We’ve come to understand* that building a house is a series of tradeoffs.
For our Medford project, our choice was “You can hire professional painters, but you’ll be eating ramen for a few months.” So the Bates crew pitched in to help paint our new place.
The decisions on Flying Point Road got a little bigger. Our contractor did a great job at managing a tight budget, but after a particularly tough month, he told us “porch or fireplace.” (It wasn’t a question.) We went with porch and the fireplace came a few years later.
Dash Landing has been different still. We went into the project with a few specifics, but the requests were typically more functional more than aesthetic –relatively small footprint, master bedroom on the first floor, geothermal, a brighter kitchen, etc.
But along the way, we agreed that we’d revisit the “fun stuff” down the road. And after we had bid out the core project, Rob tackled a few ideas that had bounced around during the design process.
This is one of those ideas :
It’s a cupola that would sit on top of the garage/barn thingy. Glass on all sides. A cool hinged ladder that would be raised & lowered by a rope. And enough room inside to sit, set up a camera, etc.
Absolutely awesome and now that the garage/barn thingy is all framed out, we can really see how spectacular it would have looked, especially from the main road. A few lights up there on a dark night, sitting high up in the field, framed by the trees — beautiful.
But we decided not to build it.
Yes, the expense was part of the decision. The cupola had just a bit of a “world’s most expensive go-pro housing” feeling. But it was more “timing” than “absolute amount.” We needed to make this decision weeks ago — before kitchens, cabinets, lighting, etc. And an impractical luxury at the end of a process is far wiser than one at the beginning.
No regrets, but if anyone has a spare $20k or so lying around and would like to help make an artistic statement — well, you know where we live. And we need it by Tuesday.
* All our posts should start with that sentence….