I have been asked so many times, by so many people to tell the story of our custom home build in the form of a blog. This is a once in a lifetime experience and I’m also hoping to record it for our family to have to look back on and maybe inspire people that this is not impossible. The majority of this will be written from a cell phone app, before I go to bed at night, but I hope this becomes a great story.
The reason? My 3 boys are always the reason, for everything we do. This is more than a house to us, this is our dream. If I were to psychoanalyze, it probably relates back to not having one true place that I grew up, we moved all the time. I want a place that we can always come back to, where we can set down roots, where my boys can be a tree, and maybe climb a few, 3three in a tree.
For years we’ve looked at houses. In 2010 I broke my ankle looking at a house and that was nowhere near the first one. The house we live in is 1910 sqft, on @ 1/4 acre, nowhere near a palace, but it is well utilized sq footage. We have plenty of closet space, a formal living and dining, all of the kids have their own rooms, we have a pool and swing set, go to the best school in the area. Sean and I have redone every room of this house since we moved here in 2009, Noah was just six months old, all of our boys have come home here, this is the only home they know, it will be a tough act to follow. Every home we have looked at, and there have been many, has been compared to this one, it had to be better in every way or it was a deal breaker.
I have always been very conservative, have a degree in finance, am a saver, better safe than sorry. But because we don’t play big, its hard to win big either. Thanks to buying in the market crash, our mortgage payment here is $800, you cant even rent an apartment for that anymore, this is the safe choice. We’ve struggled with the mental battle of making the safe choice vs. always wanting something more, it feels like settling. We started to feel more pushed out than pulled when we saw the neighborhood becoming something we no longer felt like we could call home forever. A few years ago squatters burned down the house behind us, we watched it burn while we wet our fences to keep it from causing damage. It sat as a burnt out shell for years, being used for drugs and loitering. Every time my boys play out front, I have to sit on the front steps to watch them. We just wanted more.
This is our dream, not world traveling, I prefer to stay at home. I love everything to do with home decorating and DIY. If HGTV were the only channel on TV, I’d be a happy camper. I’ve been envisioning his house in my head for years. We have no safety net. When we decided to do this, we had to be in, so we are ALL in!