• Storm in San Diego
    Building Progress,  San Diego Native Plants

    Hey lot! I see you.

    When we bought our lot 7 months ago, I was OVER looking at land. Up until that point, our experience attempting to buy land had been frustrating and disappointing. We had submitted full priced offers and been passed over, we had been ignored by sellers, there were lots we loved, put offers in on, and then fatal flaws appeared. Every time we put an offer in, I had already imagined our forever on that land. Stupid, but whatever, that is how it went. So, when the listing for our lot came up, my husband agreed to check out the lot, and be the deciding factor on moving forward with the…

  • Building Progress

    Twiddling Our Twiddlers

    After the initial excitement of getting our first set of plans, we have been sitting back and twiddling our thumbs for the next ounce of movement. Currently, the DEH (Department of Environmental Health, the folks who give your septic system the thumbs up) is working on approving our new septic layout, which has been a wee bit bumpy for no particular reason. We wanted to shift our leech field to an area below our house instead of above so gravity could do it’s thing. Apparently, the DEH isn’t too hot on the idea of us moving things around and it is taking :cough: some time. In an effort to not…

  • Interior Design Choices

    Something, something, something, sheer walls, something.

    Have I mentioned that my husband hates windows? No? Oh, well he does. If you put your ear carefully up to a sea shell, you can hear the sound of him complaining about the number of windows I would like to have in our house and…you should listen to him, because I haven’t. Something about not wanting our house to fall down, minor details. Blah, blah, blah. He is a curmudgeonly mole man, and I appreciate the brightness of life. Opposites attract. Like shear walls. Apparently a house has to have shear walls for strength, especially in areas that are prone to earthquakes (us!). This blog post explains it better…

  • Building Progress

    Plans baby, it is all about the plans.

    Awwww yeah! There has been a lot of radio silence on the house for the past couple of weeks because really, nothing has been happening. When people ask us about how things are going with the house, they are always shocked when I say “nothing”. Things are slow. Plans were being made, engineers were doing things, and finally we have a bit of forward movement. Our septic layout is planned and ready to head off to the county for approval. Our plans are almost ready to be submitted to plan check (which is basically the county saying “Yeah, this house is safe to build, all codes have been met”) and…

  • House Floor Plans

    Our Small Home Floor Plan

    Picking out a floor plan should be easy right? We have been living in our current home for almost a decade, and I can pinpoint exactly what I dislike about our home (1 bathroom!), and what I love (contrary to many, we really love a small home). When building our own home was nothing more than a dream, my Pintrest boards were filled with house plans we loved. That was all theoretical though because we were not playing with real money. Apparently, when theoretical plans turn in to reality you have to start paying people. Who knew? All of a sudden, paying for the engineering of a two story home…

  • House Floor Plans

    How We Got Here

    Houses are expensive, my husband and I don’t have fancy jobs, and we live in a state with one of the highest costs of living. So how did we end up building a house instead of buying one? It all started with us driving by a beautiful little lot a little over a year ago, and a house plan with a snuggery (come on, I am trying to make this a thing). See that tiny hall? That thing that looks like a nook separate from the living area? A place where kids could hang out and play video games outside of the living room? It isn’t as epic as a den, or bonus room, it…

  • Buying land

    We bought land!

    We had a lot of “almosts”. There were plenty of lots that were “almost” in our price range, there was the parcel that “almost” had a septic layout that would work, another parcel where utilities would “almost” reach and a piece of land that we “almost” had, but slipped through our fingers for reasons that we won’t ever know. More than one person mentioned that all these lots didn’t work out because they were not meant to be and something better was around the corner.  We don’t look at it like that, but we did find an amazing spot to build our home that we are in love with .…