Our New House is Finished!

Hi loves. So, it’s been awhile, huh. I don’t really think I need to get into why I’ve had a hard time blogging (right now at least). I just want to share with you how our house came together.  Last I left off, we had just finished framing.  Naturally the next stop on the house checklist would be drywall.   Since drywall is SO exciting, I obviously took about 300 pictures.  I’ll spare you the deets and just give you one.


They painted all our interior doors, and all I could think of was Monsters Inc.  I wished they had them on a revolving track.  I mean, that would be an effective way to paint, right?  I’m going to mention that to the builder.  And of course I’ll expect royalties.

Painted Doors

And then there was a HUGE mess with the flooring.  We had had a few bumps along the way, but the flooring was a massive debacle.  We wanted our planks to be entire main level.  We didn’t want carpet, especially in the great room.  I knew if we did get carpet, down the road I’d change my mind about wanting carpet, and trying to match the floor would be costly and time consuming.  It was better to do it now.  However, that message was apparently not communicated to the builder.  They eventually fixed it and redid the floor, however it took awhile and really set them behind schedule.

Flooring mess up

Meanwhile, the exterior was slowly getting worked on.  Our friends enjoyed the adult jungle gym scaffolding.  I enjoyed staying on the ground.


They poured our concrete at an unusually wet time, and built this incredible rain gutter system.  I mean, I really think they’re onto something.

Wet Cement

The siding got installed which was fun to watch.  It really began to take shape and really look like the house we had been dreaming of.  I don’t think anyone was surprised when they saw that the siding was green!


The carpet came, and then Evelyn really loved visiting the house because she could get down and explore.

New Carpet

And then, it was finished!  (Well, almost.  The builder had to bond with the city for our landscaping.  They were responsible for the sprinkler system and sod in the front yard.  We just got it installed over the weekend, however I do not have an updated exterior picture yet.  Maybe sometime next year I’ll show you.)

New House


I made a video tour for you guys.  It’s a little boring since there is nothing in the house.  But it will give you a good idea of the layout.  The chandeliers are all builder grade, and are getting swapped out.  We have some projects lined up for the kitchen to give it more of a custom feel.  It wasn’t our first choice of finishes, but the builder didn’t offer what we had in mind.  Lucky for us, kitchens aren’t a project that scare easily.  This kitchen is kind of a downgrade from our last kitchen, however the rest of the house is a major upgrade.  So we will happily take the trade off for now.  The plan with our new house was to get into a place with good bones where we wouldn’t need to rip down walls, but have a place where we could still do projects and leave our mark.

If the embedded video isn’t working for you, you can watch it directly on youtube here.

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  • I am going to dream of that pantry-garage door EVERY time I carry in groceries. Genius!
    Your house is beautiful! I bet you can’t wait to move on in!

    • Kenz

      That pantry door is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I feel like it should be as standard in every house, like a front door is standard. Life changing haha.

  • I love it! It is so pretty! I’m overjoyed for you guys! PS, I have MISSED YOU!! <3

    • Kenz

      Thanks my friend! I know I’ve been really hit and miss with blogging. It’s rough with a toddler and a pregnancy-roller-coster. I have days where I feel totally amazing, then days that are far worse than with Evelyn. It’s the most bipolar thing I’ve ever experienced.

  • Seeing the photos and videos brought back memories of when our house was finally finished…one year ago. I love the pass through door from the garage to your pantry. What a time saver. Evelyn has grown so much since the last posting and looks like she is one happy child! Congratulations and I look forward to seeing what finishing personal touches you guys add to your home.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Vickie! Building a home is so exciting and exhausting and emotional. Haha, the 3 E’s. It’s so nice to be done though. We’ve lived in our house now as long as it took them to build it, and it feels pretty good 🙂

  • Heidi Selover

    I just cried watching the video because I’m so excited to be there in 4 days. Normal, right?? I’m so happy that you’re finally in you’re home, and I can’t wait to see it! <3

    • Heidi Selover

      I just realized I used the wrong your and now I can’t figure out how to delete my comment. THIS IS THE MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT OF MY LIFE.

      • Kenz

        haha! Don’t worry bb, I’ll vouch for your impeccable grammar skills. I can’t wait for you to come back again in April. It will be golden.

  • I love seeing how other builder’s build homes! I’m SO happy you’re finally moved in! Watching your video brought back so many memories of seeing our home all empty when we first moved in 🙂

    • Kenz

      That’s right! I always forget that you guys built too. Did you feel like your house had the ‘new home smell’ forever? Like the combination of drywall, paint, carpet and everything? I actually hate that smell. I feel like it’s FINALLY going away haha.

  • Tracie

    I’m so happy for you!

    • Kenz

      Thank you! It’s FINALLY starting to feel like home and not smell like ‘new house.’

  • Anu

    So happy for you! Your new home looks perfect!

    • Kenz

      Thank you! We are loving it!

  • I’m so happy for you, Aaron & Evelyn!! Can’t wait to get the grand tour in a couple of weeks… love you all!

    • Kenz

      I’m so glad you were able to come stay with us over Thanksgiving. I can’t wait for the next time you come back. Love your guts 🙂

  • Stephanie, Sandpaper and Glue

    yay!!! can’t wait to see it IN REL LIFE in just a few months 🙂

    • Kenz

      IT IS SO SOON! I cannot WAIT!

  • oh it is adorable!!!!!! love the exterior!

    • Kenz

      Thank you 🙂 The exterior is my favorite. I can’t wait for warmer weather so we can sit out on the porch and let Evelyn play in the grass and get some Vit D!

  • Julia @cuckoo4design

    The house looks amazing. Glad they fixed the flooring. I’m so with you on that. I can’t stand when it is cut off like that.

    • Kenz

      Same! I know I would have instantly regretted the flooring if we hadn’t changed it.

  • Mindy

    YAY!!!!! SO exciting!

    • Kenz

      Thanks! We are so excited to be living in our house now!

  • I LOVE THIS SO MUCH. Cannot stop with the all caps.

    • Kenz

      YAY! New houses are fun. I’m excited to see you and Ryan start building your new house. No pressure though 🙂

  • oh, so exciting!!! Love it and can’t wait to see everything you do in there!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Gretchen! I’m so happy we are finally working on things in the house. That’s what makes it more of a home to me 🙂

  • anne @ wit wisdom and food

    So happy for you that it is done! Can’t wait for some first holiday pictures.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Anne! It was nice to have Christmas in our new home, but I was excited to have the holidays over and get back to real life.

  • eranfaraway

    Congrats! You two must be so relieved! I love how you already have decorating plans, I do the same thing before I move into a place! We dream of building someday, but are having a hard time figuring out financing. We would love a post on how you pulled this off someday!

    • Kenz

      I really should write a post about how we were able to make it happen. That’ a good idea!

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    It’s real!! You built! You are no longer homeless!! And Evelyn is a big girl! I can’t wait to see more. At some point. Whenever I’m not picky!! Congrats friend!

    • Kenz

      We should have a club called “surviving new construction.” That’s a rough rough journey. I’ll let you have president responsibilities though 🙂