20 February 2011

All I Want is a Room Somewhere...

You may have noticed the downturn in posting frequency as of late.  I wish I could say my absence was because of my long hours in front of my machine.  Alas, not much sewing has been happening around Chez HZC.  Mainly because hubby and I are busy picking out "stuff" for the next Chez HZC. 

Who knew that building a house from scratch would be so time-consuming?

Oh...so you say everybody knows that do they?  Piss off.

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of tile, hardwood, cabinetry, counter tops, doors, windows, mouldings, siding, roofing, trim work and lighting.  It's frickin' exhausting.  Yet, exhilarating, all at the same time.  But, mostly exhausting.

So, I hope you all don't mind if I scatter a few house posts into the mix for the next while.

In that vein, I wanted to show you one of the most important places in the new house.  The Sewing Room (notice I capitalize Sewing Room because it's so darned important) will be in the largest guest bedroom.  To change the original house plan to better fit my sewing needs, a smaller closet was removed and the bathroom was converted into a Fabric Closet (again, the capitals are intentional - a Fabric Closet is nothing to joke about people).

The smaller area near the laundry room (which will be linked to the Sewing Room by a pocket door) will hold a cutting table.  The larger area will have two wrap around desks for all my machines and a chair for Hartley to lounge in while I create.  I am positively dizzy over the windows in this room - all that natural light will be devastatingly gorgeous, I'm sure.  I often have daydreams of myself in the space - windows thrown open, birds singing, machines whirring...ah, it's just so loverly!


* Bonus points to anyone that can identify the origin of my post title.

23 comments:

K2 said...

I'm so jealous of The Sewing Room. I have to put up with being crammed into a corner of our basement. Boo. Oh, and the post title, "My Fair Lady", correct?

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Oh please share away! I will watch and read along with pleasure, joy and anticipation of the arrival of your new sewing room...and FABRIC CLOSET! Cause that's the most important addition! *LOL* Will it be climate controlled with special lighting? Well a girl can dream can't she!

patti said...

Source of title: Wouldn't it be loverly--My Fair Lady.

Mary Beth said...

Oh, won't this be loverly??!!!

BeccaA said...

Ooh, how lovely to have a dedicated sewing room! It is so nice to be able to leave projects without having to clean up each time you stop sewing. Why is there an elevator?
House buying/building is a very time and energy consuming process, but very engrossing, too. Do you have a projected moving date?

a little sewing said...

Ah, a blogging "own room" theme today :)
I also thought of a song about a room as I posted today.
Your closet - the room for expansion-is that for real?
LOL!! Whether it's for real or a joke, my reaction is the same. Tres humorous!!

Your sewing room will be positively grand!! Can't wait to see how you set it up.

Anonymous said...

Screw the closet---I'm impressed with the elevator!!!! Well I don't mean that the fabric closet isn't important----but an ELEVATOR is awesome!! Renita

KC said...

Don't forget "Lots of Chocolate" for you to eat! And I, too, am impressed with the closet extension jutting out into -- space?

Rose said...

Your plans are impressive. I went through the house planning process with a good friend. It's so joyful and painful at the same time. Your fabric closet looks pretty big. Will your stash fill it? I know that your title is from "My Fair Lady". Do I still get the bonus points although several others beat me to the punch?

liz said...

far away from the cold night air..

and yes. i too love the Fabric Room with the ELEVATOR adjacent. whaaat? is it for hauling shopping cars full of fabric isnt it! i'm also very impressed with the "hers" closet expansion. does it have its own window?

Sewfast said...

"With one enormous chair...would't it be lovely"...now I'm going to have to watch My Fair Lady because that song is stuck in my head! I love the layout of your Sewing Room and Fabric Closet. We will be planning our retirement home in the near future and I hope to have the same accomodations. Good luck with the house building.

Naptime Seamstress said...

Uh, I feel dumb. I was thinking along the lines of "we'll have a blue room, a new room..." from The Girl Friend. Why does a mind go for the far-fetched instead of thinking of the obvious??!? And to think that I once taught h.s. music....

Anyway, beautiful plans. I wish you many happy hours of sewing!

And, a burning question: who will clean it??!?! :)

Carol said...

I could sing the whole of My Fair Lady in my sleep. That and South Pacific! I'm thrilled about your sewing room. You won't want to ever leave it. The thing about buidling and renovating is that every time you THINK you've decided on something, you see something else you want to add. I can't believe how much time I've spent agonising over two tiles that are indistinguishable to anyone except me or what EXACT shade I should paint the kitchen or whether I want a mixer tap or separate taps. You will be second guessing yourself even as the tradesperson is about to install whatever it is you're agonising about. It's fun, isn't it?

BeeBee said...

As the owner of a nice sewing space (for now, anyway), I would suggest you put the bathroom back in - so you don't EVER need to leave. Oh, and a small fridge and coffe pot is nice, as well.

wendy said...

those windows are going to be *awesome*! :) and i think having the laundry room right there is such a smart move. i'm jealous!!

Marie-Christine said...

That looks like a lovely sewing room :-). Big windows I hope, and nice view for those moments where the machine is steaming a bit too much?
I've always thought that guest rooms were perfect for sewing rooms - guests usually mean sewing interruptus, unless they're sewing friends in which case they can hardly object to sleeping among cut-up projects and stacks of patterns. You may still need a separate office from a guest room, but that's a different matter.
Besides, I think a good fold-out couch is a lovely addition to a sewing room - I like to nap among the fabrics and dream about what I'm going to do next, when I'm not actually up to doing anything. I know many people have prejudices about fold-out couches, but modern ones don't have the heinous bar-across-the-back, and I've been known to sleep on mine for months on end with no ill effect.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Song from My Fair Lady :)

That will be a lovely room!

Maggie said...

Whoa baby! What a plan!!!

Jane M said...

I simply want to sing along...."Loverly....loverly....loverly." (Isn' the My Fair Lady music fun?)This is so very exciting to watch take shape so yes, please post house stuff. We're in the midst of re-doing an entire master bath and even those decisions for one room can take hours of our time.

Jali said...

It would be loverly indeed to share in the joy of creating the Chez HZC Sewing Room and Chez HZC Fabric Closet. The loverliness could only be surpassed by creating a Chez EQC Sewing Room and Chez EQC Fabric Closet, a high improbability existing only in my head.

Share away, Shannon!

Sz said...

Obviously My Fair Lady. However, I want to know the dimensions of your sewing room? What did you decide on, and what influenced that decision?

Prince Charming and I are starting to look at plans for our "final" house, and I keep describing it as a sewing room with a house attached...he doesn't care, so long as the detached woodworking shop is insulated.

Theresa in Tucson said...

Having built the "house" with my other half, remember, it can be very stressfull. If you find yourselves at loggerheads just keep telling yourself it's worth it and that you both will get through it. We built eleven years ago, still married, and even went on to build a few more to keep as rental income. Your "stay in place" future plans are terrific.

Anonymous said...

Shannon, your ideas are lovely. I have a suggestion that might work for your laundry room. We just built a much smaller home (time for us to downsize before retirement) and used a countertop over the washer/dryer to extend the work space in my laundry/sewing room. I use that for folding laundry, auditioning fabrics, cutting out quilt tops and garments, and as a butler's pantry for dinner parties and family get-togethers (as it's located right off the kitchen). Take your time with your choices - some things are easy to change later (light fixtures, for instance); others are very costly and worth some extra consideration. Best of luck!
Debbie