Our Builder Gave Us Three Weeks…

Our builder gave us three weeks until the house will be finished!! This may not be move in date, because all invoices need to be paid and the last inspection and appraisal will need to be done, BUUUT THREE WEEKS!!!!

Our closing date to start our construction was February 24, 2017 which means we’ve been building our Custom Built Forever Home for 142 days, about 5 months, and will be finished at our 6 month mark! 


I never would have imagined the house would be as beautiful as it is today, and it’s not even finished!! Our builder walked the house with us yesterday and couldn’t stop saying how much he liked everything we picked in our house, including the paint colors he’s never used before! He wants to use our paint colors again because he likes them so much! Hah!

Once we get the shutters on the house and some grass down it will look complete from the outside!!

Another thing I’ve been having trouble deciding is adding a gable on the top of the garage on the right side of the house. There’s a large window there and the gable will cover part of the window if we add it, though the window does not open. Originally the window above the garage was going to be smaller but building code made us go with a bigger window.

The gable would look similar to the picture below, a picture I found on Pinterest.

I’ve wanted this gable above the garage from the beginning, BUUUT now I’m not sure because of the window being so large and could really use some advice!!

HELP!? 

We’re going to be picking our shutters on Monday!! Wahoo!!

Originally I wanted stained shutters, but after hearing and reading about all the trouble with wear and tear of wood shutters (and hearing my husband continuously say he wanted vinyl shutters) we decided to get vinyl. He won that battle! Hah! 

I really feel the shutters will help tie everything together on the outside. We plan to pick similar shutters to the picture shown below and match the stain color from our cedar columns and shakes with a paint color for the shutters. 

Whatcha think?!

Any advice for the gable would be much appreciated!!! 

At First, We Didn’t Agree…

When we started building my husband and I agreed on ALMOST everything, kinda scary right?! 

One thing we didn’t agree on was cabinets….Such a BIG piece of our forever home for us to not agree!

Kyle wanted dark brown cabinets in our kitchen and I wanted Bisquet Harvest Glaze, off white with brown detail in the cracks.  After months of looking at pictures I started to send kyle cabinets that I liked, hoping I could change his mind… didn’t work… Months of him not budging…

Finally kyle saw some similar cabinets in a Friends house and at first he still wouldn’t switch, though he did say he liked them! After another month or so he FINALLY gave in and told me we could do the cabinets I wanted!!! Thank you to our friends Stephanie and Jim for letting us come to your beautiful new home!!

VICTORY WAS MINE!!

Here are our cabinets in the kitchen!!

I love them Even more than I could ever imagine!! Honestly the pictures don’t do them justice, I’ll need to take more!!

I did agree to have the cabinets in the bathrooms a brown color, this way Kyle had his brown and I had my Bisque!! 

Below is a picture of our guest bathroom downstairs, which connects to the In-Law Suite, that we will be using as a playroom for a while. There is also a bath/shower combo to the left that isn’t shown. Oh and LOOK- TILE!!! 


The picture below will be Hunter & Adalines bathroom, each with their own sink! Horray for no more fighting while brushing teeth!!

The picture below is Kyles sink and cabinet in our master bath!

The picture below is MY SINK!! The house plans called for a regular pantry next to my sink, but I decided to remove it and have two pantry cabinets put in on the sides of my sink!! 


Just LOOK at all the storage in these cabinets!


I’m seriously a junkie for storage and organizing my home so I can’t wait to get my hands on these!!

So I’d say my second favorite thing in our house right now is the master shower, and I had to really push to get the decorative arrow in the design because Kyle was NOT a fan! BUUUUTT it looks AMAZING!!! 

The arrow across the top really added some character in the shower, which I LOVE, and it’s made of marble! I can’t get over how beautiful it is!  I can’t wait to actually take a shower in here!!! 

P.S. – Kyle likes the arrow now!! WINNING!!

Any advice on where I should put towel hooks? 

I originally wanted to put a blanket ladder outside the shower opening to the left to hang towels on, but I’m not sure if there’s enough room now with Kyles sink to the left?!?!

Who Would Steal Stair Treads…?

It’s all starting to come together!

