• Our Build

    FHA, USDA, or Conventional?

    When looking for a construction to permanent loan, we found three options, USDA, FHA, and Conventional. Each one had its pros and cons, and we carefully weighed each one out versus the other before making our final decision. I’ll share everything I learned with you in hopes it can help if you need to finance building a home via a construction to permanent loan! USDA Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan…

    May 2, 2018
  • Our Build

    Getting Financed for a Construction to Permanent Loan…When You are Self-Employed!

    In addition to not being able to find a lot we loved, concern over being approved for a construction to permanent loan because we were self-employed held us back from building sooner. After the market crash of 2008, which affected our part of the country very significantly, banks became very strict with their lending process. Gone were the days of ‘stated income’ and other lax lending standards. Everyone we spoke…

    April 12, 2018
  • Our Build

    Cost Savings Tips 1

    During our building process, I will have several blogs about cost-saving tips. I will try to separate the posts into specific stages of the build. I already shared a few ways to save when choosing your elevation and floor plan on my Instagram if you want to check that out! Today I will be covering choosing your truss and framing package. This advice is very straightforward and simple! PRICE SHOP!…

    April 10, 2018
  • Food

    Braised Chuck Roast With Balsamic Glaze

    Growing up in the Midwest, organic, grass fed beef was the only kind my family ate. Every year, we would raise calves from bottle-fed to adulthood before filling our freezer. Nothing like getting up at the crack of dawn to feed your calf before school! But it was worth it! Then I moved to Florida. While grass fed beef is available here, you will pay a premium for it and…

    March 20, 2018
  • DIY's

    DIY Door Knobs

    After finally settling on which door style we were going with, I began searching for the perfect door knobs. Very quickly, I found the ones I loved at HouseofAntiqueHardware.com. Only $141.90…per door! We have quite a few interior doors in our new house, so at $141.90 a piece, that would add up VERY quickly! However, I have dreamed of having glass door knobs with a trim plate since I was…

    March 15, 2018