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First Drawings Are Done!

Yesterday afternoon we had a meeting with our architect, Mark Wright of Wright and Robinson, and he presented us with the first set of drawings. He was 10 minutes late and we were sitting at the edge of our sofa wondering where he was, that's how excited we were. And it paid off. He brought the drawings of how the House used to look, the existing condition, and the most creative ways to marry the two.

I have to admit that we were worried how everything is going to look, and if we are going to like the solutions he offered. It is a natural fear of someone who has never owned a home before and never worked with an architect. Well, I am happy to report that our fears were brushed aside almost immediately. Mark showed us his ideas, and they were almost identical to what we thought we might like. Also, he opened our eyes to the possibilities of very small, inexpensive changes and how they can transform the House.

Considering the expense (always the expense), we have to settle for the "in-spirit" restoration: step one, repair the roof line to return the balance to the house and get rid of part of the mansard; and step two, build new windows and doors to look like the original windows.

Mark also suggested replacing the window sashes in the living room and our bedroom with the ones that look like the original windows. And my husband insisted we rebuild the gargoyles on the porch. Oh, yes, this House used to have gargoyles.

All in all, it was a very productive meeting, even thought we were interrupted by the crying, teething baby. Don't ask. We finished it off with a few cups of Turkish/Bosnian coffee, just to celebrate the forward movement. And, yeah, Mark's birthday.

Happy Birthday, Mark!


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