So I think we’ve both been too scared to jinx it and have kept pretty hesitant to talk about our plans to even our closest friends and family, but today we officially signed our loan to begin construction on our new home. This is a long time coming, to put it shortly. We are so blessed to be where we’re at and we know that because we put it into God’s hands that it might not happen when we want it to, but that ti will happen in his time. We purchased our first home shortly after our first son was born in our early 20s. It was a starter home, about 1,000 square feet with an unfinished basement. The housing market was at it’s height – getting a loan was pretty easy, but finding a house was difficult. We chose that house because it was in our price range and it checked the majority of our requirements – a nice neighborhood to walk in, room to grow in the house and on a quiet street. We moved in with a toddler and moved out the end of last year with 4 kids, 3 cats and a dog. Our home grew when we were there doubling in size to allow for an office, a family room, playroom and another bathroom. We always knew we would outgrow it, and although our plan was to only be there 5 years, when the housing market crashed it left us in a difficult position and almost took 2 years for our home to sell. Due to a quick close we needed to move out in less then a month, and right before Thanksgiving. Luckily my in-laws allowed us to rent a home of theirs which meant we had a place for us, our 4 kiddos and all those pets to reside without needing a first/last/security for an apartment, and giving us a really nice place to transition. When the opportunity to build a home presented itself Eric and I both didn’t really 100% believe it could be possible, we always assumed we’d sell our home and buy another while the sale was being finalized. The quick close meant we had to move out, and because we no longer were carrying a mortgage, we were able to get a loan for new construction. Fast forward to early 2015, we searched and found a great piece of land near our kids school. After the longest winter ever the land was perced and we began a 3 month long process of getting our loan finalized. Getting approved was pretty quick – getting all the paperwork done took forever! Although we moved as quickly as we could on our end, it still took months to complete.
So after months and months today was the day we signed the loan which means that within a few weeks they’ll begin digging, how exciting! Our vision is for a modern farmhouse – a comfortable place that we and our children will love to call home. A home that offers modern conveniences with farmhouse elements – we’re hoping for those touches such rustic flooring and an apron sink that will bring that vision to life. I’m sure a lot will change along the way, so we’re going to try to document it as best as possible not only for ourselves, but for our friends, family and anyone else that wants to follow our journey as we watch our dreams become reality.