In June 2018, we sold our first home and began the journey of building a new home for the first time. It’s had its ups and downs but we are about six months in and have about six months to go and things are finally starting to take shape. I figured this would be the best time to give everyone a little update (here’s a little sneak peak rendering of the exterior to start us off).

So far we have worked on getting the lot, getting loans, getting permits and then breaking ground and starting to actually build the house. At this point, we have the main footings and foundation, framing and sheeting completed. We are just waiting for a few minor fixes to the framing and then the roof can start going on. Once the roof is going up we can start electrical, HVAC, and plumbing and then we have what’s called Four Way Inspection. This is the inspection on Framing, Plumbing, HVAC, and Electrical. After these items are completed and we pass Four Way the ball really starts to roll. But until then, I am relishing in the fact that I can actually vaguely see what my new home is going to look like.

Walking though I can start to visualize more fully, the exterior elevations, the cathedral ceiling in the living/kitchen/dining room, the tray ceilings in the entry and master bathroom, and where all the carpentry wall details and architectural details are going to go. I can envision myself sitting in our sunroom/office with a cup of criobru, or cooking a yummy meal in our kitchen, or waking up in our serene bedroom, or drafting at my drafting table. I’m also getting to the point where I am finalizing all the finishes, fixtures, and decorative furnishings and accents. And being able to walk the halls of our soon to be home in this stage really helps us bring it all together.

To give you a glimpse into where I am drawing inspiration from, here are a few images to give you a sneak peak (below). Now, I don’t want to give too much away but most of my inspiration is drawn from my main scheme we decided on, which plays of off our organic aesthetic. Of course, you can expect lots of natural textures and motifs, and earth-tones paired with light and airy permanent finishes.

I cannot wait to get into this house and to be able to lay down some roots. Building a house is not for the faint of heart, but the end is in sight. Until then though, we are just learning and enjoying and growing to be better at what we do through this process.