Giving a new house some character is the challenge of our new build! In our last post, we discussed how the use of finishes can bring real soul character to an new home even before you decorate! If you missed it... go back and read Give a New House Some Old Soul, Part 1 Before… Continue reading Give a New House Some Old Soul, Part 2
The Conundrum: I have a confession: I'm really not a big fan of new houses. That doesn't make very much sense... seeing as we are building a new house. Don't get me wrong, I am very excited about no roof replacements for at least 25 years, brand new paint, the perfect layout and not having… Continue reading Give a New House Some Old Soul, Part 1
(Plus a few house updates) Before I begin talking about organic gardening... we wanted to give you a quick update. You may have noticed that we have been missing for a few weeks. Well... we ended up having to wait about 8 weeks for our septic permit to be approved. So, in the house building… Continue reading Organic Gardening for Beginners, Part 2
Personal and Literal Growth While We Wait They say waiting is supposed to help you grow. Apparently, it develops patience. Well... you would think we would have had bucket loads of patience by now. While we wait for septic and building permits to go through before our new home build can actually start I just… Continue reading Organic Gardening for Beginners
Surviving the construction loan closing like a pro If you have been following our house building journey for any amount of time... you might be wondering if we will ever actually build a house or if we just like talking about building a house! It may not seem like we know how to be closers.… Continue reading Be a Closer: A Construction Loan Closer
What can go wrong and how to avoid it happening to you! We've scrimped and saved. We've waited, agonized and prayed... and FINALY we heard back from the bank and the appraiser. Our first appraisal did not go well. In short, our project appraised for several thousand dollars less than it would cost to build.… Continue reading New Construction Appraisals
You probably already know that building a house usually takes longer than you might expect. But, do you know how long the build up is to building a house? Us either! So many people shared with us "Be prepared for delays. Building a house can take a long time." NO ONE said, however, "be prepared… Continue reading How Long Does It Take to Build a House?
Spring has (finally) arrived to our nine acre forest and, for heaven's sake, we're so glad!! Winter felt like it would never leave us. Now, when we walk through our property no two walks are the same. There is an exciting emergence of brand new baby leaves, strange plants I've never seen and flower buds… Continue reading Growing Deeper Roots… Literally
I've known people who have designed and built their dream home only to walk in when it's finished and say... 'we hate it, we don't want to live here.'" -REALTOR WE MET. NAME: UNKNOWN Ummm... what??!! One day while David and I were creepily touring a new construction model home (with absolutely no intention to… Continue reading How To Build A Home With No Regrets
Clearing land is no joke people. Picture nine acres of forest, never inhabited by anything but squirrels, deer, birds and rabbits (Snow White's dream property! -minus the dwarfs). Imagine tall tree after tall tree, wild grape vines, wild rose bushes, raspberry bushes and blueberry bushes. Imagine meandering little streams running through the woods on their… Continue reading Well… We’re Stumped!