Friday, October 11, 2013

To blog or not to Blog....and some little updates..... I'm feeling like our little blog is loosing its purpose. Originally we started it to share our building process with family and friends, then it was to obtain ideas and what we should and shouldn't do or things to look for when selecting our options and going through the process, then it turned into how we have decided to decorate and issues we've had along the way since owning our house.  While I have really enjoyed reading everyone's blogs I feel like the purpose of the blog is no longer valid nor really looked at anymore. It feels like many of the original bloggers have even left the blogging anyone still out there?  So I debate whether I should continue or just let it go (snif, snif).  I do enjoy it to be honest.  I like seeing the progression of our home and recalling the good and bad days or issues we overcame and seeing how far we've really come in the last two years, but it does take some time (which I feel very short of these days), and I feel like nothing really results from it we shall see......let me know if you'd like us to keep going.

So little updates.  My husband has been super busy.  He finished the garage...its all sparkly and pretty with new paint from ceiling to floor and its on its way to becoming really organized.  Unfortunately I didn't get a picture because we had the cars in there and he was also working on some things.....but maybe next time when its all done I'll get some pictures.

Probably the biggest project that was recently finished is our sidewalk and patio.......I was debating over the sidewalk a couple posts ago and I love what we came up with.  I completely went in a different direction than I was originally thinking only because I have a new idea that was much more cost effective and would work better than the plans we were previously debating and would still serve the purpose I was looking for.  I'm so happy with how everything turned out.  The guy who installed it for us did an amazing job!!  He did the patio and sidewalk as well as the landscaping at our last house, as well as the hardscaping at many of our friends and relatives homes.  He does really great work and has received many compliments from our neighbors.  So take a look at whats been done:

I love the little design he put in the sidewalk just before the are a couple close-ups:

Anyways we are very happy with both the sidewalk and the patio and looking forward to many years of enjoyment on them.
So we decided to wait and do the landscaping next year but my husband did take this opportunity to carve out some landscaping beds and he put top soil and mulch over them before winter gets here.  He also planted a redbud tree in our backyard and a japanese maple at the side of our house near the a little start I guess.

In other updates, my husband also painted our yesterday he painted we're still debating if we like it or not........and I think we are leaning towards we do.....just want to rip out the floor and add some finishing take a look:

The color is Sandy Shell by Valspar which ironically was the same color we had our bathroom at our last house but it looked much different.

So let us know what you think and hopefully we can keep blogging.


  1. The patio and sidewalk look great! I'd love to do a small paver patio in front of our house since we don't really have a porch that's big enough for a couple of chairs... and we've discovered that we prefer to sit out front.

    I say keep blogging... I love seeing how everyone customizes their homes.

  2. I enjoy your blog and I think it's great for folks to stay connected on the post build of their homes. We have not done a lot of projects so I started a Top Twenty Things I love about our home to stay in the game. After I do that I will post a list of things I would do differently. In the meantime, keep blogging! You can also export your blog into a book.

    I absolutely love what you all have done to your patio and sidewalk--it's gorgeous. I, also, like the color of your bathroom too. It's not to dark or too light. It's the perfect color.

  3. Keep your blog and post whenever you get a chance. I am not posting on a regular basis anymore, but it it nice to check in once in a while to read other blogs and to update our blog. Your walkway and patio look amazing!

  4. We have started building our home with Ryan. I look forward to blogs like yours and have even started my own to record our building process. Thank you for the time you have put into your blog. From a once prospective buyer who was very nervous about the building process, blogs like these really helped inform me and keep my own experience fun and less stressful!

  5. I haven't written a blog in over a year but I'm still on here weekly checking in on some of my fellow bloggers. I stopped "following" new blogs because honestly, I'm just not interested in the selection and building process stuff anymore. I love seeing what people do with their homes once they have moved in. I get a lot of great (expensive) ideas! I have intentions of blogging again, but I just never get around to it!

    Btw, I LOVE your front sidewalk! I want to do that eventually!

  6. I get what you are saying about "to blog or not to blog". I decided that I will not pressure myself to keep up with it....but I will still post updates in my house. Why? it's like my own little, very public journal that allows me to go back to any one project and see what and when I did it.
    So for me, it's for my own personal satisfaction. And if anyone stumbles along and reads it......great.

  7. Please keep blogging when you have a chance. I check in every month or so to see what folks have been doing. I'm going to post more in the new year too - i have some projects to share and i might finally have some more time on my hands. Your patio looks gorgeous, and the bathroom too!