I don’t think I’ve been as nervous as I was last night since I presented my thesis in college. We had to go to the Architectural and Historic Board of review and discuss the renovation plan we have had in the works for months. Up until I knew we were putting the final plans in place I didn’t want to mention it here. There has been a roadblock almost every step of the way.
We were finally ready to go apply for our building permits and I discovered we were technically in the historic district, which meant any changes needed to pass review. Yikes. We had to wait a whole month to get our paperwork and samples in order and the meeting public meeting finally took place last night.
We showed up early and sat on the steps waiting for city hall to open. We were the first ones in the meeting room and watched as architects and contractors on the agenda as well filed in with blueprints, huge sample boards, etc. I felt grossly under-prepared. The board grilled the first people up to bat, which only made me more nervous. We were up third and they were very kind to us. I would guess the fact that we were so young (and I was clearly terrified) helped a little. Not to mention, ANYTHING is going to be an improvement. They went over some requirements with us, such as all corner boards and trim has to be at least 4 inches wide.
They didn’t have too many concerns and seemed pleased with the choices we had made. We were very open and asked for their input. It was pretty painless. In the end our project was “deemed appropriate” by the board and their waived the 2 week waiting period. So change is on the way!
This is what our little house looks like as of this week…
It’s pretty stark. Much like the inside of the house when we moved in, it has been stripped of any character or charm. It’s not a very big or busy house, and it never has been. You may notice we have some new corner planters and removed that awful railing (as pictured in my post about the porch from April). The three middle planters have also been moved.
And here is a (very quick and dirty) mock-up of what the proposed finished product will look like. Please excuse the unfortunate clone-stamp work.
Some notes on the plan…
This is only the beginning. I’m sure this won’t be the last obstacle. But it does feel good to finally have to go-ahead from the city and now it’s in our hands.
I would love to hear your thoughts about the proposed changes and details I am still debating.