Framing and Drywall

  • A Construction Update

Well! We have a HOUSE! The framing is done and the drywall is done! It’s CRAZY! We haven’t posted a real update in a while because life has been crazy. Between the pregnancy and launching the KJ Posing Course and making sure that we’re not falling behind on house selections, we’ve been a little swamped. However, I’m still trying to take pictures of the entire process so that we can have this crazy season of life documented!

The house is beautiful. It’s more beautiful than it looked on paper. When you design a house pretty much from scratch, there is no way to tell what it will ACTUALLY look like in real life until it’s STANDING!

We have been analyzing 1-D drawings of the house for over a year and to be honest, I was worried. You can’t see DEPTH and DIMENSION in a drawing like you can in real life so the house looked way too long because of the garage on the right. It’s still a really LONG layout for a house but now that it’s standing, we love it. It’s our dream house and our dream land! We just can’t wait to be able to LIVE there!!!!

A lot has happened from June to September. The framing is done. All of our little changes have been done and all of the WINDOWS are in! Believe it or not, this post isn’t even completely up to date because the DRYWALL is completely finished now. It feels like a house inside instead of a war zone! haha Enjoy some of our pictures of the progress!!!! I’m going to start where we left off in our LAST POST!

Ps. I feel like we’ve been sharing so much of this but really we’ve just been sharing via Insta-stories and our “A Home Made for Hosting” Instagram account that you can follow HERE! If you want to see a few of our selections, I just shared one of our CRAZY ones on our HMH account!

Bokeh Boy only likes the windows on the first floor
I love that the sub contractors and our builders communicate through drawing on the walls! We have little messages and diagrams all over the house!

If you follow our Home Made for Hosting Instagram account…. you heard my story about this. I told Michael we would never share pictures of the back of the house on the internet. Ever. Especially not on social media. I didn’t want people to judge the size of the back of the house. It’s a big house. It also has a big purpose. We shared a post back in 2014 about our old house and received one incredibly rude and judgmental email and I think it still haunts me.  However, I’m realizing more and more that I don’t need to hide what we’re doing just because I’m worried about what people might think. But I do feel like it’s helpful to understand our vision. Because really, what does a married couple with a baby on the way need a space like this for?!  Well, the entire bottom level of windows are a basement that is pre-framed for a future apartment. We don’t know who will live here, but we’re hoping that it will be used for a college student or a youth intern at our church or a Young Life staffer or aging parents….anyone who needs an incredibly cheap place to live and who would be blessed by our space and by our family. I grew up with my parents having an apartment off the back of their house. Families lived there in times of need, single women lived there during in-between seasons of their life and young friends stayed there while they waited to see what God had next for them . I grew up learning that our home… no matter the size… was a gift that was meant to be shared with others. So we included a basement for that purpose. :) We added the room off of the kitchen specifically because of our industry. The biggest blessing of our last home was getting to share it with workshop attendees and form intimate relationships with them because of the safe space that we created in our home. So when our old neighborhood told us we had to stop hosting workshops, we started dreaming about where we could live where no one would bother us and we could continue on with our dream…. and here it is. We’re excited for our first workshop group in 2017 to fill these rooms and use our space!! The room off to the right was designed to be able to shoot in even in the dead of winter. We had one workshop two winters ago where it was 10 degrees and our florals FROZE. Now we’ll have a white, bright interior space for shoots that we can always use, rain or shine!

xoxo, Katelyn
22 Comments Our Home, Personal
  1. Taryn Meinholz reply

    HOLY WINDOWS!! I actually expected nothing less. ;) LOVE IT!!! So exciting.

  2. Emily reply

    I am so happy for you guys! It looks wonderful! And all the light you are letting in is perfect <3

  3. McCall & Brian Doyle reply

    Katelyn & Michael-your openness and honesty is a HUGE part of your success. We love you for it. Don’t ever stop sharing good things and things you’re excited about because you’re afraid others might think you’re bragging. You’re not. You are such giving and loving people. You have worked very hard for what you have and you deserve to have it AND enjoy it. Even if you custom built this beautiful large home just for you two, baby Alsop, and Bokeh boy to enjoy, there would be nothing wrong with that. But the fact that you keep wanting to give back to others with your blessings speaks even more highly of you. Don’t let the unkind jealousy of others spoil one more second of your joy. God bless you…we wish you so much success and happiness in your new home. It’s spectacular, just like you are.

