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that the next time I blogged about the new house project, we would actually have a HOUSE! …. and I wasn’t lying! It’s here!!! I can’t believe it but it’s all framed and the majority of the windows are in! If the rain holds out today, we’ll probably see shingles by tomorrow! It’s a CRAZY feeling to watch a house start to take shape…. it’s even crazier when it’s YOURS and you’ve never done this before. When they were framing it and the trusses were being set, It seemed so surreal. The pictures really don’t do it justice. We are so thankful that we’ve been around the last 3 weeks and have been able to take daily visits!! Everyday there is something NEW!

It’s going to be kinda boring when everything is done and we aren’t taking evening trips to the house site anymore…. just kidding… when everything is done, we’ll be living in a NEW HOUSE!!! and I don’t think that will ever get boring! There are SO many things about this new space that we’re so SO excited about. Just to list a few:


– We’re excited to be able to brush our teeth at the same time. Right now we can’t fit in our bathroom simultaneously…. it’s super tiny.

– We’re excited to have a master bath that isn’t the same bathroom that ALL of our guests use. Do you know how hard it is to keep our bathroom presentable ALL the time!? It’s tough! 

– I’m excited for a GARAGE!!! I’ve NEVER had a garage. Growing up, my parent’s converted our garage into an apartment for older relatives to live in and for people to rent if they needed a temporary space. It was so cool but because of that, I’ve NEVER known what it’s like to park my car in a building. ha! I’m actually more excited about having a “garage opener” than the actual garage!! 

– The Front Porch. It wraps around the front side of the house and it’s perfect. It’s the only floor-plan in the whole neighborhood that has a LARGE, WIDE porch and that’s one of the reasons we decided on this model. We can’t WAIT for summer time!! 

– Storage space! You know you’re growing up when the sound of STORAGE SPACE excites you!  Living in a small cape cod means that there is no space for STUFF. We don’t even have a pantry for our food. Our food lives under Michael’s clothes in his closet. It’s actually kind of funny to go get a can of soup and have to move Michael’s jeans to find what you want! Living with no storage for 2 and a 1/2 years has made us so GRATEFUL for EVERY area of storage in the new house!!! 

– LIGHT! Our new house is going to be BRIGHT!! Right now, because of the age of our current house and the position of it, our living room and kitchen stay dark all day. There are minimal windows and so I always knew that whenever we moved, we HAD to move somewhere with LIGHT… and TONS of it. Windows were a BIG deal to us. When we started looking at houses, we saw some models at some other subdivisons that were cool…. but they didn’t take our breath away. When we found this floor-plan, I walked into the model home (that wasn’t even completely finished yet!) and turned to Michael and said “This is my dream home!”. I said that before I even saw 70% of the house… I just walked in, saw the LIGHT (literally) and I was a believer!!!!  I really think LIGHT makes people HAPPIER. If you live in the dark, it can become so dreary. That’s why we have such a high electric bill… I turn all the lights on when I’m in the living room because I HATE dark rooms! 

– We’re also excited to be able to have more than 5 people in a room. This floor-plan is somewhat wide open in the family room, morning room and kitchen areas and we LOVE that. We can’t wait to share our home with friends, students, family and our photog family!


So here are some pictures of the progress!! It’s really coming along! Enjoy!

And this was the progress as of this morning! 

31 Comments Our Home
  1. Anna Burke reply

    It’s looking great :) Can’t wait to see it all finished with your stuff in it!

  2. Anna K. reply

    I am so excited for y’all!!!

  3. katie yuen reply

    It’s happening so quickly!!!!! That list of things you’re excited about is so cute :)

  4. Mallory reply

    WOW!! It really is happening so fast!! I think I’m most excited to hear how you decorate inside! :)

  5. molly stillman reply

    it’s looking AMAZING, katelyn!! so excited for y’all!

  6. Emy reply

    YAYAYAYAYAY!!! Im so excited for “Emy’s Room’!! HOLLA! No more sleepin on a sofa when I visit. :)

  7. Jennifer Krieg reply

    I am envisioning it in all its glory!! So wonderful for you two!

  8. adam reply

    very exciting! congrats… cannot wait to see it finished!

  9. spring reply

    i’m 100% with you on the light!!! Our cape doesn’t give us enough light and my hubby is always mad at me for having every light in the house on but I just need that light!!! When we build our dream house I’d love to have walls of windows!!! So happy for you guys, this looks like a dream home for sure :)

  10. Kristin reply

    It looks awesome! I any wait to see the porch!

  11. Blythe K reply

    AMAZING Katelyn!!! Your home is already so beautiful!!!

  12. ali W reply

    girl I’m so excited for you! Having a porch is going to be so cool in the summer. they do REALLY fast work, too btw! whippin that thing up!

  13. Kristen Beichler reply

    It’s beautiful, Katelyn! I look forward to ‘House Update” posts, and can’t wait to see it when it’s done! (:

  14. Laura Gordon reply

    Yay! Yay! Yay! I am so excited for you, Michael and Bokeh!!! :) It’s beautiful so far!

  15. jaime reply

    that patio is to die for LOVE it cant wait to see the finished product!

  16. Kat reply

    AHHH this is so exciting!!! Can’t wait to see the inside :)

  17. Gail reply

    Oh Katelyn, your new house looks GORGEOUS! I hear you on the “light”. I loved our ranch so much when we first moved in, but had no idea how much I’d come to hate the fact the dining room and master bedroom NEVER get light. (I think you have to live someplace dark first before you understand just HOW important that is!) One quick random tip: As you’re painting the rooms, make sure to get a little “sample” can of each color made. That way you’ll have it on hand for quick and easy touch-ups (and you’ll always know which color is which…can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to open EVERY can of paint in our garage to find the right one!)

  18. Sydni Jackson reply

    Ooh it’s so pretty! I hate dark rooms too. My parents’ old house had these super bright florescent lights in the kitchen, which some people probably thought was ridiculous, but it was my favorite room to go into because when you turned the lights on at night it was just so bright!

  19. Alli McWhinney reply

    Congrats! So excited to see it finished and all your decorating! You are so talented at that as well!

  20. Annamarie reply

    YAYY!!! It’s so beautiful already!!!!! I can’t wait to see it finished and decorated!

  21. Rebekah Hoyt reply

    WOW! It’s really coming along FAST! I’m so thrilled for you guys :)

  22. Lydia reply

    So excited for you!! I remember back when we were building our house that it took forever for them to get to this stage. At this rate, you’ll soon be writing these posts from your new office!

  23. rosie reply

    Fantastic! The hosue is growing up so fast. :)

  24. Samantha reply

    Bokeh looks so excited peeping into the house! Congrats! This is a very exciting time for you

  25. Ashlyn reply

    Oh my word!! It’s coming along fast!! And it’s huge!!! (Coming from a girl who’s family of nine lives in a 3 bedroom house!!) love it!! And the porch sounds awesome. And you’ll love a garage :)

  26. Lana Tyler reply

    Awesome! I love seeing all of the updates. I can’t wait for the final result!!! Congrats to you and Michael!

  27. Caroline reply

    AAAHHHHH!!!!!!!! AAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

  28. Retha reply

    Wow, I have never seen a wooden house being build. It goes so fast. Only know of brick houses.

  29. Kristina W. reply

    Wow, it’s coming along so fast! Super awesome!

  30. ashley link reply

    so exciting!!!! i know you’re gonna have a blast decorating!!! haha.

  31. jamie reply

    Wow that was fast!! So excited for you two!

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