Yet another couple years has gone by and I have neglected this blog. We've been in our new lake front home on Lake Meade for almost a year and a half now. And building a new home almost instantly eliminates home improvement projects like we did on our past several homes...almost.
We built our dream home on the lake where my husband grew up, but that didn't mean we got everything we wanted. There were home features and extras that we simply couldn't do right away for many reasons, but primarily financial. Things like the basement - left unfinished; the backyard - not landscaped; and the driveway - unpaved.
There were smaller things we compromised on, too. We had to opt for laminate countertops in our kitchen in lieu of the beautiful Quartz countertops we loved so much in the dream kitchen we had just built in our last home. They can be upgraded rather easily in the future, so for now, we're on the 5 year plan to get them replaced. We insisted on Trex decking for our deck, but opted for pressure treated lumber for the railings. We plan to replace those wooden railings with glass panels for an unobstructed view of the lake. Hopefully in our lifetime.
We have big dreams and plans for this house. And the good thing is, we're realistic in knowing that we could be in our 50's or 60's when they all come to fruition: A finished basement with a full bar, bathroom and state of the art media center. A 3-tiered stone patio to dock backyard with amazing perennial gardens and an outdoor kitchen. A Trex dock with hydraulic boat lift and small boat house (shed) with solar panels on the roof.
Of course, we'd love to have it all now. But we also want to have money to retire on someday, so we'll have to take it one small project at a time.
In the meantime, I hope to remember:
- That I started this blog
- To document our projects so that I can tell you about them
- to take lots of pictures.