Move in day has come and gone! Curious to see what our new pole barn home looks like? I just may surprise you.
When folks find out we’ve moved into our new home, they enthusiastically say, “Oh! You finished your home?!”
Well, that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Moved in, yes. Finished? Not even close. We are living in construction chaos, but thrilled to be here – all the same.
I want to vulnerably welcome you into our new pole barn home, and share with you the progress we’ve made. I have to remind myself that just 6 months earlier, things looked like this:
Where there once was dirt and poles, now stands a “livable” home. I’m going to try really hard not to be the hostess that apologizes for all the mess you are about to see in these images. Rather, I’d like to welcome you into our home with eyes to see potential and a heart full of gratitude.
Sure, we have much to do this year to make our home comfortable and have order, but creating beauty from ashes is what we do best and I am so excited to be on this exciting new journey with my husband. He did 90% of the work on this home that I designed for us, while I spent the year basically as a single parent, and it was certainly all a labor of love.
This year of RV life, building, deadlines, disasters, and practically living separate lives – was one of the hardest years we can remember. It tested our strength and pushed us to limits we didn’t even know existed.
We are ready to move past the struggles and embrace hope and remember the creative vision we had for this home in the first place.
By showing you our new home in this state, I hope to help you see what fun things we will be able to share with you this year as we move from space to space. I hope to bring you plenty of ideas and inspiration for do-it-yourself living, and remind you that dreams are worth chasing – even if they don’t come easy. Perhaps, especially when they don’t.
At the very least . . . perhaps these images will make you feel better about your own current spaces. Because if you have countertops and some shelves . . . you are better off then we are! (wink)
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Let’s start from the outside, shall we?
Hopefully, you saw the post where we finished up the front of the garage, in hopes to make the exterior more appealing.
Well, old man winter hit Utah early this year, and we haven’t had the chance to finish the siding, driveway and really clean it up outside. We have since decided to turn our focus indoors and wait for warmer weather to finish the tin siding, roofing, and the wrap around porch.
I can’t wait to design our beautiful porch, as I predict it will be our favorite place to admire our incredible mountain country view. Not much to admire now, but plenty to look forward to!
While this is not our dream home floor plan, we decided to embrace the pole barn vibe and went with a very open concept floor plan. The living room and kitchen is one grand space with 12 foot ceilings and feels very spacious (especially when you have hardly any furniture).
Over on this one side of our U-shaped kitchen, we have tall cabinetry surrounding the fridge.
This is a panel ready refrigerator, and we need to finish installing some cabinets and getting the custom fronts built for the fridge. We will then paint them and install the hardware.
On the other side, we decided to build out some walls and create a cozy focal point for our beautiful Verona Italian range.
This will also allow me to play with some marble backsplash and countertops as well as some unique shelving for spices and oils to cook with. You may have noticed how much I loved this concept in my European Inspired Kitchen round-up.
I’m also so excited to have designed a kitchen that works with a “eat-in” style kitchen, where the dining area is actually inside the kitchen instead of a traditional bar area. This is a popular choice in European countries, where homes are small and compact and there is not much other choice. However, I LOVE the cozy vibe it brings to a kitchen, and the convenience.
We opted to use what we had, and cut down our rolling work table we built for my garage studio in our last rental. The beautiful quartz top was to good to go to waste! I may re-stain or paint the legs, and I need to figure out what seating to do here, but this big wide table has been wonderful to have.
We have a very large pantry/butler’s pantry just off the kitchen. I have big plans to build floor to ceiling shelving, add a library ladder, and add countertop and cabinet storage.
We can then have all the appliances in this space and keep our kitchen countertops clear for all our yummy creations . . . and dishes.
Let’s take a quick look at the living room. Unfortunately, I sold all our furniture in all our moves this past year. I knew I wanted a larger piece for our family of 6 and we ran out of storage room. How we long for a cozy couch to sit on, but we need to build up our resources a bit and find the one we will love for years to come.
All our walls are just primed, not painted. I am working on selecting colors and deciding on finish work.
