Friday, August 14, 2015

An Unfinished House Tour...

...because who doesn't love pictures of an unfinished, undecorated home, right? 
But at least we're making progress and the end is in sight (even if it's WAY off in the distance.)

So this one's for those rebellious souls like Michael who love to sneak into houses while they're being built and snoop all around.  And for the ones who, like me, prefer to wait until the sawdust disappears and the pictures are hung - I am truly sorry! This post isn't going to be fun in the least.  No offense taken me, I get it!  
It's hard for me to even show you the messy in between stuff.

For now, though, this is where we're at:

That's a month of hardworking contractors and an even harder working husband!

I can hardly wait to see the big bay window and those gorgeous french doors appear. 
I seriously do a drive-by every day to see if the "door fairy" arrived.  (I know those contractors must think I'm nuts!)
This gable is home to the kitchen and Beckham's room above.
The bay window encloses the dining room.

This gable will be our side porch and mudroom with our closet up above.

This front porch could be my favorite feature of the house!
I can just imagine swinging on a bed swing, reading Southern Living while watching the littles play peacefully together in the front yard.
(I do realize that's all in my head.  The reality will likely go more like this: toss the magazine on the swing.  Pretend to read.  Run inside for goldfish.  Referee an argument about whose turn it is on to push the other on the kid swing.  Dash inside for a band-aid.  Refill sippy cups. Sit down to "pretend to read" and repeat.
But I wouldn't have it any other way - truthfully!)

The future front door!

We've got stairs!
And I've got plans!  Check back soon for ideas on trim-work throughout the home.
The view from the bottom of the stairs looking towards the living room and kitchen.
View from mudroom entrance
The mudroom: future home of shiplap and built-ins.
The downstairs playroom looking into Michael's office or "man room" as he prefers it be called :)

Let's head upstairs:

The loft area at the top of the stairs. 
Elle's room to the right of the tub and Beckham's room to the left with their Jack & Jill bath in between.
Elle's room
I adore all of the gorgeous light she has in here. 
It really is like living in a tree house.

Jack and Jill Bath.
If you're tired of these "before" pics and want to see some pretty inspiration, click HERE to see our vision for this room.
Sweet baby Beckham's room. 
Though he doesn't have a lake view, he DOES have a pretty awesome vaulted ceiling.
I can't wait to design a nursery for him.  Poor boy has never really had a great one in the apartment.
(actually the boy is blessed beyond belief and a non-decorated nursery surely isn't going to kill him.  Just makes his mama a tiny bit sad.)

Upstairs bonus room.  I can't WAIT to organize this with benches, built-ins and bookshelves.
I realize I have about 2 seconds before Beckham starts liking legos; and's all over!

The master bedroom entry.

My favorite view in the house!

Since it was no extra cost, we went with a vaulted ceiling here too!
One day, maybe we'll come back and add some interest here : like a planked vault or some big beautiful beams....for right now, though, we're trying to stay on budget.  
{And for those of you who have done renovations- you know there really is no such thing!}

The bathroom: shower and tub.

I'd say Huck approves of the closet.

And because those pictures just need a little pretty to balance them out:
I'll leave you with our top color choices for painted brick:

After far too many samples from Benjamin Moore, we think Classic Gray is the winner with a custom mix for the shutters and doors.
I'm amazed at how fresh and white this color looks outside; whereas inside it truly is the perfect greige.  
We're still not 100% on these choices, so let us know if you have other thoughts!
And check back soon for the final verdict.

Happy Friday!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

"Write Them on Your Doorframes..."

We are so blessed. 
Blessed to have a home.  Blessed to be able to build an even bigger home.
Blessed to have little people to fill up its rooms with laughter.
But I don't think it ends there. 

We are blessed SO THAT we can be a blessing. 
Michael and I deserve none of this.  
Every single thing we've been given in this life is a sweet gift of abundance from our Heavenly Father.
So when we dream about this house we are building, we dream of how God can use it for His kingdom. 
If we build it just to have MORE, or bigger, or the next trendy thing, then we're missing it. 
We're falling so short of God's glory if we look at it as Pinterest come to life.
If that's the case, we'll never be satisfied and we'll come to love our treasures on this Earth so much that we forget entirely that we are here to make His name great-not ours!
THAT is what we were made for- THAT is something worth building.

So how do we do that? 
How do we make His name great with a house? 
That's exactly what we're praying about right now. 
But we do know this: it can't just be about us.  That's not an option.
Because STUFF? It always disappoints. 
Projects get old. 
Tile goes out of style and colors fade. 
The stuff we build always turns into junk.  But we know assuredly that what God builds lasts forever.

So we want to watch HIM build something great in us and through us.  
Maybe not great in the eyes of the world.  But we are asking Him to use our lives for eternal significance in whatever way He sees fit.
We can't find our contentment in this house or even in the people inside of it.  As much as I love my family, they will never ever satisfy.   
They weren't made to. It would be too small of a story- for them and for me. 
There has to be more. 

So while we wait to see how God uses this house and us to bless others, we pray.
And we build our home upon His word - literally.

"Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth."
Deuteronomy 11:18-21

The past few nights, we've dragged our two little ones out to the house to fill our walls with scripture.
And though it's been tough- watching a toddler out of the corner of our eyes and holding a 4 month old in one hand and a sharpie in the other - not the easiest of tasks. 
But it's worth it. 

I will forever love the fact that God's promises and His wisdom are resting behind our walls as we sleep, as we play, and even as we argue.  And I can't wait to tell Elle and Beckham what secret words are hiding in their rooms.  
Prayers and promises that we will speak over them their whole lives, I hope.

We spent many nights compiling specific verses for each room; but here are just a few glimpses of what we pray will be the foundation of our home and our family for many years to come:

I'm more excited than ever to move in now!
(Well you know - after we've got actual walls and electricity and stuff) 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Renovation Update: Framing

It's been an exciting week around the Knotts house!  I'm amazed at what 5 days of hard work by a crazy talented framing crew can do.

We went from this:

to this:

With a lot of hard work in the middle:

The framing crew put her to work!

Future side porch and mudroom entrance.

Second floor taking shape!

The moment it all became worth it: a breeze blowing in from the lake and our master bedroom view!

Two best buddies watching the crane (or "Danny the Dinosaur" as Elle calls him) put on the trusses.


Little Elle checking out her tree house view!

She's quickly become a construction zone expert.  
I think she'll be disappointed when we trade ladders for stairs.

There is still SO much to be done...but it's finally getting fun.
The pretty stuff is right around the corner - I can feel it!

That's our quick update for now.
Hope to have windows and doors to show you soon.