Last week’s post was raw and vulnerable and I was absolutely terrified to share it, but I knew that to appreciate how far we’ve come, you had to know where we started. I’ve gotten nearly a thousand comments, posts, messages, and emails from y’all and the love and support has been more of a blessing to Heather and me than we could have ever imagined. Thank y’all so much for loving on us so much. I’m going to reply to each and every one of you, it’s just taking me a little while to get to them all, so please have patience with me as I get that done.
This week, we’re talking house plans!
Now, Heather and I both have been looking at house plans for years. It’s a great way to kill some free time. ???? It’s also a great way to realize that you can’t afford all that you like.
Our years of “research” meant we both had some serious ideas about what we did and didn’t want in our house.
We really wanted a classic, timeless Southern look with 4 bedrooms with a bonus room. A large laundry room was on the list as was an open floor plan in the kitchen and living room area.
And I was pretty particular about the kitchen – as you might imagine. A large open kitchen was a must with a huge island. I have a really large island in my test kitchen and I just love having all that space. I’ve always wanted a window over my kitchen sink. A large pantry was on my list, too.
A while back, Heather found a house plan that had a small family studio in it that she thought would be great as an office, craft room, and combined fun space. And while the rest of that particular house plan wasn’t quite right, she’d always liked the idea of a family studio.
It had some seriously great bones and we knew with just a little tweaking, we’d have the plan that would be perfect for us. You can even see a 360 view of the great room and kitchen here…
So we set out to make a few tweaks. We enlarged the dining area a bit and expanded the pantry into some of the space in the master closet. We plan to put a small sink, coffee station, and small fridge in the pantry and use it as a butler’s pantry as well, so we needed a big pantry. Sort of like this one…
We just absolutely loved all the big doors. They’re 8 foot doors with 20-inch transoms over them! The idea of being able to open them all up on a pretty spring day sounded amazing! There’s even a big door in the kitchen – which I just love.
We added brick around about half of the house while keeping the board and batten on the rest. We also changed the colors a bit and have adopted more of a low country farmhouse vibe – if that’s even a thing.
Here’s some of our inspiration for the exterior in terms of style and colors…
So there you have it. The plans for the Chinaberry House – our forever home. And we are SO excited. But that’s not all. Nope. We’ve got even more crazy amazing news to share very, very soon. So y’all check back next week!