Last fall we bought a lot in a lovely golf course resort community up in
the mountains. We were very excited because not only is it beautiful in
this area, but it is also just three lots away from our friends Juli and Patrick's cabin.
We immediately started looking at plans for a simple cozy cabin.
Nothing fancy. Something small, simple with a nice front porch and
a stone fireplace inside. Something like Jack Hanna's cabin shown here above.
We started to draw up our plans.
I said I really wanted a nice rustic stone fireplace just like the one in Jack's cabin.
Since David is a contractor he contacted our stone mason about it.
Rudy said he would build it for us.
Great! That will be a perfect fireplace.
Then we started to talk about the bedrooms and we decided that we needed
two bedrooms on the first floor and a loft on the second floor that would include
guest sleeping and a studio/library. The insanity begins!
Our tile subcontractors and plumbers asked us about the bathrooms. We
decided we needed two full baths and of course a powder room. "You will
need a bidet", said the plumber. "Can't build a decent bathroom without a bidet."
Oran, our tile man said, "I want to build you a stone walk in shower large
enough for two with dual rain heads and body wash."
Of course I said that I wanted a claw foot tub.
David wanted a walk in bar and I said I wanted an Aga for the
kitchen. It would be so charming, and cozy and oh the wonderful soups
and stews simmering on the stove!
The appliance salesman said I was crazy. Just buy another Viking like
the one you have in town. Much cheaper he said.
We visit our architect with our wish list. He starts drawing up
the plans and keeps adding our suggestions.
A dutch door in the kitchen.
A window seat with bookcases on either side in my Mom's bedroom.
Don't forget that walk in bar for David.
And a big island in the kitchen ...
And what once was a cozy little cabin began to evolve into
a mountain mcmansion!
Lots of windows across the back to take in the mountain views.
Post and beam construction just like the house in the movie
Christmas in Connecticut too!
A two car garage too. Oh, and don't forget the radiant heat in the floor.
Blah, blah, blah ...
Then the visit from the excavator ...
"Yep, you're going to need a walk-out basement", he says.
Suddenly David and I looked at each other and said ~
"What are we thinking? This is insanity!!!"
We were living through scenes from the movie
Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House.
Whatever happened to that simple, sweet and cozy cabin we originally
Something like Jack Hanna's cabin seems like the perfect and practical
get away once again. We have regained our senses at last!
I'm drawing up the plans. Keeping a lid on my fantasies. Unless of we should
happen to win the lottery of course :)
Bentley ~ sometimes your Momma and Daddy just get carried away.
Thankfully, you have more sense than we do!
Susan and Bentley