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Ami, so sorry to hear about Mark! Glad that he’s home now, and soon will be on the mend I hope. He should talk to the doctor about the vest situation. Maybe they can make some suggestions to make nighttime less disrupted, without turning it off.
I haven’t been following the forum very much lately, have not been in the mood to sew.
Jonna and I are on a similar wavelength as I’ve been preparing for a long winter myself. Getting extra food/water and thinking about alternative cooking and heating methods.
Judy (DJZMOM) said:
we are planning to incorporate a pantry/butlers pantry into the new build somehow
When we did the remodel of what became my sewing room with adjacent laundry & pantry, I deliberately had the pantry shelves NO DEEPER than 12". This was to make sure that items didn't get lost in the back of the shelf where you couldn't reach it. Even if you have roll-out shelving, the deeper the shelf is, the heavier it's going to be due to the foodstuffs on it.
We used 12" deep, standard, laminated, white shelving. That made it very easy to buy supplies. Avoid custom sizes if you can.
I also had those vertical slat-things on the sides of the pantry that allow you to adjust the height between the shelves. It was more efficient to have the ability to adjust the height of the shelves to accommodate the different size of pantry items. Soup cans don't need as much height as cereal boxes. :-)
If you'd like a photo of our pantry for inspiration and ideas, I'd be happy to send you one
Aside: start collecting pictures of those features you'd like in your dream home. You may not incorporate all of them. You might decide that ultimately you'd rather not have that item. BUT, sure as shootin', if you don't have the picture to jog your memory, you're not gonna remember it!
And that includes ideas of how you want your "ideal" sewing room to look like!! :-)
Sandy in TX (Centergranny) said...Well congratulations to both of you! Quite an adjustment happening there!
Thanks Sandy. It really is. We are truly blessed not to have to sell our home in LG until the new build is ready to move into. We are using the assets we are inheriting from David's parent's estate and we still have responsibilities here we need to begin to pass along to others. My Mom is still in her home here and David wants to be sure to set his brother up for success as he inherits their parents home. As first time home owners David is coaching them through setting money aside for taxes, insurances and longer term bigger necessary home repairs and maintenance. AND I need the 2-3 until we move to get the sewing room ready to move!!!
JulietDeltaOscar (fixin2quilt) said...the previous owner installed the barrel system for his wife because she loved her plants and couldn't use "house" water to water them during certain periods without paying hefty fines. So she used the harvested rainwater for her plants instead. Win-win.
Midkid5 said...It's always a good idea to plant different kinds of trees, that way if one vary is struck by a disease it won't swipe out all yout trees.
Oh thanks! I didn't even think about that!
Midkid5 said...Somethings to think about when it comes to the placement of your house, the winter sun is more on the south side and at anytime in the future would you want to sell lots for others to build on.
Thanks. That IS good to take note of.
Midkid5 said...Take time to think about what you what and remember to breathe its not a race, it's a wonderful rewarding adventure that may have a hiccup or two along the way.
You are so wise. I appreciate the reminder. We feel fortunate to have done a major remodel to our existing home. We understand there will be unexpected delays, extras and problems along the way. We are traveling to CO to sign the actual final closing paperwork in person and will stay a few days extra so we can set some basics up in the existing house on the property. We'll need to shop at Costco and WalMart to begin with for towels, kitchen things and other stuff so we can make the house basically useful. DH wants to do all the shopping together so we can have fun!! Oh dear!! I'd better be sure to pack my extra patience in case he gets too jovial to make decisions!!!
Pirate (PIRATE_SR) said...When we did the remodel of what became my sewing room with adjacent laundry & pantry, I deliberately had the pantry shelves NO DEEPER than 12".
That is so wise. I have a few deep shelves that resulted from converting an old coat closet that faced the short direction. I grumble when I have to get to the rare storage way in the back of those deep shelves. SO noted!!
Pirate (PIRATE_SR) said...I also had those vertical slat-things on the sides of the pantry that allow you to adjust the height between the shelves. It was more efficient to have the ability to adjust the height of the shelves to accommodate the different size of pantry items. Soup cans don't need as much height as cereal boxes.
Another brilliant thought! Thanks!
Pirate (PIRATE_SR) said...start collecting pictures of those features you'd like in your dream home. You may not incorporate all of them. You might decide that ultimately you'd rather not have that item. BUT, sure as shootin', if you don't have the picture to jog your memory, you're not gonna remember it!
And that includes ideas of how you want your "ideal" sewing room to look like!!
We both have been doing just that! I have a private Pinterest file on such and many ideas on my other Pinterest boards will be so very helpful. I avoided Pinterest for so long but finally succumbed about 5 years ago during a bit of a weakness. But it really is a delightful way to keep track of ideas and projects without printing right away.
David is writing a detailed paper with "chapters" for each area and room. This for any designer/architect we want to meet with and interview. We want them to understand the concept of "designing from the inside out" and it will also help to see if they'd be willing to work WITH us not just FOR us. We already know it costs less to share ideas and sketches in pencil first BEFORE the final details are drawn on the final blueprint plans. Once the mechanical pencils and rulers come out the prices go UP!
On the cruise I took last year, the only port stop was Bermuda - quite a beautiful place, but it's one of the most expensive places to live in the entire world. Many millionaires live there or have vacation homes there. Anyway -- their only source of potable water is rainwater, so literally EVERY SINGLE HOUSE has a rainwater collection system. There is no such thing as "city water," and de-salinization is WAY too expensive. Fortunately, they do get a lot of rain.
Judy (DJZMOM) said:
take along handwork and just sit under a tree or in the car for an extra 20 minutes
Some great suggestions. Thanks! Yup it would be nice if you were closer I really need some distractions right about now as there is so little me time and all about what he needs and wants right now. I am also tired of driving back and forth to Colorado and New Mexico right now, just want to be in one place longer than a week and get settled in and do something for me. I guess he will be working this week remotely so that is better than him just sitting around.
Wow - it sounds so exciting. I think you'll really like it there. My son lives in Ft. Collins and we go see him nearly every year (except this year due to covid). We've always said that if we moved back to Colorado it would be to Ft. Collins. We really like it there. Have you visited the cute little down town area yet? The main street at Disneyland is designed after it. There's so much to do in Colorado - lots of outdoor activities. It's a college town so you're still going to get some of that political environment. David is right about the weather. If it snows one day it's usually melted in a day or two - then if feels like fresh spring weather afterwards. The big storms are infrequent. Congrats Judy! I can't wait to hear more about your adventure. I'm excited that I may get to see you when we visit my son too.
Oh Ami. I so feel for you. Hang in there girlfriend!