And turns out, we love it here.
Texas is a wonderful place. You've got beautiful country land mixed with really fun cities. It's super affordable. There's tons to do (and eat). And Austin in particular is a very friendly, active, outdoorsy, artsy, musical, football-y, political, and just a cool, chill environment. If you've never visited you must. And wave hello!
So we decided it was time to upgrade from our starter home investment and tackle a new, larger adventure: Land and a custom home.
Now coming from California, "land" means about 5,000-8,000 square feet of property space. To texans we're talking 20 acres. I needed an in-between.
And last year we found this lovely property, 1.5 acres (still more than I'll get used to), in a normal neighborhood with neighbors around and kids down the street. Yay!
So with the land purchased, we've moved on to the design stage.
Now if it were entirely up to me, the exterior would be either gray/white craftsman style,modern farmhouse or East Coast shingled beauty,
beach home/cottage with wood siding:
source). The Interior of course can be whatever we want.
Lake Hills to create our vision. And one of their designers Felicia did a wonderful job listening to our ideas, creating a plan, and inserting ideas she thought we would like.
Casey even came up with a rough initial plan to share with her, using floorplanner.com. That site it cool! And I'm impressed with how much of his original plan we actually stuck with (as far as room location)
And check out that fun room in the top right corner below....the Studio! It won't just be a workspace for me but more of a creative room for the whole family. Because I've realized in our current home that when I'm sewing, we all seem to find each other. Next thing I know Lucy's sitting at the computer table next to me drawing, Owen's playing with Star Wars legos on the floor nearby. And we're all in our creative spaces but we like to be near each other. So I hope this large open room is where we do homework and art projects and everything in between.
So what's next? We're ready to break ground!
And we're also working on the interior design of the home. I'm actually meeting with our designer Donna this morning to finalize the bathrooms, great room, and other details. It's a bit overwhelming to conceptualize the look of the entire house when the sky is the limit (or rather, the budget is the limit). Sometimes I actually wish I was limited to 5 options for the kitchen....then it would be easier to make up my mind. But a HUGE thank you to Pinterest for making home design so much easier!MADE House--until we decide on a more exciting name for our home---so I can keep track of all our likes, wants, and ideas (you'll find my personal pinterest account here). So if you'd like to see what we've got it mind, follow along!
And I'd love your input on a few items:
• I really want the back porch railings to be painted white wood but we live in an environment that requires a lot upkeep on that....probably an annual paint job. Am I crazy? Another option is white-painted wrought-iron railing which would have zero upkeep but it's just not as cozy to me. And synthetic/composite railings are way too pricey. Any ideas/input?
• I'm looking for a cool chandelier for the front entry and love this one that's been floating around blogland. But um, it's $4000. Haah. Any cool/unique chandeliers you've found?
• Wood burning fireplace vs. gas? I want wood, he wants gas. We're prob doing wood but would love your thoughts.
• Any fun, cool, great websites you recommend? Please leave them in the comments! I enjoy new sites for furniture, rugs, lights, and accent pieces.
These city kids are going to learn a thing or two about having more space (me included).....which at this point means playing with sticks and dirt. Owen's dreamland.
Have a wonderful weekend.
I'll update you when we break ground, very soon!