The Shouse, Style Inspiration

Since construction of our house is in full swing, I’ve been trying to share more about what we have planned for our home. Last week I shared details on my kitchen dreams. In two weeks I am planning to give a full progress report, (with lots of photos included.) And this week I am talking all about our style inspiration. 

Picking a style

The style that we are hoping to pull off is farmhouse. More specifically, I would say rustic farmhouse with a few modern flares. For example, cement floors. I have to admit, my feelings on the farmhouse inspiration are a bit mixed. Here are a few thoughts I’ve had over the past year.

#1 I feel like the farmhouse style is a bit overdone. I think it is mostly because it is so classic, & Joanna Gaines is amazing, but I usually tend to shy away from things that feel trendy.

#2 When building your home in a “barn”, out in the country, farmhouse style just feels right.

#3 For me, farmhouse style goes far beyond decor. I want the bones and features of our home to radiate the style. I don’t want to simply just imply it with accents.

#4 Since we are DIY’ing as much as we can, picking a style that has plenty of inspiration to be found has been very helpful. 

Now that I’ve shared about the style we want, lets talk about the ways we hope to to incorporate it.

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The Shouse, Kitchen Dreams

My last home update was shared over 2 months ago… wow! I honestly didn’t expect to go this long between updates. I feel a teensy bit guilty over promising to share what’s going on and it taking this long. The truth of the matter is that progress has been slow. But things are finally starting to pickup speed and there should (please, oh please) be plenty to share about over the coming weeks.

Today I want to shift gears away from the building process and talk planning. More specifically, the planning of what I think will be my favorite room in the house. 

As if designing my kitchen wasn’t a dream the first time we built, I get to do it again. And this time I know exactly what I want! As much as I loved my old kitchen, I decided to go an entirely different direction in the new home. The only similarities they will have is plenty of storage space.

Let’s take a look.

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The Shouse, Construction Begins

Last Wednesday morning I woke up sick with a cold. I went to bed knowing it was coming and praying I was wrong, I wasn’t. Last Wednesday morning was also the very first day of construction on the new house. Oh what a “hilarious” coincidence that was. Life has been a little chaotic lately, and that is putting it mildly. So if things around here have been a little more quiet than usual, it’s just us living in survival mode.

Ultimately the home build isn’t that much more on my plate. We are self-contracting all of the work since we learned what a waste of money paying a contractor was the last time. But Russ’ plate is suddenly overflowing and that means way more “single parenting” for me. Single parenting isn’t easy when you have your head in the clouds. I found myself saying sure to everything and dealing with the aftermath of what I agreed to, while doped up on cold meds, later. 

But today’s post isn’t to complain. Things worked out the way they did and we just rolled with it. One week later and I am finally feeling on the mend and SO much has happened as far as the build goes. Let’s take a look at some pictures that I took yesterday (November 14, 2017) around 12:00.
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The Shouse, Land Progress

Almost one year ago we saw our land for the very first time. It started as a joke, turned into a dream, and now (after oh so much waiting and debating) it is slowly becoming reality. My last house update was shared nearly 4 months ago. In some ways it feels like I have all kinds of news to share, in others ways the bits and pieces seem really uneventful.

But big or small, progress is progress.

At the end of my last post I shared a next steps list:

Arrange for the power lines to be ran.
Clean and purging our home.
Put our home on the market
Sell our home. 
Have the driveway finished (gravel)
Get the official bid from the water company.
Get things ready for the concrete pad and radiant heat.
Pour the pad.

When I made this list I didn’t have a clue how things would change through the process. So looking at it months later, I am shocked to be able to cross this much off.

Let me explain…
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