We wanted to build our first home as a family in Charlotte, North Carolina; why try to fit into 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.
When 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.
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.
We 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.
I 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.
We’re only 6 days away from moving in. The lawn is in place, the appliances are ordered, 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.