The Life of Our Home

We wanted to build our first home as a family in Charlotte, North Carolina; why try to fit intoNew House, Charlotte, North Carolina someone else’s mold? We made a list of “must-haves” and wants and began our search. With tons of new houses and builders in the area, we had lots of options. A loft, 4+ bedrooms, a 3 car garage, 2.5+ bathrooms, walk-in closets, a fireplace, granite counter tops, lots of windows, high ceilings, hardwood floors, a community pool, walking trails, sidewalks, trees, a short driving distance from work, groceries, shopping, and food… the must-have list was hefty. Was it unrealistic? Of course. But a bucket list life comes with big dreams. And we’d left a life on the beach in California for a family environment and a roomy home for Athena. After searching north, south, east, and west over and over again, we found a builder. Ryan Homes offered a house in a community that had every detail we had listed on both the “must-have” and the “want” list and the life of our home began.

They could build the house from start to finish in a few months! It may sound like a quick process, but try being the one waiting for the house. It seemed like years.

Our House, Charlotte, North CarolinaWhen they started with the foundation, I wondered how our whole house was going to fit into that small space. It looked tiny. Have you ever watched a house being built? The size of the foundation is totally deceiving.

Our House, Charlotte, North Carolina

The frame still didn’t answer any questions. Wasn’t our model four bedrooms with a loft and a three car garage? There was no way that all of that was going to fit inside those walls.

New Home, Charlotte, North CarolinaWe went away for a weekend and spent five days away from the construction of the house. When we returned, I noticed the roof from the top of the hill. It was like it materialized almost over night and it was turning into the home I’d envisioned.

WOW! I was in love.

New Home, Charlotte, North CarolinaI could imagine decorating the fireplace and the staircase at Christmas, hanging stockings from the mantel and stringing garland over the staircase rails. I envisioned Athena growing up and coming down the stairs for her first dance, her prom, her wedding day…. I was home.

New Home, Charlotte, North CarolinaΒ We’re only 6 days away from moving in. The lawn is in place, the appliances are ordered, Β and the finishing touches are happening as we speak. I’ve lived in many houses and traveled the world, but this is something new. We’ve created our dream home and we’re about to move in as a family.

Hunny, I’m home and there is no place I’d rather be.

Do you have DIY decorating tips or suggests? I’m open to new ideas.

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138 thoughts on “The Life of Our Home

  1. You’re a blessed woman and that’s a magnificent home. Congratulations on the build and the upcoming move in. Live life in it & be happy. πŸ˜€

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  2. AWESOME! WOW! BEAUTIFUL! SPACIOUS! I love your color scheme and the windows, ohmygoodnessgracious, I love lots of windows and I can only imagine the incredible light you’ll have throughout the space. I’ve never gone through the process of building a house, but I know what you mean about the foundation looking so small, I’ve said that too!!!! Your new home is beautiful, I’m so happy for you and your family. I can’t wait for you to get settled and start taking lots of pictures of the inside. AND THOSE WINDOWS!!!!!!!! I’m in love with your windows, in case you hadn’t figured that out yet. HA ….. but I hate cleeaning the darn things. =)

    Hugs,
    Nicole @ Three 31

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  3. Beautiful! And amazing how you showed various steps of the project. Do show us what it looks like once you’re living there!!!

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  4. Your new home looks incredible! In my last year at University I shared a bedsit with another student. We kept a polaroid camera by the front door, and took a photo of every new guest that came to visit. By the time we moved out a year later, we had a great collection of photos that told the story of our home.

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  5. I am also very happy for you and your family. What a beautiful house and you will have wonderful memories created there. Loved the pics showing the various stages of it going up. Bet you are excited with only a week to go! All the best!!

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  6. Lovely post–my favourite topic, building, decorating and GARDENING the place! I’ll bet you have a lot of things from your travels to base your decorating around. That’s where I’d start if I were Lesley Carter.

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  7. I’m so excited for you! My husband has built three houses for us. The first: when we married, second: as our family grew, third: our dream retirement log home. I’m thinking this would be good on my blog!!!

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  8. Meanwhile living in a home like that is on my bucket list! LoL thanks so much for this! I have just made up my mind that yes, I think I will get a starter home of three or four beds for my daughter, the puppies (well, fll grown chihauhaus) and I. This I think is a sign that yes, it can happen. But I love the community features too! Thats what I want… community pool, fireplace, two storey home! #withinreach

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  9. Isn’t it great to move into a home built just for you in which you can create so many memories! Judging from the pictures of the outside of the house; I doubt you need help in decorating it. But, since you have a fireplace, don’t forget a great rocking chair. I feel they are a must have for those cold evenings!

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  10. I am really stoked for you and very inspired. Growing up in a track house where every other house looks the same inspired something for my bucketlist. I plan on building my own home with my own two hands. Something truly original that I can call my own. Congratulations, it is beautiful!

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  11. Hi Lesley – quite the house – congratulations! I’m just about finished my ‘Inlets Tour’ series and my next blog will be a tour of our acreage. Part of that includes the building of our house for $500 (37 years ago) – a bucket list fulfillment. A bit of a contrast from your house.
    I hope your move goes well and that you have many years on enjoyment in the new house.

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  12. You have been all over the world. I would start there for decorating. With such a large space, I would also use a lot of Feng Shui to help balance it all. It is a beautiful house!

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  13. Wow – that’s lovely.

    My only decorating tip – paint it all basic white to begin with, spend some time in each room as a family and then decide on colours once you have seen the light in each room and how you use it. However, that’s not always practical when you just want to settle in.

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  14. Congratulations on the new home! It is exciting to build a home…I am about to start my home so I can relate. Good luck on the closing and getting moved in!

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  15. Congratulations on your new home! It’s beautiful and it’s truly amazing to see it from start to finish. If you’re interested, I can help you with a color palette for your home. I specialize in choosing color for homes with open floor plans. I look forward to seeing some pictues of the inside. Welcome to Charlotte, you’ll love it here : )

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  16. How fantastic and exciting for your family! We know that we want our second house to be one that we build, for very much the same reasons that you all did! πŸ™‚ It takes patience but it looks like it was totally worth it for your family πŸ™‚
    Kenley

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  17. Home at last. That’s wonderful. Congratulations.
    You said, “It was like it materialized almost over night…” When I was a teenager, we lived in a brand new town in a company house. The street behind our house was lined with poured foundations, waiting to cure before the framing went up. One day after school, I saw the whole street full of finished houses. We had some funny name for them but they were pre-fab homes. I used to wonder if they would withstand the wind. Ha ha.

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  18. Enjoy it!! Can’t wait until the day we can’t settle out of the army life and but yes I’ve got tons of tips and things on my pinterest board bc I keep daydreaming about that day. CONGRATS go you!! PS. Our competition is getting fierce.. I’m getting my rear end served to me bc of our newest contestant Bryarly and Veronique… I just want to stay in the top 5!!!

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  19. What a beautiful house. Best wishes for many years of happiness. Here is a tip – when picking a paint color and you want to find a coordinating color to go with it look at the chips that are parallel to it in the display. They will all be about the same color value and will work together. Also, colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel compliment each other.

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  20. Been there, done that…at foundation stage, we thought there was no way our cars were going to fit in the garage, thought there wa no way the bedroom was going to be big enough. Strange how that is so deceiving. Enjoy!

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  21. Congratulations. That home looks beautiful and I hope you have have many happy moments filling it with loving memories. – Suzy

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  22. Congratulations, and since you asked for suggestions…how about a out-of-town-never-met-the-new-friend room with sauna!! πŸ™‚ Enjoy.

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