We knew from building our last house that the framing stage makes everything seem REAL! But the crazy thing about this house is that a lot of the framing that came to life the last two weeks was designed on my laptop in PHOTOSHOP!!! I literally moved the garage and twisted it forward in photoshop by adding a new layer and then our builder sent it to their draftsmen and now it’s literally sitting on our field…. my photoshop file has come to life! It’s the craziest thing!!!
Another fun fact about this house is that there is a room off of the kitchen that originated from a drawing my brother doodled onto a napkin one night. We were thinking about moving because we knew that our old neighbors were tired of our workshops, parties and events that we always hosted (and the parking issues that came with them) and so we told my little brother what our dream would be and he just started drawing! Corey has been drawing house plans since he was in high school… maybe even middle school! He loves designing that stuff! So we took his idea and we sent it to our builder and now its really cool for him to look at our field and see part of his napkin scribble actually FRAMED!!!
Our last house plan was selected from a series of 8 different plans and those were the only options in that neighborhood. This is QUITE a different experience. When you’re custom building, there aren’t really any limits…. except for the budget… which is a very REAL limit!!!! Thankfully we have had a lot of input from our best friends and our families about this house and we feel really good about our decisions so far. I think if there is one piece of advice I would give to anyone building a house… especially a custom house, it’s to invite some wise, not-too-opinionated, reasonable people with good taste to be a part of the process! This will help make sure that you don’t go off the deep end and do something that really isn’t necessary and it also reassures you that you’re not missing things as well!!
I know this is just a quick update but I’m sure we’ll be explaining and sharing more once some more progress happens!
Here are some questions we hear often:
– How often do you check on the house progress? Everyday that we’re in town! We look forward to it every day!
– When will you move in?! Well, November is the goal but we’ll see what happens with weather and other delays!
– How similar is this to your old house? Welp… that’s a good question. It’s more similar than you think! :)
This session took place just 45 minutes before their welcome dinner the night before their big day! Honestly, we couldn’t have asked for a better outcome!
Our life has been a whirlwind in the best kind of way this summer! Life sure looks a lot different than it did just a few years ago and it’s about to change AGAIN!
If you’ve ever been a member of KJ All Access, you know that it’s been an evolution since the beginning! Over 4 years of wedding content, engagement sessions, family sessions and so much more!
When you’re sorting 5,000+ photos after each wedding, staying organized is a huge priority!
We met Nicole and Matt the day before their wedding day in downtown Chicago. Normally, we prefer to do a full engagement session with our KJ Couples before their big day but that really wasn’t possible due to our schedules and the long distance. Thankfully, meeting the day before was absolutely perfect and it prepared all of us to have a dream wedding day in the Windy City!
Have you had a troublesome groom in the past? They don’t cooperate with the poses and just want to get back to the party?