Welcome to our current house!! In August of 2015, we purchased our second home! To say we were excited is an understatement! However, let’s not jump ahead just yet, we went under contract in April of 2015 on a different house. My husband Daniel and I planned to seamlessly move from our first house, into a new house, but everything doesn’t always go as planned, as we all know.
In what seemed like the blink of an eye we found ourselves moving into my husband’s parent’s guest room. Thank goodness we have such a great family, they immediately opened their doors to us and our crazy 85 pound dog. We had a POD packed up with half our belongings, and my in-laws garage filled with everything else in May.
So what happened?? We had some unexpected bumps in the road and ultimately decided it would be best for us to start looking for a different home, and preferably another new build. We drove up our street without seeing a single photo of the house, pulled in the driveway, and got what we call “the warm and fuzzies.” In the building phase still, we toured our house. It was a construction zone, but we knew we wanted to make an offer.
We quickly negotiated and set a closing date. Since we made an offer so quickly, we were still able to customize some of the finishing touches, though we had to wait for the house to be finished before moving in. We were able to: pick our floor stain, add cabinets in our laundry room, add wood stairs instead of carpet, add hardwoods in the upstairs hallway, add a light over the island, pick out our refrigerator, pick out all cabinet hardware, and our personal favorite, have our builder install all our blinds (best builder ever).
Since moving in August of 2015, we have accomplished a lot. The biggest change is definitely in our backyard! We had no idea what we were getting into with the yard, but take the full tour below and I hope you enjoy.
Before: This is about two weeks before the house was finished, everything was done outside except the garage door.
Currently: We added two trees, aerated and seeded the yard, removed and replaced all bushes, added a fence, flags, porch railings (CO required them), and decor.
Before: Welcome to our house, this was the view you were greeted with when we moved in.
Currently: We updated the lighting up the stairs ASAP when we moved in, switched out our console table for something with more storage, painted, installed a shiplap wall, hung curtains and changed up some other decor.
THE LIVING ROOM
Before: We didn’t do much to this space when we moved in, all the furniture was from our first house except the media stand and accent chairs.
Currently: We painted, installed a shiplap wall, hung curtains, got a new rug, coffee table, side table, and switched out some of our other decor.
Currently: We have added art, purchased rugs and decor, replaced the light over the sink, and learned all about taking care of butcher block counters. Other than that everything is the same as when we moved in. The island is one of my favorite parts of our entire house.
MUD ROOM/ LAUNDRY
Currently: We switched out our light, added rugs, wash board decor, and prints.
Before: We were able to pick our floor stain, this was about a week before we moved in, I had a lot to do.
Currently: This room makes me so happy now. We replaced the light, were gifted a buffet, replaced our dining table and chairs, added curtains and decor.
Before: When we moved in we purchased new bedding, added art, and curtains.
Currently: We kept most everything else the same but added hardwood floors recently, so happy with how they turned out.
Before: Yellow walls with cream cabinets.
Currently: We painted, added rugs, wall art, and a towel hook. Check out the makeover here.
Currently: My husband surprised me and helped update this bathroom for my birthday, details here.
Before: We started with one desk and more yellow walls.
Currently: We painted the walls, painted my desk, added curtains, purchased desk chairs and lamps, added art (still need to update the frames above my desk), and built a bookshelf. Click here for details.
GUEST ROOM 1
Before: We used this room as a second spare bedroom until we had our son and recently transformed it into a nursery.
Currently: We installed a new light, wall treatment, painted, hung shelves and other decor. This room was inspired by another blogger who designed a beautiful room for her son, check it out here.
GUEST ROOM/ FROG ROOM
Before: This space started as the bonus room, then transitioned to the guest room since it was bigger.
Currently: We painted, got a bed, dresser, side tables, bedding, and hung curtains. Still working to finalize this room but we have made a lot of progress, check it out here.
Currently: We painted, installed shelves, added decor, curtains, and a side table.
Before: Yellow walls with cream cabinets.
Currently: We painted the walls, frosted the window, installed a shiplap wall, and added/ changed decor. Check out the details here.
Welcome to our little slice of heaven! We may have favorite rooms inside the house, but our favorite place to be is outside! We have wonderful weather 3/4 of the year, and we take full advantage of it.
Before: We had a ton of work to do and it has taken us almost 2 years to get to the current point. August 2015.
Currently: It looks like this. We did the following: removed 12 trees, added a fire pit, sprinkler system, plants, retaining wall part 2, outdoor shower, fence, under deck fencing, wood garden box, decor, DIY dining table, and added a patio around the fire pit with a pathway to the deck.
So that’s all, if you have questions don’t hesitate to ask.