The Shouse, Plans for Our New Home

So yesterday I finally shared the secret that I had been hinting about and hiding for weeks months and today I am dishing out all the details. Well, maybe not ALL the details. Let’s be honest, there are a lot of details we still need to figure out. But I can give you some better ideas about what we are up to.

I told you we were building a nontraditional home that is perfectly us. We have lovingly nick-named the new home “The Shouse”. Shouse is a term for a shop + a house combined into one building. Simply put, we are building a large, rectangular, metal building and putting a house on one end of it with a large garage on the other end. Similar to a pole bar in appearance, but framed like standard house. Now I know some of you may be tilting your heads right now trying to imagine what that will look like and why we would choose to go this route.

Let me break it down a bit for you…

#1 It is “cheap” square footage.

#2 As a car loving family the idea of having a huge garage/shop area has more than it’s fair share of appeal.

#3 We have talked about doing this since BEFORE we had kids. Why did we not go for our dream years ago?!

#4 I kind of love the idea of our house looking really simple from the outside, but the inside being gorgeous.

#5 We have goals in mind to be better off financially at the end of this than we are now. Which means self contracting the work, DIY’ing, and building on a tight budget. Essentially it feels like we are trying to have our cake and eat it too, which is always a little scary, but we are being cautiously optimistic.

So what is the time line? What is left to do?

Pretty much everything πŸ™„ . We have only gone as far as buying the land and that alone felt like it took forever. As of Saturday February 25th there is no power on our property, no water, no septic, and no road to our part of the land. We are currently in the process of gathering bids to have a road and a spot for the house cleared and evaluating if we want to dig a well, or pay to have water lines ran. After we have a road we can begin establishing utilities. The time line on all of this could be 3 months or 6, we honestly just don’t know. Once utilities are established we have to sell our house (any takers out there?) and once it is sold (and the local homeless shelter takes us in  πŸ˜† ) we can begin building. The whole process could take one year or three. We obviously are praying for sooner rather than later.

But with visions of all things farmhouse in my head from exposed copper piping, subway tile, and “ship-lap” walls. Plus an IKEA just a couple of hours away, hallelujah! I couldn’t possibly be anymore excited to build a new home with my best friend all over again.

Sharing our building plans in this weeks #TuesTalk! #farmhousestyle #NewmanShouse Click To Tweet

Check out my ‘Farm House Ideas’ board on Pinterest.

Now it’s time for Tuesday Talk!
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  • Jessica

    So exciting!! I can’t wait to see everything happen through the building process! I love the farmhouse look. Enter my love for Fixer Upper!

    • I need to start binge watching episodes. It’s one of the many shows I know I would love, but I just haven’t watched…

  • Amy Smith

    I’m so stinking excited for you! CANNOT wait to follow along on this journey. Will you be renting an apartment once you sell your house?

    • I THINK we will be living in Russ’ parents bonus room. It’s pretty much one room the size of our bedroom…. so…. yeah….

  • How very fun but soooo much to do. If anyone’s got it, you do! πŸ™‚

    • Oh goodness, thanks for believing in me :*.

  • Meghan Flinn

    Wow that sounds very cool but a lot of work too… no road even!?! And seriously, where do you plan to live while you build??

    • I think we are going to be living with Russ’ parents for a while. They have a really big house with an upstairs bonus room that we have stayed in before. We’ll see though.

  • I’m seriously not going to be able to wipe this smile off my face all day! lol! I’m so giddy for you, Beth!! This is such incredible, exciting news!!! A dream that you and your hubby have had since before your kids were born and all the ideas you have for it – AMAZING!!! Doing a lit’l happy dance for you over here and hopping over to Pinterest to follow you there too, sweet friend! Congrats on this adventure of a lifetime!! xo – Brenda // ChattingOverChocolate.com

    • Thank you so very, very much. Once it really gets to going it is going to be so much work, but so much fun too.

  • That is so exciting! I’m so happy for you!

  • How exciting! Following dreams is the best kind of scary!

    • YES! I couldn’t possibly agree with that more.

  • It’s going to be amazing! I’m so excited for you. And don’t forget to tell me when to meet you at Ikea! πŸ™‚

    • SURELY we’ll be able to make that happen without Dr. appt’s and babies in hospitals and such. Haha!

  • I’m sure it’s going to be a ton of work getting all of that done, but it’s also going to be so much fun to design and decorate your dream home! I’m so excited to follow along!

    • I’m so excited to be able to blog about it! Thank you so much I totally agree the fun will make all the work worth it.

  • Congrats! How fun! Just remember to enjoy the process even when it gets less enjoyable.

  • Claudia Justalittleblush

    The Shouse haha love it! This reminds me of tiny houses (even though it won’t be tiny at all) but just the idea of thinking of alternative ways to live!

    • Totally agree with that. That is exactly what it is.

  • Jessi Otey

    How exciting!!!

  • Girl, I think I’m as excited as you are about this!!!! Well almost since I won’t get to live in it. House building was one of my favorite things everrrr so I’m going to live vicariously through you until we can build again in like ten years. Haha.

    • Lololol! I hated building, but again a lot of that was just the season of life I was in. Plus this should be pretty different too. We’ll see.

  • I’m daunted by the amount of work and I’m not even doing it! Fingers crossed shorter rather than longer though.

