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Permit Bumps

     August 15, 2014 0 Comments

Well, we heard back from the City about our permit. Looks like there’s a small snag in our plans. The driveway is apparently too close to the intersection. However… we aren’t on an intersection. The property is located on an interior corner of a crescent. Rather than fighting this and losing more time, KRN Residential Design sent in an amended driveway plan that meets the rules and regulations set by the City regarding intersections.

driveway amended2

driveway straight

As you can see from the arrows, the driveway cement needs to be angled towards the sidewalk. Our original plans showed a straight line to the sidewalk.

We’re hoping that these changes are approved and the permit is granted by the end of next week. Fingers crossed, please!

Have you had glitches in a renovation or building project? Tell us about them!


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

Final Floor Plan

     July 16, 2014 0 Comments

Well ladies and gentlemen, here it is:

final floor plan flipped 2

 

This is the final floor plan. Yep. Final. The plans have been approved, stamped and certified. KRN Residential Design did an amazing job, and we’re thrilled with the results. Kelly and his team are incredibly patient and kind, and have a wealth of knowledge and expertise. They were able to take jot notes from our first meeting and turn them into a custom floor plan that we love. We can’t wait to start building this house, and see the floor plan come to life. It’s going to be amazing.

If you’re dreaming of a custom home, renovating, adding an extension to your house or even building a garage, consider using KRN Residential Design. We highly recommend them.

 

 

 


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

The House has a Home!

     June 18, 2014 0 Comments

Woohoo!!

The good news – we signed an offer on a property! Which means… we finally have a location for this house! We lucked out and found the perfect property. It’s on a quiet street within walking distance to parks and stores. We’re also happy with the neighbourhood – Harbour Landing. Ruth from A.R.E. Law put together the paper work for us to purchase the lot and helped us through the whole process. She’s a great real estate lawyer if you need one!

The bad news – the lot is designed for a house plan with the opposite garage orientation of what we had created.

The best news – we’re on a corner lot, which means no neighbours on one side! It also means making one side of the house appealing since it will be visible from the street. KRN Residential Design is going to take a look at the exterior of the house and come up with something pretty for us.

It didn’t take long for KRN Residential Design to flip the house. They did have to backtrack a bit with the foundation design and engineered detailing, but at last we’re taking a giant leap forward.

exterior flip 2

I may have also taken this opportunity to add a second window beside the front door in order to centre it and create a larger transom.

Isn’t it strange to look at it flipped? I’d show you the interior floor plan but it’s the engineered version which means it has markings all over it. It’s harder to read now, so I’ll save you from straining your eyes.

Do any of our readers live in Harbour Landing? What do you love about the area? Are you relieved that we found a property, and aren’t just creating a fictional house? We sure are.


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

Elevation Options

     June 11, 2014 0 Comments

Our designer at KRN Residential Design must have been ecstatic that we finally made up our minds yesterday on the floor plan because they sent us the exterior elevations already… probably to get us to focus on something else instead of finding further changes on the inside.

front elevation option

My first impression was: Nope. Not the look we want. I really like the curved arch over the door, but it feels disjointed from the other half of the house. I asked our designer to change the window in the bonus room, and the results are much better.

exterior option 2

Much better.

Next, we’ll be sending our window list to Humphrey Window and Door Store to get a quote. This locally owned company is joining Tradebank Regina to trade us the windows, supply only. Woot woot! We have progress!

What do you think of the arch above the door? Curved window? Stone accent? Two garage doors, or one big double garage door?

 


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

Revised Stairs

     May 27, 2014 0 Comments

So, I went back on my word of not revising the interior floor plan. I’m sorry. I had to. You’ll understand.

I started imagining what we would do for the stairs (carpet, hardwood, stair runner?) and all I could think of was a giant V like this:

stair y

I started thinking of the number of steps, and wanted to know if there would be a way to reduce them. The answer was yes; it involved adding winding stairs instead of having a large landing.

modified stairs

We decided to go ahead and make these changes. We went with 2 winding stairs, resulting in 3 stairs up to the bonus room and 5 up to the bedroom floor. So the V is now a checkmark.

stair y

Sorry for the extra work, KRN Residential Design…. we heart you. Thank you for putting up with us.

So, hardwood, carpet or a stair runner on steps? Tell us what type of flooring you like in a house. Carpet in the bedrooms? Hardwood throughout? Anyone doing any major renovations?


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

Second Floor – Final Decision. Finally.

     May 9, 2014 0 Comments

We took 5 seconds to decide which option we liked best (we reviewed our options in the post yesterday).

Drum roll please…..

second floor decision

We chose Option B for one reason, really. A house that is 2000 sq ft deserves a large master bedroom. We felt that 12×12 was too small, and that 17×11 would suit the house better. The master closet is still a great size and the ensuite just seems larger than option A.

But you have to know by now that we didn’t make it thaaaaat easy on KRN Residential Design. We still had a couple minor tweaks. Obviously.

final second floor tweaks

 

  • Centered the windows in the master bedroom and a tray ceiling. There are now two side windows with 3 small transom windows over the bed. I took inspiration from this photo:
  • Added 6″ on both sides of the bonus room, allowing us to create a 4’6″ wide stairway instead of 3’6″, as per the recommendation from KRN Residential Design.
  • Moved the washer and dryer to one side, creating a larger counter space on one end of the closet (instead of being split between the two sides).

 

And that’s it! We feel comfortable with these decisions, and are ready to move forward. Onto the electrical plan!

Do you like Houzz or Pinterest? What do you think of a tray ceiling? Do you agree with our decision?

 


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.