New House Update: We’re Getting Close!
GUYS!!! I feel like it’s been so long since I’ve done an update on the new house, so I thought I’d pop in today and do just that!
If you’re new around here, we recently sold the little townhouse that we’d lived in for 7 years and are in the process of building a new house just a few miles down the road. We are building with a community builder, Ryan Homes (the Palermo model), rather than a completely custom home, so we will have a blank slate to make our own once we move in! Currently we’re living in a tiny apartment while we’re waiting for the new house to be finished, which should be in the next 2 weeks! Woohoo!
(I talked more about our decision to move and build in this post, gave a preview of what the house will look like in this post, and shared a building update in this post shortly after we broke ground if you’d like to get caught up. I also share a bunch of update photos over on Instagram. 🙂 )
So what’s going on with the house right now?
For me, the building process has felt like it is going super fast and super slowly all at the same time. On one hand, I have been amazed at how quickly we’ve gone from an empty lot to an almost completed house. It’s kind of crazy.
On the other hand, I am not the most patient person in the universe, so sometimes during this period of transition it has felt like life has been moving in slow motion as we wait for the next chapter to start.
I thought the easiest way to give you an idea of what has been going on would be to do a little play by play of how the building process has progressed since my last update at the beginning of July (seriously, why has it taken me so long to update?!):
[July 4th] We drove by the house on our way out of town to see family and were thrilled to see that our house had walls! It was finally starting to look like an actual house!
We peeked inside and were able to see that most of the downstairs had been framed in, and we could tell where each room was going to be.
I’m standing at the entrance to the garage taking this photo. The smaller room to the left will become Donnie’s office, and the room to the right will be our living room.
[July 7th] We came back from our trip, and the rest of the house had been framed in! We couldn’t believe how fast it was happening!
The photo above was taken from the front door opening. We’re looking at a hallway straight ahead, with a bathroom and a mudroom off to the left. The structure on the right side of the photo would become the stairs.
[August 2nd] We got busy with packing up the townhouse and went on vacation to California for a week. When we got back, they had started on the siding!
[August 3rd] By the next day, the siding and shake were finished…
We were able to go inside, and they had finished the drywall while we were away as well!
I’m standing in the kitchen taking this photo, which is of the living room. That doorway leads to Donnie’s office.
[August 9th] I flew off to the Haven conference in Atlanta, Georgia, and when I got back, they had finished the stonework on the front of the house and installed the craftsman-style columns.
[August 12th] We met with our project manager and were able to take a look inside. They had painted! They paint everything a flat white to start out with, so we will go through and paint room by room once we move in. They had also done some of the trim work.
This is another shot of the living room, painted and with baseboards and trim installed.
The kitchen had been installed at this point as well! We went with white cabinets because we loved them so much in our townhouse, but we weren’t in love with any of the countertop choices that Ryan Homes offered, so we just had them put in whatever came with the house, and we will replace them soon after we move in (and hopefully donate these ones since they will be in great shape)! Again, we loved the Caesarstone quartz countertops in our last kitchen, so we are planning on using those again this time around.
I always have organization on the brain, so I was thrilled to see these slide out shelves built into some of the kitchen cabinets!
And the pantry was almost ready to go as well. My head was already spinning with organization ideas!!!
Right off the kitchen is the morning room, which has the best view of the surrounding hills and farmland. I have a feeling we’ll be spending a lot of time in here!
[August 18th] I wanted to take some measurements so I could start making some furniture decisions, so our sales manager let us into the house to look around.
The stair railings had been stained, and they had hung the fixture in the dining room, though we’ll probably change it out eventually. I love how much natural light there is in this space!
Every time we visit the house, Donnie heads to check out the progress in his office, and I can’t blame him! His office in the townhouse was an 8′ x 8′ space in the unfinished basement that had spiders and was freezing all the time. 🙂
When we’re entering the house from the garage, we will come in through this small mudroom. I think that nook is just begging for some built-ins, right?! There is a closet on the opposite side of the mudroom. I think when I have my big camera with me I’ll be able to get a better shot of the overall mudroom space.
This will be the downstairs powder room. It’s sort of odd, but it is right in the front of the house and there is a window that looks out onto the front porch. I think getting a nice thick blind for that window will be one of my first priorities! 🙂
They were working on the floors upstairs when we were there, so I wasn’t able to get many photos. I did sneak this one, though, which is the room I think will become the boys’ shared room.
[August 26th] We drove by at night and saw that they had left the lights on– so pretty!
They had also finished up the driveway, added the last set of shutters to the porch window, put in the porch steps, and were almost finished with the sidewalk at this point.
So that’s where we are with the house! It’s hard to believe everything will be finished and we will be moving in in just a few weeks, but we can’t wait!
Thanks for following along with us on our crazy moving journey this summer!
If you’d like to see the other updates about our new house, you can find them here:
I’ve held this in so long that I feel like I might burst. (our moving announcement)
The State of the Move: Some Updates
New House Update: We’re Getting Close! (You’re here!)
Our New House: The “Before” Photos
Our New House: 6 Month Progress
Our New House: One Year Update
Have a wonderful day!
A huge thanks to IKEA Pittsburgh for providing product for this post. My favorable opinion of my husband’s most favorite chair is 100% my own. 🙂 For more information, see my disclosures here.
abby and family it”s totally beautiful!
Thank you, Anne! You are so sweet! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!
The house looks so great! It seems like in construction, it takes forever for the foundation and frame to be built, then it’s no time at all for everything else to happen. Can’t wait to see it when it’s all done!
That is so true! It’s amazing how it all comes together! Thank you so much for your sweet words, Gretchen! Have a great day!
