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Building Our Very First Home {Part 1}

ICYMI: We are building our very first home.

It sounds crazy, and believe me, I’m starting to think we are 😉  Haha!  But, let me explain myself, and share how we got where we are, before you start getting any crazy ideas …

Luke and I got married a few years back, and were renting an apartment in beautiful Santa Monica where I work, in order to avoid the LA commute (which Nicole has shared some pretty amazing and hilarious tips for survival — read more here!). After realizing we were paying more in rent than our siblings were paying to live in their very own home, Luke and I decided to start looking into purchasing a townhome or small starter home.

Months after looking at every semi-affordable living space around (we even went so far as to look in Playa del Rey and West LA, #desperate) and getting out-bid on every single one (which we now see as a blessing), Luke found a piece of property for sale on RedFin in our dream home town: Agoura Hills.Building our very first home - LocalLove805

Long story short, we purchased the property in May 2013 at a very good price (another blessing!) and now, two years later, we are officially beginning the building process [::cheering and clapping!!::].Building over very first home - LocalLove805Building over very first home - LocalLove805Fortunately, my family is very experienced in residential building — my dad owns his own engineering company in Thousand Oaks and built our family’s home, which my parents still live in to this day. Plus, as you saw, Tanisha and Mark completely remodeled their new home in Thousand Oaks just before the New Year, and my brother and his wife did the same to their home a few years prior.

So, needless to say, we have a lot of moral support, which helps make this all possible.

[note: Agoura Hills is a no-growth city, so the building and planning process took us quite a bit longer. Plus, our lot is an odd shape — and with all the building codes, it took quite awhile to make it all work. But, we got there! :)]

Just last week, we started Phase One of the building process: grading (hooray!!).

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Building over very first home - LocalLove805A day or so into the grading, we found some very hard stone – and quite a bit of it. Although it’s beautiful blue stone, it is quite a pain to remove so we had to enlist some extra equipment (and drop some extra cash) to jack hammer it out. We’re just a few days behind schedule so far, but I guess that’s expected in the building process, right!? 😉

After the grading is complete, we will begin pouring the foundation. I am so excited to see it all progress and we couldn’t be happier to be building a home together in such a beautiful city. It’s a dream come true. And, I’ll be honest — it requires a good dose of patience and a lot of decisions to be made, but we know how fortunate we are to have such an opportunity and are doing our best to enjoy it all. [So if you ever hear me complain, please stop me!]Building over very first home - LocalLove805Building over very first home - LocalLove805

More updates to come soon as we continue moving along! Let us know if you have any tips or tricks on building and/or share your own experience! We’d love to hear from you guys!

#hereitgoes #texidordreamhome #homebuilding #LL805


Hayley {LL805}

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  1. Linda Coburn
    4 years ago

    What an exciting adventure! That blue stone might be very attractive for a landscaping company. Maybe you can make some money back? Good luck. As you already know, there are lots of ups and downs in construction but it will certainly be worth it in the end.

    1. Hayley
      4 years ago

      Thank you Linda! Yes, we thought about posting it on Craigslist too – def should have! We are going to save some for our own landscaping though, so we will make use of it somehow:) Thanks for the ideas and well wishes! Really appreciate it!


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