Before Photos of the Forever Home

True story behind the Forever Home. When we had our second visit and Branko said "this is the house" I really want to buy this house. I cried. I felt like it was too much for us, we were looking for something where the inside needed some updating. Not a 70's wallpaper and wood filled home. 

So without further waiting here I share with you the very first pictures I took of the Forever Home. Missing is the full bathroom and bedrooms which makes me sad but at that time I had no intention of wanting to live here never mind writing a blog about how much I now love it here. 

The outside. this was a 70's Viceroy Bungalow Home

The kitchen, the main bathroom was to the left and a powder room to the right. Beside the powder room was the entrance of the house. 

The dining room across from the kitchen and stairs going to the basement. The steps were so dangerous since the entrance of the house was right at the top of the stairs. 

Looking into the living room from the kitchen corner. 

View across the house from the entrance of the house. If you look straight ahead on the right you can see the hallway to the bedrooms

The powder room. All tile and wallpaper. 

The living room. That door on the right was the main bathroom. The tub was green and the toilet was purple. Right in the middle of the house beside the kitchen. Very weird. Also, behind that wall is a very tiny bedroom. 

The view outside sitting on the couch. This view sold the house. 

I wish I had more pictures of the bedrooms, bathroom and backyard. Sadly I don't. The foundation of the home still stands but everything else we took down. Follow along on here and on Instagram for an update of what we have done! 

Our DIY Forever Home Laundry List of Projects for 2016

Building a house is hard people! I use the word DIY because if you are new here we have been building our home without any contractors. Almost all of the work is being done by Branko and myself. Whenever Branko needs an extra helping hand he has paid some friends to come and work on weekends. 

We are trying to not put any pressure on ourselves but when every where you walk you see a project that needs to be done you want to crawl in a hole and pretend it is not there. It is not too often you will hear me bitch and complain about our journey to building our forever home but it happens every year when the weather turns nice and all you want to be doing is getting outside. 

So here it is my once a year bitch fest at the long laundry list of things we need to do. Whenever we feel overwhelmed we remind ourselves it takes some people a year to renovate a bathroom. Last year we built a multi level deck, we cleared and cut at least 1 acre of trees, we moved 3 dump trucks of fire wood that needs to be chopped, we dry walled our entire 2600 sq ft home. Most importantly we are raising our little dude who is now 11 months old. 

NOW the list of things that we want to be done by the end of this year....


- dig and trench piping for Geo thermal

- dig 10 holes for new trees around front yard

- chop and stack 1 dump truck load of fire wood

- cut and clear 10 trees (too close to falling on house) 

- install siding on house and garage 

- add railing to entire deck space 

- install entrance gate 


- finish small touches on entrance of the house(this still closed off to our living area with a door)

- mud & sand almost entire home

- prime all the walls

- complete the 2 bathrooms 

Back on Jan 2, I wrote this post with some goals for 2016. I'm proud to say that we have really stuck to them. I have been regularly tracking my food by using my fitness pal and exercising by going on our Elliptical for at least 30-45 min/3-5 times a week. We have been spending so much quality time with Dominik and of course putting in a ton of work on the Forever Home. 

There you have it! I'm done bitching and on to happy thoughts now!

Before I leave you today a reminder that I have joined YouTube! We made a channel mostly for ourselves so we can share with family and friends but with you guys as well! I have been practicing using Movie Maker and shooting video with a small point and shoot Sony camera. 

We are now on YouTube!

I finally decided to create a YouTube channel  for the blog! In all honesty I created a channel to share private videos of Dominik to friends and family since sending videos via email is a pain!

Once I did that I thought well why not share some videos of Branko working. Building this house is a part of our daily living lifestyle. There is nothing fabricated or staged about how we are going about this process so I figured sharing this in the raw would really let people see that you can build your forever home and not become house poor. Our main goal in building this home was to ensure we can do as much as possible ourselves and not hire anybody to do work for us.

Dominik clearly does not mind the current living situation.

Truthfully I wish I had been taking videos sooner. I am sad about so many important moments that I did not catch that we could go back and watch. My goal in the beginning is to take small videos of our home after weekly changes and add music and maybe us talking here and there. Once I am more comfortable I will add more DIY talks about how we completed certain projects.

I thought creating a YouTube channel and making some videos would be really easy, turns out it is actually a lot of work. Thankfully I have come across some great tutorials like this one from Christina from DIY Mommy. It really helped me understand how to make my channel more presentable and similar style to my blog.

My second challenge will be figuring out Movie Maker, this might be the death of me. It looks as though it should be so simple to use but the smallest thing like why I cannot get the music to start at the very beginning of the movie is driving me crazy.

Lastly, I am hoping to invest in a small point and shoot camera with a better video. The camera I am currently using tends to blur very quickly when moving. I have always been a big fan of Canon camera's and I am hoping to invest in this one.

Here is my current you tube trailer. In no way is it finished and I fully understand it needs a lot of work. Hopefully you check it out and feel free to subscribe!