Weekly Progress Report: Planning a House

We’ve been slowly poking away at the site where we intend to build our small house. Sunshine has set several wheels in motion with septic/sewage planning, electrical service, and etcetera. We’ve been mapping out our floor plan, our electrical, and our plumbing. It’s major progress, even though it looks and feels very minor.

rough-sketch-of-plan

We have a rough sketch of what the floor plan will look like. I’m confident enough that this is the final floor plan that I’m sharing it, which means that there is now a distinct possibility that someone will soon spot a wrinkle significant enough that the floor plan will have to be revisited. That’s just how shit seems to work out here in the buttfuck middle of nowhere.

Sunshine has taken copies of this sketch and started mapping out where all of the water lines and electrical stuff has to go. Those sketches are a hot mess at the moment. Like, I have difficulty understanding them and I helped decide what goes where.

The thing I have come to understand on a very deep and intimate level is this: I am going to have to keep my fingers all up in this pie if I want a house that actually functions for me. I’m not referring to things like finishes, either. I’m referring to things like the actual function within a house, about which Sunshine appears to be completely fucking clueless.

side note: this is not a criticism of Sunshine. It’s just a statement of fact. He has apparently had someone taking care of the minutiae of personal and business life for so long that he really just doesn’t know what is required to make a house function other than his money and physical effort to make house appear on spot of ground. And even if he did have some sort of general clue, he still wouldn’t have any idea how to make  house function for Cindy, right? Because we can none of us ever truly know the inner workings of another human being’s mind.

That dear sweet man thought that one overhead light fixture in the living room area, one in the kitchen, one in the bedroom, etcetera… was enough lighting for a house. Um, wait….whaaaaat? Now, if we were planning on using giant florescent light fixtures or halogen lights, he might be onto something. We’re not. We’re using LED lights, because efficiency. Now, LED lighting might be some really bright-ass lights; they are not very good for lighting much outside of what is directly beneath them. LED lights are great for things like making pictures on giant screens, they’re great for task lighting… So one LED fixture over the kitchen? Not nearly enough. I need lights in multiple spots in there so I don’t chop off a finger because it’s too fucking dark at the end of the counter away from the light. That far top right corner of the drawing is going to be a fucktonne of built in storage, and all of that will need to be well lit, meaning multiple light fixtures or some sort of ceiling fan or track lighting solution over that corner of the house.

He’s not doing much better than that with the plumbing. He stated that he needed hot water runs to the kitchen sink and the bathroom sink. Yeah, that’s perfect if you want to take cold showers year round, run the dishwasher with nothing but cold water, and never use any hot water in the clothes washer I’ve requested be put in the bathroom. (It’s truly very rare that I use anything other than cold water on our laundry, but sometimes there’s something so greasy/dirty that it is required, so hot water has to be run to the washing machine. Get with the program, Sunshine.)

He was initially very very very resistant to my ideas about a shower enclosure. I truly want a large, fairly open shower area, kind of a wet room sort of thing. However, space is too limited to get what I really want, so we’ve reached a compromise of sorts. I’m getting curb-less and I’m getting my way about either having no freaking door or frame-less. See, I have allergies and COPD, so I have to think ahead to keeping things mold and mildew and crud free so that I don’t get sick as shit. Which is why the kitchen sink will not be on an outside wall with a window over it so that the sink can splash water and greasy gunk all up in the windowsill and wall beneath the window and create mold and mildew and gunk that makes me sick as shit. “Just keep it clean, Cindy” you might be tempted to say; my response to that would be “if you want a window over my kitchen sink then you come clean it with a fucking toothbrush and qtips and whatever else it takes to keep that shit mold and mildew free, and keep in mind that bleach burns the shit out of my already damaged lungs so you can’t use very much of it”. Because I have better shit to do with my time than spend it constantly cleaning my house. I like a clean house, I just don’t want to spend every spare waking moment keeping it clean, so I’m planning a house that won’t require such effort. Which is where Sunshine’s cluelessness becomes obvious. He has no idea how much effort goes into merely keeping our house dust-free when he literally makes dirt every time he walks in the door.

side note: I don’t understand this fascination everybody has with putting the kitchen sink under a window that overlooks the back yard. I don’t want to watch grass grow while I’m washing dishes. I want to watch Netflix, and have an unobstructed view of Sunshine so I can throw a drippy wet dishrag at him when he’s being an ass. The kitchen sink will be in a peninsula.

I will say that I’m grateful he listens. He might not understand some of my requests, yet he listens to them and does his best to accommodate them. If it’s something I need, like more than one HVAC vent (we’re going with geothermal) to heat/cool the entire house (my lungs perform better when the air is rather cool), then he will make it happen (and yes, he thought he was going to get away with one vent somewhere in the center of the house when I definitely need one in the kitchen and one in the bathroom at minimum). He even does his best to accommodate my wants since I don’t want extravagant extraneous shit like Swarovski crystal encrusted cabinet knobs and such.

I’m just going to have to stay very involved in the entire process, or else I’ll wind up with a cold water shower and no outlet in the bathroom for a hair dryer to be plugged into when I need to dry my hair. I’m trying to build a forever house here, and I don’t want to have to go in and change things later because I didn’t plan properly in advance (because that’s pretty wasteful).

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4 thoughts on “Weekly Progress Report: Planning a House

  1. Haha this was hilarious to read. Well I suppose you could just buy a bunch of flashlights and take them to the ceiling and then you wouldn’t even have to worry about electricity haha 🙂

    I love the wet room idea as well. We have the world’s smallest bathroom but when we remodeled it last year I got rid of the bathtub because I just wanted a shower that I can walk into… not a wet room but no more climbing into a bathtub to take a shower and worried that I’m going to slip ( and no more disgusting shower curtain to touch against!)… it’s awesome. We’ve always wanted to build our own house but would definitely need someone to help us with the design as I’d basically be just putting a bunch of Pinterest pictures together and hoping it looked sane 🙂 . We have a window over a kitchen sink, which I used to like because there were huge Laurels outside that made it very peaceful, but when they built the new house next door they tore them down and now I see ugly beige siding because it’s three stories high. Ugh. I’d rather be facing the other way now as well 🙂

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  2. I guess that makes sense as a reason to have a window over the kitchen sink. I might enjoy an ocean view out one, but that’s not happening in north central texas. Sorry they took away your trees 😦

    also? Yeah, I know what you mean about putting a bunch of Pinterest pictures together and hoping it looks sane. He likes rustic stuff, and oversized ornately carved furniture; I am a minimalist almost to the point of brutalist, and I love mid century modern, swedish/danish modern, etcetera. It has the potential to be a mixmatch from hell LOL

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  3. When considering where to put your lighting in the kitchen think about where the shadow will cast. The ding dong that designed our kitchen put the lighting in a place where every surface was between my body and the lighting so I was casting a shadow over the workspace. I had to install canned lighting over the cutting spaces after the fact. Thats how I learned the hard way. Also we just re-modeled a bathroom and I had electrical outlets put inside a couple of the cabinets, so that you can put things like your electric toothbrush and hair dryer in the cabinet out of sight, but still have the toothbrush charged and not have to plug/unplug the hairdryer every time you use it. Also we have a little mp3 speaker in there to play music while getting ready. It helps keep the clutter off the counter. Just my two cents. Have a great day, glad your back is feeling better.

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    1. Thank you for the tips! I will definitely be rethinking my electric outlet plan for my bathroom now😍 because that’s pretty brilliant stuff! I’ve planned for several clusters of led downlighting over my kitchen counters to light my workspace (versus an overhead in the center) but now I’ll be making sure the placement of them doesn’t create shadows in my workspace.

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