Thank you all who followed along on our home build journey. We are so grateful for the love and advice you have shown us during this process. My intent of this blog was to document our build, and now that it’s done we are closing this chapter (for now). I’ll be sure to keep you posted over on Instagram for future builds on our property, hint hint. 😉
I hope you continue to follow along over at our Tennessee Farmhouse instagram. We can’t believe that our instagram has grown like it has and also been featured by Southern Living! This journey has truly been a blessing. If you ever have any questions about building, please reach out on Instagram and I will be happy to help you the best that I can. My advice to the person building a home wold be:
- Don’t stress, enjoy the process. Remember, very few people get to build their own home…be thankful!
- Your contractor/builder is human. Nobody is perfect. Expect mistakes and roll with it.
- Take pictures, document the process. Your children will thank you one day.
- Whatever your budget is, budget more 😉 Allow wiggle room
Now that we are in and have lived here a while, I can tell you a few things I would change:
- Put an extra floor vent in the master bathroom. There is a separate “room” in the master bath just for the toilet. I love it, but there is a window in there and it gets COLD. I would have added a vent in there or somewhere close for some extra warmness. I’m seriously considering a toilet seat warmer at this point, ha!
- When I ask my husband what he’d like to change, he says he would have liked to have a basement. I’m so glad we didn’t do a basement (sorry hubs!). I truly feel basements are bottomless pits for junk and stuff you don’t need. I know right now if we had one then all of our boxes would be down there instead of up here forcing us to go through them.
- Add a closet in the front room. The front room of this plan is labeled as the “den”, however we are using it as an office. By the time I realized I would’ve loved a storage closed in there, it was too late. To add a closet means that room could technically turn into a 4th bedroom and that changes permits and everything. Oh well. I think we are gonna search for a free-standing closet at some point.
Those are just me being super picky, and none of those are things that would make us change anything about our plan selection. We absolutely LOVE Glenview Cottage, it’s the perfect fit for us…
The moment I saw this plan I absolutely fell in love. I couldn’t believe with all the searching done that I hadn’t seen it sooner. As soon as I saw it I knew it was meant for us. It’s layout plus the way our land is laid out all fit perfectly. My husband loved it too, and that was one of the first times we both agreed on a plan. There are many reasons we chose the Glenview Cottage by Southern Living but here are the top five:
1. The traditional farmhouse style. Many early 1900 farmhouses remind me of this plan. That’s another reason we loved Eric Moser’s designs. He brings out the character often lost in modern homes. If our home looks like it’s been sitting on our land for 100 years then we are totally ok with it.
2. The wrap around front porch. Need I say more?
3. There’s no wasted space. It seems every single square foot is accounted for. Even the pantry is built in under the stairs which we love. There was a few places that had “dead” space and we asked our builder to turn them into closets. Like the little mini closets at the top of our stairs
4. Master on the main. Planning ahead, we love the thought of not having to climb stairs when we’re old. The master almost has it’s very own separate “wing” of the house. We know it’s not for everyone, but we also like the idea of kids having their own space upstairs and us having our own space downstairs.
5. Walk in pantry. We’ve never had a pantry (we had to buy a free-standing one for our previous home)! Ohhh, you know you’re an adult when the thought of pantry organization excites you. Part of the pantry is under the stairs and you could close it off where it wraps up under the steps. We left it open because it makes a great storage spot! I stick seasonal decor back there.
I know I said five, but if I could add a few more it would be the very open floor plan, the laundry/mudroom room is right beside the bottom of the stairs (easy access to upstairs kids rooms), there’s a screened-in porch in the back, his and her closets, his an her sinks, exterior exposed chimney, and did I mention a wrap around porch? 🙂
Pretty soon we had siding up and everything started to get painted! The farmhouse lover in me wanted everything white. Plus, I stress too much about colors going well together! With white walls, we can add color with my decor and furniture choices.
For the exterior we chose Pure White by Sherwin Williams and for the interior walls we chose Alabaster by Sherwin Williams with Pure White trim. Brick color is “Oakton” by Triangle Brick with WHITE mortar (mortar makes a huge difference!)
Porch ceiling is Atmospheric by Sherwin Williams.
Porch fans are from Home Depot found here.
When we started this process, we knew what kind of doors we wanted, but we didn’t know what they were called. These are some terms I learned a long the way and I hope they can help you:
– Our front door is a “4 lite” door because of the 4 windows. You can get two, four, five, however many you want. Ours is solid oak.
– Our interior doors are “5 panel shaker style”. They are “hollow core” meaning hollow in the middle, not solid throughout. A plus of hollow core is the price is cheaper, a negative would be it’s a little less noise canceling.
– Our windows have “grilles” that match the 4 lite front door.
– Our interior trim around the doors and windows are the traditional “T Trim” where the top piece hangs over just a little bit. I love this simple farmhouse touch.
These terms seem simple I know, but unless you work in the construction industry you might now know them. Now you do! 🙂
I hope this helped and I can’t wait to blog some more updates soon! Have a great week y’all!
