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We’re Building a House :: Moving In

Finally a house update! And I entitled this one “moving in” because while we are technically moved in and loving living here, it’s still a work in progress! There are a lot of little odds and ends and even some belongings we haven’t unpacked and set-up yet. Part of it has been busyness and life… and part of it, honestly, has been just needing a break. Ben more than me! If you haven’t followed the “house building” blog posts, check out the last one here! Ben was a HUGE part of this building process and from the studs to the roof, he literally helped build this house! I am so proud and thankful. My dad, the foreman on the project, did a beautiful job with all the building and details. Alongside one other main helper, a bunch of sub-contractors for things like drywall, electric work, and plumbing, my husband and our friends built this house. Wow. Incredible! We found out I was expecting in mid-November and that definitely changed our thinking a lot! We knew we wanted to raise a family in this home… but we didn’t expect it to be so soon and all of a sudden we were planning a house for a baby! Crazy! I also was a bit more limited in how I could help which was challenging. I did a lot of “overseeing”. ;) Between the middle of December and the end of January my dad was putting all of his finishing touches on the building. Meanwhile, our friends and family made it happen. I mean, seriously. We had to be finished by the end of January for the bank- no real choice in the matter! So it was crunch time.

So here goes… a long list of thank-you’s! Our dear camp friends, Beth, Shannon, April, Sarah, Neal, Rachel and Grant came to paint our ENTIRE house. A few rooms couldn’t be completely finished in one day, so my friend Jenny came to help me finish- and when I felt like I shouldn’t paint too much more being pregnant, Ben finished the rest. Johannes (who came all the way from Sweden to help! ;) ha!) helped Ben install the bathroom floors (which are vinyl and look like wood. We LOVE how they turned out!) and Ben and his mom installed the mud room flooring. Dave and Ben’s sister, Tori, helped Ben install the wood flooring throughout the house. The WHOLE HOUSE. That’s roughly 1,800 square feet of hardwood floors and a lot of late nights. Dan, Neal and Marty came on their day OFF of work to help us finish pretty much everything, from moving tools out of the center of our living room, sealing the gas-stove vent on the roof, and installing hardware on doors. Jenny, Michelle, Hanna, and Trish came to clean everything. When you install walnut flooring and cut the boards in the house, everything, and I mean everything, is covered in a brownish red dust. Walls, light switches, the kitchen, the air vents… all of it! We vacuumed and steam mopped and wiped and sprayed our little hearts out. Tori, Dave and Ben moved in the essential furniture, leaving our mattress until we officially got the county’s approval to move in. We had one more air-sealant test to pass and the very next day we had a beautiful orange sticker that said we could LIVE HERE! The end of the following week we closed with the bank to finalize everything for the mortgage (which was actually much less paperwork than the building loan!) Trish and Alyce helped me unpack our kitchen, and with our couch and TV in place in one room and a bed to sleep on in another, we were HOME! A few days later my aunt and uncle drove up from Georgia and they bought and installed faux wood blinds in the front rooms of the house. My aunt, Carolyn, made pillows for the couch and bed to make it a little more homey. Beth helped me decide on one last Overstock.com purchase and with that and the collection I had been gathering over the last two years, it was feeling even more like home. Ben, Carolyn and I re-finished a table and chairs I had gotten from an online yardsale a few months earlier and Ben covered the lawn with one more layer of grass seed. Lastly, Ben built a post for the mailbox and we got to tell the post office to forward our mail! Hooray! All the while, our friends at church, friends nearby, friends in Georgia, Kansas, Indiana, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, and Sweden (and more!), were constantly praying for us. So by the time February rolled around… we were so incredibly thankful and so incredibly tired! I go through that long list and name all the names I can think to list because that’s how incredible this whole process was… it really truly, could NOT have happened without all the help I just listed! I am still floored by it. Love you all!!

And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Courtney Hardie of Hardie Design! Sadly, we weren’t able to have her design our entire interior… but she picked all of our paint colors and it was so wonderful and worth it! I love paint color on the walls and I have done my fair share of picking decent colors as well as picking terrible colors! Once when we were back in our townhouse, I picked a new color for our bedroom and once we finished one coat over the whole room, I cried. And my sweet husband drove us back to Home Depot to pick another color and start all over again. It was terrible. Haha! This time, I wanted a professional to do the work so that I didn’t end up in tears over a gray that I swore was more bluish but turned out to be more purple! Courtney was wonderful and looked through my Pinterest boards to get a feel for what I liked and came to see the house in the process to get a feel for the space and lighting. With that and the art and rugs we had already purchased, she picked the perfect colors for us. (All the colors are from Pittsburgh Paints and we love working with Andy!)

So… my dear sweet husband at the hub of it all, needed a break from “house stuff” for a while. Now, I cannot believe it’s May already! Time has flown! And we are already in the typical homeowner pattern of thinking about all that we should do but haven’t spent the time to do yet! Some of it we are restricted because of money, but little things like painting trim and putting up the rest of the crown-moulding just takes time! I haven’t even put out photos… and I’m a photographer! ha! We will get there though! :) And now spring is here and we even have a little grass on our lawn! It’s been such a joy and a blessing living here. Every day I am truly thankful. And so without further ado… this is the latest of what our house looks like now (with a few appearances by our puppy, Moe!) Enjoy! :)

