Line

We did it. We finally did it. We signed on the dotted line. Okay, I suppose there were actually closer to 50 lines and most of them weren’t really dotted....

But the point is, we have now officially signed with the bank for the construction loan and from this point on there is no backing out. The house will be built. According to our builder, he will be breaking ground on Wednesday and the house will be complete in 60 days.

It’s hard to believe it’s actually happening. I mean, I realize it’s not the dome we wanted, and still do want, but it means that by the end of October (which is not far away at all!) we will be living in the country. I can’t begin to explain how much that means.

I’m still trying to wrap my head around this one, and while I know it’s true, it’s still hard to comprehend somehow. There have been so many set backs along the way, but I really do believe that somehow, God worked out the timing for the best. We may not ever know exactly why now is the right time instead of 3 years ago, but I do believe that He worked it out nonetheless.

As the house is being built, we will be posting photos here. Sure it’s not the dome, but we are still the Dome Geeks. We will probably be making comments along the way, indicating where the dome will sit in relation to the initial house, how it will connect, etc. We still plan to build the dome, it’s just being delayed a bit.

Our journey is not yet complete, but we have just taken what may be the biggest step so far.

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Friday, August 03, 2007

The One Where We Change Our Plans

Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that."
James 4:13-15

Time we have spent dreaming of building a dome home: 14 years

Time we have spent drawing plans, adjusting, and redrawing plans for our dome home: nearly 14 years

Time since we started searching for a place to build the dome home: nearly 3 years

Time since we purchased our property: 2 years

Number of times we thought we were going to build "this year": too many to count

We got an answer from the bank regarding a construction loan for the dome home. The answer was essentially, "no". One investor was willing to loan us 60%, which would leave us to come up with 40% out of pocket. There is no way on earth we can do that.

Another investor offered to finance it with an 8.5% interest rate. Also not an option.

So, we sat down, a bit dejected, and did some serious brain-storming. We agreed that we must move out there this year, but I must admit that I was pretty unsure of how that could happen.

And then I had an idea. A crazy idea. So crazy I almost didn't say it out loud.

"What if we did something totally nuts? You know, like building a temporary regular house with straight walls."

Building anything but a dome home is an option we have not been willing to consider, and we still are determined to build one, but we are going to do what it takes to get us out in the country, which at this point seems to be building a straight-walled house.

It's still a temporary solution. We figure we'll start with the straight-walled house (Phase 1), and in a few years we will start building the dome home (Phase 2) which will be attached to the phase 1 home. Phase 1 will then become a guest house for our friends who come from out of town, or who just need to get out of the city for a while. In the future, it may become an "in-law apartment" if such a thing is ever needed by our parents.

When we are ready to build Phase 2, we will have some equity in Phase 1 to get started, and from there we will build as we have the cash to do so. No bank required. It may not be a perfect plan, but we think it will work for us.

We have begun to work with a builder who does panelized homes by John Wick. We picked out a plan, got it approved through the bank and have signed with the builder. The house should be complete by October 21st.

Through all of this, I am becoming more and more aware of the truth of the passage at the top of this post. No matter the plans we make, his plan will always prevail. I'm not sure exactly why it has worked out this way, but that's alright. I know He has it all under control.