Jenn’s friend Adrianne is married to an architected named Bob. Bob seems like a good guy although he’s very quiet and hard to get a good take on. We invited Bob and Adrian over for dinner with the idea of talking to Bob about designing an addition for our house. Bob convinced us that we can build up without incurring overwhelming costs. This is good news because I would love to preserve as much of the yard as possible. Ideally, we would like to add a master suite, two additional bedrooms, and a sunroom, if possible. Bob drew us up a proposal with a good faith type estimate for his fees. He’s not going to be cheap, but I still think it’s a good idea to go with someone we know and I think we can trust. However, my biggest concern is that we will pay Bob a huge amount of money to design a second story only to have the city reject it on some engineering grounds. But, I guess we just have to trust Bob.
In the mean time, the focus remains on the living room. After a few coats of finish, the built-ins are looking complete. I still need to sand and put a few more coasts on, but it’s nice to have things looking done. Jenn and I spent a day painting the walls. Jenn was hoping for a golden yellow, but what we found after we were done was a vaguely yellow tinted white. We’re now debating whether we should repaint with a darker color or not, but still it looks so much better than it did before. Many of the cracks, dents, and other surface irregularities have disappeared and now the walls look clean and flat.