3D Renderings of our Scandiavian Farmhouse Build
When we think about our road up to the point of breaking ground, there's a lot we've learned along the way. About a year ago we bought beautiful architectural plans, we dreamed of the interiors and we agonized over every single detail, thinking it would be within our price range.
Then, we sent it out for bids from local builders and we had our dreams crushed. Of all of the contractors we reached out to, no one came anywhere close to our budget. Finally, we found a builder who talked us through our options. He pointed out the details that were driving the price up and broke things down in a way that just made sense. After stripping down nearly every aspect of the plan, it stopped feeling like the house we fell in love with.
It was a costly and huge learning experience. We should have started out by talking to builders before we purchased plans to understand concerns and costly home details. Additionally, we could have paid extra for some of the local build calculators that many house plan websites offer. After an exhausting process, we decided to start back at square one.
The very patient contractor (who we ended up hiring!) helped us figure out the design details that would be within reach. We designed our simple but beautiful ranch floor plan and then worked with him and his architectural team to create a blueprint. It was a stark change from where we started, but we ended up loving it even more than we imagined. It was a blessing in disguise that our project was delayed. We ended up designing our hygge dream home and are excited to share a peek at the 3D renderings we've created!
We created our basic floor plan (which was then converted into architectural plans by our builder) in a tool called Homestyler. It was an invaluable tool helping us to visualize the layout and flow of each room and allowed us to add in special custom details like a hallway office nook with barn doors, a vaulted ceiling centered in our living room with a wood burning stove, and even window sizes and placement.
If you haven't seen the inspiration board for our home, be sure to check it out. We want our house to feel like a cozy Scandinavian farmhouse in the forest. It will be filled with reclaimed materials, mixing modern with classic, and we will be making nearly every single design decision throughout the process (everything from cabinet hardware to interior door design to trim colors). While it's slightly overwhelming we are embracing the process and keeping perspective about how blessed we are and how hard we've worked to start this build!
We broke ground on our build last week, and this week we will be pouring cement for our basement walls and foundation. We're documenting things day-by-day on our @lapetitefarmhouse Instagram and will be sharing the process on the blog now that everything is officially offical!
Apologies for the longest blog post ever.. but if you have questions about the building process - leave them in the comments or send them our way!