I've been busy with finals all week so I haven't had a chance to look at everyone's entries in detail yet but I'm sure I'll be back with some WCIFs once I have some more time In the meantime though, I want to get my entry up while I have some time.
For this round I chose the Johnson family:
Budget - 70,000 - Stacie, Brian and the twins, Hannah and Teresa (aged 9) love the beach. They can't afford to move to the shore, so they'd like to bring the beach to their home. BONUS The twins don't mind sharing a room, BUT they would LOVE to have their own bathroom (their parents would love it too).
I've always been slightly confused by the location and climate of Veronaville - half of it looks like Tuscany, the other half a small English village. I like to think of it as northern Italy with a large community of English ex-pats (the Capps).
In any case, for a beach loving family, I had to go Italian with a twist:
I imagine that it would be about an hour away from the beach - close enough that they can still visit, but far enough away that on a really hot day, relaxing by their own pool is just as good as any beach.
Final price: $68,557
The interior is much more modern than the slightly traditional Italian exterior lets on. There are splashes of colour everywhere, with beachy souvenirs from past trips and pot plants finding their way into every nook and cranny. There are lots of pale woods and beach themes (like the couch cushions) woven in to the home to show the family's love of the beach. The main living area also features a tv and bookcases, with a small bench under the front two windows.
The kitchen and dining room are kept bright with light colours. The fridge lives to the right, while there is a trash compactor underneath the full counter on the left. The dining room also features some beachy trinkets from past holidays on the shelving and sideboard, as well as some more pot plants. Their love of the beach extends to a love of beachy plants like dune grass and palm trees. The dining room also houses a fish tank - while the pool might be just as nice as the sea on a hot day, Stacie and Brian weren't going to let the girls try to keep fish in there, so they thought the tank was necessary .
The master bedroom features some slightly more subdued beach colours, with sandy browns and bright blues. The wood is kept light to keep some airiness to the room. The master bathroom is also airy, with light blue and white.
The twins' bedroom is very much their own space. They share a desk, although they also have a small wheely table that can be moved and used as needed for homework. Each of their bunks are decorated with some personal touches and their stuffed animals also litter the room. There's a stereo in the white table by the door to help them blow off some steam.
Their garden is where the beach theme really shines. Even though it meant extra work cleaning, they decided to surround the pool with sand as nothing beats the feeling of sand between the toes. There's a barbeque off to the right for those long summer evenings. On the back wall, there's a small fountain with drinkable water so that people climbing out of the pool don't go dripping chlorine in the kitchen for a drink.
The planting around the house features more grasses and palm trees as well as tropical flowers and some bamboo.
The pool area is enclosed with a gated fence, with the swing set living outside this area - Stacie and Brian wanted the twins to be able to play outside freely with their friends without them having to worry about someone falling in the pool - safety first!