The big beautiful double dutch front doors are among my favorite things in the house. Being a door obsessed person, I don’t regret this splurge one bit . . . even if we can’t buy a couch right now (wink).
Just off the living room, is my office/craft room/slash shipping room for all the TIDBITS Planners. It’s a crazy mess . . . but I try to ignore it for the time being.
When I get sad, I just remind myself that I have the floors of my dreams!
Let’s take a look down the hallway, with a spare mattress that we don’t know what to do with. This hallway is 5 feet wide and filled with beautiful light. It leads to all the bedrooms and bathrooms.
We have one linen closet in the hallway, that I could desperately use some shelving and storage in!
You might also remember the laundry/mudroom room reveal, where we shared the only finished room in our entire house – thanks to a sponsored job with a tight deadline. It’s super messy right now, so I’ll just invite you to check out my reveal post for a complete look at this space.
One of the items that make me happiest in this home are these old vintage doors I found at a vintage market. I’m so obsessed with doors (if you can’t tell) that I’ve chosen to take my time outfitting all our doorways, and look for doors with jaw dropping character. These beauties definitely fit the bill.
We had to widen the doorway a bit, just after the sheet-rockers finished their work. Hubs wasn’t happy about it, but he lovingly did it anyway.
And I am having a hard time finding a vintage doorknob to work with these, but it will be worth the hunt! Isn’t the patina just stunning?!
Bringing in items like this is how I plan to make a new home have old world character.
The master bedroom isn’t much to see at the moment, but with those tall windows to the side of the bed, it sure will be someday! We have to still finish the master bathroom that joins this space, but we felt the hallway bathroom was more important to get to.
Our closet spaces are all doing the best they can, with thrown together rods and metal storage shelves from our last basement.
This is/will be a 2 space bathroom with a vanity area and a closed off toilet and shower area. We figure with 4 kids, we will definitely need that extra space. The bathroom is “mostly” functional.
This is a vintage piece I found as well, but I think I may look for something else before we hook up the marble sink. It isn’t very functional, and with 3 girls, I will definitely need something more functional. I’m on the hunt for a piece with character and function!
For now, we all 6 dance around this small vanity and fight for the bathroom. But hey, at least it isn’t an RV bathroom.
There are 3 bedrooms left for 4 kids, so 2 of my girls share a space. This is my little boys very messy bedroom.
It is extremely difficult to keep clean and tidy spaces when there is not storage and order to be found. I feel bad when I ask my kids to clean their rooms, because they really don’t know how to keep them clean. Please pray for us all!
Here is the double bedroom – you’ll notice all our bedrooms are still concrete floor as we haven’t had the time to finish the flooring throughout the house.
And a look at the closet and storage chaos that is.
Across the hall is my oldest daughters bedroom.
She is just thrilled to finally have her own space. Anybody else find that the oldest kid need their own bedrooms almost more than anyone!? The closets are really good size in this home and our only storage spaces, so I will need to figure out how to make the most of them.
AND THAT’S A WRAP! I actually didn’t realize how bad things were until I took all these pictures. It’s a pretty big mouthful, and we will begin chewing one space at a time.
Our Holiday’s were humble, and Mr. TIDBITS still works away every evening doing what he can to help us progress.
But we are together. We get to eat dinner together. We get to work together and face the problems together.
It was one of the first evenings in our new home, when I had multiple children falling apart and found myself at the verge of a breakdown. And my dear Kevin stepped in and talked the kids through it and made them laugh like he does so well. I broke down in tears, realizing how I’d missed having a partner to parent with.
So may the mess swirl around us – as long as we are together.
I thank you for visiting for this rather personal post, with not a whole lot of inspiration. If you weren’t already aware, this isn’t planned to be our forever home. We plan to live here for about 3-5 years and build our last and final house on our property. What will become of the pole barn is yet to be determined, but we will love it all the same.
I’d love to know what space you look forward to seeing us pull together! I’d love to know what you think of our new pole barn home! Please share in the comments below and subscribe to my newsletter to see it all come together!
Thanks for reading!