Be It Ever So Humble, Blu Homes and Opening Lines

Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home…

The Daily Post challenge (from yesterday, but who’s counting?) was “What’s the first line of the last song you listened to (on the radio, on your music player, or anywhere else)? Use it as the first sentence of your post.”

Well, I cheated a little because I wanted to make another two-fer blog post that spoke mainly about my desire to BUILD my next home and Blu Homes is at the top of my list.

Just one of their homes...with a pool, of course!

The iconic design of the Breezehouse offers an elegant and harmonious connection between beautiful indoor and outdoor living. The Breezehouse is centered around its stunning signature Breezespace, a glass-enclosed living area situated under a distinctive “butterfly” roof. Dramatic sliding glass doors or Nanawalls© open to connect the Breezespace to the outdoors, creating an open-air living room that marries the home’s interior with the natural world surrounding it. A spacious floor plan, high ceilings, large bedrooms, luxurious bathrooms with floating vanities, utility room with side by side wash dryer, ample storage, and flexible floor plan options make the Breezehouse the perfect fit for you and your family.

via Breezehouse – Blu Homes.

No doubt you are likely reading this from the comforts of your own “humble abode”. Our “nest”, “crib” or whatever-you-call-it, home is as individual as we are.  Apart from the bare essentials, walls, roof…high-speed Internet, we fill it with those things that make it our own. Even if it’s a cookie-cutter suburban model, once you pass through the front door, what lies within is anything but identical.

Now that I have a new job…AND it’s a long-term “gig”…I feel that urge to find a home, not just a place to live. I’ve begun the process of elimination; throwing out many ideas that I’ve had over the years and trying to narrow the search down to WHERE, WHAT and WHEN/HOW.

Where is probably somewhere in southern Anne Arundle or northern Calvert Counties…close (enough) to work to be less than an hour’s commute, but retaining the luxury of LAND (love it, don’t want no cramped condo or townhouse living, no sir)!

What is dependent on a couple of factors, not the least of which is expense. Blu Homes have several models that I like, but they may not make the final cut if I build (which is my desire). I prefer ranchers over multi-story homes, or at least a downstairs master suite with additional bedrooms upstairs (and will be most for guest and resale value). I also need a pool, but will settle for a hot tub…water is a must! A garage or covered carport is highly-desirable, as is a fairly level lot with paved driveway (I have a gravel one now and I’m surprised I haven’t twisted my ankle yet!

When/how is a much larger question that will naturally fall more into place as the first two “questions” are more fully addressed. Financing houses in this area is not difficult, but can be an ordeal in and of itself…been there, got approved, but didn’t get the (two) homes that were part of the deal (probably for the best). Going it alone could be daunting, perhaps I’ll find a business partner to share in the costs and (hopefully) profits, since I doubt I’ll be retiring here.

Why we choose the place we live is as important as the location, style or landscaping. At the end of the (work) day, we come home, kick off our shoes and let it all hang out. Home is where the heart is…and the body that it lies within…

Stay tuned for further developments. It promises to be quite the journey!

The Daily Post, Opening Lines, via http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/opening-lines/

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The District – We Built This City

Daily Prompt: We Built This City

by Krista on March 9, 2014

What do you love most about the city / town / place that you live in? What do you like the least about it? If you were mayor, what would be the most important problem you’d tackle? How would you tackle it?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us CIVILIZATION.

via Daily Prompt: We Built This City | The Daily Post.

DC Capitol at sunset
DC Capitol at sunset

Although DC is not my home town, nor do I live here…but I definitely spend a lot of time since I work here. “The District” as Washington, DC, calls itself, is a strange mixture between state and city…both and neither at the same time.

There’s a certain mentality that goes with it in this area, affectionately called Beltway Blindness. It refers to the myopic inability to see beyond the “beltway”…the Interstate that roughly loops  around the city, encircling the Capitol.

I know enough about this “town” to know that it’s not a small thing to fix…if I had to choose just one, I suppose it would be to make it a smaller government. But, like every other facet of government, big and small, that’s no easy thing either. There is a general confusion of what is DC…the District…and what is federal. The Capitol is IN DC, but they are separate and distinct entities that have their own ways of doing things.

Last year’s shut-down highlighted some of the most difficult parts of how the District is treated differently from any other “state”. It is not independent of the federal government and its finance and other parts of its governance are tied to decisions that are out of its hands.

That may be more than most of you wanted to know! Maybe I’ll expand upon the strangeness of the District still being part of Maryland…but I’ll save that for another time…

A workshop designed like a tiny house | Boneyard Studios

A workshop designed like a tiny house

GALLERYPosted on 01/16/2014 by leepera

We believe tiny house workshops should be like tiny houses: small, intimate, and designed to your individual needs.  That’s why a couple of the professionals involved in building houses at Boneyard Studios put together a tiny house design workshop for the DIYer who wants more technical information and planning materials for their tiny house build. Our first workshop this past fall was a success and a lot of fun to put on, so we are redoing it again this Spring at Howard University.  Find out more details about the workshop and watch a video from our past workshop.  Check out our photos and materials from the past workshop below and see why I, Lee, was motivated to help design a workshop with these professionals after my experience building a tiny house.

via A workshop designed like a tiny house | Boneyard Studios.

How to Reclaim Your Space

Reclaimed Space

Reclaimed Space Process Diagram

Find your Land

If you have land we can quickly move on to consultation. If not, we can help you find a realtor in the appropriate areas you are searching. 

Consultation + Site Visit

Next we will meet at our Austin office and discuss your:

budget sustainability needs

use of space climate needs

Once we create a design contract, we will visit your property and begin to map out:

proper orientation move in logistics

views site work.

Design your Unit

Select one of our pre-designed floor plans or sit down with our designer and create your own custom reclaimed space.

Draw up your Contract

After you’ve approved your design, we will present a finalized cost breakdown, tentative construction schedule, and construction contract. Once signed, construction will begin. 

Construction

Once your materials are procured and have arrived in our Austin, Texas facility, construction begins, typically lasting 10-12 weeks.

Delivery

Upon completion of your space, a route is planned to your property and shipped on a flat-bed truck from Austin to your property.

Install

Installation begins once your space arrives at your property. Any remaining site work, such as laying the structures foundation, utility hookups, and landscaping can be completed at that time.

via How to Reclaim Your Space — Reclaimed Space.