Welcome to the official website of A House We Built. We are a husband and wife team who designed our forever home from scratch. Now that our house is built and we are moved in, we are focusing on decorating and styling as well as doing many DIY construction projects around our house to complete it.
To give a little background on us – we are high school sweetheart millennials who got married in our early twenties and have always been working towards a goal of building a home together. We didn’t know if we were going to build or buy but we knew that a house was something we both wanted and so for many years, we just worked as hard as we could while saving as much as possible and spending very little. We never bought anything fancy, didn’t go on expensive vacations, rarely ate at restaurants, and just lived simply, so for us building this house was the result of years and years of hard work and saving. And we loved those years! It wasn’t a sacrifice. To us, it was working towards a goal. And when we were ready to put down roots, we did a ton of research and decided building made more sense than buying for us.
We started designing this house early 2016. In Summer 2016, we found a beautiful property we fell in love with and then purchased in Fall 2016. We put in a third of a mile long driveway to our house site in the middle of the woods. We broke ground Summer 2017, moved in Summer 2018, and are now making this house into a home. (Also because I get asked this a lot, we co-own a small business so we both work from home so this house functions as both our family home as well as our office.)
Our house design is admittedly a little weird compared to most ‘normal’ houses. It’s a 4-story design because we decided to build up rather than out allowing the house to have a smaller footprint and make as little an impact on the forest around us as possible. We broke a lot of traditional ‘rules’ in our design but if you were to get to know us personally you’d see that our house is a very true reflection of us and we basically designed it around our specific needs. If I were to ever give one piece of advice it’s that (unless you’re planning to sell the house) build what YOU love, not what you think other people will love.
Currently our situation is that the main 3 floors of our house are considered ‘finished’ but we’re in the process of decorating them and styling them and doing projects to enhance them. We’ve been building furniture and accent walls and all sorts of add-ons to make our styling as personalized as possible in a way that is a true reflection of us and our style. We have a ‘house project’ to-do list with 43 projects on it we want to do around our house! And that doesn’t even count the biggest one which is DIY finishing our whole basement (about 2000sf) which is going to be an epic experience we’re so excited for! And more long-term we have even more to do (like building a deck!) but honestly we find these projects fun learning experiences so to us having a lot to do is a good thing. If we ever got to the point where the house was truly ‘done’, I think we’d be sad lol. There’s something incredibly satisfying about being so involved in the house building and decorating experience. You can kind of think of it like the ultimate nesting journey!
On a daily basis, we are most active on our Instagram page (@ahousewebuilt) where you can follow the latest updates we share on our whole house building, styling, and decorating journey.
All the sources for everything in our house and that you see on Instagram are always on our homepage.
Our Plans & Tutorials section has details on projects we complete that may involve instructions.
We love to cook and share the foods we make in our Recipes section.
We have 3 cats that rule our house and we share tips and products for them in our Cat section.
While we are happy to answer most questions, please do read our homepage first as it is very informative and most of the time the questions we get asked are already answered there.
And don’t forget to follow our Instagram page (@ahousewebuilt) to keep up with our daily progress!!