Month : May 2014

the plan for 2.0 — upstairs

Last week, I shared our first floor plan for house 2.0. Since then, we closed on the sale of our current house (yay!) and officially are in the paper stages of getting a shovel in the ground on this next adventure.

Today, a look at the upstairs. Obviously, much smaller than the first floor (this is a 1.5 story plan), this upstairs will open into a small loft space where we envision a desk or reading nook, and three bedrooms (one which will be an office for Page), and a bathroom.


More soon!

getting a plan for 2.0

Our second build has been a far cry from our first, in many ways. The first time around we went with a spec builder, meaning he had a handful of predetermined plans, and they don’t waiver much at all. You pick out finish colors (counters, paint, cabinets) and they go to town for 3 to 4 months and  – boom – your house is done. It’s a great route to go for being cost-effective, having access to tons of lot options, and to move quickly.

Going with a custom builder this time around, we want to be here longer term, and we want to get some things right for us. There is much more to think about – and the options are endless. It can get overwhelming, but things like budget and restrictions of the lot help to narrow down details, and the crew we’re working with has been a great guiding light of assistance. We had walked through our builder’s 1.5 story showhome and fell in love. So we started with those floor plans, took them apart, and put the pieces back together (with the help of an awesome architect!) to get our dream layout that both fit our lot, our price range, and our lifestyle needs, all incorporating some unique requests that we felt made it a little more one-of-a-kind. Today, I’m sharing the plan for our main level:



Our house will be nestled on a corner lot, with the side street running up the right side of what you see here. A few details we already know are happening in this main level:

  • A set of barn doors (eek!) will separate the flex room (which I’ll use as studio space when needed) from the great room
  • Because the lot is flat, we opted to “pimp out a patio” rather than create a deck, where our money wouldn’t go as far (did someone say fire pit?)
  • We are bringing back the laundry chute that will serve double duty, both from the upstairs bedroom into the laundry, and will have a pass-through from our own master bath as well (no excuses now for laundry on the floor!)

We can’t wait to share photos as this comes to be…back soon with the plan for the upper and (eventual) lower levels!

change of address!



With everything in storage but the bare essentials in our apartment, there isn’t much room right now to acquire shopping conquests…but I made an exception for a self-inking stamp with our new address, come December. 🙂 I am SO impressed with the quality and for the price, and shipping was very quick as well. Just love to pass along a great Etsy shop now and then!

the final days.


This is pretty much our life, the past week, and going into this weekend.

We were able to start moving loads of stuff into our apartment last week, but only started this weekend after a bout with the flu set us back a few days. (On the bright side, we’re all caught up on House of Cards!) We’re moving what we can ourselves, and then this Saturday with the help of some friends, we’ll move the big pieces over, and drop the rest of it to store at a friend’s house.

I’m amazed at how much STUFF there is, even when I consider myself to be a master purger. Even after selling our living room furniture, bedroom dressers, patio furniture, and a handful of odds and ends (bath accessories, floor lamp, snow blower), there is still so much to sort, pack, and move. I’m just hoping I haven’t overlooked things we’ll need being sent to storage or vice versa. Lots of in the moment decision making as I was packing in a hurry!

In house 2.0 news, we sat down with the first set of OUR plans (eek!) and between the five of us, went to town with changes. We’re eagerly awaiting the re-drawn (and likely final) set of plans, which will take into account specifics of our actual lot and the covenants of the neighborhood (among them, a side-loading garage, which has altered the original floor plan we fell in love with quite a bit, but we are loving the changes!).  Until we can see the plans, we’re focused on getting things moved out here, patching some nail holes, and getting settled in this coming weekend. More to come soon!

Our first home…

We had a blast making our first house a home and learning along the way. Below you can see photos and links related to each finished space in house 1.0.

our home


Our first home, built in 2011.


Front entry – the quote here was one of my favorite things in this house.




Living Room


Main Level Deck


Master Bedroom


Master Bath


Bedroom 2 / Page’s Office


Bedroom 3 / Liz’s Office


Bedroom 4 / Guest Room


Laundry Room



Basement Wet Bar – Read about how we built this here



Basement Living Area


Basement Bath

Lower Patio