We’ve Received Final House Plans!

We’ve Received Final House Plans!

We’ve reached an exciting time (again!) during our house remodel…FINAL PLANS! After the architects presented us with three revised designs, it was our job to decide which design we wanted to move forward on. We can’t say that there was a definite winner. There were elements of each design that we liked. Before I get into that, let me remind you of the three designs I told you about in this post: Design #1 Design #2 Design #3 Here are…

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House Design…Take Two!

House Design…Take Two!

Today we are so excited to share with you (for the 2nd time) the initial plans that the architects drew up! After our first design was WAY over budget, Chris and I went to work designing a new home. If you remember from our last post, we spent a lot of time trying to figure out a new design that stayed within our budget AND still looked cool. Here are a few things we considered: More square footage needed to…

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Budgets and Break-ins

Budgets and Break-ins

Hi! Yup, we’re still here. We’re still doing a major house remodel. We’ve been hard at work on the house but have no progress to show for it! Let me tell you why: The house was broken into. What a total bummer! We went out to the house a few Fridays ago. As we were enjoying the solitude along with some huge snow drifts, we got to the door to find it ripped open via crowbar. They’d dumped things out…

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Liquidations…Deal or No Deal?

Liquidations…Deal or No Deal?

Now that the design phase of our house remodel is finished, we are starting to think about supplies, fixtures, and design elements. Anyone who has built or remodeled a space knows that the amount of decisions can be exhausting. With the square footage in this house, we know we need to be very mindful of the budget. I am going to work extra hard to be sure that the whole project comes in on budget (or even under)! So when…

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We Love Working Outside So “Mulch”

We Love Working Outside So “Mulch”

Today’s post finds us outside once again. Now that the weather has turned drastically cold and it truly feels like winter, it was fun to look back (just a few weeks ago!) at some fun we had working outside. After getting many of the trees cut down and cleaned up, we still had lots of piles of branches all over the yard. So when the upcoming forecast was 50 degrees on Saturday, we were biting at the bit to rent…

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The Blessings of Raccoon Poop

The Blessings of Raccoon Poop

***UPDATED***1/19/19***SCROLL DOWN TO THE END OF THIS POST TO READ THE UPDATE*** Did you read that right? Blessings AND Raccoon Poop in the same sentence! Yup! Today we’ve decided to deviate from the house remodel posts and tell you about a more personal journey we’re facing. Remember waaaaaaaay back when we were worried that we’d been exposed to a deadly parasite via the raccoon poop infested 2nd floor? Well, when we took a trip to the infectious disease doctor, he…

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Finding the House in the Trees

Finding the House in the Trees

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had time to relax and unwind during the Christmas break. We enjoyed time in Nebraska with my parents and were thankful for good traveling weather both ways. Speaking of great weather…we have really lucked out with some nice weather this past month. It’s enabled us to do some tree demo work to get ready for this spring when the second floor will be coming down. Ok, we won’t be doing any of the demo…

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The Evolution of a House Design

The Evolution of a House Design

Chris & I have been working with architects to come up with our final house design. Obviously, we went with the house design that we liked best but also one that fit well with the house. We put a lot of value into the expertise of the architects too. Together we weighed the pros and cons of each design. Dutch Hip Roof This is a very unique design and fit the modern farmhouse feel. We both feel it integrated the…

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We Hired an Architect

We Hired an Architect

An architect. An architect? Did we really need one? We’ve done a house remodel before. We could do this ourselves, right? Looking at what we’ve done so far and what we have ahead, there are many decisions to be made on this house remodel project. Whether or not to hire an architect was a rather big decision! I am forever trying to cut costs and find things we can do ourselves. Chris has the same mindset but believed that an…

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The Design Process Begins!

The Design Process Begins!

It’s been hard work cleaning out the house and preparing for this house remodel. We’re to the point that we can start thinking about design! Woo-Hoo! Cabinets, outlets, bathrooms, OH MY! So many things we’ll need to think about. I watched an episode of Dr. Oz last week. He talked about decision-making exhaustion. The number of decisions we make throughout the day correlate to feelings of exhaustion by the end of the day. With the number of decisions we’ll need…

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