Building a Home From the Ground Up

Building this house is a dream come true for us y'all! I've been posting lots of pics on Instagram but very few here. I thought I'd share a few collages of this process that started rolling last fall. Of course it all began with driving and wishing for the perfect lot. We wanted a little more space but within a neighborhood. We found that spot on a cul-de-sac next to the sweetest people.


Back in January the lot was scraped and the forms were built. After lots of driving and trips to the brick and stone yard, we picked ours. The brick is a mix of several colors and the stone is a soft cream with a little bit of gray mixed in. Then one afternoon we went over and these huge machines were injecting the ground to help make it more stable; with our Texas clay soil that is very necessary.


Picture #2 on the top right is a retaining wall that was built on one side of the sloped lot. We were so excited to see that because it really meant progress to us early on.  We picked the granite which is called Dallas White.  I wanted to pick the granite early to choose all the colors for the interior from that.   One evening we went over and discovered the most beautiful sunset through what would be the kitchen windows. :)


Woops! One day we went over to discover that the master bath had been plumbed and framed for a different tub than the clawfoot I was planning on. Oh well...we rolled with that mistake and saved a bunch of money.  The house was really beginning to take shape at the beginning of March. The third picture is the barrel ceiling in the kitchen. This might be my favorite part of the house. The fourth pic is the back of the house. We walk around every day and look at things from every angle.


Light fixtures make my heart pound so picking these out has been both a labor of love and nerve wracking! I fell in love with the top two and then found out that the first one is on backorder!  Darn. The mailbox was the first stone project. We have never been more delighted with a mailbox!!
I will stop for now...these photos are up to the beginning of March. Our target date for moving in is the very end of May or the beginning of June. So much more has been completed and I'll share that in a few days. Thank you for letting me record this house building history. 

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40 comments

Daniela said...

Dearest Stacey,
I'm sincerely so so glad to hear from you !
I wonder your gladness while you see this project of yours growing and becoming true, thank you for sharing your delight with us !

Wishing you the best of weeks,
I'm sending hugs and ever much love to you

XOXO Daniela at - My little old world - (Dany)

Manu said...

Wow thanks for sharing your project!!!
That's wonderful.
Love

Botanic Bleu said...

Stacey,
I am in love with your new house... even before I see the inside all decorated. Your stone mailbox and fireplace are beautiful. You must be getting excited more and more each day as the move-in date gets closer.

Judith

Tanya said...

I'm so excited for y'all. It's going to be a beautiful home!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

This is exciting! I can just imagine how you are feeling and pretty soon, you'll be moving in and making this new house your 'home sweet home'.

What a wonderful view you'll have out of your kitchen window.

Happy Spring ~ FlowerLady

Cecilia Bramhall said...

Stacey, what fun to see the progress ! I know you are beyond excited. You're going to have a spectacular view from your kitchen! Isn't it wonderful to watch your dreams become reality? Can't wait to see more. Thank you for sharing.
Hugs,
Cecilia

Pam Richardson said...

Stacey, love seeing the progress on your new home. I know you are anxious for it to be finished!

Kathy Olson said...

This is so exciting! I love seeing your photos and all the progress!!

Tammy Lagaly said...

Wow, Stacey! It's going to be beautiful. I'm so happy for you. June is just around the corner... I can't wait to see the finished house.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Stacey, your new home is amazing and I loved seeing the collages of the process. You'll be moving in soon. So excited for you. Sweet Dreams of decorating!! Happy Tuesday xo

Stacy Grinsfelder said...

How exciting, Stacey! Thank you for posting an update. I wanted to see some pictures. :)

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Look how far along you are! I am envious. We originally thought we would be in our house in May, but now it looks more like July. You are not going to believe this! My kitchen granite is Dallas White as well!

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Looks like everything is moving along beautifully! I know you can't wait to get in there and start decorating and filling the outside with pretty blooms. :)

Rue said...

It's really coming along, Stacey! I can't wait to see that barrel ceiling finished. It's going to be beautiful :)

xo,
rue

Jeanie said...

Oh Stacey, since I don't really get into Instagram, these just are the perfect antidote to my wondering how things were going with the house! I love the brick and stone you have chosen and your mail box is FOUR STAR! How lovely to have that view from the kitchen of a sunset when you will be tidying up after dinner!

It looks as though it is going so well! Three cheers!

Brenda Pruitt said...

I know you're super excited! I'm glad you showed it here because I don't do Instagram.
Brenda

Andrea Nine said...

I'm over the moon excited for you and I'm a few steps behind ya. We don't dig til June and move in November. I may need to pick your brain, lol. Cannot wait to see more!