I am so behind y’all! In my attempt to catch up, here we go:
Figuring out exactly where you want plugins is hard! We put them in all the necessary locations throughout the house. And by necessary I mean we went way overboard. You just never know! Then it hit me in the middle of the night, “I have two little trees that light up that I always put on each side of my front door for Christmas, we didn’t put a plugin by the front door!” Like, really Kristin? You need to make sure plugins are in all the right locations and all you can think about is Christmas? Ha! Luckily, our electrician offers what he calls the “Christmas package” and made sure we had plenty of plugins up high on the porch AND one by the front door. Whew, close one. We might not have a plugin anywhere in the kitchen but at least we will have a place for trees by the door! 😀
For our roof we went with Gulvalume which is the natural color the metal is. I think once the roof was on was when it really started looking real to me.
For the exterior brick skirt and brick fireplace we used Triangle Brick in the color Oakton with WHITE mortar. Mortar plays the biggest role in how your brick will look.
Soon after, the house was almost “in the dry” as they call it. The blacktop was on the roof, we had windows, and exterior doors.
If you like timelines, we broke ground on June 27th and these photos were taken August 31st. So almost 2 months and we went from a hole in the ground to this! Can’t believe how fast she went up!
A must have for us was a four lite front door. To explain the term four “lite” (I had to google the technical term) it means there are four separate pieces of glass that are divided. Just like our windows. I love how this creates the look of a cross. The more crosses surrounding our house, the better 🙌🏼 (can I get an amen?!). I was a bit hesitant of this knowing that just anyone could walk up and see in our house, but with where we live, and our security system we got, I will see someone at our house before they see me. 🙂 What color should we stain it? I’m deciding on that now!
Something I love about the Glenview Cottage plan is the exposed rafter tails around the house. It’s definitely something I wanted to keep. But the porch ceiling? I struggled, and I mean struggled, with if we should leave that porch ceiling exposed or inclose it. The guys spent so much time making it look gorgeous like that. Every single beam was cut and placed perfectly, and all I could think about?? Never ending wasps nest! I wish you could’ve seen their faces when we talked about covering it up. In the end, I let my hubby decide and he wanted it exposed. I’m so glad we did because I think it adds so much character! I can’t imagine it covered now. Now to figure out what color of blue to paint it…
In the living room, the plan called for a regular size window to the right of the fireplace, and no window to the left of the fireplace but a built in area for a TV. My OCD could not handle how it made things look so off so we scratched it and put two rectangle windows on each side of the fireplace. I love the thought of it snowing and being able to see the snow falling while sitting next to the fireplace. But right now all I can see is a face, lol. Hopefully there will be built-ins below the windows at some point.. .
Looking in the kitchen…
I’m obsessed with this dutch door!
Without fail, every time I take a photo from far back, the tree line and our roof line match perfectly. I love how it just looks like it belongs there. And our poor grass 😑 let’s just overlook that!
It wasn’t too long before the upstairs was being built and the roof was being framed! We’ve hit a dry spell in Tennessee and haven’t been getting much rain. Bittersweet because we need the rain, but nice because a lot of work has gotten done!
We decided at the last minute to change the plan and have our daughter’s ceiling in her bedroom be vaulted. I’m so glad we did…
Below is probably my favorite side of the house. It will be the wrap around porch, chimney, and to the far right is the master bedroom.
Next thing we knew, it was starting to look like a house! You could see things taking shape, and we had steps leading upstairs…
Here will be the fireplace with rectangle windows on each side and hopefully built-ins underneath… Leading up the stairs. To the left is the powder room, to the right is the laundry room. Like the plan calls for, we stuck with 10 foot ceilings downstairs, 9 foot upstairs. I am SO glad we did. Since my husband and I are both really tall, it feels more open…
Upstairs view. Yes I was scared to go all the way to the top 😀
Before we knew it, we had floors going down and walls going up! It was surreal to start seeing the plan of Glenview Cottage come to life. It is SO hard to imagine what your home will look like. I’ve had pictures to look at, and a plan right in front of me, but it’s still hard.
The part you see in the front that’s just blocks is the wrap around porch…
Looking out our kitchen windows
View from the back
“Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted.” Psalm 127:1
Since I just started this blog, I’m going to be playing catch up. If you follow along on Instagram then you know we are WAY ahead of breaking ground. There are a few blogs out there that documented their home build and it helped me out A LOT. So I really want to try and document things in order so that it might help someone else in the future.
On June 27, 2016 we broke ground on our Tennessee Farmhouse.
Breaking ground was stressful for me. Only because you have to know EXACTLY where you want the house. Once the concrete is poured, you can’t turn back. Technically you can, but who wants to pay for all that again?! So we knew we wanted to build on the highest point on our land. That was the easy part. The hard part was, do we angle the house? Do we face the house more towards sunrise? Do we turn it away from the sun? Where will the sunrise be in relation to our bedrooms? Apparently, there are tons of things to think about that I never knew until reading on the best placement of a home. I LOVE how most were all related to the sun! This reminded me of our daily walks with Jesus, the Son! Where is He in our life? Are we facing Him? Are we turning away from Him? Is He the first thing you seek in the morning?
Our land is kind of narrow, so we didn’t have that many options on where to place it. As far as the sun, I don’t really care where it is! Any sunlight coming in a window is a plus for me, I’m all about some natural light.
Here’s facing the front of our house…
And here’s standing in the living room looking at the fireplace 🙂