forever home update

I’ve been waiting for the right time to share this new ‘first’ post about our forever home. It’s been a long time coming but I finally have some courage to write about it! Thanks for being patient for me. :)

First, I will say I really do believe that everything will work out even better than what we originally imagined. I know that whatever God has in store for our house is way bigger than what the old builder could ever accomplish. I mean, even after Shawn and I gutted the house ourselves, we saw so many more opportunities to make improvements based off our original plans.. so.… I think we’re off to a good start!

To be honest, I felt so upset when this whole thing fell apart.. for so many reasons! I felt so naive for sharing such horrible updates with you guys for an entire year. Majority of the things that the builder did was wrong and I literally had no idea. All electrical, HVAC, plumbing was completely wrong. Shawn and I ended up removing it all ourselves. The addition wasn’t attached to the house so we had to bring in an architect to help us figure out how we will tie it back to the main house. The basement was flooding constantly. By the time we fired the guy.. I had already stopped sharing updates for a few months because the house was a complete disaster. As more time passed and work wasn’t being finished we realized we were in the middle of a huge scam. We would follow up with the builder daily for months and there would be excuse after excuse as to why work wasn’t being done.

I was so sad to see the house so disrespected by these people after how much was invested in it. The inside and outside of the house was completely trashed… no joke. Luckily we were able to clean up majority of his mess ourselves, but the old builder definitely left his mark by priming the entire front of our house before his time on our project was up. So we have a humbling view whenever we visit the property. I can’t wait to paint the house next spring haha!

More importantly, this house isn’t just for Shawn and I, it’s for our entire family to enjoy! My dad owns the property that the house is on, it’s literally within walking distance of his house. My littlest sister said last year that the best Christmas gift she got was that Shawn and I were going to move closer…She was 7 years old at the time. By the time we move in she will probably be 9. So imagine how bummed it made me feel when she would ask when I was going to move closer so I can hangout more and I could never give her a real answer. Now we can at least tell her that we’re working on it and it’ll be done sooner than before. :)

All in all, I try so hard not to dwell on this experience since it’s really easy for me to go off on a tangent. And I don’t want to take away from how much of a BLESSING this house is. We just want to get our house finished so we can move. This place is a better home for our animals, for our future kids our current family. 

With all of this being said, I strongly encourage you to do thorough research on not only the company you’re working with, but the person you are trusting your home with. We learned our lesson the hard way but this time around I have spent so much time researching the people we’re working with by name, not just by company!

I am not proud of our circumstances by any means, but I hope you can learn from our mistakes! Once we are back up and running, I plan to do a post about the DO’s and DON’T’s from our experience. We’re not experts.. and I think that’s a good thing because most of us don’t have a background in renovation. So I really hope I can help educate you guys from this super unfortunate experience!


Thank you all for sticking around, and thank you for your kind words and prayers. It truly means a lot to me. 

Major updates coming soon!


Hugs, Christine