Building the House

Give a New House Some Old Soul, Part 1

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 to deal with any of the previous owner’s grime, damage or questionable style. It’s just that new houses just don’t have a lot of character. Can I just come out and say it? They’re a little boring.

Even with my strong love for old homes, we decided to build because we found the perfect piece of land… and guess what? There’s no house on it! So… here is where we get creative! Does a new house have to look new? Not if I can help it! I’m really excited about this first post in a series of posts for giving our new house some character.

More about how we found the perfect piece of land in our post: Buying the Land of Our Dreams… On a Budget

Choose Finishes Wisely

Instead of choosing finishes based on what’s currently trendy or what is expected by your builder, we are taking a cue from old world style. Design that was cool back in the day and is still beautiful now. Here is some of my inspiration….

this copper farmhouse sink and marble features is a sure way of giving a new house character
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Giving a New House Character, with Marble & Copper

Marble and copper are two old world style favorites that will give any new home instant character. Many people shy away from these finishes due to their tendancies to patina over time and use… but to be honest this sounds great to me. Think about old marble stairs (think old courthouse) you’ve walked on and marveled at the idea that there was actually a time when walking on marble was no big deal (take me back!). Those stairs have been exposed to the elements and countelss dirty shoes and look at them… totally beautiful especially after wear and tear.

I truly believe that the more life it appears something has had, the more beautiful it becomes. Because our goal is giving a new house character, we have chosen a copper farmhouse sink much like the one pictured above for our home. We probably won’t have marble countertops (due to cost) but we will be finding a remnant and doing a special backsplash feature with it.

Giving a New House Character, with Stone

Here is a timeless example of how stone vreates even more beauty over time becuase of the character the stone develops
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Giving a new house charact was a simple as choosing a natural stone backsplash in this new kitchen
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Stone is a beautiful finish we see in very old homes quite often. It makes for a casual design choice in the very best sense of the word. It’s relaxed, natural and gives a very earthy and ancient feel to a new home.

Above, you might note that the first photo is an example of a very old home and the second is a photo of a brand new kitchen with a stone back splash. How beautiful is that? Are you convinced yet? What worked way back in the day still makes for dynamite design today! Stone is a sure fire way of giving a new house character.

We don’t currently have plans to use stone yet… but I’ve found a few DIY tutorials that might be useful in a future ‘after the build’ project… :).

Giving a New House Character, with Unstained, Natural Wood

Natural wood speaks for itself. It isn’t tamed into the color someone else wanted it to be, it isn’t perfectly finished, smooth and shiny. It almost exudes a character of it’s own. Natural wood comes to your house with it’s own backstory! If you are hoping to give your new house character, this one element can make a large impact.

Here is how we are planning to use it in our home’s design…

We plan on giving our new house character by encasing the range hood in our kitchen with a beautiful natural and chunky wood feature.
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We hope to encase the range hood in our kitchen with a beautiful natural and chunky wood feature.

Rather than putting drywall on our lofted ceiling we plan to utilize natural wood paneling to create a feeling of warmth in the room despite it's two story ceilings.
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Rather than putting drywall on our lofted ceiling we plan to utilize natural wood paneling to create a feeling of warmth in the room despite it’s two story ceilings.

I hope you have enjoyed the examples of how we plan to bring old world style to our new build. Please feel free to share your own inspiration with us! Find us on social medial below, or leave a comment!

Stay tuned for our next post on how we are bringing old soul to our new build.

Read more on design in Designing House Plans… On a Budget and How to Build a Home with No Regrets

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