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The paint color inside MIGHT be growing on me a little.  The cabinets and lights seem to help the Benjamin Moore, Gray Owl paint, matched by Sherwin WIlliams, look a little more GRAY rather than blue…maybe there’s still hope!  IF we decide to change the color in the main living spaces we’re out $1600. YIKES!  You’ll be able to see the difference in the color in the pictures below and be able to compare to my last blog post where I’m FREAKING OUT about the paint color.

So, on top of the PAINT incident someone decided to go to our site and STEAL our stair treads (the wood pieces on each step that you stand on).  I mean REALLY?!  What exactly are they going to DO with these…? This just seemed so strange to me because they didn’t steal ANYTHING else, not even the metal stair rails which are A LOT more expensive to buy…I really just don’t understand people… Anyway, the picture below shows how AWESOME the stair treads look that we’ve now purchased TWICE.  The picture on the left is our stair case and the picture on the right shows what they will look like when they are finished!!

Now, what’s even MORE exciting are the LIGHTS that were installed this week!!!

EEEEK!!!

The majority of our lights were purchased from Light Works, and let me just tell you these people were SUPER nice and helpful when choosing the majority of our lights so I would highly recommend them if you’re building in the Dallas area.  Anyway, do you remember my blog post: Sheetrock, Paint and Stain?? The specialty lights in that blog post are shown above!!

The Wood and Iron Valencia Chandelier’s from World Market, were placed in the breakfast nook and the foyer.  I’m SOOOO in love with how these ended up looking in the house!!  The Wood Beam Chandelier, from West Ninth Vintage, is up and ready for me to assemble in our dining room!!  I can’t believe how perfectly these two sets of lights match!! I honestly couldn’t be happier with our purchases!

We also have our cabinets in, but I don’t have finished pictures yet, soooooo that will be the next post!!

Paint freak out!

Ugggghhhhh……

Sooooo… we had the interior of the house painted one color to save money, and the color we chose Benjamin Moore, Gray Owl.

EVERY picture and review I found, after months of looking, said this gray was PERFECT! No greens no blue and just perfect..

Our builders painter uses Shirwin Williams and they said they match this color frequently and would be NO problem…

Well… this is what we ended up with…


VERY BLUE LOOKING… Right?!

Sigh…

So the first coat of paint vs the second coat seems to be what made the blue tint. The photo below shows the first coat on the left and the second coat on the right.


I went through our dumpster and the house and found EVERY bucket of paint used.. I test them all and the first coat looks very gray and the second coat looks BLUE, but mainly when the light hits it..

Honestly, I don’t HATE the color… it’s just not what I wanted… the painter told our builder when I complained that he’s been having this issue about once a week because he uses this color frequently… in my opinion he should have SAID SOMETHING BEFORE they painted if this has been a reoccurring issue… BUT now we’re having to find out how much it would cost to repaint..

Since I don’t HATE the color we’re getting an estimate on painting the downstairs, minus the in-law suite/playroom and the upstairs hallway…

To say the least, I’m super disappointed in Sherwin Williams ability to match the Benjamin Moore paint color AND even more disappointed in the painter who knew this has been an issue…Lesson Learned…

So I’m in need of recommendations for the perfect Sherwin Williams light gray color?!

Hardwoods, LVP OR Engineered Hadwoods?!

After looking at our budget multiple times we decided to stick with the tile choices for our bathrooms and shower BUT wanted to keep looking at the hardwoods. 

We originally choose a beautiful LVP you can see in the picture below.


We were told all of our choices were going to be very close to budget but ended up going over by about $1800, SOOOOO we decided to shop around for the hardwoods/LVP/engineered hardwoods and keep the tile we chose above.

We are struggling with wanting real hardwoods, but also wanting to make a smart choice, having 3 dogs, two small children and a husband who is always working on trucks can be rough on some floors, hell they are rough on everything! 🤣

We really like the rustic handscraped looking brown hardwood floors, which I feel would work even if the dogs or children scratch it up, but of COURSE we need to stay in budget (we’ve already gone over budget on quite a few things already).

So we’re on a mission today to find the perfect floors!!

Any recommendations, suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated!!! 

The World is so Full of Hate…The World is so Angry…

As I’m sitting wondering why I’ve become more reclusive than I’ve ever been, I start to imagine my life before social media and before the majority of my adulthood.  I use to be very outgoing, fun and energetic and now I’m more introverted and I tend keep to myself.  I don’t enjoy going out where there will be large crowds of people, because I’m so scared of the unknowns…Could someone have a gun and start shooting?  Could someone decide to run over everyone walking?  Could there be an explosion?

