Hello July! Tough to believe we are officially closer to the end of 2017 than the beginning of it. I’m not one to set New Years resolutions for a host of reasons, but have done my best to follow some advice from Tony Robbins and Raise My Standards.
This advice really struck me as it was something that could be done no matter the situation – rock bottom, needing a boost, or from the summit. It could be something small, the first step towards improvement. In contrast to a goal (which is helpful in its own way), raising one’s standards felt very actionable as opposed to being more thought or planning based.
In contrast to raising standards, I’ve been very focused on lowering the bar – the breakfast bar. Many of the homes I have visited lately for kitchen consultations have them, and the consensus from many homeowners is that they have to go. Because they are narrow, they don’t serve their intended purpose, and can be tricky with kids as they add extra height to already-tippy barstools. The scale is too small for some homes, and the backsplash between the counter and bar area is generally very short which isn’t very appealing esthetically. The fix isn’t as intensive as you may think and I believe the investment will be well-worth the final outcome. I’m excited to start a kitchen refresh project this week that will remove the raised bar altogether in favor of a larger space and a more modern look. Before and after photos should be up in the next few weeks, but here is a teaser to get started:
The coffered breakfast wall nook project has been renamed Cottage Wall for simplicity’s sake – and also because it was confused with Coffin Wall which is not the impression I was hoping for! I was able to pick up materials this week, prepare the area, and perform the required demolition – it was minimal. Here are some progress shots, not terribly exciting but the Northerner in me is happy to see a smooth wall in the midst of all this texture – even if it’s only temporary.
Finally, the plans for the new build are done and the files have been sent for rendering. Once I have the images back, I’ll share them here. The home is to be built in the Quail Valley neighborhood of Missouri City and should be listed on www.har.com shortly as well. I’m hoping to break ground in the next six weeks or so – this will be my first permitting experience in Texas so I’m not sure how long it will take to get going. I’m excited to start and share the details of this home with you.
If you’d like to lower your breakfast bar or talk about a project such as my Cottage Wall, please contact The Ashbury Construction Company today!