Author Archives: Shayla

Proposed House Plans 1

Major progress on the home front. We finalized our design plans and submitted them for a building permit this week! That means once we get the town’s stamp of approval and hire a contractor, we can finally begin construction on the addition. We’re adding 836 sf to the house, as well as reconfiguring some of […]

Our Architectural Project Brief 1

After we went under contract on our house, one of the first things we did was compile our thoughts on the future remodel/addition into a project brief. I’m a visual thinker, so this process was a helpful way to organize and communicate our ideas in a linear way. We tried to include all of the […]

House Update: 5 Months In 1

So, what’s going on with our house remodel you ask? Well, I regularly wonder the exact same thing. Apparently molasses moves faster than the design/build process. The hammers haven’t even come out and yet I’ve already earned merit badges for patience. Granted, the middle of winter isn’t exactly the optimal time to start construction. Also, I forget […]

Thirteen Things About 2013 1

Well, it’s the end of another year and I feel the need to write an obligatory New Year’s post. First, though, I realized that I never shared our holiday card like I have in the past (you can see previous ones here: 2009, 2011, 2012). This year’s card wasn’t very Christmasy because, frankly, I got […]

Our Pick: The Central Location 5

Congrats to Liz who was the first to correctly guess “Central Location“! Yep, this little beauty is our new abode: After perusing countless real estate listings, I can believe that the house we purchased was right under our noses the entire time. I walked by this house almost daily on my way to take the […]

House Hunting 17

We started perusing real estate ads back when moving to Colorado was still a pipe dream and quickly learned that the market here is crazy with a capital C! We knew that we’d probably have to adjust our expectations and standard of living if we eventually wanted to purchase a home in the Roaring Fork […]

The Houses We’ve Called Home 3

I recently realized that in the eight years we’ve been married, Jason and I have lived in six different houses. Apparently we like to move a lot. Or we’re gluttons for punishment, I’m not sure. Let’s take a little tour of the places we’ve called home, shall we?   Home #1 City: Austin, TX House […]

Sweet Little Pumpkin 0

October is my favorite month of the entire year. I just want to slow down and savor everything about it – the changing colors of the leaves, the chill in the air, shorter days, cozy fires in the fireplace, fall festivals, Halloween candy, layered outfits with riding boots, and pumpkin-flavored everything. In my opinion, good […]

Five Good Reads 3

Ever since I discovered GoodReads I’ve become slightly obsessed with finding new book recommendations based on old favorites. Over the past few months I’ve probably read more books than I’ve read in the last two years combined. Judging by the length of my “to-read” list, I won’t be slowing down anytime soon. Out of the last […]

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