When my husband and I bought our current house we knew that when we had kids we’d need to find a new school district by the time they went to kindergarten. We narrowed it down to to options. 1. We would stay in our same area and buy a fixer upper on the water so we could live the lake life or 2. we would build a house on farmland that his family owns. Drew’s family all live within about a mile radius of each other (parents, brother, cousins, aunts and uncles) and we were the only immediate family that didn’t have a house in the area. Both school districts were great so ultimately it came down to the decision of having a lot of land and few neighbors, or a lot of neighbors with small lots but a good view of a lake.
After plenty of thought, we decided to go with the slow pace of the country life! This means our kids will go to the elementary school that Drew went to when he was little. Don’t worry, we haven’t given up on our dreams of the lake life and luckily my in-laws have a cabin in Northern Michigan on the water so we can sip cocktails with a view.
We started this custom home journey a year and a half ago around January 2017. Of course, we snapped this picture in winter, but just imagine the trees with leaves and no snow on the ground!
The next decision we had to make is to go with either and architect or a draftsman to bring our vision to life. We ultimately went with a draftsman for a few reasons. The first is our contractor is a trusted friend so we knew his expertise would help design the house. Second, my husband started his career has a superintendent for a builder and I’m around architects/designers for my full time job so we realized we may have more knowledge going into the process and didn’t need the creativity of an architect.
I spent a ton of time doodling floor plans and searching for exterior photos that would give us our inspiration for a starting place. Luckily my husband and I agreed on a prairie style roof line with some modern farmhouse thrown in. We will have board and batten siding and black windows. Below is our front elevation, although we made some changes to grid lines in the windows. We wanted a more modern feel (rather than traditional) so instead of 5 squares in each column of windows there will only be 3.
I can’t wait to continue to give weekly updates on our home process so stay tuned to see our house and vision come to life!