The past few weeks have been full of preparation for getting the ball rolling for our projects. From making draft 2 of my Big Picture Goals, to finishing my Milestones and Action Plans draft 0, I completed a lot of paper and draft work.
Last week, I had a “fill me in about your project” meeting with Mr. H while Mr. P was sick. Because his expertise are in the music and photoshop arena and my project is in the building and design arena, he didn’t know all that much abut my project. In the meeting, I filled him in on what my project idea is and how I plan on doing it by showing him my Big Picture Goals. Of all the notes he gave me, the one that stood out the most was “come up with a catchier title” because “design five houses with the same floor plan but with different furniture and appliance placement” isn’t easy to say. After a ten- minute brainstorming session, I thought of the perfect title: One House Five Ways!
When Mr. P was better and came back, he and I had a meeting regarding my Milestones and Action Plan sheet. Like Mr. H, he had a bunch of notes, the most memorable of Patrician’s is “when your houses are done, schedule a meeting with an architect to push it over the edge”. Our meeting ended and as I got back to work, I began mulling over the “professional architect meeting” idea, and I was getting lost in thought about meeting an architect. Would s/he be like Ted Mosby from “How I Met Your Mother”? Will they like my design? The questions seemed like they would never end, until, Mr. P came over and told me that it might be smarter to do less quantity and more quality. Instead of designing five houses, maybe just design two or three. Along with that, design the houses to people’s lifestyles, like if they have kids or if they’re the entertaining type.
The idea of not doing five houses had never occurred to me. I thought that I’d have to work hard, go early, and leave late from propel because I could. The idea of doing less would let me focus more on the design and layout of the house as opposed to focusing on countertops, carpets, and wall colours. Once I got home that day, I started thinking about the houses but not the design, I thought of the countertops, carpets, and wall colours.
I thought of accommodating the houses to suits people’s needs like someone who hosts parties and entertains their friends and family. For this house, I thought of a monochromatic/ greyscale colour scheme because they walls shouldn’t distract from the event at hand. I want it to be sophisticated, simple, and serviceable. The living room, for example, will have a black, non- carpet floor- like hardwood- so if needed, the furniture can just slide easily out of the way.
I also thought of a house accommodating new parents with either babies, toddlers, or young children. The colour pallet for this house would be pastels because kids love colour! This house will have carpet in as many rooms as possible because if a toddler is learning how to walk, they’re more than likely to fall over. Carpet is better to land on because it’s softer and it cushions you more than a slab of tile or hardwood.
I’m hoping to finish the basic footprint and room placement by the end of the month and begin customizing, painting, and furnishing in November.