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

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: Plumbing Fixtures

Plumbing Fixtures

While you are in the midst of selecting light fixtures and appliances, you'll also need to select plumbing fixtures. Plumbing fixtures are probably not something you think about really influencing the design of your home all that much. After all, a faucet is a faucet and a sink is a sink right? But, choosing beautiful fixtures is a great way to incorporate your personal style and also enhance the overall design plan for your home. {Image Source} If you follow the blog on a regular basis, you may remember me posting 6 tips for selecting plumbing fixtures for your home. This post is a great resource to bookmark when you are going through the actual selection process. But, if you are … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: 5 Tips for Selecting Appliances

5 Tips for Selecting Appliances

Now that you've started picking out lighting, it's also time to start selecting your appliances. If you are doing a renovation yourself or doing a custom build, you'll typically have the ability to select from any type of style or brand that fits within your allowance or budget. There are a ton of options out there, each with different features and functionality. Here are a 5 tips for selecting appliances that will help you narrow down your choices and get the most for your money. {Source} Research This is probably an obvious piece of advice, especially with appliances. But, it's a really important one. Different brands have better reputations than others so it's important to spend a … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: Lighting Resources

Lighting Resources

For me, one of the more challenging selections I had to make for our house was picking out all the light fixtures. The reason being, there are just sooo many options out there and so many different directions and styles you can go with. When I first started researching lighting options, I wasn't even sure where to begin looking. Trying to find the best deals or searching for a certain brand or style can be challenging.  {Image Source} After doing some digging around online and from my own personal experience I thought I would share with you some of the great lighting resources I came across. Designer Brands Some designer brands aren't sold to the general public through their … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: Stage 1

Stripped to Studs

So you are now armed with lots of advice, ways to prepare for this upcoming process and have a budget in-hand. Now what? Assuming you already have your building plans finalized and construction drawings signed off on, now the fun begins! Here's a little overview and breakdown of all the various building stages. This will vary a bit if you are renovating vs. building. For us, the main part of our house was completely renovated while we added an addition to the back which was a new build so our process looked a little different than most. With most renovations, the first thing they will do is completely gut the inside of your house down to the original wood framing. The room or … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: Remember You Are a Team

You Are a Team

We're almost to the good stuff but there's one more important thing we need to discuss. When things get stressful, remember you are a team. This mainly applies to a couple looking to renovate or build, but it's so so important. You and your spouse or significant other will disagree along the way {it's a fact}. You will each have your own opinions, styles and preferences and a lot of times, those will conflict with one another. One of you will prefer a certain light fixture that the other doesn't. One of you may lean more towards a more modern or minimalist style {cough: my hubby} while the other prefers a more rustic and feminine look {cough: me}. It's tough to make some … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: It Doesn’t Have to Be the Dream at First

Doesn't Have to Be the Dream At First

I know you are probably wondering when I'm going to get to the concrete details of actually building or renovating your house. I promise we're getting there, but if you haven't already gathered, planning ahead and doing some work and preparation on the front-end, before you even get started, will make this process go so much more smoothly {trust me}. One of the things my husband and I discussed early on before the renovation started is that this house doesn't  have to be the 'dream' the day we move in. I've always dreamed of gorgeous wood beams on the ceiling and a vanity made from an antique dresser, for example. But who says we have to do those now before we move in? We're … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: Think Long Term

Unfinished Basement

If you are taking the time to build or renovate an existing home, you are more than likely planning to stay in your new house for several years, maybe even decades. As you finalize plans and make selections, it's important to think long term. You may not need the extra storage or extra bedroom or bathrooms now, but will you a few years down the road? My husband and I don't currently have any children, but we plan on having kids at some point in the future. That factor played into some of the changes we made to the existing plans for the house. I'm a bit of a hoarder and have a lot of stuff. While I purged quite a bit some this past summer, I still have several boxes and things … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: Budget, Budget, Budget

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home- Importance of Budgeting

If you could probably guess, creating and sticking to a budget is HUGELY important when renovating or building. While sticking to a budget can be difficult going into uncharted waters and having no idea what to expect, discussing how much you are willing to spend on the renovation of one room or your whole house will save you not only time when decisions need to be made, but also prevent future stress and headache.  {Source} For my husband and I, our renovation was a little unique. When we bought the house,  we essentially bought the plans for the renovation and addition. Everything was already drawn out. We were basically buying a 'spec' home that we were able to customize and make … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: Managing Expectations


When it comes to renovating or building your home, there are a team of people that you will work with to make your dream a reality. From the architect, project manager, interior designer and vendors, you will be communicating with a lot of different people on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis. With all these different people comes different personalities, styles of working, and communicating. First piece of advice, before you make your first decision regarding the house, sit down with your entire team and discuss expectations.   {Source} Let your project manager explain how the process will work, the various stages along the way, and the timeline for when decisions need to … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home

31 Days Graphic

Day 1: Scroll down & read about why I'm writing about this topic Day 2: Managing Expectations Day 3: Budget, Budget, Budget Day 4: Think Long Term Day 5: It Doesn't Have to Be the Dream at First Day 6: Remember You Are a Team Day 7: Stage 1 Day 8: Lighting Resources Day 9 : 5 Tips for Selecting Appliances Day 10: Plumbing Fixtures Day 11: Staying Organized Day 12: Know the Bottom Line Day 13: How to Prepare for Your Electrical Walk Thru Day 14: Stage 2 Day 15: Researching Pays Off Day 16: Expect Delays Day 17: Countertop Selection Process Day 18: Tips for Making Countertop Selections Day 19: Stay One Step Ahead Day 20: 5 Tips for … Read More

Cozy Living Room Nook

Cozy Living Room Nook

We have very limited seating in our living room in our current rental. As in, only one sofa. One somewhat small sofa at that. Since it's just the two of us, we don't really need a ton more, but if we have company over, it would be nice to have some additional seating for guests. I knew my parents would be coming in town this month, so I thought it would be great to find a few little furniture pieces that not only provided additional seating, but also filled some currently unused space in our living room. I partnered with Sauder to create this cozy living room nook. I found this gray modern chair and round side table on their site and knew it would fit perfectly in this corner of … Read More