As promised, I wanted to share with you all an update on our construction as well as give a shout out to all of the individuals and businesses that have helped us so far! Building a home is a long and tedious process. I am not the most patient individual, and after our bridge washed away in the fall, it significantly delayed our move-in date which is why posts have been few and far between since our initial groundbreaking.
Our home is a custom plan that was drawn by David Creasman with Wildwood Drafting and Design. David’s office is located in Lebanon, TN and he was a pleasure to work with when designing our home. He took our vision and customized it to fit our lifestyle. Our home is a traditional farmhouse style, rather than modern Joanna Gaines. Though the Magnolia trend is hot right now, we stayed away from anything too trendy and stuck to basic elements of a traditional farm home. Modeled after Jon’s grandmother’s 200 year old farmhouse, we kept the floor plan open and the second floor very simple.
Jon is in the mortgage business and has worked with a variety of contractors over the years. Though there were several we considered, we chose to work with Ryan Stephens of Ryan Stephens Custom Homes. Ryan has an extensive background doing custom work and has done a phenomenal job bringing our vision to life. He has been very easy to get in touch with and has been great about keeping us in our budget, though we have gone over in some areas by choice (whoops). He has a great team of subcontractors that he uses and we have been pleased with every single one of them.
Right now, the house is fully constructed and “dried in”. The drywall, insulation, trim, crown-molding, and shelving has all been installed. All doors and windows are installed except for the sliding barn door in the bedroom and the patio door leading to the back porch. The gas has been hooked up (still waiting for final permits), heating and air is installed, interior fireplace has been constructed but has not been bricked yet, and all electricity and plumbing has been installed.
All of our appliances have been purchased and we have met with K & M Cabinet who is in the process of designing our cabinets. We picked out countertops this week, and have picked out all flooring-set to be installed next week.
In essence, the “slowest” process for many has been the quickest for us due to the bridge delay. When the house is complete, I will post an album with every room highlighting who did what. However, below is a comprehensive list so far…(Just click the name-all sites are linked!)
Plans/Architect: Wildwood Drafting and Design, Lebanon, TN
General Contractor: Ryan Stephens, Ryan Stephens Custom Homes
Framing: Jose’ Luz
Building Materials: Fakes and Hooker, Lebanon, TN
Roofing: Kyle Ryan, Ryan Roofing, Lebanon, TN
Electrical: Kenneth Stutts , Stutts Electric, Watertown, TN
Windows & Exterior Doors: Fakes and Hooker, Lebanon, TN
Interior Doors: Steves & Sons, Lebanon, TN
Tongue and Groove Porch Ceilings: Fakes and Hooker/Jose’ Luz
Trim/Crown Molding: Rick Underhill, Lebanon, TN
Custom shelving (Pantry, Master Closet, Built Ins by fireplace): Rick Underhill, Lebanon, TN
Plumbing Fixtures: Kendra Bryant, Ferguson’s Bath and Lighting, Lebanon, TN
Tile (Materials): Kim Bussey, Nashville Tile Distributors, Lebanon, TN
Tile (Installation): The Tile Guy (really that’s the name of the business), Lebanon, TN
Custom Cabinets: Andy Hall, K&M Cabinets, Lebanon, TN
We are so thankful that each of these individuals and companies played a part (and continue to play a part) in the construction of our forever home. If you are in the process of building, or are thinking of remodeling, we highly recommend all of the above! I can’t wait to update as we continue to move closer to move-in day!
**Please note Jonathan nor I either one are affiliated with any of the companies listed nor did we receive compensation of any kind for this post**