Now that we've remedied **most** of the issues in the house, my thoughts turn outdoors. This was our first winter in the house and getting in cold icy cars every morning isn't fun, so a garage it shall be!
Both Equation Boy/Man and I are going through the process together (they need a garage, too!), and our garages are going to be fairly similar, but with some minor modifications. They have a driveway from the front of their house, whereas we'll use the alley. They have a wider lot than us. They want some dormers to make it pretty, I want height to protect the yard from the sun. (I'll show you when it is built what I mean.)
Currently we're waiting on the architect to finish up his drawings, then we'll be a bit closer to submitting for permits. I kept trying to envision what the garage will look like when we were sitting in the babe's doctor's office in Elmhurst and out the window I saw what I think is almost a twin the garage I want to build:
Just a dead simple 21' tall 3 car garage. Eventually, (if we're still here in 5 years) we'll blow the sides out with dormers and make it a manspace up there. Just like with the fireplaces, I'll keep you posted on the progress of the garage. Hopefully it will go FASTER than the fireplaces!