Hey, Hey! Happy Thursday! It’s Spring which means that that it is also House season. Every year, it warms up and the real estate market starts to pick up! Building a home is always one of the options if you are looking for a new place to call home, and people always ask for me to go back to revisit our building process when we built our current home!
We closed on our house 4.5 years ago, and maybe I can share a few things that might help you along the way! 🙂
(our kids the day that we signed our contract and then one year later outside our new house!)
My top 6 tips when building your home:
1-Decide what type of home you are looking for
When we sold our previous home, I was sure that we would end up in an older home on a larger, sprawling lot! After we viewed several older homes though, we realized that we just weren’t cut out for renovations. I wish we were this people, but we aren’t. 🙂 We ended up going with a builder that builds semi-custom homes, and we throughly enjoyed all the freedom that building a home gives you! I would say that being able to choose everything has led to us STILL loving our home and that has been so nice, because building a home can be a stressful situation sometimes!
2-Determine your budget and stick to it
Y’all, this one is SO important! Robert and I sat down and figured what our budget allowed for a home purchase and resolved to stick to it. It was really tempting to push the budget at different points in time, but we stuck to it and now I am so thankful that we did! No one wants to live in the house of their dreams and be so house poor that they’re eatin’ canned beans for supper every night? Right? 😉
3-Design your floorplan based around your current and future needs
Maybe you have babies and toddlers… and a ranch style, where you all are on one level, makes the most sense? Or maybe you are like us and know that the teenage years are HERE…and you need as much space in between the designated “Boys Bathroom” and your own bedroom (because sometimes out of sight and out of mind is just plain smart! ;))
Also, we knew we wanted a one story living room to cut down on the noise from upstairs, and I have a silly thing about wanting lots of hallways which is weird and quirky. But since I’m the one making the payments…I guess that works out just fine. 😉
4-Adding your style into the design of your home
In the beginning, I spent a lot of time deciding what style I wanted to have run throughout the house. We built our house just before the Grey and White explosion began, and at that point it was hard to find options that fit aesthetic, but we dd our best. I browsed Pinterest, Houzz, and design blogs to figure out what best suited my tastes. 🙂 There are so many great resources out there!! Because our builder was only semi-custom, my design options were limited. But, I carried that style out as far as the builder design options would allow me. You would be surprised by how far this can take you if you are consistent in maintaining your style when making all of those building choices. 🙂 Also, if you decide to save certain design projects for after closing… be honest with yourself about what projects you will want to take on after you move in. I knew that simple things like changing out light fixtures and painting would be an easy and fun project for us, but we wouldn’t want to be doing any big changes to the flooring, etc.
5-Be prepared for it take forever…and then be pleasantly surprised if it doesn’t
Delays happen…if it’s not a labor shortage, then something wasn’t ordered correctly…or maybe something didn’t pass inspection. When we built, it was smack dab is the middle of the WETTEST winter, spring, and early summer on record in the Dallas area. Who saw that coming, right? We built our prior house as well, and we didn’t have one single delay during that build. So, you just never know what to expect! 🙂
6-Make the process your own
Our kids were at a great age, and they had an absolute blast while we built our house! So much so that they want to do it again! We included them along the way with lots of fun, special memories that made a big impact on the way they viewed the process.
We visited our lot several times a week. 🙂
On foundation day, we laid a Bible at the doorstep before they poured the cement over it. We all signed the front page and highlighted our family verse. 🙂
We kept the kids aware of all the big milestones!
One night, we went after dark and had a little fun with glow sticks. 🙂
And, once the drywall was up, we covered the house in Bible verses. Y’all this was probably my favorite thing to do. 🙂 After we did this, the workers added verses of their own! So special!! 🙂
And, we also made sure to draw the kids initials in the sidewalk when they poured that. 🙂
We had so much fun, as a family, while we built our home! Hope this helps during your home building process! Happy Thursday, y’all!! XOXO Narci