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Monday, October 5, 2015

The New Digs

I think you have seen a bit of a preview of the new digs for our son, Bryan, and his family.
I stopped at the end of the driveway to take this shot when I went for a visit about a month ago.  You can see the shop with the apartment in front that was a work-in-progress at the time.  The house will probably eventually set right in front of the bend in the driveway.  This photo shows what a beautiful rolling lot they are blessed with and how peaceful a sanctuary they will have to raise a family and grow together.
Above is a shot of the front when I visited about three weeks before Harris's birthday party.  Below is a shot of the side showing one of the garage doors and the "people" door leading into the shop area.
You may remember that Harris did a bit of helping to get it ready for the move-in.

The opposite side and the "people" door on that side can be seen above.  The shot below shows the very back of the shop and the garage door on that end.
The view that will be the back pasture behind the house is shown below.
Today I'm going to give you a bit of an informal tour.  You can already see the progress Bryan and Jessica and Harris have made in less than a month!
The front entrance gives a fall welcome and invites visitors to come on in.  Of course, you are even more welcome if you come in singing "Rocky Top" to proclaim your favorite team!
Here is the look as you step in the front door and into the den area.  The kitchen is straight ahead.
The den sitting area is just to the left of the front door and Harris's toy box serves as the coffee table.  Even after only living there a week, Bryan and Jessica had decorated and it was cozy and welcoming.
When in the sitting area, you can see the entertainment center and the area for collecting keys, purse, and what-not right at the back entrance.  You also see the entrance to the bedroom.
Through the bedroom door is a spacious sleeping area with Bryan and Jessica's bed and a dresser on one wall.
Harris's big-boy bed and another dresser are on the other side.  The door to the bath could be seen through the entrance to the bedroom and I didn't get photos of it.
The back door leads out to the shop area where they have a nice work bench in one corner flanked by garage doors on either side.
There is plenty of storage along one wall and they have it full with tubs and boxes of things waiting to to into their new house when it is ready.
Standing in that back corner where the lawn mower was in the previous photo and looking back toward the doorway into the living quarters, there is plenty of open space for toys and a play area (and a serving table set up for a birthday party) as well as a freezer and an extra fridge with a 'people' door on that side wall.  The deep laundry room sink will be handy for clean ups after working in the shop.  Above the living area, you can barely see that there is also storage space for the remainder of their furniture which is also waiting for the house to be built.
On the other side of the back doorway is the laundry area and another 'people' door.  With the doors open, it was breezy and nice even on an extra hot day.

I know they are anxious to get going on their house where they can once again spread out.  This cozy space has turned out really nice and went together quickly to provide them temporary quarters, though.  I've teased them and told them that they need to get moving on the house and get out of those temporary digs soon so that I can use it as my get-away spot!
I think I could be quite happy taking advantage of such a plush space to get away from the rat-race of work and the responsibilities of home!