Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Plan of attack

"ummm hello??"

Yea sorry I didn't mean to drop the bomb of "Hey we're knocking down our house and building new. Don't worry, I'll document everything" and then just disappear for a couple weeks.  

I had honestly planned on posting our architect's design and floor lay out so everyone could get a better idea of what we having planned for going where. But, true to form, everything is taking JUST a bit longer than planned and we're waiting on the final FINAL lay out of the house from the architect so I won't have to keep changing what I'm showing you.  We've gone through SEVERAL revisions that I have on my phone and when I bust it out to show people, I end up explaining half the time that "none of this is going to look like this anymore". ... 

To which people respond "Ok, then why are you showing me?"...
Exactly.

So, I should have that soon.

For right now though, I can kinda give you a rundown of everything I will be discussing in the coming months.

- how we plan to find a place to live while our new place is being built.
- our thoughts on packing and moving
- how we're going to juggle all this with three kids 4 and under.
- Hard choices and comprises
- Where we plan on spending the big bucks
- Design choices for each room (I can't wait to talk about the kids' rooms)... (and the laundry room... hold on to your hats)
- sacrifices for building vs moving
- inspiration
- greatest fears/looking forward to the best
- staying alive and living to 2019

That last one is really our main goal.

So, please bare with me as I try to get everything sorted out and hopefully don't change things a million more times to confuse y'all.
Anything you guys specifically want to hear about? Honestly, Im an open book so ask away!!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Big Announcement

Hey all,

Long time no talk!  Yea, in case you've haven't been following me on Instagram (which I recommend you do @LittleHouseintheBigD) but in the nearly YEAR AND A HALF since Ive posted, I actually popped out another kid (Davis Dae, born 7/1/17 and she's amazing) and she's actually the reason I stopped posting long ago because I had such awful morning sickness I could barely function.  But with all that aside, we actually have some BIG news (not baby related) which is why I've begun blogging again...

TA-DA!
We are officially redoing the house!

And you maybe thinking, "Hey, that doesn't look like your house? That must be one hell of a remodel." Well, thats because we are tearing down our house and building a new one on the lot.

Let that sink in.

We are TEARING DOWN my little awesome amazing perfect tiny house.

It's so sad especially after all the remodels and updates we've done, but 1,450 sq ft for 5 people and 2 dogs just isn't cutting it.

And we've actually been contemplating this for a long time, and even looked into moving; same neighborhood, different neighborhood, fixer uppers, already reno-ed. And with the explosive Dallas market, nothing caught our eye or budget.

Then after meeting with different architects about just adding on to our little house, we kept getting the same answer "Honestly, to add a second story on a pier and beam foundation will cost just as much to build a new house."... AND, that way, we could get the EXACT layout we wanted.

So, October of last year (read: 2016, not 2017), we met with Eddie Maestri of Maestri Studio.  We met and discussed what we wanted, design ideas, and budget.  Our ideas seemed to mesh so we signed a contract and he went to town.

I'll have another blog post detailing what we want in a house, what I demanded we have (that didn't make it into the final layout (sad face)), and what my favorite feature of the new house is (spoiler alert, it isn't even INSIDE the house).

So stuff there is a TON of stuff coming up... and a TON of stuff I'll need help with (that I will pawn off as my own ideas and tell Chris).  Get excited guys... 2018 is going to be CRAZY.

P.S- Yes, we're still flipping condos and just sold #10. We really gotta catch up y'all...