I feel like the world is so full of hate…The world is so angry… On social media, the news, the radio and everywhere you look there is so much hate and crime everywhere you look…People getting hurt and people dying, people bragging about destroying the lives of others…I could just go on and on…

Of course there’s always been crime and hate in the world but now that social media has made it so easy to share anything in a matter of a second we quickly see hatred spread around the world.

Honestly, it scares me.  I’m scared for my children, my family and myself.

Everyday I log onto Social Media I see videos showing hate and evil… Just yesterday I saw a mother and daughter getting punched and assaulted for serving cold chicken in a restaurant…Videos of children getting abused and hurt…Videos of angry people rioting on the streets, damaging property and hurting people and children…

When did the world decide that it was okay to act like this?

Instead of sharing so much hate on the news, radio and social media why don’t we start sharing the good things? Let’s share the news of new babies, children playing and laughing, community service and people helping each other?

I’m sitting here trying to imagine what the world will be like when my children and grandchildren are grown?  Will the world continue to get worse? Is this really what we want for them?

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t wish to be oblivious to what’s happening in the world, but constantly seeing the horrible events seems to be contributing to people thinking that it’s okay to act this way.  It’s also contributing to the way I feel, and probably contributing to the way many people feel.

What do you think would happen if people stopped watching, liking and sharing these awful videos on social media and the news?

Maybe it would help…Maybe not…

Being a Parent is so Hard…

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I couldn’t ask for a more loving, creative or intelligent son than my Hunter, but sometimes being a parent is so much harder than I’d ever imagined.

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Sometimes he makes bad choices: talking back, not listening, you know some of the normal behaviors that come with being a 5 year old to test boundaries.  Some days it would be SO much easier to not discipline him when he does something wrong and some days I LONG to allow his free spirit to just run wild and act anyway he chooses, but I know that in the end my husband and I are the ones that have to guide him through this crazy life and teach him how to be a hardworking, strong, caring, motivated adult.

We’re the ones that carry the burden of disciplining him when he gets angry and doesn’t want to clean up his toys, or when he acts up at school… Sometimes it would be so much easier to not ground him or to not punish him with chores, but one day he will be an adult, and one day he will have to face choices and if we never show him what good choices are than he will be unable to make these choices on his own and be successful in HIS life…It’s OUR job as parents…

This boy holds a deep place in my heart…Deeper than I could have ever imagined… ❤

He’s such a sweet boy and deeply cares about so many things.  He makes SO many good choices, but there are always those bad choices that creep up…

I constantly struggle with not wanting to discipline him and knowing I need to … Realizing that being a parent, disciplining and guiding him to make better choices is what he NEEDS but usually isn’t what he WANTS

Why is parenting so difficult?

I feel parenting is difficult because we love our children more than ANYTHING else in the entire world and we WANT to see them succeed and make good choices, and when they don’t we actually feel as if we’ve failed as a parent…Maybe that’s just me, but I want to see my children succeed in all areas of life and when something happens that we don’t expect it’s hard to take in and disciplining means watching your child be upset sometimes and that I believe is more painful than anything else in the world.

Not only do we carry the burden of disciplining our children, but we carry the burden of lifting our children up.  I’m not so sure I consider this a “burden,” but sometimes when our children need us the most isn’t always with disciplining… It’s also the times when our children need our encouragement. Hunter constantly talks to me about how he’s going to build these amazing robots one day that will clean the house for me and cook dinner because he knows that if I had a robot to do that we could have more time together, he totally so gets me, and I NEED to ALWAYS be there to encourage all his dreams.

It’s so easy after a long day at work to only “half-listen” to our children.  It’s so easy to really be thinking about work, bills, dinner anything really and just nod your head.  When you do this you’ve just missed a HUGE opportunity with your child, but I must admit I’ve done this myself a time or two and it breaks my heart when I realize it. It’s my JOB as a MOTHER to do my very best to always encourage any dream or ambitions  my children have, even if that means encouraging Hunter to be the best Jedi or the best Robot Builder he can be because it’s important to HIM.  Soon my daughter will start to have dreams and ambitions of her own and I know that I need to be there for her, listen and encourage them all.

