Hey guys!  I am so excited to be sitting on my hardwood floors! I picked these out years ago, the moment I saw them I knew they were the floors we would design our home around. The entire theme spun off of these custom made french oak floors.  They arrived from France a few months ago and have been sitting in the house just waiting to be installed, and now here I am…..

Kalvin is so close to crawling I can’t wait to move in and see him cruise around the house. The hand scrapped boards will do a great job of hiding any wear and tear that is bound to occur someday. Our french country themed dream home has been in the works for a long time. If you are interested in building a custom home here are some tips. My perspective is especially valuable because I am fortunate enough to be a contractors wife.

 

BEFORE YOU SHOP FOR A LOT

  1. COMPILE A WISH LIST
    •  walkout basement, second-floor laundry, 3 bay garage,  pool (these things can all play a huge factor in what lot you buy) determine the exterior style with your partner (this affects a lot of things once you start designing… especially if you want a second floor)
  2. SET A BUDGET
    • based on the average cost of a lot and how much you want to spend… I’m not getting into financial planning here cause I am not your girl for that.
  3. ROUGH YOUR PLANS
    • Go to sites like Pinterest and HOUZZ and look at home styles, blue prints, specific rooms etc. print it out and have an architect rough sketch the house… I’m going to talk more about this in a minute.
  4. SHOP FOR A LOT
    • consider the type of home, size of home and the way you will lay out the house while your shopping for a lot.

 

BEFORE YOU BUY YOUR LOT

  1. INTERVIEW
    • yes, interview contractors. Don’t just hire the guy your BFF used…
  2. AGREE ON A TIMELINE
    •   understand that there could be setbacks so add at least a month for cushion!
    • The most important quality a contractor can have besides experience (duh) is the ability to form a timeline! TIMELINE TIMELINE TIMELINE CANT STRESS IT ENOUGH.
  3. SURVEY YOUR LOT CHOICES
    • make sure your builder agrees the land is buildable for the home you want to build. (see why it’s important to design your home first….) I would encourage you to meet a couple of contractors at your potential lot before you buy it and get a few opinions. Do your homework, you wouldn’t want to miss something that could kill your budget.
  4. THINK ABOUT YOUR FUTURE
    • Make sure you like the schools, taxes, and town politics (because whether your thinking of it now, it’ll eventually be apart of your life)

 

AFTER YOU BUY YOUR LOT

  1. REVIEW YOUR PLANS
    • make sure you love the layout and consider room sizes and bedroom locations. Go into this knowing you might need to make sacrifices but sacrifice smart. Sometimes moving walls and making rooms a bit smaller can help you achieve the goal you’re looking to achieve.
  2. HIRE A CONTRACTOR
    • you shouldn’t have hired someone right away, get bids from everyone you interviewed based on your preliminary home plans. Go with the contractor you can afford, but make sure they present you a clear timeline, allowables for things like finishes, and potential setbacks. This way you are not way off budget, also get a list of subcontractors they plan to use… So you can check their credentials too.
  3. REVISIT YOUR PLANS AGAIN
    • with your architect, make sure window sizes, entrances, doorways and light switches ALL MAKE SENSE TO YOU!

 

I decided to do this as a 2 part blog post because let’s face it building a home is a lot of work and takes a lot of time, and If I went on any further you’d probably stop reading! My next part will be after we move in and I am thinking of doing a video. I am so thankful Kevin was able to build this home for us. We are so proud and have really put a lot of time into perfecting it. (It took me 2 weeks to draw a light plan and switch layout… ) we literally custom designed everything in our house from light switches to windows and doors. Sometimes builders will just do what they know (I had the luxury of being married to our builder, so Kevin let me do whatever I wanted-within reason) but remember you can specify the way you want things to go in YOUR house.

If you are thinking about building survey your friends and family by asking them, 2 things they love about the house they live in and 2 things they would change. I learned a lot by surveying people to make sure I wouldn’t miss anything! We also pretended we wanted to buy homes to take a tour with the realtor in order to steal layout ideas and things.

Next, I will share how to stay on track and on theme while finishing your home!

Follow me on Pinterest and check out all of my home inspiration boards, I made one for each room in the house and really used them as my source for ideas. pinterest is such an amazing source for inspiration during any design process.

 


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