It’s crazy to me the amount of detail that goes in to building a house. I just thought builders followed a plan and that was that. Everything would be prefect and as it was supposed to be. I’m a little naive sometimes, I know!
As we have been going through the build process I realize there is so much work and detail that you as the homeowner have to pay attention to. Things aren’t always done how they are “supposed to be.” For example, some of our outlets in one room are all at different heights. They don’t run along the floor at an even height as you’d expect. If we hadn’t caught that and put it on our list of fixes for the builder, that room would have been finished with outlets scattered all over and it would have looked ridiculous in the end.
In another room the overhead fan location wasn’t in the center of the room. It was off center by a foot. Another minor thing that would have looked terrible later on had we not caught it early.
One of the biggest fixes we had recently was the niche in the master shower. The builders put the niche at too high of a height originally. I’m 5’3, and in order to reach for shampoo, I literally would have had to reach up over my head almost a foot to get a shower bottle. If you’re over 6ft this niche would have been fine. But for a shorter person like me, the niche was terribly located. So we had it bumped down a bit. Now it’s at a height that anyone, besides a child, can comfortably reach.
These are all things I would have never thought to even pay attention to. But when you’re building, literally every little detail of the house needs to be checked. Now I understand why people say building a house is so stressful!
Call me crazy but one of the hardest things I’ve done lately is say goodbye to our house. Yes we are building a beautiful new house and we will make so many more memories in that one. But that doesn’t make letting go of this one any easier.
I’ve never been more attached to somewhere I’ve lived except one house I had when I was younger. I lived there from age 2-13. That house was incredibly hard for me to leave. I still drive by it when I happen to be anywhere near the area. I just have so many amazing memories at that house. I’m sure the people who own it have seen my car and wonder why this weird woman randomly stops by once a year (sometimes twice) to stare at their house.
As for our current house……Was this our forever home? No. I always knew that. I didn’t love the inside layout. I knew we’d outgrow it fast. But it’s where we brought our babies home from the hospital. We watched them learn how to crawl, stand and walk in that house. We watched them grow so fast in the short time we lived in it. There’s just so many memories in this house.
Before we left I did a few small things. I’m a sentimental person so I had to leave our mark before we left. Ryder loved our pond so much. So I took out one of the pond stones, wrote the boys names on it and placed it back in the water. Yes the water will eventually wear away at the writing, but we’ll always know it was there. In one of the closets back in a corner hidden from the eye, I wrote the letter of all of our first names. I also put a heart for the pups. I didn’t have enough room to put their letters so they got a heart instead. Yes I’m aware if the new homeowner goes to paint the closet they will paint over the writing. But again, we will know it was always there.
Goodbye was not easy for this house. I honestly never realized how attached I’d gotten to it. Signing the papers over to the new sellers was literally like a knife in my heart. But the buyers have a child around Ryders age so I know he is going to love the house and yard as much as we did. The idea of another child loving it makes the let go a little easier. I hope they have as many wonderful, fun memories in that house as we did. 💙