Rita C. said...

Stacey I couldn't be happier for you! I love the day to day progress, and I know you probably had a really hard time summarizing this post with just the few you selected. I know you have a zillion more, don't you? That barrel ceiling will be a showstopper, no doubt, but even grander will the sighting of the house with those sunsets from the kitchen!
Rita

Cynthia said...

Stacey, how exciting and fun. It's a blast dream and blessing building a home. The excitement, transformation and finally the pretty stuff is a fun time. Having been blessed to go through the process I'm excited for you. Everything is beautiful. Being excited about a mailbox is wonder. Enjoy the journey

Cindy

Kathleen Grace said...

End of May, beginning of June isn't that far off! You'll be moving in before you know it. I love the barrel vaulted ceiling, what a wonderful detail. I just can't wait to see how you make this beautiful house a home :)

Kim said...

I have been following along on Instagram, but I must have missed the part about you being neighbors with Jemma!! For real?? Oh my goodness, how amazing is that? I know that it's all going to beautiful when it's done. Can't wait! (and I know that you can't either! ;) )

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

So exciting for you that move in day is so near! I would love to choose colors and brick but would find it nerve wracking. I just had to pick a new roof color and it was hard! I love all of your choices. What a unique mailbox.

Creations By Cindy said...

Stacey, I am so proud for you! I know this is a dream come true and a lot of work. But hard work always pays off. I am so glad you are including your friends on this journey with you. Can't wait to see more. I need a stone mailbox! Every now and then someone backs into my mailbox and then there's another one to buy! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Bonnie said...

I'm a nut for sunsets and what a thrill to enjoy it from your kitchen each evening.

Love all your choices. It will be beautiful.

Maria Zannini said...

I love the mail box, but what's with the vertical brick in the bottom half? I'm not sure I can tell from the picture.

And lucky you for getting such good neighbors. It's a blessing that doesn't happen to everyone.

Blondie's Journal said...

I'm happy to see so much progress, Stacey! Part frustration, part impatience to get into your new home! We've never had one built from the ground up but my sister did. She told me they had to pick out everything from the light fixtures to the doorbell! I know this is a lot of work and I admire you.

Thanks for sharing your progress and some outdoor photos of your neighborhood.

Jane x

thepaintedapron.com said...

I can't believe how fast it's going up! So gorgeous!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Your forever home is beautiful and the perfect spot for you and Paul.
Welcome to our little spot of heaven in Texas. You are both precious folks.
Jemma

Benita Roberts said...

I am so excited for you and I know you are thrilled to be building this home! I love the fixtures and cannot wait to see how it all comes together! After all the issues we've had, I don't know if I could go through a building process like we originally planned. Maybe one day in the far, far future...LOL. Love and hugs!!

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

I am so utterly happy for you, Stacey! How exciting to build a house from scratch and pick out every single detail to make it the most perfect home for you!!! Can't wait to see it completed, and follow along as you feather your nest!

Katie Mansfield said...

This really looks amazing. How fun.

The Crowned Goat said...

I've been following along on instagram and every picture just keeps getting better and better. I love all of the finishes you've chosen on the outside and the pieces you've chosen for the inside too. I know this is a labor of love for you guys and I'm so excited this is going to be your dream home. You deserve all the best! Big hugs, CoCo

Lynn Bean said...

What fun and how beautiful! Many decisions to be made I am sure. Great to see your progress.

Lisa Ronan said...

Hey Stacey! Love the post and all the pics! We moved into our home on June 18; this year will be 25 years ago! Best of luck with all the remaining details and I can't wait to see what you continue to do with the place!

Angelina PeoniesandOrangeBlossoms said...

I am enjoying watching your house build as we build our own too! We were hit by big rain delays with framing and roofing and stuff. I like seeing your picks because I am, well, frankly getting tired of picking out things!

Cristina Garay said...

I'm so happy for you! It's all coming along so nicely! And how awesome that moving time is almost here. Can't wait to see the finished interior!

Mary Keels said...

I cannot wait to see what your new houselooks like. Building a home from the ground up is a tremendous task but so enjoyable too. I know this must be so exciting for you, and from what I can see so far it is going to beautiful!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

I had somehow missed this post! Goodness, that kitchen ceiling is amazing! I am so super excited for you guys!

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Such an exciting time! You have made some wonderful choices and its going to be a fantastic home!

Lady of the Manor said...

Things are really coming along!! I remember how exciting it was to stop by everyday or so to document the progress. I love the light fixtures you've shared. I hope the one on back order is available in time. Thanks for sharing your journey! Zenda