While I still don't know that I would ever suggest building from scratch to anyone...I have to say I do like what we ended up with. I am thankful it is DONE!
This is the exterior of the house. Needless to say it needs a coat of paint (we weren't about to WAIT until the weather is a consistent 55degrees before we moved in), and some landscaping. There is a circle driveway planned for right there in front. Our garage entrance is on the side because we were both in agreement that we didn't want the first thing you saw on the house to be a big (albeit pretty) garage door! :)
This is our guest bathroom. I wanted something in shades of white to play off a Renoir painting print I got from my sister, and my grandparents had hanging in their house. We got an antique chest of drawers that had a sink dropped into it. The tub was an added eccentricity but I can tell you the girls LOVED their first bath in it!
This is my little splurge...the master bathroom tub! I will need a step stool to get into it...but it will surely be a special treat, once there are some candles going!!
Our master bathroom has a "private" entrance through our master closet. So, it isn't open for "public use". The design came as a fluke when we redesigned that side of the house due to my need for visual symmetry on the shape of the house (call me a freak!) It is nice, and the closet we got was one of my other favorite things!! Don't be jealous!!
This is looking from the back of the house to the entrance. The fireplace mantel I found at a consignment store. We cleaned it up and it turned out pretty nice. The hearth is a granite remnant that was exactly the size we needed so didn't need wasted cutting or anything. Of everything, I think this was my most favorite of all the "come together" things in the house!
This is the kitchen sink. This granite I picked out on a sunny day. There are feldspar specks in it, that when the sun shined on them they sparkled bright red....I fell in love immediately.
This is the staircase to the basement (to be completed SOON-ish!!) We will have 2 more bedrooms and a bathroom down there. Also, my craft room....woohooo!!!
This is the view (once the windows are clean it will be better) when you walk in the front door.
Needless to say, these photos were taken a couple of days (when they came through to inspect) before we moved anything in. We have cleaned up the mess, only to make more mess with boxes and unpacking trash! We are going to take it slow to personalize the space so that it feels like a HOME and not just a house. But, sleeping in my own bed last night was REALLY nice! I will be sure to post updates and we get stuff settled.