Some House Details

Here’s one of the most important posts – what we picked as far as the actual house and the floor plan. As I already mentioned, we decided to go with the Jefferson model in the Farmhouse elevation. Here’s a little preview of that model (ours will be reversed with a side-load garage).

Farmhouse

 

Floor plan. This is the most important part. Our floor plan allows for functionality and definitely a lot of room to grow. We expanded the breakfast area and added the mudroom (so excited!). We will also have a 16×10′ screened-in porch instead of an open deck. We’ll also have an 18×16′ brushed concrete patio to finish off the backyard. We decided to add on the front porch, too – front and back porch living! One last change we decided on was to add french doors to the dining room. We won’t need a formal dining room, so we’ll turn that into an office. It’s easy to change back and forth if needed. The floor plan mentions that the fireplace is optional, but it’s a standard option. We will have a gas fireplace, which is pretty exciting.

On the second floor, we have expanded the master closet as per the drawing – it actually makes it the size of a bedroom! I can’t believe we’ll have that much space. We also put in a double sink in the upstairs additional bathroom since we’re just planning ahead.

1st floor2nd Floor

 

Next up…what finishes did we pick?!

 

The House

There are a lot of house plans available depending on your builder – or you could even do a custom build. One of the main reasons we went with our builder was because we loved some of their house plans. Actually, the plan we decided on wasn’t our first choice, and we actually hated the first model we went through – weird, huh?

Back story. We decided we liked one model because of its finished third floor with a bonus room. It was the perfect fit, and the third floor added some additional privacy for the “man cave.” Unfortunately, finishing that third floor would make it too expensive for us. We toured the house we finally decided on, but we didn’t like some small features. Turns out that those are some features most people didn’t like, so they had some “non-custom” options to make everything work a bit better.

The decision. We made our decision based on cost and functionality. We were deciding between two models – the Waverly II and the Jefferson. The Waverly II needed the finished third floor to meet our needs aka add the man cave and third full bathroom. The extra cost didn’t outweigh the benefits, so we decided on the Jefferson model.

The Jefferson. I love our house. This model is so functional, and it will be a great house for the long term. It has four bedrooms (one on the main level with a full bathroom) and a very large bonus room that could be changed into a bedroom if necessary (that will probably never happen after it’s transformed into the ultimate man cave as soon as we move in). We also have three full bathrooms (one of my requirements), and we have plenty of space for both of us to have an office. We ended up getting creative with the dining room for that :). Our master closet has been updated to double in size (it’s the size of our spare bedrooms!!!), and I can’t wait to fill it up. We went with the farmhouse elevation as I think it will stay classic for years to come. I’m not planning to move again!

House Plan
Our official house plans!

What we picked for the inside is coming up next!

Welcome

Learn what made us decided to build!

Welcome to the first installment in Our New Country Home. We are building a new house, and our family and friends have a lot of questions regarding the process, what we’ve picked out, and so on.

We officially started this process a few weeks ago, and we’ve been moving pretty quickly. We just gave the big “OK” to our final house plans so they can go off to the county, and we picked all of our finishes in just under three hours (apparently that’s very fast!). I’ll write another post going into those details soon.

Why did we decide to build? We are both young professionals relocating from the DC area, and we needed time to sell our other property. We were lucky enough to be able to start this process before selling, which makes it all much more bearable (but still stressful!). We’ve been looking at houses for months and months, for fun and for need, and we noticed that not one house was exactly perfect. We knew we’d have to update at least one thing in every house – sometimes big things like all of the bathrooms and the kitchen. I started looking at new construction, and while more expensive upfront, it seemed like a great idea.

Fast forward. We decided on a fantastic builder after touring a few homes. They won awards in the area, and they had very few “bad” reviews – aka only one! We spent an entire day going from model to model in their different communities, but we knew we wanted a large lot. A lot of the lots in the community we were targeting were just too small or had too much covered area. We finally decided on one neighborhood, so I decided to take a look before we had an official appointment on that next weekend. Boy was I disappointed. Not because the neighborhood wasn’t great but because it wasn’t what I expected when I thought of the country. Every lot was fully wooded, and most of them had some sort of grading so it wouldn’t be completely flat.

Really fast forward. Even though I kept an open mind, I was still not sold on the wooded lots. I’m very visual, so the idea of clearing a space that you can’t fully see until you’ve made the commitment was frightening. Luckily, the representative for our builder notified us of another community, one much more like what I had in mind. We hadn’t originally considered this community because of the price tag, but we explored it anyway.

Long story short. We viewed the other community and immediately loved it. It used to be a very large cattle farm, and the owner made sure that plenty of it was left undeveloped before he sold it off. We picked a two acre lot with lots of extra protected space behind it (it looks like our lot is four to five acres thanks to this space). We slept on that decision after asking the builder’s representatives to put together some price comparisons, and then we were officially under contract!

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House plans, etc coming next!