Welcome To Our Dwelling Place!

I have always loved old homes with great "before & after" stories.  Unfortunately, this blog will not be one of those!  After living in an older home for five years, we decided to make a thirty-minute move to be closer to my husband's work.  Originally, we were looking to move into a newer, existing home.  (We were tired of the unending repairs & wanted something more energy efficient.)  Thankfully, we were able to sell our home quickly, which didn't leave us much time for shopping around.

Not able to find what we were looking for, we decided to build a home instead.  This allowed us to have the square footage & footprint we were looking for.  After settling on a floorplan, we found this lot:

(Sorry, but it's the best picture I could find!)

The lot backs up to a green belt, & we had no idea when we chose it, that at the bottom of the hill there is a creek with a small waterfall!  We love to take the kids down there to explore!

Since our house sold quickly, we ended up sticking our belongings in storage and staying with family until our home was built.  Here's a picture of the front when it was almost finished (summer of 2009):

Who would have thought a new home would be so much work!  We chose to upgrade mainly structural elements (like windows, rooms, layouts, etc.) and later tweak the other things (that we didn't want to pay for in our mortgage every month!).  Not long after moving in, we came up with a list of more than 40 changes we wanted to make (and more are added every day)! 

So, that's the quick version of the story of our home!  This blog will detail how we are taking this home from builder boring to beautiful on a budget!

I hope you come back soon!  I'll be featuring our study on Wednesday!

I am linking this post to My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia.


  1. How exciting! A new blog and a new house! I don't know which one will be more work for you as I have yet to get my own blog off the ground. Good luck with both.

  2. Welcome to blogland, Wendy! You will be so inspired by the talented people out here. I see that you are already following some of them. You'll have so much fun decorating this new house. Congrats! ~ Sue

  3. Congratulations on your new HOME, it's beautiful!

  4. welcome to the blogging world...I started out a couple of months ago and am loving it...come and visit and follow along to be entered in to my giveaway!!!...congratulations on your new home!!...Mariaelena

  5. Hi there! Welcome, welcome to blogland! This is such a fabulous community and I know you are not only going to love the wonderful decorating inspiration you will find but also the amazing connections you will make with others. Your home is absolutely gorgeous and I can't wait to see more! :-)
    P.S. Hop by and say 'hi' when you get a chance!

  6. Congratulations on your new home and your new blog! I'm eager to see your posts!

    Have a great day.

  7. Very nice home! I completely understand what you mean. We bought our home because it was 9 months old and "move in ready". But, we also have a list of things to change! Neverending! :) But, lots of fun!
    Welcome to blogging, I'm your newest follower so I can watch the progress of your lovely home.

  8. Thanks for all the comments welcoming me to the world of blogging! I'm still trying to find my way around, so I may need your help in the future! You all know how to make a girl feel special!

  9. Your home looks great Wendy - nice to "meet" you as well, welcome to blogging!

  10. Looks like you built with Ryan Homes. We did too and we love the size and layout of our house, but it lacked character when we first moved in. It's slowly becoming ours but there are still tons of things I want to do to make it different from all the other similar models in our neighborhood. I just found your blog and look forward to reading about what you've done with your home to make it beautiful!



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