the yellow page is just some scribblings i made when talking to josh. josh is a 22 year old guy who has been working under dan's wing for the last two years give or take. few people have that much shit together at that age. josh has just purchased his own lot and will be building his own house as well as his own business. it's time for him to go do and be his own man in the world of home building. he will be our building mentor if tod gets a loan. included in the loan will be money to pay josh per square footage of our house. anyhow...the bone house has a half second floor, meaning the roof is very much in your way in the upstairs bedroom. i would have a never ending panic attack if i lived with such a slanted ceiling/room and was asking josh possibilities for roofs. he started spewing all kinds of info and i was just writing as much as i could down to remember for later. tod and i decided to go for the full 2nd floor. i can't see wasting so much personal space and needing to be bent over most of the time when you want to access an entire wall area so hopefully we can have a 'normal' 2nd floor. josh said that building a full 2nd floor means we'd build with long reclaimed beams [which they have available], lay it all out on the ground first and then according to josh 'have the whole neighborhood' raise the beams. i'm already wondering how you do that...didn't occur to me to ask what if there isn't enough room on the ground to lay it all out first. the lot isn't that big and surely we'd not be able to lay it out on all four sides of the house. i don't understand why you would'nt just build one story and then another. i dont want to know right now.
so. my goal is to finish up a rough draft of how we want the house. we are dividing the lot up into two sections with the idea being in the future we can get another loan and build an art studio that would roughly take up the same footprint as the house. that means for now our first floor will be a kitchen and what would have been the living room will instead be my studio. after the real studio gets built we would remove most of the wall and have the downstairs as open as possible save for the staircase; since this is a small house the more open it is the better. until the living room becomes a reality we will use whatever space is on the kitchen side for hanging out. as for the upstairs, we will divide it in half and each have our own bedrooms/office area. until you sit down and think about where you want everything to be you have no idea how challenging it is. knowing how we live and our likes/dislikes means we know what we want but it is surprisingly difficult to put it on paper. i think it's a good opportunity to learn something. dan has always said building a house isn't hard, its the decisions that will get you. i get it.