May 22, 2012

House Building Adventure: [The Beginning]

Right now, we are at the end of the long and super awesome but sometimes frustrating process of building a brand-new, super pretty home to call our own. I thought it would be fun to document the process for a few reasons. One, so that we can look back in 20 years and remember how lucky we were to be able to build our dream home, and two, to maybe help someone else that cannot decide between buying or building.

So, to start this blog with a hammer bang, this will be the first post in an ongoing series. I am planning on having a little thing I am calling the "House Building Adventure". I'll have a number of posts documenting the process. Since we are hoping to be moved in in just a few short weeks, it definitely will not be in real time, but that's okay with me. There will be other random posts as well, so you can see what we're up to, which will more than likely include making the new empty house a nice, cozy home! We are beyond excited and I cannot wait to share all of our decorating adventures!

Okay, let's get this series started!

How did we get to the point to think about building a house???

To make a long story a bit shorter, it all started back in 2010 when we found a house for sale that we loved. We weren't married OR engaged yet, but we were living together in Travis' fixer-upper house. The only reason he saw this dream home was because of a new subdivision going in within the view of our old house. He was intrigued since it was up on the hill and he went to check it out.

He was in love. The layout was perfect, the view was amazing, the upgrades were awesome, and the best part, it was affordable. He was not in the market to purchase a new home, but once he saw it, he knew it would be perfect for us. He took me up to show me, and of course, I was smitten as well. It is pretty hard not to like a brand new home, but this one was special.  Seriously.

Since the old house was as fixed up as Travis was going to make it, we put it on the market and put a contingency offer on the new home. That meant that we would buy the house if our old house sold. Well, 9 months passed before we sold the house and the new dream house had obviously received a cash offer in the meantime. Needless to say, we were pretty bummed. Also, in the meantime, we got engaged (I hope to tell our story on the blog someday)!!!

Ignore the horrible picture quality. Husband isn't evil, promise.
 This was a good distraction for us since it kept us busy and our minds were off of the evil people new house selling (for the most part). About one month before the wedding, we got an offer on the old house. We were very excited but also a little stressed. Doesn't it seem like everything always has to happen at once?! We accepted the offer, and after a few weeks of craziness, we moved out the day after the wedding. Did I already mention it was craziness? I highly recommend not moving the second day after your wedding. Not cool. I guess ya gotta do whatcha gotta do though, right?

We were just happy and excited to be out of the house and ready to start our new adventure together. Thus, the beginning of the building process! I hope you will come along on our adventures, so keep checking back to see what happens next!

Anyone have any experience buying or building? I'd love to hear your opinions/thoughts/comments!

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