MUDROOM DESIGN

What’s better than the BEST Mudroom design?!

I originally thought I had the BEST Mudroom design for our Forever Home, but the more I look at designs on Pinterest the more I question how we will design our Mudroom and the clock is ticking!

Below is the original design I found and fell in love with. Mudroom
I LOVE the cabinets, the hooks and the space to sit to take shoes off!! Perfection right?!

Well… Then I decided to search Mudrooms on Pinterest AGAIN, which I probably shouldn’t have done because I found this GENIUS design with one side having a counter!!!
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A M A Z I N G!

I’ve only got a month or two to make this HUGE decision!  I’d love some opinions, ideas and comments to help make this OH SO IMPORTANT decision!!

Building a custom home is such a blessing and I’m so emotionally invested its ridiculous, but honestly it’s so difficult because the options are ENDLESS!!!  SOMEONE HELP!!

Love,
Megan Moore

Last Minute Plumbing & Concrete

We received a text from our builder on April 17th around 6:00 PM stating that concrete would be poured the following morning!! SO exciting right?! Not for my husband who had decided he wanted to self install plumbing in his shop…

Kyle stopped at the hardware store on his way home, spent about $90 on plumbing pieces, came home and kissed the children and went to the lot to install plumbing.  It took him about 3 hours to install the necessary plumbing pieces for a toilet and sink, which he had NEVER done before, and he did an AMAZING JOB!!

The next morning around 8:45 AM our builder, Russ Tibbitts (AMAZING BTW), started to text us photos of the concrete being poured!!

It’s such a great feeling knowing our builder is SO on top of things.  When he says something is going to happen it does, which really makes me feel at ease due to my tendency to over analyze E V E R Y T H I N G.

When I get in the zone of over analyzing details my husband likes to sing “She’s sun and rain, she’s fire and ice, A little crazy but it’s nice”  Garth Brooks – She’s Every Woman.  My husband is a special kind of person who expresses his feelings and thoughts through songs, I think his second language is “SONG LYRICS.”  I love this about him! ❤

Something I WASN’T prepared for the next question our builder would ask while the concrete was pouring…”Are you going to want your kitchen bar like your plans show or are you going to want an island?”  O-M-G… PANICI WAS NOT READY to answer this question…

I text my husband, my Mom and even asked my friend Laura what she thought. Honestly,  I really love the look of an island, but a bar would allow for extra seating…. After what seemed like forever, maybe 30 minutes, we decided to keep the bar, but instead of having the back part where the seats go raised all of the counter would be the same height.

WHEW….DECISION MADE!

Another thing that kept popping up in my mind while making the decision of the bar or the island, was the difficult time we had finding tall bar stools in our current home.  Not only were they difficult to find but they were A LOT more expensive, so the counter height bar will overall be a better decision!

Now that the Concrete has been finished, framing is next!  Framing was supposed to start today, April 24, 2017, BUT we’ve been rained out so TOMORROW they will be framing!! Weather calls for SUNSHINE!! WAHOO!!

Yesterday I met with our awesome builder to discuss a few changes to our plans we’re wanting to be made.  Below is a list of changes to our plans that we discussed with our builder.
  1. Change the single door in the Breakfast Nook to a double door (This is my husbands MUST-HAVE for an easy move in)
  2. Replace the arch in the front porch with a pretty gable and add another above the garage.
  3. Removing the door from the Mud Room to the hallway
  4. Add a Pot Filler above the stove
  5. Make the children’s upstairs bathroom bigger to allow for a double sink
  6. Add window in the master closet
  7. Remove linen closet in master and make this space for additional counter space or a tall cabinet

So far we’re very happy with our builder and our land. 

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Panoramic photo before concrete went in.

 

Waiting on the Inspector

After four LONG weeks of grading, and making sure EVERYTHING was PERFECT we finally have an idea on how big our yard is going to be!!

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It’s a little difficult to tell, but in the second photo you can see behind the child in blue, my son Hunter, is where they have staked the house!!

CAN YOU SEE THAT BIG BACKYARD?! Oh my goodness I’m excited!

We had to have quite a bit of extra dirt brought in to make the backyard bigger and to better my husbands shop area, which is to the very left of the second photo, but we feel it was TOTALLY worth the wait!

Lessons Learned:
1. Creating a “perfect” backyard is more difficult than you may think.
2. One tiny gradual slope in the land can make a HUGE drop off.

With two small children we are a little worried about the drop off created at the back of the yard before the woods, so we’ve decided to fence the area up top, which will also allow our dogs to have their own fenced in area below to “Do Their Business.”  This was a GENIUS suggestion from my oh so smart husband!

With a Great Dane and two other dogs, we’ve always had to avoid their “Landmines” while playing in the yard and now we wont have to!!

After four LONG weeks of grading, we had the plumbing installed in just ONE DAY!
Plumbing

The inspection for the plumbing is scheduled for today, and then they will pour the concrete!

I feel like we’re getting really close to all of the EXCITING STUFF!

A Little Rain Caused Decorating

The rain has put a small delay on our building timeline, so I decided to share a little about my recent decorating purchases for the new home.

My current obsession…..Magnolia Market.

I really love EVERYTHING on their site, but I will only spend SO MUCH on a pillow$60 for a pillow is too much for me, so I probably wont be owning any of their ADORABLE pillows unless someone buys them for us.

What I have purchased off of their site, I LOVE!

I REALLY love all the florals offered on the Magnolia Market site!!  I’ve purchased the Cotton Stems after a TON of reasearch, googling and searching for cheap, good quality cotton stems and the ones off of Magnolia Market were the best bang for my buck, and I would HIGHLY recommend them.  The small stems (22 inches long) are $6 for one and the long stems (30 inches long) are $8 for one.
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These cotton stems are AMAZING quality!  They are beautiful in person and the stems are made with a wire in them so they easily bend to your liking.  I used the cotton stems in the Small – Zinc Norah Vase, from Magnolia Market, as well as in my Natural Grapevine Wreath on my fireplace mantle.  The wreath was purchased on Amazon for only $15.54, which I felt was a great prices for 2 days shipping.   Putting this wreath together was super easy, the stems easily bent around the sticks and no string, glue or ties were needed and I only used 4 small stems!

For the sake of testing quality, I did purchase other cotton stems from FactoryDirectCraft.com, which are shown below, but the quality is good but they are MUCH shorter and have a lot more brown pieces, which I don’t particularly like.  I will not be purchasing cotton stems from them again, only because the stems from Magnolia Market were so prettier, and similar in price.

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My sweet husband has recognized my current obsession with Joanna Gaines and for Valentines Day this year he purchased me the metal sign below, We Were Together I Forget the Rest, which is now discontinued because of high demand.

BEST GIFT EVER!!

I CAN NOT WAIT to find the perfect place for this sign in the new home!
MetalSign

So aside from my love of Magnolia Market, Hobby Lobby has another place in my heart for decor, though I do wish they were open on SUNDAYS!

The galvanized vase and florals below were a recent find at Hobby Lobby, that really added some much-needed greenery to our home.  I love how realistic the stems look, though I can’t remember for the life of me what they are called! HAH!
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And then there’s Amazon Prime…Where I currently buy almost EVERYTHING…It’s a serious problem in my husband’s eyes. HAH!  THAT will have to be another blog post entirely.