Wow y’all, slap my hand! I have been terrible about keeping up with my blog. Many of you follow me on Facebook or Instagram and can keep in the loop regarding the “Four-Legged Farmhouse”. For those not on social media, I want to catch you up to speed!
First let’s talk about the name because that’s the question I get most often: Four-Legged Farmhouse. Is it on four legs??? Nope! Is it pier and beam??? Nope! If you don’t know this, we have a love for animals with our dogs being #1 in our hearts and that is the inspiration for the name. That’s just the beginning of our critters. We get to share the love for a few donkeys and chickens with my mother-in-law and plan to add a couple of alpacas (yes, I’m serious) and perhaps some goats to the fam in the future!
I have to pinch myself at times because I thought we would never get to this point in our lives. It’s been quite the journey for Chris and I to get to where we are. Here we are creepin’ into our thirties in our 6th year of marriage and we are finally seeing the light to having our own space for longer than 2 minutes. This is crazy, but we have only lived completely alone for about 2 ½ years of the 6 years we have been married. And people ask us why we don’t have kids lol! We really struggled getting on our feet with starting businesses at the same time very young and clueless of what we were doing. Many tears were shed, fights were fought, and I hit ultimate lows that I never imagined I would. The biggest thing that changed my direction was changing my mindset. “Start each day with a grateful heart” is my phone background and living by that and being determined to succeed led the way to today. We are also blessed beyond belief that Chris’s mom enjoys our company enough to let us live with her…. And now allowing us to build our home right next door. I see your wheels turning. Y’all are thinking we are crazy, BUT this is no “Everybody Loves Raymond” situation like a lot of people have with their mother-in-law’s. I’m pumped!!! She was a big part in us getting through our struggles. Hopefully she doesn’t end up questioning herself on her choice of neighbor (kidding). Don’t get me wrong, it’s been nice living mortgage free, but it is time. We have been living in the clutter of home decor I’ve been hoarding too long and I can’t wait to use it!
Moving on… Let’s fast forward a bit to after the daunting task of subdividing land so we could build next door (insert eye roll). It’s a streamline process they said… cough cough, NOPE. Okay okay, I’m for real moving on, but to get an idea on the process… TEN months later, we closed on our construction loan May 25th. With the help of Chris’s grandpa putting our dream on paper, Texas Custom Solutions was able to take it and run with it. And when I say run, I mean full speed (Charles is AMAZING)! We are 4 months in and I feel like I can almost touch the end. Let me just show you some photos of the progress!
It was so fun getting to design everything about our house. We are not the go big or go home type because that’s more to clean if you ask me. Ceiling height was more important to us than square footage to make it feel nice and roomy. We all in all wanted to stay below 2000 square feet. Above, you see our plans that we had to edit a few times to get it right as well as the start of our foundation.
Once the plumbing was put in and the foundation was poured, we had to water our concrete several days before the guys came out to stain it. Once that was all done, we christened our back porch with some Coors Light :). Why yes… we are redneck… I’m even wearing a cut-off shirt (face palm).
Then the framing commenced! I remember thinking it was so cool to start seeing our drawing come to life!
Once the hardy board started going up, we started seeing our farmhouse emerge. Windows came, house was primed and painted, and roof was put on!
Next came the trusses!!! These really bring out some character and was probably one of our best decisions. Once those were in and the electrical was complete, the sheet rock went up.
And here is where we are now. The outside is nearly complete and the fireplace is being bricked. I absolutely love how everything is turning out and I will sing high praises to Charles Downing with Texas Custom Solutions because he has made it so stress free so far. There are so many horror stories I hear being in the Real Estate business with people building new homes and we have not had one issue (knock on wood).
I’ll try to be better about keeping up with my blog and the upcoming steps. Seriously, hold me accountable!!! I hope you enjoyed the progress and if you want to follow more, find fourleggedfarmhouse on Instagram. I can’t wait to start making memories in this home 🙂