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A little background: My hubby and I have been searching for the perfect house for years however weren’t in a big rush… that is until the addition of our little one in August. We were starting to feel claustrophobic in our ranch and needed more space! The baby stuff was quickly taking over every room. Throughout our years searching there were a couple properties we liked that came close to what we were looking for, but most of them just didn’t feel right. Or, they weren’t in our price range, the right neighborhood, or the entire kitchen needed to be redone… you get the idea.
Then one day there was a nearly perfect house that came on the market… I was so excited to go to the open house and dragged my reluctant husband along. He thought it was overpriced, but once we got there we both LOVED it and thought it was just about perfect. The basement was unfinished too, which to me was a huge plus because then we could finish it off the way we wanted. We did notice however that the backyard backed up to a fairly busy 2 lane road and that the current fence was only about 4 feet. We asked the Realtor to look into whether we could build a 5 foot tall privacy fence (to keep our energetic pup out of harms way and our little one when he got older). She got back to us within a couple days and had bad news… the HOA for that neighborhood prevented privacy fences, or anything larger than 4 feet. We didin’t want to take a risk of our dog jumping the fence and weren’t too keen on others having such a good view into our back yard. We were so bummed- everything else about the house was absolutely perfect.
After a little more research and another couple meetings with our new Realtor, we realized building was the only way to go for us… to get an updated move-in ready house, in a good neighborhood without having to sacrifice on any of our must haves. Our must haves included: a large kitchen with an island, good sized fenced in backyard, his and hers walk-in closets, a mudroom, playroom, office and guest room plus a full bath in the basement. When we realized we could build what we wanted, in a good neighborhood within our price range, and it could take as little as 120 days, we were stoked! We started meeting with the builders in March and I started looking online for inspiration from Pinterest, Houzz, and so forth. Here are some of my favorites: