Hi Everyone,

It's Thursday's Foundation to Furnishings feature time again. On Friday! A Day late.
So, I thought I would share with you where we are in the process and how we got here.
Do you want the long, or short version?  Long it is...

First, why Newport, Rhode Island?
My husband and I met in Newport years ago and after we married, we purchased a house that we rented out in the winters months, and used in the summers months. Both of our families summered there so we had lots of cousins and family in the area. As time went on, our kids grew, and we tired of fixing what renters had left behind. So we sold.  Since then, we have rented for the summers, while searching for a home to buy. But to no avail. Then, last summer, we got lucky and become aware of a small, build-able lot, not yet on the market. A rare find in Newport. Even more rare, it was walking distance to a Newport beach, and if you like long walks (which we do) it was close enough to walk to town, and we are hoping (cross your fingers), that we may have some water views, or at least water glimpses from the second floor. We can hear the waves, we are hoping we can see a few. So, after a few "should we, or shouldn't we" moments, we purchased the lot.

What we have checked off the To Do List so far...
The lot has been purchased and surveyed, the architect has been hired, lots of photos have been pinned, our "wish list' (# of bedrooms, bathrooms...) has been created...a few exterior looks have been drawn and the layout is in the process of being finalized. The challenge so far is getting everything we want on our "wish list" in the square footage that we determined would be enough space, but not a burden to take care of... giving us more beach time! So we are currently looking at where we can trim.

Here are drawings from Architect Paul Burke; The first drawing was tweaked from the gambrel style I featured last week to a shingle style, and the second drawing is a first floor layout option with a living room, library/dinning room, pantry, kitchen /family room/dinning area, and back mud room.

Design Inspirations
casual, laid back living space

pretty pale wood tones

simple outdoor shower

Would love you feedback. 
Michaela Carlin (Katie's mom)