  4. Michelle reply

    Absolutely beautiful!! Go on, and show off that back side of the house! and be proud, you work hard and the idea of having it be a space to share and growing up learning that is just amazing! You guys really do have the biggest hearts! Oh how I’d love to come to a workshop someday! God bless.

  5. Candice reply

    This home is going to be a beautiful space to nurture so many loving relationships! I’m so incredibly happy for you guys! Congratulations!

  6. Kristina W. reply

    Your home is going to be amazing! No judging here on the size of your house (it’s huge) because it’s YOURS and you can do what you want… plus I think it’s a GREAT idea to have a livable basement. I’ve told my parents for years that they won’t go to a nursing home, they can come live in my basement when they’re too old to live by themselves. Hopefully one day I’ll have one as nice as yours.

  7. Kalina Duck reply

    Congrats to both of you!!
    You are So blessing and everything you do is for a great cause and purpose!
    So don’t really worry about what other people thinks!! You just need to keeping following your Heart and God!!
    Just to let you know I am your biggest fan! My life didn’t turn out to be on the photography business as much I love taking pictures and still do for fun. In the end i realize that Nursing was my destiny, I went back working on the field!
    I love taking care of those who are in needed it.
    Now that me and my family has moved to Raleigh-NC , I am ready to go back to work ( been here since June) So I am looking and applying to work at WakeMed Hospital or at the assistant leaving!
    As you see we always going to follow God wishes and what ever he has planed for us!
    I wish you, Michael, the baby and Bokah all the best!!
    Of course I will always be waiting to see what next in your blog!
    May God keep blessing you always!

    • Katelyn James reply

      So very happy for you Kalina!!! Thank you for the sweet comment and encouragement! We’re so thankful for friends like you!!!! :) I’m excited for this new season for you!!!!! xoxoxo

  8. Shalese reply

    Katelyn, I think yours & Michael’s heart and vision for this home is so inspiring. You’re making me think that someday I can make a big difference in someone’s life by just giving them a place to stay for awhile or welcoming them into a home made for hosting. :) I adore that you planned your home around being ready to be used when God calls on you. It will change lives, I’m sure of it. I hope everyone who reads this feels the same way because honestly . . . people who write rude, judgmental emails obviously have too much time on their hands. ;)

  9. Elizabeth reply

    I cannot wait to see it done. I love the windows but I don’t want the blinds bill lol. I love seeing the updates on instagram as well. So many exciting things going on in your life. And I do believe you are enjoying every blessing.

  10. Julie McCarthy reply

    Your home is gorgeous!! Congrats!! :)

  11. Trina reply

    Looks GREAT!! Love your willingness to watch over and care for others. May this home always be blessed as a place of love and hope!

  12. Cassia Elisabeth reply

    Oh my goodness!!! It looks great!!!

  13. Katrina reply

    Good on you for building the home that will make all you dreams come true! Don’t listen to anyone being negative. It is going to be so beautiful!

  14. Jasmine Yule reply

    I just love how real you guys are!! never change that! I’ve followed you for the last 5/6 years but I have to say you have opened up a lot more in recent years that I practically feel I know you! Love reading your blogs all the way from Scotland! Would be dream to meet you guys! Xxxx

  15. Megan Andzulis reply

    Dont pay attention to the “nay-sayers”. God uses people in so many seasons of life! They will answer to God for their hurting words, just like you will answer for how you used your finances. As a customer service rep, words can really leave a mark. It is (an almost daily!) reminder to use mine to edify and preach Christ. Keep on Katelyn!

  16. Mariann reply

    Congratulations to your beautiful new home. I can’t wait to see it, when it is all finished! It will be used for wonderful things and don’t eve feel that you need to hide. It is impossible to please everybody and there will be always some, who likes to ruin the joy of others with some comments, that is not necessary. Just enjoy your preparation to move in and welcoming your baby and other people you plan to help and teach. I am very happy for you two!

  17. Kimberly reply

    We had friends that wrote their favorite scriptures on the floor of each room before carpet or hardwood went in. It was always something i wish we would have thought of before our house was finished!

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    Absolutely beautiful!! Go on, and show off that back side of the house! and be proud, you work hard and the idea of having it be a space to share and growing up learning that is just amazing! Congratulations!

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