diy digs and some house porn… for the ladies

I have some news.

We are building a house. Maybe.

I’m incredibly nervous and have a million concerns I won’t explain here while we work out the details in marriage counseling. {Just kidding}. And like I’ve mentioned, I love my house. I don’t want to move, and I’m content.

But that doesn’t mean I’m not scheming and planning…

Because imagine getting to design the perfect home. AWESOME.

Our floor plan will probably look something like this, what’s called a ranch-style or rambler.

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I don’t like them because they all look the same. JB loves them because they really are super functional and the one-level plan is popular in the Utah suburbs. And that kitchen/dining/family room layout would make for an excellent party house. The floor plan I dig. It’s the exterior I don’t love. From the outside, they all look like this, kinda:

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No offense if your house looks like that. They are very nice houses, no question. I just lean toward old, crumbly houses.

We are compromising. My favorite home style is Craftsman style. I am going to find out if the exterior of that ranch/rambler can be pimped out to look more like this:

craftsman style home

Source. SEXY.

Or this:

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Those are beautiful homes with character. That first one’s brand new and looks like it could have been built in 1930 and just repainted.  That mix of vertical wood siding, shingle-style siding, and rock. Brought together with that classic wide, white trim. A cozy porch.

Google “craftsman style rambler” and you get things like this:

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Closer, warmer, better.

Anyone out there had a house built? I’d love to hear some advice, stories, suggestions, comments. I seriously ordered “Building Your Own Home for Dummies” from Amazon- that is the baseline I’m working with here.

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4 thoughts on “diy digs and some house porn… for the ladies”

  1. I am so with you, I love older homes with character! I love our house, it was built in like 1935, but space wise and storage wise it isn’t the best. I don’t know much about building a house, but I am sure you guys will do a great job. Good luck! I can’t wait to see what happens!

    1. Tash, I LOVE your house! I love all the little built-ins that make it unique and you have it fixed up so cute! If we really do this I’ll be documenting it for sure!

  2. Oh boy, yes I have things to say about building a house. We just finished building a custom home and it was challenging and stressful and exciting and wonderful and terrible. But in the end, you get exactly what you want, and that is so incredibly awesome. And, the thrill of picking all the pieces and then seeing them come together is completely worth the pain. So…if you want to have a lengthy chat sometime, just let me know 🙂

    1. Thanks Rach, I will be hitting you up on that for SURE. Your house looks like it turned out so awesome. That’s encouraging that you are still happy you did it. I am sooo nervous about the whole thing. :p But picky gal I am, the thought of getting to pick the perfect floor plan and finishes makes me pretty giddy…

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