The kitchen/dining/living room layout is what allowed us to fall in love with this house plan. I love the openness because no matter how small the kitchen, people tend to gravitate toward hanging out in it! We changed quite a few small things in the plans, but one thing for sure that we loved was this part of the house as it was designed in the plans!Peddicord Family Builds Farm House Harwood South County Building Tara Construction Shore Lumber Hardie Design Maryland Home Build_0002Peddicord Family Builds Farm House Harwood South County Building Tara Construction Shore Lumber Hardie Design Maryland Home Build_0001Peddicord Family Builds Farm House Harwood South County Building Tara Construction Shore Lumber Hardie Design Maryland Home Build_0003Peddicord Family Builds Farm House Harwood South County Building Tara Construction Shore Lumber Hardie Design Maryland Home Build_0004You’ll notice my touch of Christmas all year long, thanks to Lindsay LettersPeddicord Family Builds Farm House Harwood South County Building Tara Construction Shore Lumber Hardie Design Maryland Home Build_0005Peddicord Family Builds Farm House Harwood South County Building Tara Construction Shore Lumber Hardie Design Maryland Home Build_0006Peddicord Family Builds Farm House Harwood South County Building Tara Construction Shore Lumber Hardie Design Maryland Home Build_0007My sweet little office :) And a Nancy Hammond print that takes me away to the Caribbean every day. Peddicord Family Builds Farm House Harwood South County Building Tara Construction Shore Lumber Hardie Design Maryland Home Build_0008Peddicord Family Builds Farm House Harwood South County Building Tara Construction Shore Lumber Hardie Design Maryland Home Build_0009The trim style we chose for most of the house is a craftsman/colonial style. Each piece is separate and cut and put together individually, but it’s my favorite! (The bedrooms are a milled poplar trim {that still needs a coat of paint!} but a little different style, you’ll see!) The baseboards are 8inches tall which I thought was ridiculous but with the style of the house and the extra height of our ceilings, I really like how it turned out! My dad was right about that one! ;) Peddicord Family Builds Farm House Harwood South County Building Tara Construction Shore Lumber Hardie Design Maryland Home Build_0019Our bedroom! Peddicord Family Builds Farm House Harwood South County Building Tara Construction Shore Lumber Hardie Design Maryland Home Build_0012(And some more Lindsay Letters!)Peddicord Family Builds Farm House Harwood South County Building Tara Construction Shore Lumber Hardie Design Maryland Home Build_0010I really wanted a tin ceiling in the kitchen… because I secretly want to live in a 100 year old farmhouse. Instead, I settled for this bed frame we found on Joss & Main with tin accents! ;)
Peddicord Family Builds Farm House Harwood South County Building Tara Construction Shore Lumber Hardie Design Maryland Home Build_0011My dad, without knowing it really, used Pinterest a lot during this process! ;) I showed him this British Brace style barn door I had pinned and he made it happen! We need to stain it still and it certainly has it’s imperfections, but it was definitely a Pinterest success! Peddicord Family Builds Farm House Harwood South County Building Tara Construction Shore Lumber Hardie Design Maryland Home Build_0013Our master bathroom! It’s more space than we need but I admittedly love it. The shower was my dad’s vision and turned out a bit larger than I expected! But it’s wonderful… and all I really wanted was that built-in shelf for products- and that is so worth it! No more suction cup baskets! (I should also take this time to say I. love. our. plumber. Annapolis Plumbing did a great job!)Peddicord Family Builds Farm House Harwood South County Building Tara Construction Shore Lumber Hardie Design Maryland Home Build_0014Peddicord Family Builds Farm House Harwood South County Building Tara Construction Shore Lumber Hardie Design Maryland Home Build_0015Our guest bath…Peddicord Family Builds Farm House Harwood South County Building Tara Construction Shore Lumber Hardie Design Maryland Home Build_0016And the baby’s room… this rug is sort of the focal point! We picked the rug and wall color before we knew we were having a baby… and so, it became the nursery theme! ;) Peddicord Family Builds Farm House Harwood South County Building Tara Construction Shore Lumber Hardie Design Maryland Home Build_0017So far Baby has a basket and a beautiful wooden wall-hanging from Grace Graffiti. But don’t worry, we’ve got a few more things to hang and some furniture to set up. :)
Peddicord Family Builds Farm House Harwood South County Building Tara Construction Shore Lumber Hardie Design Maryland Home Build_0018Home sweet home.
Peddicord Family Builds Farm House Harwood South County Building Tara Construction Shore Lumber Hardie Design Maryland Home Build_0021Our front door/entryway is another one of those “unfinished” parts. But we love it :) And this is our sweet (sometimes completely obnoxious) baby puppy Moses. We call him Moe, he’s a Labradoodle, and he’s the softest thing ever. We got him about 7 weeks ago and he’s been the greatest little addition to our home! Peddicord Family Builds Farm House Harwood South County Building Tara Construction Shore Lumber Hardie Design Maryland Home Build_0020Peddicord Family Builds Farm House Harwood South County Building Tara Construction Shore Lumber Hardie Design Maryland Home Build_0022The basement is unfinished and leaves us lots of room to grow! :)Peddicord Family Builds Farm House Harwood South County Building Tara Construction Shore Lumber Hardie Design Maryland Home Build_0023

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  • So gorgeous, Tara. Y’all did such a great job! :) That wall color and those floors are DIVINE.ReplyCancel

  • You literally build the house I have in my head! Style and all! Great Job and Congrats!! Love ya!!!ReplyCancel

  • Alayna Lee

    Tara… Your house is so beautiful! I am so happy for your family. You deserve all the joy and love that the world has to offer. Love you!!ReplyCancel

  • So beautiful and so very exciting. I am praying for you and Ben as you begin this journey together.ReplyCancel

  • chelsea

    Where did you get the light fixture above kitchen island??ReplyCancel

  • Kristen Duffy

    This is SO BEAUTIFUL!! I am so, so happy for you two (three!!) :-DReplyCancel

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