Well y’all…this is it. There’s no going back now. CONSTRUCTION HAS BEGUN!!
It felt like it took forever but we are now well on our way. Our little dream of farming together and raising our family out in the country are finally coming to fruition and it is a beautiful feeling. I promised you all a sneak peak of our house plans and that’s exactly what this post will consist of, along with some extra goodies too.
Along the way, I will include references of who helped us make our dreams come true with links throughout the post. One thing I have learned thus far, there’s just no organized way to tackle this process. Also, disclaimer, we are Jon and Beth Harrison not Chip and JoJo so please do not expect a miracle house in a month. We are looking at completion in early 2018 so this will require patience (Oh goody, I know).
Our house plans were drawn by David Creasman of Wildwood Drafting and Design. He was WONDERFUL to work with. David sat with us for a two hour appointment and discussed the different elements we both wanted in our forever home. His knack for design and incredible visionary skills can be seen throughout every phase of the construction plans. We purchased a preliminary plan design, made adjustments, made more adjustments and finally decided on a final design…or so we thought.
We have since recreated the master bathroom and nixed the screened porch. We also decided on (eventually) adding an in-ground pool. So for now, we will do a large covered porch off the back with an outdoor fireplace. Considering the view, it still sounds pretty dreamy to me. The house is a total of 2,617 square feet; plenty big for a growing family, but small enough to maintain. The outside will be white hardie board, a black roof with standing seam metal, and a brick foundation. On the main floor, there will also be an official office for “Surviving Till Sunday”-which I am SO excited to decorate.
As of today, several things have been completed off of our “checklist”. We have had two meetings with our general contractor, Ryan Stephens with Ryan Stephens Custom Homes. We have had the septic tank installed, the driveway is in, and the culverts placed in the creek to allow access across the water without changing the flow of the creek. The house has also been outlined and the top soil has been removed.
As you can see, the cows have already lovingly baptized our future home-place in manure. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.