Building a Dream House

First, I'll start off this post with an update on my last one - my first ever MRI. It was not an enjoyable experience, but I'm so glad I had it done for piece of mind. The brain scan came back normal, aside from the usual spots seen in people with migraines. And the spine scan also came back normal, aside from some slight inflammation on the lower back. Such wonderful news! I must admit I was hoping for something a little more conclusive on my spine to provide further insight into why I've been experiencing so much discomfort in my back and legs. I'm planning to schedule a follow-up with my doctor this week though and discuss ideas with him like acupuncture (for headaches too), message therapy, and more core strengthening exercises. Hope I can get my back feeling stronger in time for our next race! 

Now on to the main topic of today's post! I've mentioned in previous posts that my in-laws are currently building their dream house in the Texas hill country. They bought the property before Keith and I even started dating, spent years planning and designing it, and their contractor actually broke ground about a year ago. They sweetly asked for my help with their three guest room's designs and I shared the initial boards last October. Over the past nine months, we've revised the room designs several times and slowly started purchasing the decor, bedding, and furniture. This past weekend, Keith and I drove down to help them unload a moving van into their new garage in preparation for their actual move-in within the next two weeks. I decided to bring my camera and share a few empty room shots (in the process of being cleaned and touched up) since I'll be heading back in a few weeks to start setting up the guest rooms.

House Exterior

House Exterior

Entryway

Entryway

Kitchen

Kitchen

View out the back, pool in the works

View out the back, pool in the works

It's crazy to see years worth of planning finally come to fruition and I'm so excited to spend future holidays and visits lounging by their pool, reading in front of the fireplace, and enjoying movies in their home theater. Visiting their dream house got me thinking about what my dream home might look like. I have always dreamed of fixing up an older home, which probably has a lot of similarities to building one from scratch (all the stress!). I love our current house, but we bought knowing that our first home would not be our forever home, so sometimes I think about the next place. I love a lot of different styles of homes, but currently I'm dreaming about a farmhouse with a big wrap-around porch, a few acres of land, a chicken coop in the back and freshly grown herbs, fruits and vegetables.

I've also been picturing a converted barn that I could use as my furniture shop and Keith could have an editing studio in the loft.

I dream of arched ceilings with wooden beams, reclaimed wood floors, several fireplaces, and an open floor plan with a kitchen perfectly sized for hosting dinner parties and family gatherings.

I can't wait to visit my in-laws completed dream house again in a few weeks and share progress photos of their three guest rooms. And I'm excited for what the future may bring! Perhaps someday I'll also be sharing actual photos of my own dream home.

What does your dream home look like? Are you living in it or are you saving every spare penny for it?