Home Build Q & A

Happy Wednesday friends! I originally planned on doing one post sharing the progress we've made so far on our home, mainly for us to look back on in the future, but after getting some questions here lately, I decided to do two separate posts. One sharing the progress and one answering all of your home-related questions! Today I'm finally sharing a little home Q&A . I asked y'all last week on Instagram what types of questions you had about our home or the building process in general, and these are all questions you all sent me! A few of you have sent in messages with questions as well, so I tried to include those as well.

Q: How did you find your floor plan?
A: I had been looking on Pinterest for a few months trying to find the perfect floor plan for us, and finally came across one that had basically everything that we wanted. The floor plan needed to have a few minor changes to make it exactly how we wanted it, but the outside was perfect. We met with an architect back in November and I brought him copies of the plan I found and showed him what changes we wanted to make and he customized it to make it "ours."

Q: Is your home custom?
A: Yes! We customized our floor plan, and we are customizing every little detail to make it exactly how we want it. We've met with a cabinet company to design all of our cabinets and built-ins throughout the house, have picked our the flooring, tile, light fixtures, etc. This is the home we'll live in forever (it's on my husband's family farm) so we want it to be our dream home.

Q: Can you share your floor plan?
A: I will share a picture of the original plan we found on Pinterest and try to explain the changes we made! If you send me a direct message I can show you a more detailed plan!

This is the photo of the outside we showed our contractor, and ours looks pretty much the exact same, it's just flipped with the garage on the left side instead of the right side.

We reversed the original plan, which is why the words are backwards here. This is pretty much our exact floor plan, we just made a few small changes. On our floor plan, we changed the formal dining room to a bedroom so that we would have 4 bedrooms. We combined the two side-by-side bathrooms into one bathroom with a double vanity, took out the stairs & half-bath so we could extend the closet size in our master, and rearranged the mudroom/laundry area a bit.

Q: How is everything laid out?
A: Everything is very open! Our kitchen, living, and dining is one big room. Master is on one side of the house & "kid" bedrooms are on the other side.

Q: Are you doing granite counter-tops?
A: I've had a really hard time finding granite that has the look I want. I literally just want white counter-tops with a teeny tiny bit of grey mixed in. We will probably end up going with quartz or marble because those are the only types of stone that really have the look I'm going for.

Q: What are your cabinets going to look like? Color, style, etc.?
A: We will have white shaker-style cabinets with black hardware in our kitchen, and on our built ins, master vanity, and laundry room cabinets. We are doing something different in Kadyn's bathroom. I'm still undecided, but I think we are going to do a gray.

Q: Do you know what colors you are painting your walls?
A: I want to do Sherwin Williams Alabaster (it's a bright white) in our kitchen/ living, hallways, mudroom, and master, and Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray in the playroom, guest room, Kadyn's room & his bathroom.

Q: Are you all contracting everything out on  your own?
A: Yes! Although it's definitely been a learning process so far, we are literally learning as we go, we have already saved so much money just by contracting it out on our own and doing small things by ourselves.

Q:What is the best piece of advice that you would give to someone who is about to start building?
A: Be patient. Since we are doing the contracting on our own, I've definitely had to learn to be patient. Most people are usually several weeks out so it can be hard having to wait for each part of the process to get done. I know it will be worth it in the end though!
Also, be prepared for there to be hiccups along the way (but don't stress, because it will all work out and most things are an easy fix).

Q: Are you selling the house you live in now?
A:Yes! We live in a trailer (literally right in front of the house we're building) so we will definitely want to sell it and get it out of the way closer to move in time!

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