House Update

Hey y’all!  Happy Wednesday!  Today,  I wanted to share a fun planning update for the new house.  This week, we meet with builders now that we’ve ironed out some of the financials (construction loans, pinpointing our exact budget) Also, we’ve made a list of what is important to us as a family (outdoor spaces, a nice kitchen) vs. what we don’t need (we don’t need a huge amount of land or super expensive finishes).  We’ve also firmed up our square footage (about 50-60% of what our current house is :)).  Now, comes the process of interviewing builders to see which one is the best fit. 🙂

When we meet with builders, I want to have a really solid idea of what we want… I am just a planner and creative at heart, so give me an empty canvas and my mind runs like crazy. :). (God using a situation that has been hard and bringing something really sweet out of it. Isn’t this almost unbelievable?)

Our first decision that we are considering is floors. I honestly feel like this can make all the difference in a space.  I plan on using one main flooring with a few accent rooms here and there.  Since this house is much smaller, I will be using a much lighter color on the floors this time.  I think that using a continuous flooring throughout the house helps make it feel bigger as well.

Give me all the pretty light floors.  

Right now, we are debating between light hardwoods

and luxury vinyl plank.  I love the hardwood tile, but I know tile is a beast to pull up if we change our minds ever.  🙂

I think this honey oak is as dark as I will go potentially

or maybe something super farmhouse like this but still in the lighter tones. 🙂

Also, Rob and I have been discussing the stained concrete floors quite a bit lately as well…if we are needing to save on budget, this can be quite pretty and allows for super easy installation of hardwoods later if we want. 🙂

They can even make it look like hardwoods or marble.

That’s crazy and so neat, right?  You know what really makes me go gaga though?  All the specialty tile that is available these days.  I can’t even handle how cute this would be in a laundry room.  

This is a must for me, and I am so excited to see this come to life. 🙂 Also, I love this subway tile below for a laundry or mudroom.  SOOOO cute.  

It would also be darling on a front or back patio as well. 🙂 Let’s be honest though…I’ve never met a herringbone pattern that I didn’t like. 🙂

And in a floor, there’s no exception, it seems. 🙂

Hopefully, I’ll have even more details in the next few weeks.  If you have questions about the building process, please leave them in the comments and I will try and answer them in the upcoming updates.  I will see you back here on Friday for a little Target fun!   I can’t wait!   XOXO N

18 replies

  1. Best of luck! I really enjoyed the whole process when we built our house (though at the time I swore NEVER again!).


  2. We are redoing all the floors in our house and the flooring guy said luxury vinyl plank is the way to go. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Just one opinion.


  3. My husband is a commercial flooring salesman so I hear a LOT about flooring! We just renovated a fixer upper for 9+ months. I really wanted wood look tile. The con that changed my mind was how loud it can make a room. Keep that in mind!


  4. vinyl plank would be my vote (concrete floor is SO cold) but again…I love your style and your house is going to be AMAZING


  5. We did our whole home in LVP, and I just really wish we had gone with real wood, tile or a lightly stained concrete. The LVP is beautiful, but it DOES scratch, no matter what they say! It also scuffs and generally feels grimy because of the manufactured texture.. If the floor is not perfectly prepped, or if the glue is not spread correctly, you will notice bumps. We went with an expensive brand and even at that level, it just isn’t wood.
    We had stained concrete in a barndominium prior to building this home, and I MISS IT SO!


  6. We have stained concrete that was made to look like tile. It was already in the house we bought 8 years ago. I love the concrete but they made lines to look like grout and all of the dirt stays there and it never looks clean to me. We are actually moving to Sherman, TX next week. We were looking in McKinney but it was going to be too far when my husband is on call! My new house has wood floors and I am so excited! 🙂 Good luck on your new build!


  7. Love looking at your dream flooring ideas. I especially love the herringbone patterns. I look forward to following your journey as your new home comes into reality. God bless.


  8. Hardwood all the way! Like someone else mentioned, concrete gets cold and is hard on your body after standing on it for hours on end (think washing dishes, hosting parties, overall life) and no matter how luxury it sounds, at the end of the LVP is still not the real deal. You have to go with what works for your budget but ask yourself, have you ever heard of someone regretting the hardwood floors? 🙂


  9. I am so excited for you. You are building a home vs. a house. I like that home and God are the center of your family. Looking forward to seeing your home come to fruition and hope some of your decorations will inspire me to do something here.


  10. We built a dog kennel ~4 years ago and had a contractor friend install flooring on the inside. He recommended the Life Proof luxury vinyl flooring from Home Depot and it has been a perfect solution. We don’t need to worry about water (or other bodily fluids) ruining the flooring, it is easy to clean and mop. Even with 3 big dogs (Pit Bulls and Rottweilers) who lose their minds with excitement and tear through the kennel, the flooring looks just as good as the day it was installed. We are planning to use the flooring in my soon-to-be she shed as well as throughout our home. Congratulations on your upcoming move! We went rural 8 1/2 years ago and love our property as well as the community we have found here.


  11. We have stained concrete and love it. It was windy the day our slab was poured, so we have small leaf and pine straw impressions in a few spots (mostly towards the outer edges), but it gives it character. We just have rugs in the bedrooms and living room. Our decision for stained concrete was easy. We liked it and knew it would be easy to add tile or other flooring on top of it one day if we wanted too. Can’t wait to see your building process again!


  12. We put wood tile throughout the first floor and love it. It’s nice not to worry about scratching or water spills etc. Can’t wait to see your building process.


  13. Just wanted to mention that we have hardwoods throughout our main floor, even in our master bath and half bath, and I love having it continue into the bathrooms. It looks very nice having the continuous flooring and isn’t as cold and hard underfoot as tile.
    Also this home has luxury vinyl plank in the basement. I would have never chosen it myself Just because I had heard mixed reviews (we bought it with it installed already) but living here with it, I absolutely love it. Like, really love it. I can move and rearrange furniture myself. I drag it across the floor and have never had a single scratch. We have three kids under five who drive their scooters around in the basement and it still looks perfect. Plus any liquid just wipes right up. So low maintenance! Feels a little different underfoot than hardwoods but holds up way better and has the exact same look.
    Best of luck with the planning- so fun! But so many choices! I know it will turn out great!


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