10 Tips on Building a Custom Home

10 Tips on Building a Custom Home

Building a custom home is exciting but also incredibly stressful. I’ll be honest, the process is not always fun but is very rewarding and absolutely worth it. I had a pretty clear vision of what I wanted as far as layout, neighborhood, style, and size. If you don’t, that’s ok! These 10 tips should get you there.

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Death of the Dining Room?

Death of the Dining Room?

Death of the dining room? Say it ain’t so! I’m realizing that more and more homeowners are eliminating the need for a separate dining room. They prefer it as an extension of their kitchen and would rather utilize the additional space for a home office or a larger living room. Our first house was laid out this way. It was one large room that served as the kitchen and dining space. Sure, I liked it. It was very functional and used daily but…I knew when we decided to build our home that I wanted the traditional dining room. 

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FALL In Love With Your Front Porch

FALL In Love With Your Front Porch

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Fall is officially here! Trick or treaters will soon be at your doorstep while family and friends visit to celebrate the holidays. What is the one space they will all see? The doorstep! The front porch is one of the first things people see when they approach your home. From the door mat to exterior lighting, I’ve got you covered!

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I Won a Chili Cook Off…Kinda

I Won a Chili Cook Off…Kinda

Ok, I tied with my co-worker. He made a delicious white chicken chili and I made one with ground beef. The weather is cooling off so now is the time to start making some comfort food! So, here’s the deal with my cooking. I love to cook and consider myself pretty decent. Not like my best friend who cooks a feast for her husband that rivals a 5-star restaurant…on a random Tuesday. Sometimes I think I’m fancy too and toss in things that sound good at the moment. I never 100% follow a recipe because of this this innate desire I have to make it mine. My Dad is the same way, we do a little of this a little of that and there’s no measuring. Ever. You just eyeball it. So this should be easy to follow, right!?

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The Lighter Side of Hardwood

The Lighter Side of Hardwood

As we built our home, I was super involved. The flooring was no exception. You’ll think I’m nuts, but when I ordered wood floor samples I would place them next to our dog that sheds in an attempt to blend with his coat. We don’t allow our dogs on our furniture so they lay on the floors all day. I swear the vacuuming is never ending so if I miss a day or two it won’t be horribly noticeable. These are just a few things I considered when choosing a lighter wood floor. 

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