…every window open to great possibility.

“May your walls know joy; May every room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility.” Maryanne Radmacher-Hershey

The WINDOWS are most important to us, the ones that look at the River and beyond.  And so, we imagine and wonder, we prototype ideas and we talk.

Great Possibilities – a window door and a window span 8 ft toward lot 6, turn right, 36 feet of windows with a door toward the river, turn right 4-5 ft of window toward lot 4.

In the 36 ft – 16 ft in the kitchen, a door, and 16-17 ft in the great room.  The decision is actually very intricate.  We evolve as we learn more.

Mullion or Individual Windows, How high, How low, Should we consider transoms?  The questions seem endless and yet, we learn more each day.  Our goal is clear — we want to view the river and beyond, to feel the expansive, to savor the possibilities.

Then there are the building requirements – the header, the distance from the floor, the integrity of the doors, the interruption between windows.

We are hoping for joy, laughter and possibility.  Thank you Maryanne for capturing the sentiment in your quote.  Some pictures that capture our thoughts and inspire us, most pictures are  from Houzz.com.

Chronicle of the River Cabin

In a previous blog I noted The Land Claimed Us.  Well, it is 2.5 years later and we are IMG_20160221_175435214gearing up to build.  Having never thought about all the details of building a house before, we’ll need to keep a record of it, so we can witness our own journey (and so can the kids and others).

We are thankful for Angie and Darwin.  They have big hearts and generosity that abounds. Angie submitted the first draft drawing to us on January 20, 2016.

  • The floor plan is close, but we’ve had so many revisions, Angie is just dating them now.
  • Before the sketch is sent off to be officially drawn we are going to have to estimate the cost of the house,  because, of course, everything we like is different than the norm.
  • Our stamina is increasing – meaning we can spend more than an hour at a time talking about/researching house features.  Or, we can shop at multiple stores to get ideas.  In the beginning, after 2 hours,  I was toast.)
  • Awareness:  Flooring is really important and impacts all other decisions in the kitchen and great room.  We are all over the map. Luxury Vinyl or Bamboo, Wood or Slate or Cork Look?  YES to all:)
  • FYI – We hear each other better when listening to the other talk.
  • Whoever thought you could get disoriented and lost in Lowe’s.
  • We walk around everywhere with a tape measure in hand, it is getting a little weird.
  • Russ is thinking about making the kitchen island top with tile and wood.  I love it, I’ve always loved that combination!
  • We found some small bistro tables with high chairs and a gas fire pit in the center of the table.  Hopefully they will be popular next summer when we are ready to buy.

Until next post, we will appreciate each step in our journey towards having a River Cabin to vacation at with family and friends.