Adventures in Home Building

by Sarah

My husband & I had been talking about buying land & building a house since the early days of our marriage (we'll be married 15 years in December). We've been looking for land for a little over a decade. Then last spring, quite fortuitously, a friend in real estate found a piece of property that was 10 acres, with a pond & an older home that had been built in the 1960s she wanted us to look at. From the moment we stepped on the property we knew it was something special. But here's the twist. My husband brought his father & 6 brothers out to take a look at it too. My father-in-law liked it so much he brought my mother-in-law out & they liked it so much they made an offer on it. Which was fine because we could buy an acre from them to build on. By May of last year they closed on the house & property and were moving in soon after.

The owner that they'd purchased the house from said he had an adjacent 6 acres he wanted to sell and would any of us be interested. My husband & I were very interested and soon we were signing the papers to purchase those 6 acres. It was a long time dream come true. So we began clearing the land and preparing a site for the future house.

On September 11, 2012 construction began on our little cottage in the woods. I'm not gonna lie, it was a long & difficult journey. We had to learn a lot along the way & work through the process of it all. And in the construction business there's a lot of that "hurry up & wait" sort of mentality going on which I found incredibly frustrating. And when you're building a custom home and you make the decisions on every faucet of the process, it can be overwhelming at times. But this had been our dream for the better part of our marriage & to see it finally coming to fruition was very rewarding. There was a lot of blood sweat & tears involved but once the house was finally finished it was a tremendous joy to see a dream realized. It was a lot of work, but it was so worth it.

Special Thanks: My husband Ben put in many long hours working on the house which included lots of painting and constant cleaning. He also coordinated all the independent contractors & researched tirelessly on how to make our dreams more affordable which was no small feat. My brother-in-law, Sam contributed his extensive knowledge & skills and not only framed out the house but helped us along the way and was a big reason the house looks as fantastic as it does and is finished. My other brother-in-law, Phil helped us with all the plumbing and making sure our bathrooms were spectacular. There were countless others who donated their time & energy to helping us make this dream come true. Dave, the electrician. Corey, the designer. Charlie & crew, Brian, Dan, Bob, David, Adam, Andrew, Jonathan, Stephen, Ray & Martha, Bill, Max, Caleb and several more I'm sure I'm forgetting. =)  Thank you all! 

So without further ado, here are a few photos of the process and the finished results! Enjoy! 

Before we started clearing the land for the home site.

Before we started clearing the land for the home site.

the framing begins.

the framing begins.

the decking is completed.

the decking is completed.

our pond...and across from where this photo was taken is the home site. 

our pond...and across from where this photo was taken is the home site. 

the sheet rocking is almost done. (looking at what would be the kitchen)

the sheet rocking is almost done. (looking at what would be the kitchen)

the outside painting is complete. but there's still a lot inside that needs to be done.

the outside painting is complete. but there's still a lot inside that needs to be done.

puttying holes for painting, plus see our sliding "barn door" style doors? cool huh?  =)

puttying holes for painting, plus see our sliding "barn door" style doors? cool huh?  =)

the house is completed and we're moved in. a view of the livingroom.

the house is completed and we're moved in. a view of the livingroom.

another view of the livingroom, plus our awesome industrial book shelf.  (oops there are still boxes in the corner!!) =)

another view of the livingroom, plus our awesome industrial book shelf.  (oops there are still boxes in the corner!!) =)

another view of the living room with another book shelf we built to fit the "theme" of the house.

another view of the living room with another book shelf we built to fit the "theme" of the house.

our dream kitchen. quite possibly my favorite room in the house. cooking in this kitchen is fabulous!! =)

our dream kitchen. quite possibly my favorite room in the house. cooking in this kitchen is fabulous!! =)

the kids/guest bathroom. so light & airy! 

the kids/guest bathroom. so light & airy! 

the master bathroom. I LOVE the spacious shower with it's rain head shower head & a regular spray shower head. 

the master bathroom. I LOVE the spacious shower with it's rain head shower head & a regular spray shower head. 

the master bedroom.

the master bedroom.

the view out our master bedroom french doors! (once we clear more underbrush the pond will be more visible.)

the view out our master bedroom french doors! (once we clear more underbrush the pond will be more visible.)

standing outside the house we lived in for 14 years just a few days before we moved. lots of memories were shared here. now it's on to the next chapter! 

standing outside the house we lived in for 14 years just a few days before we moved. lots of memories were shared here. now it's on to the next chapter! 

our completed dream home on moving day. 

our completed dream home on moving day. 

So that's a very brief overview of the process. If you'd like to see more photos from this 9 month long project feel free to browse my flickr gallery HERE. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this brief glimpse into our lives!