So, much has been said about the House That Annie Had Built, and it’s even shown up here before–
But everyone knows about the Lake House, because it gets talked about all the time. What hasn’t been seen much, save during the holidays and the scene in the first book where Annie left for school for the first time. However, that doesn’t mean I have figured out what it looks like . . .
The background to Annie’s parent’s house really started back in 2011. The house first came up in conversation, probably around August of that year, when my friend Tanya–the original Annie–started talking about an idea she had for the house where Annie lived in the mountains. Now, Tanya will be the first to say she’s not a “visual person,” and while she had the idea about how the house looked, she didn’t know how to bring that vision out.
But since I’ve all the tools and I’m used to designing stuff, I thought I’d draw up the house based upon what she said in our texts.
Just for the record, Tanya loved the layout; she felt it was just how she thought the house should look: not too fancy, but still something impressive. And just strange enough that it would fit in well in the world of magic.
I’m considered doing a three-dimensional version of the plan for some time, and Saturday afternoon I spent several hours putting the house together, making some modifications from the original design, and then getting pictures of the three-dimensional layout.
All so you guys can see this.
Let’s start with the basement, because it’s as good a place to start. Here it is:
So, from right to left we have a spiral staircase to the ground floor, a family room, a bed room, a full bath, and a tunnel. The staircase is easy enough to explain, as is the tunnel, which is the four hundred and twenty meter route to Annie’s Lake House, with a little detour to Pavlina Kirilova’s greenhouse and lab. This is the way Annie takes when there’s lots of snow on the ground and she doesn’t feel like dealing with the mountain elements. The large passage from the stairs to the tunnel also has little areas set in the wall you can’t see for storage and other things.
The family room is found in a lot of homes, where people retreat into their lower levels to watch TV and BS. The full bath, however, seems a little too full for anyone to just use, and if you look closely, you’ll see there’s a door leading to the bedroom as well. There’s also a door leading from the from the family room to the bedroom, and that’s because . . . this is the master bedroom where Pavlina and Victor sleep. The parents sleep in the basement? Yep. And why not? It’s quiet, you have your own bathroom, and when Annie’s up in her room or out to the lake house, it’s a nice, quiet place to stay and feel like you’re the only couple in the universe.
So the stairs go up. To where? Here:
Here is the ground floor. Big porch out front, another big porch in the back. What we have here, going clockwise, are the stairs, the living room, a storage area and the half bath, the dining room, another set of stairs going up, the mud room, the kitchen, a full bath and a closet/storage area, a bedroom, and Victor’s office/study. In the dining room scene just described, Annie sits along the long side of the table facing the windows, her mother sits to her right and close to the kitchen, and her father sits with his back to the large window. And Victor gets his own office because, well, he needs one. Where’s Pavlina’s? Out in the greenhouse/lab: that’s her domain.
This is as good a time as any to point out that the main entrance faces north, looking out on to a mountain flank, so the dining room is gonna get all the morning light. The kitchen is filled with a lot of modern equipment, most of it enhanced with magic. And the bedroom is now the guest bedroom, but at one time this was Annie’s bedroom until she was almost six, at which time the bedroom on the first floor was built for her. Even as a little girl Annie had her own bath.
Originally the first floor of the house was a lot of open space, and there was always talk of building guest rooms up there, but once Annie grew older and required her own space, Mama and Papa decided their little girl needs here own area. And they got it for her:
And talk about a place! It’s everything a teenage Bulgarian princess needs to call her own. And that’s really what the first floor is: it’s Annie’s living quarters. Off the stairs she has a sitting room for visitors, and a bathroom for them both. Inside the room there’s access to a walk-in closet, and her bedroom–it’s the size of the dining room, the half-bath/storage area, and half the living room. With a little magic Annie can bring about just about any kind of furniture setup she likes in the open space at the end of her bed: study area, TV area, even a sitting area for those friends closest to her. It’s really her lake house before she had a lake house. When you think about it, Annie has living areas bigger than a lot of apartments and even some houses. Needless to say, she’s living large for a little girl.
There you have it: The Kirilovi Family dwellings. Probably the thing to do one of these days is to make out the land, and maybe build Pavlina’s lab/greenhouse.
But that’s for another time. After a few thousand more words.