Ok, so I swear I started typing this post before the deadline was up, but I had a lot to write >.<
The Johnson family loves the beach but can't afford to move to the shore. Brian is a captain on a fishing boat and is often gone for weeks at a time. Stacia and the twins, Bethany and Betryse love the ocean just as much. The entire family is loves the outdoors and knows how to use the astrolabe in the front yard.
They love pulling fish out of their little stream and are just as comfortable in the water as they are on it. Across the little bridge is a still pool that the family uses for relaxing in. The girls enjoy playing under the waterfall and love pretending to be mermaids. The statue near the falls likely had something to do with their choice of make believe worlds.
On the other side of the house, Stacia and Brian prefer to do the majority of the cooking outside. With the fresh outdoors a mere step away, who wouldn't? There are two open fire cooking pots outside and plenty of counter space near the door. The cold storage is dug in under some of the boulders. The air that whips across the meadow makes quick work of drying laundry as well.
It's not always the best weather, and during the colder months, it's important to be able to cook indoors, so there is a spacious welcoming kitchen with plenty of space for guests. To the left of the camera (see top down view) is a keg of the best grog a pirate ahem, sailor Captain can get his hands on.
A winter kitchen is only as good as it's pantry, so they have a well stocked indoor supplies as well.
Captain Brian Johnson keeps his maps and ledgers in one of the most prominent places in the house. He wants to include his family as much as possible and while he'd hoped to have had a son to pass his trade on to, he does want his daughters to be knowledgeable about the stars and the seas and everything it takes to run a successful business.
The rest of the living room is cozy. When the family is kept inside by the weather, they have chess and books and a fiddle and tambourine to pass the hours. A trap door under the rug is quick in a pinch for stashing smuggled contraband.
The upstairs has two bedrooms with identical dressing rooms. The dressing rooms have a large armoire, a chamber pot, and a wash basin and pitcher. Stacia and Brian are happy that their daughters have their own space and even more so that they themselves have privacy. Because Brian is gone so often, the time they do have together is precious. The twins are quickly growing up into fine young ladies and they are thrilled to have a vanity and looking glass.
Bottom and Top. I've moved or removed 4 doors. The fireplace is an oven, and the chimney stack is a separate decorative piece. Hopefully, those two won't cost me any more points. Oh goodness, I hadn't thought about the stairs on the bridge possibly being against the rules as well, but if so, they were still points well spent. I've extremely happy with this house and I'm excited for the last one!