Hello + Welcome to my NEW blog, House on Prairie Lane! I am so VERY excited to be back to blogging again and have missed this creative outlet. Some of you may know me from my old blog, A Creative Buzz. After our family expanded and we made the decision to sell our house, I quickly became SO occupied with our plans to build a new home, that I completely left my blog on the back burner. And the truth is, it just didn’t feel like ME anymore. But, I am BACK and ready to share all the details of what this NEW blog will be about.
A little history about us..
My husband, Pete, and I have been married for 10 years. The month before our wedding, we purchased a home that was a foreclosure and needed to be completely gutted. My in-laws graciously allowed us to move in with them, and Pete began the renovations. He took everything down to the bare studs, and we joke that the only thing we salvaged was the front door. Nine months later, we had a beautiful home. We hosted many parties and gatherings.. and even began to start our family there. Fast forward 8 years, and just having our second baby. Pete suggested we put the house on the market “just to see if we get any offers.” Well, we had a realtor friend come over and he suggested that we ask WAY more than what we even expected. We decided to give it a go, and within 24 hours of the house on the market, we had five offers.. and one even way above asking price! Moving along, we packed up our life and moved back in with my in-laws (this time, with two kids and a dog). Unsure of where we wanted to go, we started looking online for homes. But nothing we found met our expectations, and just didn’t seem worth the investment to renovate. We began looking for lots to build a home, but they all seemed to be crazy expensive and out of our budget. Then, late one night, another realtor friend called us and told us about a lot that was just listed. It was within minutes to our pediatrician, close to both of our parents, Target, my favorite grocery store, AND within the school zone that we REALLY wanted for our kids! The very next morning, I woke up to Pete telling me that he put in an offer, and actually offered above the asking price (as there were multiple offers). We found out that next day that they accepted the offer and it was OURS!
Now the search was on for what we wanted to build. We went through the Parade of Homes way more than I’d like to admit, and found a few models with features we liked.. but nothing we loved. So Pete decided to take on the task of designing the house down to every last detail.. and do the majority of the work himself! He took a few college courses after High School for Auto-CAD, so he broke out my old laptop and away he went.. spending numerous hours figuring out every little detail! I am still SO amazed that he could do that all on his own, and even have the plans pass with Architectural Control and the City on the very first submission!
On top of designing/drawing the house plans, he also decided to take on the task as the general contractor. He sourced someone to dig the hole, pour the foundation, frame the house, and put on the roof.. and the rest has been his own labor of love. We broke ground last Spring, and while many homes are built rather quickly, I’ve come to terms that ours was not! On top of having a full time job, Pete has been at the house every single night and weekend working the absolute hardest. We are finally at the final stages of installations, and now I am so excited to start sharing all the details with you! I’ve spent MANY hours searching and outsourcing our materials, and while it was quite overwhelming at times, I am so happy and excited to see it all come together.
As we move forward, I’m excited to start sharing the interior details and design elements of our house.. as we lovingly make it our HOME! Here on the blog, you’ll also see me share my love for photography, party planning, cooking and design. And of course, my two adorable girls who I love with all my heart.
Welcome + thanks for following along!
xoxo . angie