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Dream house and adoption…

It’s that time of the year when you have to keep parts of the house closed off because Japanese apartments are poorly insulated, and it gets really cold if everything is opened up.

Today is my first of two days off in a row that’s not a weekend, and I’m super happy about it.  My goal is to do some shopping (grocery and ugly Christmas sweater wise), and some household chores.  I just finished revising my resignation letter for Company H, and I’ll drop that in the mail a bit later.

Yesterday was an interesting day.  We toured 4 completely built Misawa houses.  If you haven’t been following the house saga, you can catch up here.  Unfortunately, we weren’t able to find our dream house among them, but we found that if we combined two of the models and did a bit of tweaking, we’d have the house we’ve always dreamed of.

Misawa House

This is the floor plan for our perfect house.  I numbered everything, so I can explain what you’re looking at here (and also what I did to the house to make it perfect for us).

  1. Guest room: Formerly tatami room, I closed off the wall that connected to the living room, giving it only one entry and thus making it a little more private.  We’d do away with tatami and turn the closet into a regular clothes closet.
  2. Entryway with shoes/storage closet: In addition to having a huge entryway, this model had a closet from the entryway which could serve as space for all Mamoru’s extra shoes (okay mine too but I think he has more than I do) as well as storage for bottled water and stuff like that.  I also added a bench in the entry because it makes it so much easier to put on shoes that way.
  3. Shower and tub: This room was not part of the original plan.  I added it.  The original shower/tub was #4 giving us a tiny sink and vanity next to the washing machine space in #5.  Since that would not do for us, I added this room making #4…
  4. Sink/vanity: This space was too small in the original plan.  Having a counter with your sink is almost unheard of in Japanese homes.  It makes for a ridiculously small getting ready space.  I fixed that dedicating this space entirely to that which would give us extra storage underneath the sink and tons of space to get ready.
  5. Laundry: I envisioned an entire space for laundry, and I imagine with kids this will be a necessity.  We also have a dryer which is something not many Japanese homes have.  Therefore, we need a space for it.  I imagine, I’d like a folding counter attached to one wall and we could put the dryer under it or on top of it if it’s big enough.
  6. Huge kitchen: This model had a dishwasher (squee!) and a pantry (double squee!).  I also liked that you could tack on your kitchen table to the end of the kitchen counter like in this picture.  This model also had an attached desk which would be good for Mamoru’s work (and he could stop working at the kitchen table) plus a study space for the children.
  7. Living room: This model had high windows which we both really liked as well as recessed lighting throughout the kitchen and living room.
  8. Toilet #1: Right in the entry, perfect for when you just can’t hold it.
  9. Storage: This is a half room.  We envisioned using this for seasonal storage like Christmas tree and the like as well as things we don’t use that often.
  10. Child #1 room
  11. Child #2 room
    Since all NPOs require that an adopted child has his or her own room, these two rooms are crucial for adopting future children.  I liked that they both had closets and are exactly the same size, so there would be no fighting over a bigger room.
  12. Toilet #2
  13. Master bedroom: This house is only 2 stories but it has a multi-leveled 2nd floor which is the thing I loved about this house.  The master bedroom is a couple steps up from the children’s rooms.  The original master had a tiny balcony which to me seems pointless, so I did away with that giving us a much larger master space.
  14. Kura: A couple steps up from the master is the Kura room.  We both liked this style of Kura because it had a normal ceiling and not a half ceiling like the model Kura we looked at.  This would be Mamoru’s office space.  However, I decided to add a closet to the Kura giving Mamoru more storage for his ten million pieces of clothing because the master closet is large, but I don’t think it’s big enough for all the clothes.

That’s it.  This is our dream Misawa house.  Next weekend we will tour Hebel Haus houses, and the following weekend we will sit with Misawa and design our dream house as well as look at financials (the thing Mamoru is most worried about obviously).  Mamoru is also going to attend a seminar about small housing companies before we decide who to choose.

Shout out to Mamoru who spent all night last night finishing our foster to adopt application for the CGC.  We gathered and filled out some 20 different kinds of forms.  I know it was a tremendous undertaking for him.  However, I’m so glad it’s finally done and we can send it,

Anyway, that’s all the news that’s fit to print.  I have to get my day started since it’s already lunch time.  I hope you had a lovely weekend.  Be well.

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