Love my cycloptic new construction! There are no shingles on the roof yet, and the front door is inoperable, but with the windows now in the structure, our house is currently about as sound as the one that was there previously. Remember this atrocity?
You know, three different people told me they had nightmares about my teardown after looking at interior pictures like this:
So if you happen to have any Silence of the Lambs dreams tonight, please let me know.
My new house is coming along swimmingly. Here’s the situation. I’ve started doing some design consulting with my builder in exchange for some upgrades. And no, design consulting is not a euphemism for anything scandalous, thank you. Recently, he asked me to give him my opinion on his new model (also not a euphemism). I figure sychophants are of limited usefulness, so I tried to give honest and specific notes on both what worked and what gave me pause. And then after I hit send, I had a good long freak out. You see, this builder dude has so much power over my life right now. If he decided to screw me over, he totally could. “Was I too harsh? With my ostentatiously prodigious lexicon, why could I not come up with a word more diplomatic than ‘cop-out’? What’s wrong with me!?”
Of course, the guy, as Kent assured me he would be, is 100% professional and one of those amazing people who take constructive criticism (unlike me, “So you’re saying I’m stupid?”) who never for a moment considered deleting all my bathrooms and putting up an outhouse because I said his mudroom showed room for improvement. But still, you can see how this situation of being a quasi-employee/customer is tricky. Which is to say, Vivek, if you’re reading this, I really enjoyed reviewing your, um, model. And you’re houses are, like, the total, super coolest. Ever.
(I am laughing so hard right now.)
One of the issues I mentioned was getting more natural light or at least a sensation of lightness into the kitchen without losing cabinetry. I said, what about some strategically placed glass front cabinets? And the builder raised me an above-cabinet transom! I’m so mad I didn’t think of this idea. When I write my memoires, I’m taking credit for this idea furrealz. It’s like a skylight on the wall taking advantage of the 10′ ceilings in the kitchen. I hunted around houzz.com for some images, and there weren’t many. So either this concept is a lead balloon that will never fly, or we’re the pioneers of the next big thing in kitchens. Here are a few of the images I did find.
All three of these kitchens feature symmetrical transoms flanking the stove.
So here’s the part where I need your input (here or in my inbox). The exterior wall of my kitchen is not neatly symmetrical like this, but what do you think of transom windows over the kitchen cabinets? Genius or weird? Love it or lose it? Would you do something like this in your house?
Let’s have at least as many votes as I had for Halloween costumes, please? In fact, not to be too psycho girlfriend or anything, but if I don’t get at least three opinions, I’m going to listen to Adele and look at pictures of us while I burn myself with a cigarette lighter. Okay, go.