We have FINALLY finalized our house plans (check it out under the gallery section). This was a labor of love mostly because we kept changing our minds about quite a few things. It was recommended to us by a friend that we shouldn’t just buy plans online because we would probably want or need to change many things. We were also working within certain perameters because the land was put under the Williamson Act back in the 70s (I spent way too much of my life reading up on this, lol). This act gives property tax relief in exchange for limited development. This is awesome for tax purposes, but does limit the square footage of the house we can build. This wasn’t a problem except for when we wanted to increase room sizes or hallway sizes. We had to give and take from other parts of the house. In the end, we were so thankful to have found AMS Drafting, who designed the house for us. Aaron Salazar specializes in Modern Farmhouses in the area. This was like finding a diamond in the rough because most Modern Farmhouse styles are being built in Utah, Texas, Colorado, etc. There aren’t a ton out here in Cali! Anyway, given that the land has been in the family for 100 years, but hasn’t been farmed or developed, we knew that what we were building had to be well thought out in order to properly represent the historical component as well as the modern vision Aaron and I have for it. AMS Drafting did just that and his fees included site visits to help with layout and any other questions we had.
As my husband, Aaron, was driving along the freeway, he smiled as he began to tell me the story of the first time this dream began as an idea... In short, he explained to me that he had a notebook that he carried with him around the school playground. The teacher in me grinned as I pictured a particular student who I could envision doing a similar thing. "What did you write in this notebook?" I asked. Aaron smiled as he said, "House ideas. My house ideas, other friends' house ideas, teachers' house ideas. Any dream house idea went in there." Oh, what I wouldn't give to get my hands on that notebook now! As silly as it sounds, all dreams must start as a simple idea and they begin to build momentum when attention is given to them. Flash forward 25 years, and here we are, about to make it happen. A home build. Our home build.
As I write this, it is evident to me that a sense of "home," was always living in Aaron and somewhere down the line in me, too. But as with all worthwhile things, it takes time. It takes patience, mistakes, money, a partner, advice, help, tenacity, and most importantly, faith. So I invite you to follow along as we take this 100 year-old plot of land and make this dream a reality.