Our build site is finally starting to look like the forever home we imagined!!! We still have a few bumps to get over before we’re living out in the country in this beauty but with the new baby and all the craziness of our lives, I’m sure it’s going to fly. We are shooting for the first week of October as our move-in date, so it won’t be long now! As promised, I’m sharing some updates with the details of all the latest updates home-related so here we go!!
The most obvious change since the last homebuild update is that our board and batten is done and the exterior is PAINTED!!! I knew I wanted white, but quickly realized that there are upwards of 400 million shades of white to choose from…cue brain explosion. I ended up going with my favorite shade, called “Alabaster” from Sherwin Williams and it turned out to be BEAUTIFUL! It is a creamy white so when the sun reflects off our house it doesn’t blind you and it complements the warmth of the douglas fir beams and cedar shake.
Our insulation is complete and it is sound-proof as all get-out–it made SUCH a difference in the sound-proofing and will be a huge help with keeping the temperature consistent once we move in. Even with loud construction happening outside, Prime Energy Group did such a great job at insulating the walls and ceiling that it is basically silent when you’re standing inside the house, which is amazing. This, along with our drywall being up, makes it fun to finally walk through the hallways and know exactly how the spaces will feel when we move in!
Now, let’s talk about SHIPLAP. My parents had shiplap in my childhood home growing up (where they still live in Canada) and I have always loved it but I had to reaaaallly pull back the reins when it came to how much shiplap I put in our house because I wanted it EVERYWHERE! I chose some specific areas for it so I don’t get sick of it over time. It’s on the ceiling of our great room, (along with our massive douglas fir beams from Caribou Creek —swoon! See below for the ridge beam…six more ceiling beams still need to be installed!), on our kitchen island and bar, plus a few accent walls in various rooms like our master bathroom, Leni’s room, beside the bar and in the laundry room. We sourced all of our shiplap from Metrie after comparing a lot of companies and we went with the 7″ nickel gap and it turned out exactly how I imagined and BETTER!
When we took these photos, our cabinets had just started getting installed. I wish I had more to show you but they turned out SO great and I’ll have PLENTY more photos in the next post! Since our home is modern-farmhouse style, I love very simple, straight lines and a neutral color palette so I chose shaker-style cabinets from Downsview Cabinetry. We used David Glover from Design Gaps in Charlotte to make my dream kitchen a reality! He handled all of our cabinetry and major appliances, and if you’re anywhere in the NC/SC area, David is the MAN and was able to add additional layers of detail to our home plans that are “product specific” and not just generic placeholders while we were choosing cabinetry and appliances. He helped me with functional space planning for our kitchen and scullery and also got us set-up with dreamy Miele Appliances, which are currently sitting in storage until we’re ready for them in a couple weeks. If there’s one space in our home that I’m MOST excited about, it’s this kitchen!!!!
Since these blog photos were taken, our countertops have been installed along with our floor tile and backsplashes in the bathrooms by J. Morgan Design. Morgan is a good friend of ours out of Greenville, NC, and he and his wife Jessica made the tile and countertop process a breeze. Watching him and his crew work on the jobsite is pretty incredible. I feel like I blink and the entire room is completely finished! I cannot wait to take proper photos of all the tiles we used to show you!
Since I’m elbows deep in all-things-baby right now with minimal sleep and spit-up covering most of my body, the next homebuild blog will probably be once we’ve moved into the new house which is CRAZY!
By then I will have some SUPER exciting house updates coming at you, like where I sourced all of our farmhouse furniture from (thanks to my Aunt, Cindy Shockey, who designs beautiful furniture for Simply Amish) along with a few other sources, plus the dreamy reclaimed wood beams that we recently installed from Appalachian Antique Hardwoods out of NC. Rick from R. Jacobs Fine Plumbing and Hardware out of Raleigh helped us with all of our door hardware, plus all of our interior plumbing fixtures so I can’t wait to share them once they’re installed! Rick was the BEST! We’ll also be installing our wood floors from Hallmark Floors soon, which will make a huge difference! And all of our B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L lighting from Circa Lighting is already on-site and just waiting to get installed as well as our cabinetry hardware from TopKnobs.
As soon as everything’s in, I will be rounding up allllll the details and sending them your way! In the meantime, let me know what else you want to know about the house! Comment below so I can get some answers together for y’all! I could write forever about this house so I want to make sure I’m answering exactly what you want to know. And if you aren’t subscribed, make sure you do that now so you get ALL my new posts straight to your inbox every week.
Thanks for following along – I can’t wait to show you the next steps!!!
VENDOR LIST RECAP:
PAINT: Sherwin Williams
INSULATION: Prime Energy Group
DOUGLAS FIR BEAMS: Caribou Creek
COUNTERTOP & TILE INSTALLATION: J. Morgan Design, IG @jmorgandesign
KITCHEN APPLIANCES: Miele
RECLAIMED WOOD BEAMS: Appalachian Antique Hardwoods
PLUMBING: R. Jacobs Fine Plumbing and Hardware
FURNITURE: Simply Amish
FLOORING: Hallmark Floors
LIGHTING: Circa Lighting
CABINET HARDWARE: TopKnobs
Photo credit to the WONDERFUL Jennifer Wilson Photography!