The small town Colorado girl who’s obsessed with home and everything that entails! I’m a creative, a decorator, a day dreamer, a huge fan of scones, and I’m passionate about loving where I live and making a home.
Most of us experience plans that change. The journey of building our new home isn’t any different. Below I’m sharing an update.
It’s been a little while since I’ve shared any big updates on our house building journey. That’s not to say things haven’t been happening behind the scenes, because they certainly have, but I guess I’ve needed a little bit of time to allow the dust to settle and for us to start over before I shared too much.
But first, let me back up. Over a year ago, January 2021 to be specific, Todd and I closed on a beautiful piece of property with 40 acres. My family roots run deep there with my great grandfather farming the property since 1964. It was a dream for us to buy this property and to continue spreading family roots of our own.
From the day we started thinking about buying this property, Todd and I have had an end goal of what we wanted our property to be and how we wanted it to look… the house we are building included.
I’ve spent the last ten months working with a local architect on the design and layout of our new home. I’ve spent hours upon hours going over every single element of this home. I’ve walked the house so many times, tracing my finger over all the hallways, our kitchen and really focusing on how we want to use and live in the house.
You could say, it’s been a passion project of mine. I’ve loved getting lost in the little details, choosing window placements and allowing my mind to dream and envision what the finished house would look like when it was all said and done.
And while we’ve been mindful of rising building costs throughout the entire process, the last phase of the design portion has brought a wide array of pricing obstacles. And to be rather direct, when it came down to trying to build this house, it wasn’t coming together.
With each phase of the house, we’ve run into more expensive costs. We’ve run into hidden elements that we didn’t expect or foresee. And it’s been heart wrenching.
But, in many ways, God has been preparing our hearts to start over. I’ve heard His quiet voice whispering to me time and time again that we needed to make the house smaller. And while the home we were designing to build was slightly larger than average sized homes, it still wasn’t large in today’s world.
In the end, with each unknown and expensive hurdle we faced, it was clear to Todd and I that God didn’t want us to build this house. He has something better in mind for us and I can (and have) fully embraced this.
When it comes down to it, Todd and I want to build a home that’s a blessing to us and not a burden. And while we can’t see what tomorrow brings, or what would have been with the original house we designed, I choose to trust that the Lord knows what we don’t. And He protects us.
And so, after nearly a year of working on house plans, we are starting over on a new, smaller design. This time though, I’m letting God take the lead and trusting Him to guide us as we make decisions for the house we’ll eventually call home.
Even though we’ve just started working with our architect on this new set of plans, it already feels better. I feel lighter and excited and ready to see what comes from this change. God’s plan is always the best plan and I know He is leading us to the home He has already prepared for us.
More to come as we get further along on this journey.
Join me as I share several easy to implement ideas that will give your home a breath of fresh air and leave you feeling excited about the changes you see by the end of the week!