Well, I'm back. Thanks for your patience as I took the time needed to throw the "wedding of the century" and close on the "most complicated real estate transaction in history". I suppose I could say "the wedding went off without a hitch", but actually the "hitching" was the most important part! I'll share more about the wedding later. Today, the house is on my mind. Or, more specifically, the garage....
We're in that "budget meets reality" phase of the planning, soooo, the garage I really want is not the garage I'm really going to get. I want this garage....
My contractor, a really sweet guy with very little aesthetic sense, thinks the garage should look like this.
The structural engineer says this is the best option (well, actually, she didn't weigh in on the balcony issue).
So, the structural engineer suggested building a "dummy wall" under the cantilevered bump-out to address the "top-heavy" issue.
Of course, all designers know that research is important, so I had my realtors weigh in on the subject. My biggest concern was that the home would be devalued by not having a second garage door. The realtors agreed that two garage doors would be ideal, but did not think we would see a return on investment if we added the second door, especially since the garage already parks two cars tandem, with lots of room to the side for "toys".
For those of you who are new to my blog, you can learn more about the beach house project here.