A peek into our new home!

July 27, 2017

Well we can't thank you enough for the kind words about our upcoming move!! We are SO thrilled and I cannot wait to share this journey with you. As I mentioned, there are still a lot of things that need to fall into place before we close...so I'm still anxious about it all. But I have a good feeling about everything and am happy to be able to share this news with you! 

So these photos aren't pretty at all but I think you'll see why we fell in love with this house, even with no walls. ;) Most of these were taken well before we even knew we were going to be able to buy it.

I show you this one first because it's right off the garage and it's one of the rooms I'm most excited about. This is a mud room/laundry space and it's so spacious! At first I was weary about having the laundry when you walk in the door, as we moved our washer and dryer in this house because of that very set up. BUT, it's plenty big enough. This room will hold the W/D, a set of cubbies and a folding table for clothes: 
Larget mud room/laundry combo

The best parts about it? One, a window. You'll see that this house has a ton of windows and it's one of the main reasons I fell in love with it. Nearly every room in the house has a window! I'll probably regret that later when we're buying blinds 😂, but I am obsessed with natural light so it makes me happy. 

Second, see that closet? I was able to change the layout even while we were just talking with the builder -- they figured if it all fell through the choices were still good ones. It's a really good sized closet and we have a coat closet near the foyer -- so I think we'll use this for bulky winter gear but mostly cleaning supplies. I'm so stinking excited about having a spot JUST FOR VACUUMS. Do you feel me here? I added an outlet in there as well so I can charge our cordless vacuum. Amaaaazing. 

This room will also be a hub for the house -- I plan to add a large chalkboard in here and a charging station on the folding counter. I cannot wait to tackle this space -- it will serve SO many needs! 

When you walk through that door you come into the kitchen -- overall I think it's a similar size to ours now, it's just longer and more narrow, instead of the square size we have now. The back area is where the kitchen table will go:
Our future kitchen layout

The room I'm most excited about is the family room! 😍 We don't have a living room or dining room in this new house. There's an office on the main level (that will be mine) and this large great room. I couldn't be happier -- one of the things on my mental "future" list for a house was having the high ceilings in the back of the house instead the front like we have now. I had a decorating client years back who had a regular foyer and when you walked to the back where they spent their time, it opened up. I loved it. I'm STOKED about this room: 
Two story great room with fireplace

Someday I'd like to add those faux wood beams to the ceiling. I have fun plans for the fireplace after we move in. But really, all I can think about every. single. time. we walk into this space is how good our tall Christmas tree is going to look in here. I'm seriously giddy about that. I can't help but think about where it will go. I'm thinking right in front of the big window: 
Large windows in family room

This is the photo I shared earlier this week -- can't you just see the garland on the stairs?: 
Two story family room

And yes, our boy is a giant now! He's grown in the couple weeks since this photo too. :) 

The other thing that really made me fall in love with this house is that the master is on the main level. We're not getting any younger so having everything we need on one level for years to come is going to be wonderful. 

The master has a bunch of windows and will be amazing during the day. Although at night I need a cave to sleep so I'm going to need all the blinds and drapes: 
Lots of windows in master bedroom

I know many don't care about the master size but still having a large bedroom like our current one was on my list for a forever house. This one is exactly the same size as ours! Literally every single thing I had in my head for a future house throughout the years is in this one. Every. thing! There's a tray ceiling in here that I already have a plan for later. ;) I found a light at Lowe's that I will put up after we move in. I can't wait to see this room come together! 

There's a peek at my favorite rooms in the house! I know it's not much now but you can see why I instantly fell in love with it. The upstairs is much smaller than our current home -- just two small bedrooms and a bath. The basement is large and will be finished -- but it will be a long time before we do any projects down there. 

I will share more details like the finishes I picked out with you soon! Have a GREAT weekend! 

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  1. Can't wait to see your new home come together. How fun that you found it early enough in the process to add your own custom touches. I'm with you having the master on the main floor - I *love* it. Don't miss having to go upstairs at all, although I am a bit jealous of your staircase for Christmas garland...

    1. I think that's one of the reasons I love it so much -- still has pretty stars but I won't have to go up them nearly as often! :)

  2. This is so exciting! Can't wait to see how it all comes together. When we were looking at houses we always would try to decide where the Christmas tree would go. We have a 13 foot ceiling in our living room and our 6 foot tree looked so dinky this Christmas. Where did you get your big tree? We are looking for a pre-lit 9-10 foot tree with strong branches. We have some heavy ornaments. :)

    1. Ours is 12 feet and we got it at Lowe's years back! It's held up great!

  3. Can you post your new floor plan? I would love to see that.

  4. I can tell why you fell in love with it instantly. It's a great layout. And, I know with all your special touches added it'll be amazing.

  5. Not what you were posting about but I see trees out those windows. Does the new place back onto the wild?

  6. Very nice! This will sure keep you busy for awhile! Which will be fun for the rest of us. Enjoy your new house!

  7. That is so nice that they let you make a few little changes! Can't wait to see it done!

  8. While it's still in this stage you should find a place where a window seat can be installed. We added one to our home and flanked a bookcase on either side to creat a nook. Storage underneath the window seat like the one you built. I know how you loved your window seat. Sure do envy all those windows!!

  9. I love your home....it reminds me a lot of the home we had custom built and have lived in for 6 years now. Love the first floor master, as well as the laundry room on the first floor. However, our guest bedrooms are downstairs and not upstairs. Your main floor layout is very similar to ours (no living room or dining room, as well as very tall ceilings in the back....love it!). However, we added so many more windows to our floor plan...each bedroom has 4 windows and our dining area has 3 walls of windows (3 windows each on 2 walls and the 3rd wall has french doors onto our screened porch). My best advice to you is really think about where you want all your electrical needs. There is only one electrical plug I wish we had added in a specific place on a bookcase; I think we did a pretty good job. Even hit all the wired sconces that we wanted.

    It's so much fun to read about your new home. I am so excited for you and it also brings back many fun memories of building our home! Enjoy the process!

  10. Congratulations on your new home. Nice post but pretty sure you meant "wary", but maybe a little "weary" as well...

  11. So darn exciting! I am interested in every little detail, & we've never met. Ha.
    Oh those windows!!!
    I'll bet Bub is excited too! SO fun!
    xo Chrissy

  12. It is going to be gorgeous! I am in total luundry room envy here. My laundry room is a closet:( I do not like it at all but this is our last house so I will never have the BIG laundry room I have always wanted. Don't forget an electric thing on the fireplace for Christmas lights:):)

  13. So exciting, Sarah! It will be so interesting to watch you put all your amazing touches on this house!! Wait....so you mean you're not going to step in and take over construction at this point? :)

  14. I was sitting here thinking how in the world can she look at all of those unfinished rooms (down to the studs) and come up with such good ideas? Then I realized that all the work you did in your current home has really prepared you for planning your Forever Home. It's going to be a thrill to watch you work your unique magic on this brand new canvas. Sooo excited for you. And Thank You for bringing us along too! :)

  15. Everything is going to be gorgeous and it's going to be so interesting and such a lot of fun to watch all those lovely light filled rooms come to life. Very exciting for you! Congratulations and thank you for sharing it all with us!

  16. I am so excited for you and it also brings back many fun memories of building our home! Enjoy the process!



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