I have really slacked on blogging about our new build. We are out there constantly, I take lots of pictures and we've picked out some awesome finishing details. But I've sucked at writing everything down on the blog. So grab a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine, depending on when you're reading this) and get cozy, lots has been going on so there's lots to catch you up on! In case you missed my first home update you can read it here.
It was so exciting once all the walls for up! Since Nolan and I worked with our builder and an architect to create our floor plan, we had never been in a house just like this. It was so nice to be able to finally walk the rooms and really get a feel for the layout and size of everything.
We are planning on doing a medium gray stucco finish with limestone, and white trim around the windows with navy shutters. The entire arched entrance area will be completely covered in limestone (with other portions of the house in limestone as well)
I am OBSESSED with the pine ceiling detail on our front covered porch (it's on our back covered porch as well). We can't decide if we should stain it dark brown to match our front doors or just seal it as is a keep the natural color. What do you think!?
As you can see from the photos SO much progress has been made. Both on the structural side and on the cosmetic finish side! We've now picked faucets, countertops, sinks, garage doors, appliances, some lights and we have a meeting to select our wood floors tomorrow! Can I just say how badly this gives me anxiety! I am usually pretty decisive with design decisions for our build, I have a very visual mind so I can picture all the details of our house and how it's going to look down to the smallest details. But these floors are leaving me indecisive and overwhelmed, yes I know...first world problems. But since we are building a reverse ranch most of our living space is on the main floor meaning LOTS of wood floors throughout our open concept. And I am beyond nervous I'm going to choose the wrong wood floors or ones that we won't like in the future. So, with that being said any tips/suggestions are always welcomed. We are wanting lighter colored wood with wide planks to compliment our modern farmhouse feel we are going for. I've told Nolan I'm leaving the final decision up to him (no pressure, hun!) Can't wait to share with you what we finally decide. I'm not kidding when I say we've been looking at wood floors for over a year! One of the first things we did after reserving our lot last April was go look at flooring. We knew this would be a difficult decision for us, just didn't realize it would literally take us a year to decide.
So far I have bought three different sets of lights for the house and I managed to get all of them on some sort of sale. Lighting is expensive! So I highly recommend beginning your search early and then keeping your eye out for a good sale on your particular light. Some of the lights we already bought are for my closet and Nolan's closet and some are for the main guest bathroom. I am obsessed with my closet lights! They are gold, fun, fabulous and make me so excited to get into my closet and organize everything. (I will have three of these chandeliers in my L-shaped walk-in closet)
I love the lights for Nolan's closet! He picked them out all on his own (he constantly has amazed me throughout this process...he has such great design taste!) We knew going into the build we had to have separate walk-in closets. We both have a slight shoe problem and clothing problem for that matter. Shortly after we decided it would be fun to truly make our closets look like his and hers and design them to reflect each of us. While mine will have a girly/romanic feel he's going to have a very rustic/masculine feel in his. It will be fun to each have our own little oasis in our closets. (Nolan will have 2 of these chandeliers in his closet).
The last lights we have gotten so far are for our main guest bathroom. We are trying to carry our modern farmhouse theme throughout and I'm kind of in love with what we are doing in this room! Remember when I said Nolan has great taste? Well he found the inspiration photo and the lights for this room too.
We have 2 of these galvanized gooseneck lights. There will be one on each side of the mirror adding the perfect touch of farmhouse to this space! These are technically outdoor lights, but for $20 a piece (I got them on sale) I couldn't beat the price!
Next up, our garage doors! There are so many little details that you don't even think of! Like the type of hardware for your garage doors. And who knew there would be SO many options! In the end, these are the ones we chose.
Hope you've enjoyed the house update! So much has been happening, but even more is about to change soon. Currently plumbing and electrical is going in. Followed by drywall soon, then we can really get a feel for all of the rooms. Once I receive the final spread sheet with all of our faucets I'll share those with you along with our quartz and marble selections. I know people say lighting can make a huge difference and is like jewelry for your home, but I think faucets are just as important and can really help finish a room. I did lots of research when looking for faucets and thought long and hard about styles/finishes/height/etc. I love what we've come up with and I think you will too!
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions about our experience/process thus far. I love hearing from you.