A couple week ago, we did a little post on downsizing. Both of us (Ann and I) are in the crazy process of getting rid of stuff by the bushels and buckets. It’s exhilarating and exciting. Ann’s moved into her gorgeous and glamorous aerie in the sky. Her views are absolutely killer and her beautiful condo is loaded with luxurious amenities and services.
One of us is an official empty-nester (Ann) and me (Meg) just said goodbye to the first little birdie. Hubby and I aren’t quite ready to give up terra firm, so we’ve opted to renovate an old 1930s cottage in the same Atlanta neighborhood we’ve lived in and raised our birdies.
Our new little duckling is long on curb appeal but short on space. We’re on a super tight deadline: four short months to gut and rebuild the existing interior plus creating a master retreat, outdoor porch with fireplace and guest suite.
The Nest, as we’ve christened it, will be small, smart and, I hope, stylish. I’ve got all kinds of visions for it, including a gallery wall (bien sur), a super clean and pretty kitchen whose piece de resistance is a nine-foot long metal window overlooking the covered porch and back lawn. Everyone (including the teenage girls) will have plenty of space to call their own. What’s not to just love about this plan?
We have wasted no time hiring the dream team that had helped us with our previous Brookhaven house: architect Linda MacArthur and builder extraordinaire, Michael Ladisic of Ladisic Fine Homes. We love Linda’s design aesthetic and we know if anyone can deliver a fabulous build-out under a deadline, it’s Michael. Plus, these two have worked together on dozens of projects and pretty much read each other’s mind.
Our experts are wisely convincing us to put the big bucks where they’ll get the most bang so we’ve immediately okayed a small but gutsy kitchen with the aforementioned iron window that opens to the outdoor living room and fireplace.
Linda’s found some hidden space in the cozy little family room so we’ll have a nice tall vaulted ceiling.
I’ve fallen in love with images of white-painted shiplap that channel the cottage chic vibe that we’re looking for. And we’re keeping the original hardwood floors but giving them a makeover (dark, dark chocolate brown stain) to ramp up the wow factor.
Are we really doing this again? My sweet husband had sworn off these kinds of projects but somehow the allure of a perfectly designed little cottage is too sweet to resist. I wring my hands wondering how on earth how I’m going to have time to micro-manage this project with my work schedule. But then I remind myself we’re in the most capable hands of our Dream Team – and that the end result will be a perfect little nest for two project-happy empty-nesters.
Stay tuned – all kinds of exciting decisions (plumbing fixtures, anyone?) await…