This is one of the parts of any project I love the most: the blue sky phase. This is where we bubble out all the need-to-haves and want-to-haves and discover how we can make the home significant for the homeowner.
Then, we go to work on the schematic design.
The lot on my first project has a fabulous ocean view, so siting the house right is absolutely critical. We’ve spent hours looking at the grading plan, walking the site and scurrying up and down ladders to get onto the existing structures so that we know exactly how everything looks from every spot on the property. For the record, climbing onto roofs is not my favorite part of the project!
As I said, we’re just beginning the project and everything at this stage is still very schematic. In other words, we have a general floor plan in place but we haven’t fully fleshed it out–not by a long shot–and everything is still shifting. So, I’ll wait until we are more finalized on that to post about the floor plan…..
By the way, I’ve worked with the architect on this project for many years and because we’ve done so many projects together, we have an almost telepathic work style. It’s going to be a lot of fun to team up with her again!
This family wants an indoor/outdoor home, comfortable for entertaining on an intimate as well as a large scale. Since this La Jolla beach house will be a place for friends and family to visit and to gather, I’ve spent a great deal of time thinking about how to accommodate guests of all ages.
So, here are some of the thought bubbles I have so far, via Pinterest.
I’m really liking the idea of using part of the second floor family room for bunk beds. It’s an efficient use of space. I love the feel of tucked-away, cozy spots, which can also multipurpose for reading or just hanging out.
Or maybe building a great multi-bunk unit in one of the secondary bedrooms is the way to go.
What do you think of the bunk idea?
Images via Pinterest.