NEW CONSTRUCTION (live and learn)

Remember, the memories you make while living IN a house makes it a HOME!

Remember, the memories you make while living IN a house makes it a HOME!

You know the saying, live and learn?  Who came up with that saying anyway?  They were right!  Boy, after going through a new custom home build (for my family), I sure did learn ALOT!!!! I have to say, it is so much easier building a home for others.  I don’t second guess myself when I am faced with making a decision on plumbing fixtures, or furnishings or what hardware would look best when it comes to “doing” for others. It’s not so easy when you are decorating your own home, by yourself.  You need to be able to bounce your ideas off someone.  Live and learn!

Anyone that knows me knows I like to “change” things around my house- often!  I’ve been known to change my furniture around. I like “tweaking” things just enough to make me feel like I have something new.  Isn’t that a great feeling?

Because I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by so many beautiful things, exposed to so many creative ideas, colors and styles, I think my next house will be…  WHITE, all WHITE!  I love white, always have.  Yes, I know it isn’t practical to have an all white house when you have teenagers, but why not?  If you like it, try it.  Slipcovered sofas are the key!   An all white kitchen, white sofas and a touch of blue throughout.  Ahh, paradise! Not sure if my husband will go for it, but I think he’s just tired of hearing about it by now so he may just cave and say, yes.  As long as it has a wrap around porch and it’s by water, Pat will love it! Yes, our next home will be our DREAM home, porch and all.

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So, I got off track a bit, but wanted to share what I have learned from building our own home.

Sometimes you have to compromise.  Restrictions in our HOA prevented us from having a Spanish Colonial off white house, so we selected this color for the exterior.

Sometimes you have to compromise. Restrictions in our HOA prevented us from having a Spanish Colonial off white house, so we selected this color for the exterior.

Arches and french doors were important to us for easy access to the backyard.

Arches and french doors were important to us for easy access to the backyard.

Having a little spanish tile on the outdoor fireplace was a little reminder of California for us.

Having a little Spanish tile on the outdoor fireplace was a little reminder of California for us.

Keeping an eye on the workers' progress to meet our timeline is a must for any build.  Even if it means climbing onto the roof yourself to do it.  I did!

Keeping an eye on the workers’ progress to meet our timeline is a must for any build. Even if it means climbing onto the roof yourself to do it. I did!

Sentimental items are important in a home.  My grandfather hand carved this mirror.  Originally, it was a frame that housed their wedding photo from Argentina.  My parents gave us the frame and we had it made into a mirror for the powder room.

Sentimental items are important in a home. My grandfather hand carved this mirror. Originally, it was a frame that housed their wedding photo from Argentina. My parents gave us the frame and we had it made into a mirror for the powder room.

The master bathroom is probably one of the most important rooms in any house- besides the kitchen.  Make it your own.

The master bathroom is probably one of the most important rooms in any house- besides the kitchen. Make it your own.

Ah, the laundry room.  The room any mom spends the most time in.  Gosh do I miss this great big laundry room.  Ample storage, plenty of work space and a view, not bad.  The best thing about it was I had it located upstairs on same floor as the bedrooms.  No lugging dirty laundry down the stairs.  Yes!

Ah, the laundry room. The room most moms spend much of their time in. Boy, do I miss this great big laundry room. Ample storage, plenty of work space and a view, not bad. The best thing about it was I had it located upstairs on same floor as the bedrooms. No lugging dirty laundry down the stairs. Yes!

Watching my kids play in the yard on the first snow day- priceless!

Watching my kids play in the yard on the first snow day- priceless!

fun times!

fun times!

Not having neighbors felt like our own little block!

Not having neighbors felt like our own little block!

There are pros and cons living so close to BLM land.  At times it felt like National Geographic in the backyard.  Snakes, coyotes, tarantulas and more.  Yikes.

There are pros and cons living so close to BLM land. At times it felt like National Geographic in the backyard. Snakes, coyotes, tarantulas and more. Yikes!

 

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