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Home Construction Update | April

April 27, 2016

Home construction update in Tennessee

Ever since we got the agreement signed with the builders, I’ve been (obsessively) checking the progress of the home’s construction. Not because I’m a micro-manager, but because I treasure every single sign of progress. Since we broke ground in early April, there have been design meetings, trees cleared, basement dug out and basement concrete walls poured. Not to mention hours of my life spent searching Pinterest. Today, I’m sharing a home construction update and design lessons I’ve learned in the building process so far.

The construction crew broke ground in early April by clearing out some trees to make way for the walkout basement. Last week, the crew poured the concrete basement walls, and I believe they are pouring the foundation this week. This was a huge relief because our builders were afraid they might hit rock when they started digging out the basement, which meant we would only get a partial basement. Thankfully, it went smoothly and we had no major rock obstacles. Yay, full basement! 🙂

This stage doesn’t look like much right now, but we’re getting to see the outline of the home, where the porch and garage will be, and even getting a sense of what our backyard view will be when it’s complete.

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Dan standing in what will be the garage beside the front porch.

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View from the front porch.

View of the basement from the back-left corner of the house.

View of the basement from the back-left corner of the house. Say “hello” to our neighbors!

Forgive the selfie. ;)

Forgive the selfie. 😉

While the construction has been making progress, I’ve eyeballs deep in making interior and exterior design decisions a.k.a. the fun stuff. And while it is fun, it’s a lot of work! Just like with our wedding, I’m scouring Pinterest and creating boards for everything from paint colors to mudrooms to bathrooms to kitchens.

Let me give y’all a little wisdom I’ve learned recently to maybe save you the heartache I’ve experienced. Just like with the beautiful wedding pictures you see on Pinterest, the home pictures are extremely nice and very expensive. No one tells you the beautiful kitchen you fell in love with is probably sitting in a million-dollar home. I had no idea the bathroom tile I love so much actually costs at least 6 x more per sq. foot than what’s in the budget. Heart = broken.

While this is disappointing / frustrating, I believe in 2 principles:
1.) Everything is up for negotiation;
2.) With all the options in the world today, it is possible to both achieve the style I’m looking for and stay within budget. That is the crux of Life in Bloom – it is possible to have the refined style you love and stay within your financial limits. You see, I practice what I preach!

Making exterior decisions for brick, mortar, paint color, trim, window color, and on and on.

Making exterior decisions for brick, mortar, paint color, trim, window color, and on and on.

I've learned that tiny paint colors look very different when they cover the whole house.

I’ve learned that tiny paint colors look very different when they cover the whole house.

Thankfully, when our top preference is out of budget, we have back-up options to achieve the same look.

Thankfully, when our top preference is out of budget, we have back-up options to achieve the same look.

I never thought I would spend so much time looking at tile in my whole life!

I never thought I would spend so much time looking at tile in my whole life!

April has seen a lot of progress on the home front. Thankfully, digging out the basement went well and we had no major problems hitting rock. That makes some of the design snags a little easier to handle. While Pinterest may have broken my heart, I hold out hope that with a little research on my part, I will be able to achieve the style I want and stay within our budget. That would be a win-win for me and my husband. 😉

Thanks for stopping by the house, y’all! Check back next month for another house update! Maybe by then we’ll even have walls.

Joie de vivre and poured concrete,

Heather

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2 Comments

  • Reply Pam April 27, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Be sure to check out Houzz.com too. Last year when we built our house I practically lived and breathed Houzz.

    • Reply Heather Astleford May 2, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      Great idea! I haven’t check out Houzz too much yet. 🙂

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