Our Latest Project
We’re building our dream home in my childhood hometown! We are so excited. We’ve been yearning for more space ever since we got Winston (re: yard). We’ve completely outgrown our townhouse and not to mention, we are just sick of being on top of other people :) we are ready for a big yard and lots and lots of SPACE! Oh, and my dream kitchen!!
We have been dreaming, planning, budgeting, saving and saving for the day we could build our dream home. Both Jason and I have always known that in order to get our ‘dream home’ in this area, we would have to build it. There were many spec homes with various builders that had just a few things missing and we knew we were headed down the build road.
We knew we wanted a new construction home (either already built or one to be built) but we weren’t sure which option would be best for us. We actually even placed an offer on an existing new construction home that was move-in ready but we retracted our offer because of the crazy contingencies from the realtor and it wasn’t *quite* what we wanted so we finally sat down with a builder. We chose our builder because we noticed, after looking at a bunch of houses, the ones we really loved were all from the same builder so we knew it was a sign!
We actually signed the contract in March but there hasn’t been much progress up until now because the permit process in the town we’re moving to is very very long and strict. Everything finally got approved to move forward in August and just last week, they demolished the existing house that was sitting on our lot, cut down some trees, and leveled it all out.
The above photo is the house that used to be there. Crazy, isn’t it? We are in between two other new construction homes and thankfully the neighborhood we are moving into is all pretty much new construction so we won’t have to worry about loud noises when we move in. And it’s a very quiet neighborhood with very little traffic and it’s a dead end, so it’s perfect for an alert dog like Winston ;)
We are most excited about how big our yard is going to be. The below photo is just half our yard. There is more yard to the left of the photo that I couldn’t capture! Winston is going to be in heaven! We are too because we have dreamed of the day we could just open the door out to our yard to have him go to the bathroom, haha – we also will have a large deck where we will be able to entertain and grill on summer nights.
There is just so much within this building process that I’ve never realized until we started doing this. SO MANY DECISIONS to make and it’s really crazy how you have to plan for the future with a new construction home. We have three design meetings coming up and the first meeting, we have to talk about the electrical plan and where we want electrical outlets and whatnot. Basically, you have to think about each room and what the layout potentially will be like so you don’t waste an electrical outlet or miss anything!
Have you built a home before or have done a big home renovation? What are some things you added to your house that you absolutely cannot live without?
For example, we are adding a pot filler above our stove, a gas line out to our deck for the grill…but I want to know what else! I don’t want to miss a thing! Tell me, tell me!
I will be blogging about the entire process from start to finish so don’t forget to follow along on social media! Snapchat for sure but also all the other channels with the hashtag #tablefortwoblogHOME
Posted on September 15, 2016