House Tour

Welcome to our humble abode! (Very very humble considering there’s nothing in it.)  We have been so incredibly blessed to find a builder that fits in our budget. I love fixer-uppers, but hey, you can’t argue with a shiny, new house either. I won’t have to get as down and dirty in refurbishing world as I originally thought in our initial house hunt.

The three amigos will officially be moving in to their first house just in time for Christmas 2013! We’re talking weeks now. Woohoo! I can barely contain myself. My poor home decor Pinterest board is about to blow up. Seriously, I have an addiction. It’s a problem.

Last weekend, Robert, Olivia, and I had a little visit, for the umpteen millionth time, and I finally remembered to snap some pictures. Granted, they’re cruddy cell phone pictures since I didn’t bring my ginormous DSLR (I mean, really, those things are not designed to be handled while juggling a 1 year-old), but we are scheduled to conduct our final walk through on December 11th. You better believe I’ll be bringing out the big guns documenting every square inch of our house to plan out all of the projects in our future. I’m afraid to even think about how long that “honey-do” list will be.

Without further ado and with a teeny tiny drum roll, I present to you, Casa de Shaver.

Floor Plan (Lower Level): Our builder is True Homes just south of Charlotte, NC. For budget reasons, we did not choose to have the “My Space Options” room or the fireplace. We really didn’t need the extra space and, let’s face it, South Carolina weather only requires a fireplace for maybe 1 month out of the entire year. Not worth the extra $5K it was going to cost in an upgrade that we would hardly ever use.
Building Phase:
 

Front of the House Granted, there is still some work to be done on the elevation with the trim and minor details, but I love love love what we chose. She has personality already, and, yes, our house is a girl.  
Projects Planned:
-Add a carriage-style garage door kit (for that bump up in the charm department)
-Plant more greenery along the walkway (My hubby is the landscaper, so I’m leaving this to his vision.)
-Find patio furniture for in front of the window (Craigslist fixer-upper, perhaps?)
-Planters on either side of the door
-Different front door (eventually). That builder-basic steel door just isn’t doing it for me.
-A wreath! (Hello! We’re moving in at Christmas. This is mandatory.)

Building Phase:

Move-In Phase:

Front Entry FoyerI’m more ecstatic than I should be about those arches. Eep! (Side note: My “baby” is getting way too big. That building phase photo was an eye-opener to me that my little one is becoming more child than infant. *Tear*)
Projects:
-Paint (Honestly, this will be number one on the list for all of the rooms.)
-Install laminate flooring(one day but not anytime soon)
-DIY an entry table
-Old window artwork (being given to me by my mother-in-law to spruce up)
-Accent rug
-DIY Wainscoting

Building Phase:

Move-In Phase:

 

Dining Room: I went to bat for this room when we were crunching numbers to stay within our budget on the floor plans. I know dining rooms don’t always get the attention they deserve on a regular basis, but I know our big, loving extended family and there will be many holiday gatherings and birthday parties in this space. The idea of eating Thanksgiving dinner on the sofa didn’t have as much appeal. Although, my football-watching junkie father, husband, and brothers-in-law would beg to differ.  
Projects:
-Paint (all red or with a red accent wall…I’m undecided)
-Drapes (to DIY or not to DIY?)
-Purchase Roman shades, white vinyl plantation blinds, or bamboo blinds…decisions, decisions -Install laminate flooring
-Rug
-Renovate a buffet table
-DIY a wine rack
-Fix up a farm table (Sometimes you never know with a trip to Goodwill)
-Purchase dining room chairs (If I can find within a decent price range.)
-Make a funky mirror / artwork
-Wall sconces
-Switch out chandelier (in the far far future)
-DIY Wainscoting (You know for a room that we will only use occasionally, this sure is going to take some work.)

Building Phase:

 

Pantry: This space was the number one reason why I wanted this floor plan. Storage! For a little family of three, this crowd can eat. I really need to work on my cooking skills once we move in. I’d burn corn flakes.  
Projects:
-Drop zone station (mail organizer on the wall and key rack)
-Apply chalkboard vinyl to pantry door
-Hang organizing rack to back of pantry door
-Figure out a sufficient shelving system
-Buy and label storage containers to organize
-Set up coffee station (YEEEEES)

Building Phase:

Move-In Phase (My mother-in-law made a cameo appearance in this one.):

Kitchen:I know there has been a big trend in white kitchen cabinets lately, but Robert and I broke the rules when we chose a darker wood. Keeping white cabinets clean with grubby little kid hand prints? It would be a never-ending battle.  
Projects:
-Paint (big surprise, right?)
-Style the tops of the cabinets
The rest of these projects are an “in-our-dreams” scenario
-Upgrade to granite counter tops (or faux granite? I’m not sure how brave I am to tackle that.) -Upgrade from vinyl to tile flooring
-Add under-cabinet lighting
-Add specialty lighting

Building Phase:

Move-In Phase:
 

Breakfast Nook: Do you see that monkey in the corner dancing around over there? I think she’s a bit excited too.
Projects:
-Paint
-Drapes
-Shades/Blinds (still have to decide)
-Rug
-Find some good fixer-upper bar stools
-DIY banquette seating
-Change out lighting (way way future)

Building Phase:

Move-In Phase:

Living Room: The natural light in this room from our FIVE WINDOWS is spectacular. I’m a dork for being so thrilled about it. (Olivia has just learned how to run. She took full advantage of this big, empty room and sang as loud as she could while jogging laps. Bless.)  
Projects:
-Paint
-Drapes
-Shades/blinds
-Area rug
-DIY a media center
-Find a fixer-upper dresser or shelf
-Buy 1-2 accent chairs
-Sofa/Love seat upgrade?
-Artwork  

Powder Room (Not Pictured):
-Add shelving behind toilet for added storage
-Frame mirror
-Paint
-Tile  

Check out the upper level here!

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