October – The “Alpine” Room

When we first stamped out the dimensions for this room in the snow, and later laid miscellaneous branches around the frozen ground to get a perspective of the size of the space, we had not envisioned an “alpine room.”  What is an alpine room, one might ask.  I’m not really sure, except that it evokes images of Heidi (Arianna’s favorite book) — a sloping roof, steep mountains (well — a steep hill), and two tiny windows that flank a chimney.   All we need now are flower boxes overflowing with spring flowers — but that will have to wait ’till spring.

During the course of construction — it looked big — when we just had branches marking where the walls should be.  Then it looked small when they poured the cement footers.  Then it looked big when it started to take shape.  Then it looked small when the walls started to go up.  Then it looked big when the dry wall went up.  Then it looked small as the fireplace was completed and the trim went in.  So small, in fact, that we were shopping for a smaller alternative to our sofa and loveseat.  And then we decided to just wait.  Wait and see what it was really going to feel like when we moved the furniture in.  Not only does it fit, but it feels like home.  We have the pictures hung, the TV connected and the fireplace is ready to go — if we can stop unpacking long enough to strike a match.

Construction Begins
Construction Begins
The Addition looks way too tiny
The Addition looks way too tiny
Addition Foundation
Addition Foundation
An Alpine Addition?
An Alpine Addition?

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A sloping roof, some windows, and a space for the chimney.
A sloping roof, some windows, and a space for the chimney.
The back of the house, it all comes together with pop of color from the red tin roof over the laundry/mud room.
The back of the house, it all comes together with pop of color from the red tin roof over the laundry/mud room.
The Family Room is finished.
The Family Room is finished.
Pictures are hung, TV is installed, we're quite content.
Pictures are hung, TV is installed, we’re quite content.
A sunny spot in the corner to read a book amid our lemon, lime and banana tree plants.
A sunny spot in the corner to read a book amid our lemon, lime and banana tree plants.

5 thoughts on “October – The “Alpine” Room

  1. Well I read the entire history in one sitting!! Having been there/done that but starting with just plans and a lot I can somehow relate to what you/ve done. Just wish I cold get there to see it, but you are still a l-o-n-g dive from Norfolk. Best wishes with your new home. When you are short of stature (as I am) low celings and shelves are a blessing!!!!

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  2. Wow, welch ein Heim ist es geworden! Da habt ihr eine achtliche Leistung erbracht! Wir Gratulieren und wünschen euch im neuen Heim alles Gute!

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