I’m so excited to kick off my House Update series! If you’re new to following along, James and I are in the process of building our first (and forever) home. Our journey began almost two years ago when we found our land – you can read more about that here. We just finalized our plans and will be breaking ground before you know it! I’m looking forward to sharing our journey with you on the blog. Designing our own home is a bit overwhelming and completely new to us – so I may be looking to you all for some advice and inspiration!
For my first post, I thought it would be fun to do a Q&A session where I answer any questions you have about the design of our dream home. It was such a fun and fulfilling experience for us and I’m excited to share it with you! I gathered all the questions asked through messages and social media and am answering them below.
Did you design the house yourself?
Yes! Initially we thought it would be best to find a plan online that we could tweak. We searched for months trying to find a design that fit our needs and size requirements – which is much more difficult that you would imagine. After absolutely NO luck we looked into the option of hiring an architect. We figured, this is going to be our forever home so why not make it exactly what we want! We made the decision to design everything ourselves. With a very clear vision and the help of an amazing local architect, we were able to transform our ideas into blueprints.
Do you have any experience in home design or home decor?
Yes! Fun fact about me – when I was younger I wanted to be an architect. I would sketch house plans and designs just for fun. I even convinced my parents to buy me a CAD program in highschool. So while I have no official architectural training, the thought of designing our own home is quite literally a dream come true for me. I had SO many ideas that I couldn’t wait to get down on paper!
I’m also a certified interior designer – a hobby I pursued after graduating with a degree in Finance. I cannot wait to start designing the interior of our home! One trick I learned from design school was to create mood boards for each room (I still have all my original mood boards from my class portfolio!) We did this for the exterior of our home as well. It helps to have all your inspiration and ideas in one place so you can have a clear vision of what the space will look like and how you can incorporate your color choices and details. I’ll also be reaching out to my mom (also an interior designer) for help and advice!
What was the design process like? Was it stressful?
It was so much fun! And yes, a little stressful. When you’re designing the home you want to spend the rest of your life in, you want everything to be PERFECT. My husband and I spent months thinking of everything we could possibly want in a home and then found a way to work those things into the design and our budget. It’s inevitable that we’ll make mistakes along the way, but I like to think we have it all covered!
What style home are you building?
One of the most difficult decisions we were faced with was what style home to build. Early on in the process we found ourselves on Pinterest searching for house styles that we both loved and would fit our needs. Farmhouse styles kept popping up everywhere and dominating our Pinterest boards. We decided on a New England Style farmhouse, which is very fitting for the land we purchased – a country road with farms and rolling hills. We plan on keeping the design traditional and incorporating as many classic New England-esque details as possible.
How do you plan on decorating the interior?
A mix between traditional and farmhouse. I love the rustic aspect of farmhouse decor and the clean, classic elements of traditional. One of my favorite home designers is Ralph Lauren so you can count on a heavy RLH influence. I envision a lot of wood elements, bright light, cozy spaces and patriotic touches. Our color scheme will be a mix of neural with a few pops of our favorite colors.
What color exterior?
White! I’ve always wanted a white house. I also think it’s fitting for a tradtional style farmhouse. If you’ve been following me for a while now, you know we’re still deciding on the color of our shutters! Thankfully this is a detail we can take our time deciding on…
Outdoor living space?
Yes yes yes!!!! One of my favorite features of our home is the outdoor space we created. Sticking with the traditional farmhouse style exterior, we have a front porch. We also have an outdoor living room off the back of the home – which is one of the areas I’m most excited about. The land we purchased is perched up on a hill, overlooking mountains to the west. The view is spectacular and the sunsets are gorgeous. I designed the entire home around the view looking out from the back of our home – including the placement of our outdoor living room.
Are you in a neighborhood?
No, we are on a main road in town – although not very busy. We looked in several neighborhoods but never found anything we liked. Our parcel of land went on the market about 6 months after we started looking and we both fell in love at first sight!
James and I LOVE to entertain, so we made our home conducive to doing so. The downstairs living area of our house is designed around an open concept. Our kitchen, great room and dining room are all situated in the back of our home and all open to one other. This area also flows into the outdoor living room so we can extend our entertainment outside!
What are you most excited about as far as the design process goes?
Watching our plans come to life!!!
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