My husband and I purchased our first home in 2010. We were engaged, young and excited to find the home we would start our life together at. Neither of us had owned a home before and I had never even moved out of my parents house before so a lot was new to us. We were able to purchase a new construction build right as it was completed, meaning we did not get to choose any options or colors but we were so excited and in shock that it was ours.
Fast forward a few years, and there were things I started to realize that I loved about the house and others I realized I wouldn’t want again. We had always said it would be our “5 year house”. As we got close to the 4 year mark we were both thinking it would probably end up being more of like an 8 year house. Or 10. But then something changed. We noticed other similar houses selling for quite a bit more than we had purchased ours for and on a whim decided to ask a realtor to come over and take a look, let us know what he would list it at. His price was even higher than we had guessed so we decided to list it and made plans to build our next home!
We sold our first home within two months of listing and spent countless hours driving the county and searching the internet for potential locations for our build. We finally chose one and a few months later, began our first build.
I truly love the home building process and got so absorbed in the details last time that it was hard to “turn off” once the house was complete!😂We chose every little detail, down to the cabinet pulls and grout colors, and so much time and love went into it all.
As most of you know, we sold house #2 (our custom build #1), this past summer and are currently in the process of building again. For our second custom build I am taking our favorites from the first build and adding in a few changes. I loved our last home but am excited to change up the colors and styles, as well as the floor plan, a bit this time!
Here are photos of our first build, courtesy of our wonderful realtors: The Jerry Blankers Team at Muljat Group North. If you are local and are looking to buy or sell a home, I highly recommend them!
I describe our first home as a rustic farmhouse. It was all one level with a large bonus room upstairs. We made sure to add a window and a closet to both the bonus room and the office so that they could quality as a bedroom if needed. We built knowing we would sell within a few years (we ended staying three years) so wanted to keep in mind things future homeowners may like or benefit from.
One of my favorite pieces from this home was our apron front, single basin farmhouse sink. After hours and hours or researching affordable farmhouse sinks, this is the one I went with. We loved it and I plan to use it in our current build as well. Our faucet (color: Venetian Bronze) has the touchless technology that turns water on at the slightest tap which we loved and will definitely do again. When you are busy cooking in the kitchen and your hands are dirty from touching raw chicken being able to tap the faucet with your elbow to turn it on is so nice!
On the left side of the photo you see our barn doors opening up to the office. It took so long for me to find the perfect doors for this space and I ended up having them made by Whatman Barn Furniture on Etsy! The glass in them was actually from an old barn so has a bit of character and I had the maker leave them raw so that our contractor could stain them the color of our wood beams.
When living here, I would get asked about this area rug ALL THE TIME! It’s super ridiculously soft, 7’ by 10’ and the perfect amount of shag. When we moved in we had a 2 year old and I was 7 months pregnant so though we had wanted hardwood flooring throughout the living space it was important to us to have a comfortable spot on the floor for us to play with the kids. It comes in multiple colors and is shaggy enough to be plush but not too shaggy that it’s difficult to vacuum; such a win for under $300!
Sofa and Loveseat
Coffee Table and End Tables (similar)
I adored our white laundry room, complete with plenty of cabinets and counter space! We also enjoyed having a sink in our laundry room, a first for us, and we will be having one in our new laundry room as well.
I wanted our powder bathroom to have a different, memorable sink and ended up choosing this one from Creative Stoneworks NW (all countertops are granite and from them as well).
Bedding: Beddy’s - use my code HALEYP20 to save!
All cabinets throughout home: Canyon Creek Cabinet Company
Light Fixtures: Lowe’s or Fishtrap Creek Interiors
Tile Floors: Lowe’s
Tile Backsplash: Lowe’s or Fishtrap Creek Interiors
I was a big fan of our walk in, all tile shower, featuring no glass. Floor, wall and mosaic tile are all from Lowe’s and hardware is from Delta Faucet.
Another custom favorite of ours was our huge built in, natural gas outdoor fire pit. It is a statement piece that became the center of our outdoor living area and got my family outside more because it was so fun and warm to sit by.
I hope you have enjoyed this roundup and backstory on our home building process; I’m excited to share more about our current build soon! Feel free to reach out regarding any source information or building questions; I’m happy to help!
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