Our children need a balance of our guidance and our uplifting encouragement to help them become great adults.  Children need our guidance to learn responsibility, patience, generosity, honestly and gratitude and we can’t do that by ignoring and pretending everything is fine because we’re tired from a long day at work.

How do we teach our children these things?

We teach our children these traits by being a good role model for them and providing consistency.

It’s not always easy…It’s actually really hard, but in the end being a good role model makes all the difference in the world!

When you go home tonight, listen to your children and encourage them with all their dreams but remember you are the one that will shape the adult they will become. ❤

Sheetrock, Paint and Stain

From THIS…
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To THIS ❤
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In only a few short days! I CAN’T believe how different it looks with PAINT!!

So the COLORS of the house ended up being PERFECT and we’re soooo relieved!  I’ve added the color names and brand below!


  • Hardiplank Base Paint Color = Sherwin Williams Sandy Ridge 7535

  • Trim = Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan 7531

  • Stain = Mahogany


I was on pins and needles wondering how the paint was going to look in person… I originally found these paint colors from a picture of a home we liked online and we’d NEVER seen the colors in person but MAN it’s SPOT ON!! ❤  Thank goodness, right?!

The last couple weeks we’ve had to pick out our floors, lights, paint colors, rock color/type and our front door style so I’ve had ZERO time to post on here.

Let me just tell you….Our visit to pick out floors and lights…NOT our easiest task by far…This visit took 4 hours and I completely changed what I wanted with our tile colors, BUUUUUUUT I’m super excited about what we’ve chosen!!  Below is a photo of the tile, LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank) and our exterior porch light we choose.

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The lighter tile will be the floors for all bathrooms, the dark tile will be tiny squares inside our tile shower and the marble arrow will go across as an accent in our shower!!  THAT part of choosing took FOREVER!  I NEVER thought we were going to agree, and honestly my AMAZING husband just gave in and let me get the arrow around the shower! Hah!  We also broke the budget a little bit with our floors…oops…

I also wanted real hardwoods originally, but once we started talking with the floor company and explained that we are putting this flooring in the kitchen as well as the bottom floor of the house, with 3 dogs and 2 children LVP was our best choice.  Maybe one day we will change to real hardwoods, but for now this hand-scraped LVP is perfect!

There were a few light styles I couldn’t find when we were choosing, so we decided to purchase a few on our own.  The light below will be the chandelier for the dining room, and THIS was an exciting purchase because I’ve been eyeballing this light for a while (approximately a year)!

WoodBeamChandelierThe light was made by West Ninth Vintage and as soon as I saw it I fell in LOVE with it!  Thank goodness my husband likes it too! Our amazing family wanted to pitch in for this light for my birthday! ❤

To tie in the wood look of the previous chandelier we choose the light below and purchased two.  One will be placed in the Foyer and one will be put in the Breakfast Nook.  The color looks black here, but that’s just my photo taking flaw, it’s actually a dark brown tint.

WoodChandelierThese lights were purchased at World Market and for the price of $129.00 apiece and the style matching EXACTLY what I wanted, I couldn’t pass them up!  I did have to drive about 45 minutes away to grab them up because they were the ONLY TWO left in all their stores, but it was totally worth the drive!

After ALL these decisions were made we went to visit the house and we had SHEETROCK STARTED!!

I’ve hyperlinked below some videos of the inside!!



The sheetrock being installed really allowed us to feel the space we’re going to have in our home.  There were a few spaces I was worried about originally, like the breakfast area and the living room, but once the sheetrock was up it felt COMPLETELY different and we couldn’t be happier!

Next Steps:

  1. Have Lights Installed

  2. Have Floors Installed

  3. Have Rock Installed

Windows, HardiePlank®, HVAC, Plumbing and Electrical!

We have WINDOWS, some HardiePlank® siding and MOORE!

It wasn’t a difficult decision to use HardiePlank® for our siding, though it is more expensive.  This will allow us to change colors on the house, if we ever want to, it has a 50-year limited warranty, its rot and insect resistant, the appearance is prettier than vinyl, its fire resistant (by 90% WOW), and it’s storm resistant.

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Some people see the maintenance of repainting and maintaining the HardiePlank® as a CON, but I actually like the idea of being able to change the look of our house one day if we really want to.  If you’re building a home the type of siding is a HUGE decision and you should take the time to research all your options and choose what fits your family.

