I had been sleeping well all along. I’ve somehow been maintaining a que sera, sera kind of attitude. But last night, I found myself struggling through a fitful night, considering all the details to work out in the phase we’re entering. The “House Hunters International” fun is behind us. Now we’re on to the “Holmes on Homes” and “Design on a Dime” stage. In the house-hunting phase, money was an abstract, something we could, would, should spend. This phase will require us to supply a steady stream of real cash money.
We’ll need plenty of it, too. Many of our new friends here have implored us to skip the fancy schmancy architects and work directly with a local contractor. He in turn will deal with an architect, who as a hired hand, will draw up workable plans and get the permits. These friends indeed have done quite well working this way, but they have a talent that know we do not possess. Drawing on our experience as homeowners in the Northeast, we know what we don’t know about layout, air flow, scale or materials. I also don’t have the vocabulary