• The New House

house post gave you a quick view of the FRONT of our new house… now it’s time for a view of the BACK! Honestly, I think I like the back better than the front!! …. I’m actually dead serious. As much as I love the stone… the back shows off the whole reason we picked this floor plan…. LIGHT! And LOTS of it!! As a photographer, I love LIGHT and little Cape Cods really don’t have much light to offer. So when we stepped foot into the model and saw the amount of windows that came STANDARD with this floor plan, we were in LOVE!! For those that have built a home in a subdivision, you know how annoying all of those “upgrades” can be.


We’ve had our share of miscommunication about upgrades but the entire backside of the house  (except the bay window on the side) came standard….. meaning that we didn’t have to pay extra for all of those windows that give it such a “Custom” look. Pretty awesome right?! Of course we’ve had some issues… like all home builders experience… but overall, we are really impressed with our builder. Eagle construction won the “Builder of the Year” award a few months ago and to be honest, after searching through multiple floor plans from other builders, we can see why. The other homes we walked through before finding Eagle just didn’t compare. The price, the quality and the staff at Eagle far exceeded other builders in the area… maybe that’s why the demand for our subdivision is out of control! They are building 25+ homes currently and the starting prices have already increased multiple times! YAY for increased property value!!!

So here’s a glimpse of the our little backyard… it’s big enough for a volleyball net… which was Michael’s main concern! :) We aren’t great lawn care people and so we’re really ok with not having acres of land to take care of! Now the only issue is…. how are we going to wash those windows? I have no clue!! We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it! :)

There will most definitely be more home updates as we continue to move forward but let me be honest, you may not see another house post until we’re moved in! It’s going to be a CRAZY couple of weeks leading up to the closing date!! Whew! Michael has already started packing!!

Enjoy your weekend friends!!

19 Comments Our Home, Personal
  1. Abby reply

    This is exactly what I told Matt I want when we build our own home- LOTS of windows! It drives me nuts to see ginormous homes with three windows on the back of the home. More light = happier Abby!

  2. Erin Schrad reply

    I love the Craftsman style of your home. When you first started talking about building, I have to admit I dragged my mom out to your new neighborhood after church one day to walk through the models and some of the under construction houses! We used to do that kind of thing all the time for fun when there was more construction around us. I was almost an architect, so I’ve always loved looking at different floor plans and stuff. The house plans in your neighborhood are so nice and different from the typical Colonial or Transitional house. I wished I was moving in out there!! :D

  3. Jenny reply

    I LOVE the picture of Michael and Bokeh…it looks like one of those adorable FAther/Son pictures. Oh wait…it is one!!! :) Congratulations on the new house!

  4. Jennifer Krieg reply

    Beautiful! Cannot wait to see what you do with the interior!!!

  5. Amanda Schwend reply

    Which model is your home? Sorry if you already shared that somewhere else previously!

  6. Alicia Candelora reply

    This house. Is perfect.

  7. Ashley Durance reply

    Beautiful home!!! How exciting for you!! Live all the windows, that was a major selling point in our house too :) enjoy the rest of the experience!!!

  8. Megan Kelsey reply

    It’s beautiful, Katelyn. I am 19 years old and I am now daydreaming about what I want my future house to look like. This is absolutely gorgeous and it is so YOU! Wishing you and Michael all the best with the moving process and settling in to your new home. and I’m sure you guys will throw one awesome house warming party!

    God bless :)

  9. molly stillman reply

    oh my gosh! it is amazing!!!

  10. Christy Tyler reply

    It looks FABULOUS you guys! I would die for that light too! That was why we picked our current place… windows & natural light on every side of it (which is rare in Chicago). And you hire someone to wash the windows! My parents have giant windows similar to those and they pay someone (a way reasonable rate) to come do a deep clean 2x a year I think. :) can’t wait ’til you’re in the house!

  11. Kristina W. reply

    I’m a huge fan of big windows and lots of light! Your home is beautiful on the outside and I know it’s going to be wonderful on the inside to! I love seeing posts about your house!

  12. Rebekah Hoyt reply

    It’s SO so gorgeous – I am so excited for you both! :)

  13. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    I love all that natural light too! I still think the front is my favorite, though. :) i can’t wait to see the end product of your new home!

  14. Angela Snyder reply

    Love Bokeh looking out the window with Michael :)

  15. Sydni Jackson reply

    BEAUTIFUL!! I love the windows – why don’t more homes have more windows?

  16. Annetta reply

    Gorgeous house you guys!! Love all those windows too. Can’t wait to see the inside all done up.

  17. Stephanie Messick reply

    Loveeee it! Can’t wait to see you and the new place in about a month! <3

  18. Mary Marantz reply

    Ahhhh LOVE it you guys!!

  19. Caroline reply


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