Tessie Fay

Hello!

I'm Tessie. I'm an artist and surface pattern designer living in Minnesota.

Building the House Part 1

Building the House Part 1

I have always loved interior design. I love the idea that I can create a beautiful and peaceful surrounding for myself and my family. I love that when someone walks into my home, they get a sense of who we are and what kind of life we lead. My surroundings greatly effect my mood for better or worse. 

I have enjoyed tackling the challenge of trying to give each new house my personal stamp of approval. And after living in so many houses, I have formed LOTS of opinions on what I like and what I don't like.

We tried finding an existing home, but the more I looked the more I yearned to create a house that was all my own. So... the search began. The task of finding a reputable, trustworthy builder was daunting, but after countless visits to various builders we finally fell in love with Robert Thomas Homes. They are a local company with well thought out floor plans and beautiful modern finishes. I can not sing the praises of Robert Thomas enough.  They were a joy to work with every step of the way.

So... first things first--choosing a lot! One bummer about building new is the lack of trees. Fortunately we were able to get a tree lined lot with beautiful mature trees in the back. Score!

After picking the lot, it was time for the design center. Now, I have heard horror stories of the design center.... couples getting in huge fights, or being overwhelmed and exhausted. But, of course, the design center was right up my alley and I loved every minute of it. CJ was a great sport and showed great stamina and interest for the first 6 hours then tired a bit in the end :)

CJ striking a manly pose next to the back splashes...

A few of our selections...

Exterior colors. Far right is the main house color with white trim and grey shakes.  The bright pink is for our front door.

Hardwood floors...

Kitchen and butler's pantry back splash...

Quarts counter tops for kitchen island..

Charcoal granite for outer counters...

Master bath tile...

And what would building a house be without pony rides?

No? You don't usually ride ponies?

One thing we love about our builders is that every few months they throw big neighborhood parties to attract people to the neighborhood.  We were able to meet lots of new neighbors at these parties and also got to do fun things like going on pony rides, bouncy houses and petting zoos.

After the design center we tried to be patient, but it seemed like forever before they finally started digging.

Then one day we drove past and it had begun!

I drove past the house sight nearly every day hoping for a glimpse of something new.  I was blown away by how quickly things progressed.

Pouring the foundation.

First story walls.

Second Story.

Roof!

Then, one joyous Sunday we dropped by the house after church (which we did every Sunday) and the framing was complete! For the first time we were able to walk through our new house.  I gave the kids the grand tour as they squealed with delight and excitement.

Cora and Abby could hardly contain themselves.

And Isaac would not stop talking!  He had to tell us all about his new room and all the cool things he would do once we lived there.

Oh, this was such a happy day with the sun pouring through the window openings!

Well, that's it for now.  Next post we will see drywall, siding, paint, cabinets and the pink door!

Building the House Part 2

Building the House Part 2

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