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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Empty Esther...

Time to check in on our good friend, Esther Cohen and see how she's looking these days!

They've spent the last couple of weeks laying down the foundation, which is interesting and terrifying at the same time. (The house looks so big! The backyard looks so small!) But after a moment of panic, we raced home to pull out the measuring tape and realized that everything was the way it was supposed to be and that our eyes were playing tricks on us. Phew!

I realized that I never shared the plans for the house, which would be helpful when envisioning what the pretty lady is going to look like upon completion, so here you go:

It's a little hard to see, but basically, the bedrooms will all run along the east side of the house and the living space along the west. It'll be just under 3,000 square feet, which is about 1,000 square feet bigger than our current house. Grant's unfortunately losing his mancave, but we'll have an attached, functioning garage out front, which is basically unheard of in LA and we're planning on having floor to ceiling windows that open up all the way running along the back wall to the backyard so we can use the space in an indoor/outdoor capacity. The pool won't be huge, but we'll still have a nice grassy area for the boys to play.

We haven't been by since Sunday so I'm hoping some more progress has been made to the foundation (Hayes asks as soon as we drive away whether more has been built and what we think it looks like today - he's very curious about the whole thing) but it's no longer a blank canvas and you can definitely see our house taking shape, which is exciting!

Greyson mesmerized by the digger...
That little chunk of wall behind the mound of dirt on the left-hand side of this picture is supposedly the only piece of original wall leftover from the house that stood here before. In the plans, it's supposed to be on the right-hand side of the house, the front wall to Bedroom 1 (the guest bedroom)... A few days after this was taken, the wall had mysteriously disappeared entirely...
The trees haven't been cut down yet but have been significantly trimmed ;-(
This man is standing just outside our master bedroom. French doors will lead out to where the recycling/trash bins are, which will be the pool...
Grant's standing in what will be the grassy area of the backyard, panicking about how much smaller it all looks in person!
Hayes brought his own cones - safety first!
He then got inspired to do some work around the Kibbutz...
The view from the back of the house to the front (that tree will stay!)...
This man is in what will be the dining room, just outside of the master bedroom...
A few days later...
I'm standing in the garage, Grant and Hayes are at the back of the house in the family room (and Grant is apparently wearing the same outfit he wore last time we were there!)... The part in the middle will be a wall that will have storage on one side, appliances, pantry and desk on the other...
This little space at the front will be semi-enclosed to give us a bit more privacy...
Standing just in front of the garage...
We've got about a month left of living in Livonia and then we'll be moving to our temporary home at the Palazzo East. When I think about everything we have to do to get ready for the move, I panic a little, so I just don't do a whole lot of thinking about it!


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