With the Florida build finally rounding a corner, I thought it might be time to share a formal update! Over the last few weeks, we have seen immense progress! Aside from a few hiccups, things are rolling smoothly. I find such relief with each new photo that we receive! My micromanaging self is having a hard time building this home from across the country! If I had it my way, I would be flying down every weekend! Unfortunately, all of the important detail work (tile, millwork, etc.) just so happened to fall during the last month of pregnancy which is leaving me to check on the house virtually instead of hopping on a flight.
Here is what is going great!
We've experienced a few hiccups, too....
After getting a photo of the new mantle, I felt at ease. Redoing that element was definitely worth it. And I only lost one night of sleep over it! Ha. You'll also notice that we opted to do a flush hearth (tile on the floor) instead of a raised hearth (a step). This, again, is because I don't want the fireplace sticking out into the living room more than it already does. Too, the hearth at our home in MI was quite the hazard as Brooks was learning to crawl and walk. He loved to try and crawl across the slippery marble step. That, in addition to the sharp corners, lead us to do a flush install in FL, though a raised hearth is a great place to sit and warm up (not that we'll be all that chilly in FL!)
Design-wise, I'm really happy with all of my decisions! There are always nerves that hit before looking at updated photos of the house...wondering if I will hate any of the selections I made. Sometimes things just look different in real life no matter how much thought you put into it! There's really only one things I wish I would have thought more thoroughly about, and it's small. There are an abundance of recessed lighting throughout the home. While most would view this as an upgrade, Ty and I never turn on our overhead lighting. We like to live with soft lamp light as it helps to maintain a cozier ambiance. We installed some beautiful ceiling treatments throughout the home and I feel as though all of the cans interrupt some of the millwork. All in all, it's not a big deal and maybe we will appreciate all of the light on those winter days when the sun sets at 5pm. We could always remove some and patch the ceiling should it remain bothersome. Other than that, I'm giddy about how it is turning out!
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Just a few weeks of construction left! It really is happening! Now if I can just have this baby then hop on a flight....I can't wait to start furnishing!!