Our New Home : The First Step

Photo Source : Ryan Smith Builders

If you missed our stories on Instagram last week, we shared we are in the beginning stages of building our new home (our forever home). You can see all of those stories saved in our “New Home” Highlight here. We answered some of your questions there, but wanted to share a little bit more here. We received some really great questions from all of you and are so excited to share the entire process here and on Instagram with you! So, let’s get to it…

The First Step(s)

The Vision

Not exactly sure how it came to us, but one day back in 2015, we were thinking about our new home and grabbed a pencil and some scrap paper and sketched out this simple layout below.

In the sketch above, here is what we knew we wanted :

  • Steps leading up to a covered front porch
  • An entryway leading into the Living Room
  • A brick wall in the Living Room with a wood-burning fireplace and cut out to hold firewood
  • Hallway with the Boy’s Bedrooms and Bathroom on one side of the home
  • Half-Bath near the front of the home
  • Master Bedroom entry centered with the fireplace to enjoy the fireplace from our bedroom
  • Master Closet close to Laundry Room
  • Open Kitchen and Dining Room
  • Sunroom
  • Detached Garage with Studio Apartment above
  • Laundry/Mudroom Connection Room which will house the stairs to the Studio and also become the enclosed walkway from the Garage into the Home

After we sketched, we sent the sketch over to Chelsi’s Mother and she quickly began drafting up a more accurate floor plan to scale and sent us over a few drafts. Once we received the drafts with dimensions, we were able to get a better feel for the overall layout and began making revisions… erasing and drawing, erasing and drawing….

We made quite a few revisions but the two main ones are- we ended up flipping the entire floor plan so that the Master Suite, Laundry/Mudroom, and Garage will all be located on the right side of the house instead of the left. We decided to have a Dining Room/Sunroom combination instead of these two being separate rooms to save on square footage.

Now, Onto the fun part…


We have designed our Kitchen pantry to have two entries- one from the kitchen, and one from the hallway which has access to the Garage. Our pantry will have counter space to hold our microwave, toaster, and other smaller appliances to minimize clutter in the kitchen.

The kitchen will be located in the back center of the home. The left side of the kitchen will open into the Sunroom which will also hold our dining table and a small sitting area.

Photo Source : Amber Interiors photographed by Tessa Neustadt

The right side of the kitchen will have an opening into a hallway with windows and a door which will lead to the back porch.

Below is the closest photo we have come across to what we are envisioning for the Laundry/Mudroom connection space which will house our stairs to the Studio Apartment, door to the Garage, and have an open entry into the hallway of our home.

Even though the half-bath will be small, we know we want it to be impactful yet beautifully simple. We love the aesthetics of this bathroom below.

While there is a lot we already can envision for our new home, there are still things we cannot decide on. Example, window placement- specifically in our master bedroom. We have one exterior wall to put windows on and of course adding windows all along that wall sounds great but we are trying to envision which wall we will be placing our bed on which will determine where the windows will be placed.

Our Plan

Our first step was to draft the design of the home and source inspiration images for our architect. The second step (our current step) is to take our design to our architect to begin having the official blueprints drawn up. Once we have the official plans, we will be able to have the property surveyed, start clearing the trees, bring in fill dirt to level the property, install a septic, drainfield, well, and begin laying the footers and foundation for the Garage structure and the connection Laundry/Mudroom.

Once the Garage and Studio Apartment above is complete, our plan is to move into this for a few months while we build out the rest of our home.


Q : What is the overall aesthetic of your new home?

A: We are calling it Modern Traditional with European influences.

Q : What size home are you planning to build?

A : We haven’t decided on the total square footage yet since our plans are not finalized, but no more than 3,000 square feet.

Q : Where will you build?

A : We will build on our property on family land. We were given this property by Chelsi’s grandfather over ten years ago. It is located beside Chelsi’s parent’s property and is where she and her mother both grew up.

Q : What made you decide this?

A : When we acquired our Modern Cottage, we originally wanted it to be our photography studio. When the county wouldn’t comply with rezoning it to commercial, we decided to “fix it up”, move out of our rental, and live in it for 5 years. Well, the “fixing up” turned into ripping everything down to the studs and investing a lot more than we originally planned. But we still knew this wouldn’t be our forever home- just a home for us to love and grow in. A home that was ours. We have been in our Modern Cottage for 6 years this September.

We are so excited to share every process with you along the way! The good, the bad, the ugly… and of course, the pretty! If you have any questions, leave us a comment and we will be sure to answer you!

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