Something else that my husband REALLY likes is that our doors leading to the backyard all have blinds inside the glass, but they have the option to be pulled all the way to the top so you can still see out of it as a big sheet of glass if you want!  (I can totally see my husband closing these and me reopening them and EVENTUALLY they will be broken, BUUUUUT let’s hope not!)

We decided to go with Almond colored Legend Series windows with no panes inside made by Comfort View.  I’ve already played with these windows and they are SUPER easy to open and close, which I love for ME but not sure how I feel about that for my children.  My favorite feature of the windows is how the bottom window flips inward to allow for easy cleaning!! WIN!

I can’t wait to see that almond colored window next to the finished exterior!! It’s going to be BEAUTIFUL!!! ❤

We also have most of the electrical finished, the HVAC and plumbing!!! I can’t believe it’s moving so fast!
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Just LOOK AT THIS JETTED TUB!! I think we’re ALL excited jump in this thing!! ❤  It was a LITTLE more expensive, about $800 total so not too bad, but I feel like it’s TOTALLY worth the investment!!
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I’ve heard so many awful stories about building from so many people and how they say they will NEVER build again, but honestly this has been so much fun so far!! It took us a LONG time to get started, but once we did it’s been fantastic!!

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Thank you for reading,
Megan Moore

We have a ROOF, and so much more!

I can’t believe its been almost THREE WEEKS since I’ve posted!! We’ve had SO much going on with the build and getting our house ready to list!!

We have a ROOF!

The roof went up SO FAST, only a couple of days, which I was super surprised to see, and the wrapping of the house was done within those two days as well!!

Picking the color of the roof was a no-brainer for my husband, but I thought for just a slight second that we should pick a roof with some browns in it because the colors on the house were going to be brown…Our awesome builder highly recommended the color Charcoal because it lasts longest…So we went with Charcoal!

We also met with the Electrician, Plumber, HVAC and Builder in a matter of 5 hours one afternoon, which seemed SUPER productive to do it all at once and to have everyone overlapping and having the opportunity to discuss.I would HIGHLY recommend meeting like this if you’re going to be building a home.
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We ended up choosing the cabinets below.
CabinetsThe Bisque (off white with the brown creases) will go in the kitchen and the brown cabinets will go in the bathrooms and the laundry room!  The cabinets will also have the style of the Bisque sample shown above and are made of maple wood.

It took me WEEKS to talk Kyle into the Bisque cabinets, but as soon as he saw his friends cabinets, which are similar, he finally said YES!! HOORAY!!

Originally I wanted a plate rack in the kitchen, BUUUUUT I decided that two large cabinets on either side of my master sink would be a better place to spend money.  Sooo…No Plate Rack, but extra cabinets for Mommy’s Accessories!! WIN!

We also ended up moving our appliances around after speaking with the Cabinet Supplier, Bobby.  Sweet Bobby is a good ‘ol country boy and he was so easy to talk to and super sweet! ANYWAY… ended up removing the Double Oven and having a wall mounted Oven and Convection Oven, due to the overruns on the extra $4K my husband spent on AC…Gotta make that cost up SOMEWHERE, but we always seem to so I’m not too worried at this point.

Here’s where the kitchen will be and the island. OH and that super excited, handsome boy, hes mine! ❤
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Speaking of the HVAC…We originally budgeted for a basic HVAC system with two units.  The house is just shy of 2800 sq ft and is two story so the need for two high efficient units is REAL, especially with my husband wants our house FREEZING 24-7.  Another factor in needing more efficient units is that our son has Asthma, so we made some slight improvements to the filters and storage of the HVAC system.  Hopefully this HVAC system, $4K over budget, makes our house freezing in no time or the Hubby WONT be happy…(He works outside ALL day and needs to come home to a cold house to be in a good mood, sooooo its worth it! HAH!)

Did you notice all the outlets in the last photo?! YES they’ve already started the electrical AND plumbing!!! Have I mentioned Russ Tibbitts is an AMAZING builder?!

WE MIGHT be a little excited?!

HELP NEEDED! I need help deciding on BATHROOM TILE!  I love the grey subway tiles and I’m thinking we would want a darker floor in the shower, maybe the round pebble looking floor…? HELP!!!!