HighCraft’s design and build construction crew is on track to complete this custom new home in Loveland by August. The exterior and interior framing is finished, the roof is on, the weather barrier is up, and all windows and exterior doors have been installed. Plumbing, electrical, and HVAC rough-ins are also complete.
Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this blog series for earlier photos and some backstory. Today in Part 3, we post the latest construction photos. We also share how homeowners Carrie and Aaron involved their kids in the process.
CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS PHOTOS
What a difference a month makes! The front porch cantilever is up and the home is taking shape.
The windows and exterior doors capture amazing views of the lake.
Natural gas fireplace inserts have been installed in the living room (pictured above) and in the second-floor master bedroom (below).
Plumbing, electrical, and HVAC rough-ins are complete, and the master bathroom tub is in place.
The weather barrier was up, and the home was dried-in, before the big snowstorm hit in mid-March.
HOW TO INVOLVE YOUR KIDS
Building a new home can be exciting, but it can also be an emotional adjustment, especially for children who often cling to what’s familiar. Homeowners Carrie and Aaron did several things to help their kids Corbin (age 9) and Blake (age 7) get excited about the changes ahead, and become emotionally invested in the new house. Here are three strategies that worked well for their family.
1. Explore Model Homes Together
Before they drew up plans for the new house, the entire family spent months exploring model homes. “We took the kids with us to see quite a few places,” Aaron says, and he feels it was a valuable experience. They could each point to what they liked, and what they didn’t like, as they walked through different houses together.
Inspired by a cool play area they saw during one home tour, the family asked HighCraft to design and build a similar “secret Lego room” under the stairs for their new house.
2. Let Them Express Their Individuality
The kids also had a say in their bedroom interior designs. “They shared one bedroom in the old house,” Carrie says. “They’re ready to get their own space.”
And both kids agree. Nine-year-old Corbin selected black plumbing and lighting fixtures in his bathroom for a more industrial look. His bedroom will have plenty of space for his pets, including a leopard gecko named Apollo, and he’s kicking around the idea of having sports-themed décor. Seven-year-old Blake would like a mermaid-inspired bedroom using a blue-green ocean color palette with hints of fun underwater accents. HighCraft interior designers found blue scalloped tiles to use in her bathroom, and she loves them.
3. Write on the Walls Together
Above all else, Aaron and Carrie want the new house to feel like home to the kids. And they want to create lasting memories there. The family visits the construction site often, and they started to make memories this month when they drew pictures, and left their handprints, on the unfinished walls of the new house.
Long after the drywall goes up, the family will remember the day they wrote on the walls together.
Corbin loves his new house and can’t wait to “live in it with our zoo” of pets.
Blake drew pictures of sunshine, family and her pet bunny. Carrie wrote goodnight wishes on the wall where Blake’s headboard will be.
Bless this house as we come and go. Bless our families when they gather in. Bless our house with love and friends! – Carrie
Aaron left a special message for Carrie – the name of the meaningful song that played during their first dance on their wedding day: “Mine Would be You” by Blake Shelton.
The family will always know that under the drywall, there are blessings in the framework of every room. They will know the love that went into designing and building their new home.
by Shel Silverstein
If you are a dreamer, come in,
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer …
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
Next month, we’ll post more photos and share specific things about the home’s interior design that excite Carrie and Aaron the most.
Whether you scrape and build new, or remodel what you have, HighCraft’s experienced design and build construction team can navigate every detail of the planning and building process so you don’t have to. Contact HighCraft with questions or to schedule a free consultation.