Wow! How lovely and exciting. The house is looking beautiful ♥
Aw, thanks so much, Summer! Have a wonderful week!
Your house looks beautiful! Looks like you’ve got a great view too. When our house was being built we visited with the kids every day. Such an exciting time! (And your boys are adorable 🙂
Aw, thank you so much, Daria!
How exciting for you! The house is so beautiful! Can’t wait to see the inside when it’s all finished!!
I can’t wait to get started! Thanks so much, Michelle!
Just had to smile at the Galatian t-shirt in the picture! 🙂
He likes to wear one every day if he can– he has quite the collection of them by now! They are his favorite! 🙂
Abby! The house is looking so gorgeous- congratulations! And that view is amazing! I am so looking forward to watching you make it your own 🙂
Thanks so much, Ashley! Can’t wait to get started!
So beautiful! Wishing you lots of happiness and success in your soon-to-be home!
Thank you so much, Kelsey!
It’s looking so nice!! And your boys are quite handsome in the chair!! 🙂 I’m looking forward to seeing what paint colors you choose. Fun fun fun!
Thanks so much, Sarah! Have a great week!
Abby, I’m so happy for you and your family! It’s wonderful to see a new house built from the ground up! Can’t wait to see how you decorate and organize everything 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
I can’t wait to get started! Thanks so much, Erina!
I can relate to your excitement about the new home, because we are going through the same thing! Our house is just about finished and we move in September 30th.
BTW, I’m new to your blog, just purchased the “Framework” package, and I’ve already started the process. Thank you for sharing so much of your ideas. You are very inspiring. 🙂
Aw, thanks so much Christine! Good luck with the move and happy blogging! 🙂
Congratulations! Now you have to decorate.
Looking forward to seeing more photos (I hope).
Pictures are great, I’m sure that you and your
family will enjoy your new place.
Thanks so much, Robert! Can’t wait to get started!
Oh my gosh how fun! I had a dream about your house last night (I think I watched your IG story right before falling asleep-ha!). And the Poang chair is THE BEST. My husband is doing an intensive 2 year Bible study and all he wanted was a place to study so I grabbed him this chair with the tan cover for Father’s Day! Love watching your house progress and I can’t wait to see it evolve!
You are the sweetest, Caroline! Thank you so much! Glad you guys love the chair as much as we do! Have a wonderful week!
Abby, I love following along with ya’ll and your house building adventure! (I’ve been waiting for an update post!) It looks wonderful and it’s coming up so fast! (The house I grew up in took 3 years to build custom.) I can’t wait to see what you do with it! 🙂
Thanks so much, Mary! Thanks for following along! Have a great week!
Abby, I don’t think I’ve been this excited for anyone before. Lol. I think a big part of it is that you guys are living my lifelong dream of building a house and are about to make it your very own (and I LOVE your style). I’m so happy you decided the share the process of it all so much with your readers. It seems less scary and even more exciting now! I can’t wait to see how you design and decorate each room, and I’ll think of you during the holidays when it’s even more special to be making brand new memories with your loves in your forever home. 🙂 There are so many fun times ahead!
You are the sweetest, Tiffany! Thank you so much! I can’t wait to get started! Have a fabulous week!
You guys so deserve this. You aren’t going to know what to do with all that space. I remember moving from our tiny condo into a house and it was awesome. It took a while for the boys to not feel like they needed to be right next to us! Can’t wait to see the finished house!
Aw, thanks so much, friend!
What a beautiful house for a beautiful family. I can’t wait to see the changes you make that will truly make this “your” home. Here in NC., school started this past Monday. I have 9 grandchildren and now 6 of them are in school. It’s exciting to watch them grow and learn. Everything is new and filled with endless possibilities when looking through a child’s eye. ♡
Aw, thank you, Pam! I can’t wait to get started! Have a wonderful week!
So fun!!! I love watching house constructions! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂
Aw, thanks so much! Have a great week!
lovely home abby!
Thanks for the virtual tour Abby! I’m so glad it’s coming around so perfectly. I’m sure you are getting overwhelmed with organization ideas while you walk around in the new house 🙂
SO many ideas! Can’t wait to get started! Thank you and have a great week!
Looks beautiful! Excited for you!
Thanks so much, Amanda!
Wow, this house is looking amazing! I can’t believe how quickly they’re moving things along!
It really is SO crazy! Thanks so much, Rachel! Have a wonderful week!
It looks great Abby!! Our family of 4 lived in a small 900sqft space for 9 years. We finally built our dream home and this month makes one full year inside. It’s absolutely awesome! I LOVED choosing colors and décor and I know you’ll have your home looking great in no time.
Aw, thanks so much, Traci! I can’t wait! Have a wonderful week!
Very cool, Abby! I really am enjoying the updates! *I’m* excited… I just can’t imagine how y’all must be feeling! ☺
Had a neat idea about the dining room chandelier that my friend did with hers, because she didn’t like the one she had originally. Her mom actually painted it to make it look like a MacKenzie Childs piece and it’s so flippin’ cool! I know that MC isn’t your style, but if you feel like getting crafty (+ blog post idea! 😉 ) maybe you could find something neat on Pinterest.
I’m sure whatever you guys do it’ll look awesome. 🙂
It’s lovely. Can’t wait until you actually move in. Delightful.
I can’t wait either, Amy! SO soon! 🙂 Have a great weekend!
Oh that is so exciting! I love building and being able to watch it come together! Beautiful home! Excited to see how you decorate! So fun!
Thank you so much, Laura! You are the sweetest! We’re excited too!
How exciting, congratulations!! Nothing like building your own home and picking out all the details. I’m sure you all can’t wait to move in!
Thanks so much, Anne! So excited that we finally got to get started today! 🙂 Hope you’re having a wonderful week!