Thursday, January 28, 2016

Dream House Progress, A Feature and An Award

Last weekend we went to the site where our dream house is to check on the progress. Framing was done and the exterior finish is next. 

The interior floor plan would look like this, although I am still making a lot of changes. 

Looking at the houses down the street, I just realized how close they are to each other. While we maximize the living space, we are also losing the privacy, a typical compromise of urban habitat I guess. I am having second thoughts about keeping the house. We bought the house with my parents in mind because I was hoping they would live with us. Now that my Dad passed away, a house this size is really overkill for the three of us. I thought I wanted a bigger house, but it's so big that it doesn't feel like a home. 

And when we came home to the sun-filled foyer of our current house like this, the idea of moving got even harder. More on our plan for the dream house later. 

A while ago, Consumer Reports reached out asking for my permission to use my main bathroom photo in the latest "Your New Home" issue. I am thrilled because it's a pretty big deal to be featured in a magazine like Consumer Reports. I heard they are so unbiased that they would even buy cars on their own and test drive them to form their own opinions. None of that "the car is sponsored by ABC but opinions are all their own" disclosure. 

I am the lucky one to win the Best of Houzz 2016 award again, in Design category! Did you see my award badges on the right panel? 

If you've been following me on Instagram, you'd know I am really into grocery store flowers these days. They are an inexpensive way to add a touch of nature and colours during the dreary winter months. 

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