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Picking More Finishes

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The renovations continues. While we’re officially passing the one-year mark of moving into the farmhouse and starting our renovation process – the actual, tangible renovation part has yet to really start. It’s stressful at best. Especially with another little one on the way. Still – we’re doing our best to stay positive and make progress. We’ve interviewed several general contractors and …

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The Plan for Change

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As of November, we officially completed our plans for the renovation. To say that took a whole lot longer than anticipated would be an understatement. We really thought we would have had this show on the road a year ago. Now, we’re in the phase of finding our contractors. Luckily, Aaron has a bajillion connections from his work in real …

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A Fresh Look for the Fireplace

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While the upstairs remodel makes slow but steady progress toward a ground-breaking, I finally convinced Aaron to let me do a bit of nesting in the basement. More specifically, to let me refinish the fireplace. Our designers recommended keeping all the natural stone in the house. In the basement, though, the fireplace was planned to get a bit of a …

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Cutting Up Trees at the Lake

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With all that my dad does to help us on the farm – it’s truly a great thing when we’re able to give some help in return. On Saturday, he hosted a “Tree Cutting Party” which consisted of chopping down a couple of trees from the backyard of the lake house and then eating burgers and brats from the grill. Honestly, …

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We’re Adding a Goat House

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Some of you likely aspire to one day own one of those gorgeous lakeside dream home with a backyard pool and boat house. I’m here to tell you where the fun is really at: a Goat House. You read that right. Naturally, with the acquisition of goats, we needed a Goat House. Most of you – the sane ones – would say …

Renovation Swatches to Drool Over

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We had the actual greatest time meeting face-to-face with Elaine this week to look at…swatches! As is usual – she killed it. She pulled together all of the raw materials that will go on the walls, floors, counters and more throughout the house. We got to touch them, shuffle them around and swap in new colors where they fit our style …

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A First Look at Finishes

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Our big renovation plan keeps taking massive strides toward breaking ground. Honestly, I’m so anxious I can’t stand it. However, seeing these views every few weeks is scratching the itch. This week, Elaine sent us our materials draft. For real – look at these beauties. Um, when do we move in?!

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Building a Goat Fence

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Over the past month, Aaron and my brother Chris have been installing a 4-wire electric fence around 2 acres of our wood line. The goal: we want goats to do all the brush clearing for us. We’re getting goats. The two of them have put some long evenings into engineering not only the fence, but genius ways of making the …

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Our Renovation Plans Continue

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After a month of feedback and changes, we are so so so excited to be looking at the next draft of our renovation plans. Our vision of what this home will be keeps creeping closer and closer to the finish line. I cannot possibly wait to actually live in it. Once again, Elaine knocked it out of the park. Look …

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Front Porch Love

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Elaine did it again! We asked for a peek at the front of the house – just to help visualize how things flow together. Her response was this total stunner. Excuse me – what?! This is our house?! I’m over the moon dreaming about sipping coffee on our front porch while watching the sunrises. The real beauty is the incredible dimension and …