Taking On Japan

We went to Japan! Ok, ok, it was in March. Af 2016. Alright so, a little behind on this recap. I debated writing a travel post, I’m not sure how much interest there is in it but I always wanted to share all of the fun and excitement we had and share my tips for …

The Start Of Smart

Before the house was built, Jon knew he wanted to make it a smart home. Which, to me, was basically just a thermostat I could control with my phone. But he had bigger plans. With Amazon Echo/Dot, Google Home, and a plethora of internet-connected devices on the market, he dreamt of TVs, fireplace, lights, garage doors …

A Quick And Easy

When you think luxury & bath – what comes to mind? Soaking tub? Marble tile surrounds? Rainfall shower? If you’re looking to add some luxury to your bathroom but think you lack the DIY skills, I’m here to tell you – you can do this. That rainfall shower head can be yours, and in less than …

Home Tour!

We made it folks! When it looked like our close date was moving from November 18th to December 5th(!), we luckily(?) closed the day before Thanksgiving! Which actually worked out great because we had tons of time over the long weekend to unpack and settle in. Before we start the tour, I wanted to give …

And Now We Build

Neighborhood  ✓ Lot  ✓ House Plan  ✓ Upgrades  ✓ What’s left? Time to break ground! This is the point where I’ll fast forward a bunch because not much happens between picking the upgrades and moving in. Except for, you know, the whole building-the-house thing. In all seriousness though, there was not much else expected from …

What We Picked And What We Cut

One of the most common questions that comes up when people ask about the new-build process is around the cost, specifically, upgrades. We really had no idea going into it but we knew I would want to do a few projects on our own and with that we had set an upgrade budget that felt pretty healthy to accommodate our …

And Now The Fun Part

After we picked our lot we had to try to determine upfront what we expected to upgrade in order to build it in to the Purchase and Sale agreement. We had to try to build as much as we could into the purchase price so that we had the best chance for an appraisal to come in …

The Time We Picked A Lot

Now that we’ve picked a community, we pick a lot. It took 4-5 months before we actually decided to put a deposit down on a lot. We drove through at least 4-5 times and toured two model homes. Since the neighborhood was more than 50% through phase 1, what was left was slim pickings. They …

How We Got Here

After a few homes in our neighborhood came off the market just as quickly as they went on and for higher prices than we could’ve imagined, we started toying with the idea of seeing what our home was worth (we always knew this was not our forever home). On a lazy Sunday in January we drove …