7 years ago when we were still in Northwest Arkansas, we custom built a house we lived in for only 5 years. The process was stressful, and as a result, I said I’d never do it again.
Our home search was going pretty rough. But then I walked through a model home from Highland Home builders and fell in LOVE with one of the layouts. It was (mostly) everything I was wanting in a home. The appeal of new and fresh seemed to make my past experience fuzzy. I finally gave in to the appeal and here we go again.
The builder is Highland Homes, which is a major builder here in Texas. This is an idea of the front elevation, though our brick and trim colors will be like the house in the picture below this. We will have some rock accents like in the model picture, though ours will be a grey that pairs nicely with our brick color of choice. (I didn’t take a picture of the rock.) And we added a 3rd car garage and a master shower is in part of the area of the master closet.
This isn’t the style of our home, just the brick and trim colors I chose.
This is the floor plan, except it doesn’t show the 3rd car garage and master shower. It is a downsize from our current home, the difference will be in the pool and outdoor living we’re planning to add! I’ve already imagined where everything will be. I’m so excited!
I had my first design meeting this week to make more specific choices. Matt was busy with work and I got to go by myself. (Matt prefers to let me make all the final design decisions anyway – he does not have any strong design opinions, just lots of cost opinions.)
I took lots of pictures of my selections during the process, so I could show him later. As guessed, he loved them and loved not having to make them himself. I’m pretty lucky.
Because we’re planning a pool, we wanted flooring that was water-resistant. I love the beautiful hand-scraped hardwood floors we have in this house, but I also like the idea of a smooth, scratch-free option. We are doing LVP floors in MOST of the house. It will look like the floor I took in a model home of a different floor plan.
This picture is when I was trying to see how my floor choice would look with my cabinet and trim/ wall color of choice. SW Pure white on walls and trim!
There will be tile in bathrooms and laundry room floors. The small subway tile will be in my master shower and around the bathtub in my master bath. The large 18″x18″ tile will be on the floors.
The only carpet in my entire house is the master closet! Yep! Still, it had to be chosen … it is the one on the top of this pile of carpets.
I decided to go with some contrasting colors in my kitchen. Since walls and trim will be white, I’m going with dark cabinets. The same color will be in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Below is the combo of counter, backsplash, backsplash grout, and floor option. The backsplash grout will be darker for some contrast.
I know this is a picture of a picture, but I’m really excited about this sink I chose!
And another picture of a picture – my front door of choice! It was actually a really tough decision. I can’t wait to see how it looks.
And for fun, here is a nice quote I found in one of the model homes. I really loved it. The model homes were decorated exquisitely, so I plan to go back for more inspiration when it is time to decorate!
I hope you liked this peek into this process. Would you like to see more blog posts along the process?
The next meeting is the First Builders Meeting, where we will go over plans and discuss lighting among other things. I’m very excited about moving forward with this!
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