Our First Home: Update #1

Hey y’all!   Long time no see!  I’m sorry for going silent over here in blogland while I was in St. Croix, but I must admit it was nice being a little disconnected and having time to relax.  It was a much needed vacation to say the least!  For those of you that followed my island adventures on Instagram and  IG stories, I hope you enjoyed!  I tried to capture the beauty of the island as best as I could, despite the spotty and lack of phone service in areas.  If you enjoyed that, stay tuned because I have a full blog post all about St. Croix coming for ya soon!

Last month I made an exciting announcement about Chris and I building our first home.  Well, we’re finally starting to see significant progress with the house and things are beginning to move along according to schedule.  I figured I’d jump on in and give y’all a little update on the progress that’s been made since my first announcement!

Here’s a timeline of events:

April 12, 2017 – We were still eagerly awaiting for the slab to be poured!  This is what our lot looked like in preparation for the slab!
home building process timeline
May 2, 2017 – They finally broke ground! Still waiting for the slab!
home building timeline
May 5, 2017 – The slab was poured!  It’s hard to picture a 4 bedroom house on here!  Everything looks so tiny until the walls go up!
building-a-house
May 11, 2017 – They finally started framing!! This was the day before Chris and I left for St. Croix, so we drove by to check out the progress before we left.  We weren’t sure what to expect, and part of me thought it would possibly look like a whole framed house.  We pulled up to a measly handful of boards standing- haha! We knew we’d be in for a big shocker once we returned from St. Croix after being away for 11 days!

May 22, 2017 – We didn’t get back from St. Croix until very late, so we waited until the next day to check the progress.  WE FINALLY HAD A HOUSE!! I couldn’t believe how far it had come along while we were gone!!  Here’s a little peek!
new home construction
What’s next – If the weather behaves, they should be done framing this week! Fingers crossed!   Next will be the plumbing and the roof, and then it should be smooth sailing from there! We’ve been going back and forth on our selections for everything inside the house, aka the fun stuff, so once we have a final decision I’ll share my vision for what the inside is going to look like.  Stay tuned, that’s the best part!

Your turn – Ok y’all, I am in desperate need of your help!  I’m the most indecisive person in the world, and I know these are all pretty similar, but could you help a girl out!?  I can’t decide which light fixture I want for the dining room.

To help you visualize, we will have light gray walls throughout the house, light grayish floors, the kitchen will have white shaker cabinets with most likely marble countertops, and the pendant lights above the island and the cabinet hardware will be light brushed gold.  Our couch is a very light tan/off-white, and the rest of the furniture and decor in the house will be light grays, whites, and neutral creams.  So… which one should I go with!?  Let’s have a vote!!  Tell me in the comments please!
dining room chandelier#1 is a light washed oak color around the frame, the beads on the bottom are white, and the chain at the top is black (my only reservation is the black chain being too dark, but I don’t know, it could look good!)

#2 and #4 are from the same line, so the color is the same- a sterling silverish gold.  The beads are clear and brown toned.

#3 color is called silver quartz, which is kind of like an antiqued silver and the beads at the top are a grayish wood.

So… which one is your favorite!? 

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24 thoughts on “Our First Home: Update #1

  1. Zesty Olive

    Congrats on your new house! What fun being able to really personalize it just the way you want! As far as the lighting goes, I like #2 – just because it’s different from the “traditional” look. But they’re all gorgeous – so you can’t go wrong with whichever one you choose! 😉

  2. Madeline

    How exciting! My husband and I just bought our first house, and I feel ya on the indecisiveness. I can’t decide on any decorating! I had a vision in mind for modern farmhouse but lately have been gravitating towards mid century modern, which are like complete opposites. UGH. But anyway, I really like #1! But really all of them look great!

  3. John

    It is so fun to watch a project like this come together. There isn’t a much better feeling than seeing something go from a drawing to a structure.

  4. Eric || The Bucket List Project

    house building sounds way too stressful for me. Though I am not going to lie, I own a 185+ year old creole cottage in Louisiana and owning an OLD house sucks too. When stuff breaks you have to do a major overhaul and then dance with the historical associations.
    As for your fixtures, I kind of like #3 cause it looks the simplest but that is my personality.

  5. Evanne

    Congrats! It must be so exciting to see the progress. SO many decisions, though. I vote #1! I think the black chain might add a nice contrast and make the fixture a great focal point for your dining room since the rest of the house is neutral/grey 🙂

  6. Poonam

    Congrats on your new house!!! How exciting. My husband and I are currently in the process of finding a lot to build on so I’m so excited that y’all have started building! I hope this process is fast and smooth.

  7. Robert

    Congratulations on the new house. I lucked out that I didn’t have to build my home. I just had to inherit it from my parents. As for the lights, simple is always the best options. I say go with option 3 for now and go from there.

  8. Leslie Soto

    How exciting! My hubby & I bought land to build on but decided to buy another house instead so we’re waiting to hear about our closing now. I’m so excited for you though.

    I think I like the second chandelier the best!

  9. Kaitlin

    SO exciting!!! My parents are building a lake house rights now and it looks preeeety similar to your’s right now – hah! My light fixture vote is #1!

    – Kaitlin
    kedgotwed.com

  10. Southern & Style

    Reading this post makes me so look forward to building our future home in a short one or two years! As far as lighting goes, I really love the look of number 4!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

  11. Jenny

    I really like #3 haha. Totally my style. I can’t wait to get a house within the next year or so. We’re definitely considering building too so I’m loving following along on your journey.

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