31 Days to Building a Dream Home:: Creating Functional and Beautiful Cabinetry

Creating Functional & Beautiful Cabinetry

For us, the cabinetry process took quite a bit of time to finalize. Part of that was due to the fact that things got held up with the project and we had some extra time. But, part of it was because this was a huge part of making our home functional. We were trying to stay within a certain budget, while also trying to figure out ways to maximize space and achieve the look we were going for. {Source} If you are custom building your entire house, there's a lot of cabinetry to design and decisions to make. The most important thing to take into consideration when making cabinetry decisions is functionality. This is especially important when it comes to your kitchen and laundry rooms. These … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: Don’t Second Guess Yourself

Don't Second Guess Yourself

If you've already started the process of renovating or building your house and making decisions, you know that there are times that you second guess your decisions. Should I have gone with a different tile for our shower or should I have chosen different knobs for our kitchen? These might be questions you ask yourself weeks later after making what seems like such a permanent decision. While some people are more decisive than others, those of you that are indecisive might be paralyzed with fear of making the wrong decision. Here's the thing, you could spend weeks, months really, debating back and forth about some of the decisions you will be faced with. The truth though? There … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: 5 Tips for Making Tile Selections

5 Tips for Making Tile Selections

As I was looking to make all the various design selections, tile was one of the ones that seemed the most daunting. Not only are there a ton of different tile options, there's also a ton of different ways to install it. After a couple of different trips to the tile shop, opinions from an expert designer and a lot of hours of research, I was finally able to make final tile selections that I'm really happy with. {Source} Throughout the process I learned a lot though and today I thought I would pass along a few helpful tips for making tile selections that might help you in your own quest of picking out tile for your home. Terminology Before you step foot in a tile shop, it might be … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: Stay One Step Ahead

Stay One Step Ahead

The design selections for your home are made in a particular order and are strategically planned out in order to continue movement throughout the various building stages. I broke down the entire process along with each stage of selections here. We've already talked about a few of the stages and some of the selections that have to be made. My advice, stay one step ahead on your research and selections. The timeline between each selection stage can be a matter of only a few weeks or a it could be a few months. It's unpredictable. Luckily {or unluckily} for us, we ran into a few delays during the early stages of our renovation. But, because we were keeping to the original … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: Tips for Making Countertop Selections

Tips for Selecting Countertops

Yesterday I gave you a brief overview of the countertop selection process. Explaining what a fabricator does and how you go about viewing various materials. Today I wanted to share a few pieces of advice and offer some tips for making your actual countertop selections. {Source} There are a lot of options available to you and it can be overwhelming trying to make the right decision. In some cases, your countertops will take up a large chunk of your budget depending on your material choice, so it's important to be satisfied and happy with your choices. Here are a few words of wisdom I wish someone had shared with me from the get-go. Shop Around If you are using a building company, … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: Countertop Selection Process

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When it came time to start looking at picking out the type of countertops we wanted for our house, the process and vast number of options left me feeling a little confused. I heard terms like fabricator, quartz and flat eased edge and I was completely lost. I had only ever heard of granite as a countertop option {outside of laminate, etc.}. But, come to find out, there are soo many different material options available and with some materials, soo many different brands and vendors.  {Source} Needless to say, it took me some time to figure out what was available and how the entire process worked. In case you are starting the process and just as confused, here's a brief … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: Expect Delays

Expect Delays

Ask anyone who has built or renovated and they will tell you that it will take longer than initial estimates. With a renovation in particular, you're dealing with unknowns. Your builder, or even you if are doing it yourself, will have no idea what issues might await once walls and drywall come down. There could be poor wiring, rotting wood or concealed damage that will only be discovered once the renovation begins. You can run into problems with new builds too. They could run into rock in the ground that takes extra equipment and time to dig out or excessive rain or snow could hold up the progress early on in a project before exterior walls are built. All in all, delays are … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: Researching Pays Off

Researching Pays Off

Researching is something I'm not great at. I never know where to start, where to look or how to find things. Luckily, I married someone who is great at researching and will spends hours researching something before purchasing or making a decision. Even though I'm not good at it, I know how important this is when making decisions as it relates to your home. When working with a building company, along the way they will advise you to pick out plumbing from a certain supply store, order lighting through a certain retail store or use a certain fabricator or tile shop. You may think you don't have the option to go anywhere else, but that's not always the case. While the reason they … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: Stage 2

Master Bedroom Drywall

Now that your house is completely framed and stage 1 selections have been made {plumbing, appliances, lighting}, stage 2 of construction will commence. This means all the rough-ins for your plumbing, electrical and HVAC will be installed. In short that means all the pipes, electrical wiring and can lighting is installed. Anything that will go behind the walls or the ceiling needs to be configured because following installation and inspections is drywall! Ya'll, this stage of the process is a game changer. Once drywall goes in, your house will feel like a home. What may have seemed like a never ending process with no end in sight now will now feel completely different. You will … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: How to Prepare for Your Electrical Walk Thru

How to Prepare for Your Electrical Walk Thru

There's a reason lighting is one of the first few design selections you will make during the process. Shortly after all the framing is done, an electrician will need to start wiring for electrical before insulation and drywall are installed. Having lighting picked out prior to your electrical walk thru will help you in providing direction and location for light fixtures to your electrician. There's a few things you can do in advance to prepare. Know How Many Cans You Want Can lighting is a simple and relatively cheap way to light your home. Cans typically run around $35 a piece and can really aid in lighting areas in your home where a light fixture doesn't make sense. Before your … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: Know the Bottom Line

Know the Bottom Line

Decisions and selections will need to be made fairly quickly throughout the building process. Especially a lot of the design selections. The type of plumbing and lighting you select will affect location of pipes and electrical wiring. Your builder will need to know these selections early on before the next stage of construction takes place {drywall and insulation}. Appliances will also need to be selected early on to due to the fact that some of the gas and electrical components of these appliances will affect location of wiring as well as affect cabinetry layout and dimensions. In a lot of cases, you will need to make your final selections for all three of these things simultaneously. … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: Staying Organized

Satying Organized

As you start to get into this whole crazy process, you'll start to realize that there's a lot to keep track of. A lot of deadlines, meetings, selections and numbers to keep up with. My advice, create an organizational system from the get-go to avoid getting in over your head and feeling overwhelmed. This can look different for different people. Some people may prefer an all digital organizational system with spreadsheets, etc. while others prefer physical binders, notebooks and planners. I fall somewhere in between the two. Just like I utilized google docs for planning my wedding, I also created a few google documents to keep track of various things for our renovation. The … Read More