    • Haha! It’s so true, right? Once we can actually get to the point of being able to build the house, things should pick up speed considerably but the time it will take to get there is gonna stink.

  • Those are super popular here – metal buildings that also serve as homes! They have grown on me in the past few months. Very exciting!

    • Really?!?! That is SO cool. They are by no means super popular around here. There are A LOT of benefits to them, cheap sq ft being #1.

  • Erin

    Seriously SO excited for you all! πŸ™‚ I cannot wait to follow along and watch your dream home come to life!

    • Thank you so very much. Y’all have been such an encouragement. It is nice to have people excited with you.

  • Whitney Jordan

    What an awesome idea!! And it sounds like it’ll be the perfect set up for you and your cars πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see your plans come to life and I’m sure it’ll be an adventure to make all of your plans happen. What an exciting project to work on as a family. Did you ever see the episode of Fixer Upper where they made over a barn into a beautiful home?? It looked like a pole barn on the outside and was stunning on the inside. You’ll have to look it up for some inspiration.

    • NO!!!! But you can guarantee I will be looking for it. The girls and I have GOT to start binge watching that show this summer. Thank you so much Whitney we are really excited to see how this is going to play out.

  • I legit LOVE the idea of a house and a shop! If/when we ever move we will definitely be looking for more space for a house and a wood shop and a laser area. Because we’re crazy like that! πŸ˜‰

    • Crazy like that? I think you are awesome like that :). I keep having visions of roller skating in that big ol’ garage we’ll have.

  • Lizzie Simantz

    Oooo this Shouse sounds pretty awesome!! How far will your new house be from where you are now?

    • Ummm….. 10-12 minutes? That is the best part about all of this. We will be outside of the city limits but we won’t be forever away. We currently live right in the middle of the busiest area of town, so I won’t be 1 and a half minutes from Walmart anymore. But as far as country living goes it is super ideal.

  • What are you going to live in after you sell your house and before construction starts on the new?! Do you have a camper? Thatd be super cool! But I wouldnt be able to camp because I hate camping lol.

    • Russ had joked that if we had a camper that would have worked if it was just he and I. We will probably be staying at his parents house. SO not campers over here.

  • Ashley

    So exciting. I’m sure the question we all have for you is once your current house is sold where will you live (for reals – not the homeless shelter) during the interim? Obvi I don’t need you putting the address out on the interwebs but are you going to rent or stay with family??

    • Inquiring minds want to know. It seems pretty likely that we will stay with Russ’ parents. They have a large home with a bonus area upstairs. We stayed there before (post tornado) but the girls were MUCH younger then.

  • WOW!!! That sounds like a lot of work! I’m sure it will be crazy and hectic while it’s happening but will all be worth it in the end. It sounds like its going to be perfect for you all!

    • Doesn’t it. It honestly makes me feel nauseous. Someday it will all be worth it though.

  • I can’t wait to follow along!! I am so excited for you girl!

    • Thank you so much friend. I am over the moon for it to really begin.

  • I’m so excited for this! I can’t wait to see how this unfolds, and no matter how long this takes, you better still be blogging about it!

  • This is going to be such a fun experience. I know it’s a bit scary but you are going to love love love YOUR FOREVER HOME. Also… give me all the farmhouse style πŸ™‚

    • You just keep telling me that and I promise I will believe you. I didn’t automatically think farm house when we started all of this, but it just seems like the right choice with the style of the building and such.

  • Heather Bramlett

    I can’t wait to follow along on this process! I so wish Was building my farmhouse! Maybe one day!! πŸ™‚

    • #ReasonsWhyINeedTieredTrays Haha ha! When we set out to do this I wasn’t thinking farm house but being in the woods, in a metal building… it just seems to fit.

  • We have some acquaintances who have a “shouse” and Sean is kind of obsessed with it! And about a year ago I was in a smaller home but it was just stained concrete floors and a metal building…it was so cute! Love the concept and can’t wait to follow you on this journey!

    • I don’t even know Sean but that doesn’t surprise me one bit at all. I also really think Sean and Russ would get along :). We are SO excited to really get started on this. SO much talk. We are ready for action.

  • Such a fun experience. I know if we ever built it would be simplistic but beautiful, too!

    • I am all about it this time and I really feel like this go around I know what I want.

  • I have never heard of such a thing! Can’t wait to see it come to life.

    • Me too, me too! HA! They aren’t exactly common around here so we are excited to make it happen.

  • Finally catching up! This is just so exciting Beth. People build this type of home around here all the time and they call it a barndominium! One of my good friends just moved into hers last weekend and seriously you cannot tell from the pictures of the inside. I think a home should totally fit your family….not “resale” value. We are in a season of trying to decide on moving or staying put and we have gone back and forth at least 100 times!

    • Barndominium, LOVE it! I hear you on the back and forth. That is exactly how we were feeling. I am relieved to say that I really think this will be our last move… besides a nursing home :P.

  • Oh, this is all so exciting. I can’t wait to see all of the Newman DIY projects!

    • Haha ha! Oh goodness, I can. Russ is crazy and will DIY to death to save the money. Gosh I love that man.

  • You know I love this! The possibilities are endless. I can’t wait to follow along with your journey!

    • Thank you so much. I am trying to get ready to head out to the land for the third time in the past 4 days. Sheesh!