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Building a House - Interior Options

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We have made a few welcome updates on the interior of our home, too. Most notable are the kitchen window we have already mentioned and extra windows throughout our home. Dave and I love light shining into our home so we have added a total of six extra windows.

Our dining room is in the very front of the house and we will use it as our home office. There is plenty of space for our dining room table in our kitchen nook.

Extra Windows Are Nice

The dining room already comes with two windows on the front and we are adding two more on the side. The windows will overlook the porch and the woods so you can be sure we will have a very pleasant space from which to work. We added extra windows to the bedrooms upstairs, too. Another minor change we made in our new home is the width of the doors.

Wider Doors for a Couple Reasons

We are going to have either 32" or 36" doors. We wanted 34" doors (where there was not enough space for the 36" doors, but 34" is not a custom size.) We like wider doorways not only for easier access but also a more open feeling throughout the home. Some builders do this as standard fare. We're happy we remembered to ask for wider doorways and that our builder can do this for us in most cases.

Favorite Upgrades

Two of my favorite upgrades that we are getting are the coffered ceiling in the great room and the stone hearth with a wood-burning fireplace. The coffered ceiling by definition has beams that extend across the ceiling with recessed spaces. Those spaces will be painted a lovely reddish clay color to complement the slightly golden walls - like you see here. We like the model home colors so much that we are going to have similar colors in our home.



coffered ceiling on model home
An example of the coffered ceiling at the model home




The stone wall for the fireplace will have a raised hearth and a cedar mantel. We are pretty excited about how cozy our living room will be. And it will look out onto the back porch - a covered deck. I know where we will be spending a lot of time - on our front porch and back porch.

On a Budget

We won't bore you with our other little changes here and there. We had to pick and choose which options and upgrades we wanted to get. We want to maintain a budget for our home so we carefully chose the extras.

While some of our changes are being done at no cost by our builder, others are a pretty penny like the upgraded flooring. And we are splurging on a couple things - just because. A double shower head is one of our splurges. We're figuring life is short.

We are indeed blessed to be able to have this new home built. While it's not extravagant, it is going to be a very nice home for us and for when our family and friends visit. We are getting more excited each day for the ground to be broken.

Not Quite a Lakefront Home

We won't live far at all from a beautiful lake. In fact just a mile either way down the road there is a boat launch. Dave will enjoy using his canoe more often. He's even thinking of getting a little scooter to take his fishing pole down to the lake.


view of percy priest lake


So we don't have a lakefront home, but the water is just a stone's throw away if you could walk there through the woods. Our grandchildren will enjoy it. And that counts for a lot.


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