It always feels that way to some degree for every building, but the feeling is exponential given that these plans are for our own house.
Every building is a careful balance of competing desires, and spatial/budget limitations.
So many goals, opportunities and ideas; how to choose?
Our choices define us, and quite clearly to those who speak the language. One must attempt to define oneself in order to make informed choices, which can be difficult if not unsettling.
Compromises laid bare for all to see without explanation; there is no such thing as a building without compromises. Can we post explanatory placards like a museum? "Yes, we could have done this, but then that would be affected and we valued that more."
Maybe we can venture into that territory in later posts if people are interested, but for now have your way with it.
I'll offer up this for now:
- 2000 sq.ft. conditioned; radiant floor downstairs, radiators upstairs. Energy recovery ventilator.
- The spaces are tight, intentionally.
- Solar access, views of the garden, and indoor-outdoor living in Oregon's lovely climate are major organizational elements.
- Yes, that is an exterior door in the shower. (Might regret it, might be awesome.)
We are glad to answer any "But why..." questions.