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The lot is chalked!

The outline of the house is chalked and tomorrow the digging begins for electrical and plumbing!  Woot Woot!  It’s official.  We will no longer be staring at just a chunk of dirt.  It’s about to be a chunk of dirt with holes.  :)  Kenny and I met at the lot this afternoon to check it out.  While we were there we met two of our framers.  They were SO nice.  I see many banana bread muffins in their future.  :)  I took a few pics… ok… I took around fifty pics.  I meant that I’m going to share a few pics.  I’ll explain our floor plan better at some point, but here is just a peek at where some of the rooms are located.

I mentioned before that our lot is a rectangle so the house almost makes an H shape.  Our garages are located in the front right section if you’re looking at the house from the street.  I wasn’t standing at the street when I took this picture.  I’m facing the front of the garages (where the garage doors will be).  If I turn my head over my left shoulder I would be looking at the front of the house.  
 This is the left side of the house (if you were looking from the street).  

Flipping things around… I took this picture from the back yard – left side of the house.  Is this confusing anyone yet?  Because I’m getting confused.  And if I’m getting confused the rest of you are in trouble.  :)
I didn’t get a good picture of each section so I’ll have to share the rest of the floor plan later.  A few more random pics I took today…

I’m excited.  And I want to thank all of you who have been so excited with me!  Your kind comments and e-mails make my day and I feel incredibly lucky to have so many wonderful people reading my blog.  I’m going to try not to overload this blog with new house stuff, but I love sharing pieces of this building journey with all of you.  Just wait until I move in!  There will be so much to organize and decorate!  Makes me giddy just thinking about it.  Blogging material for years and years to come…  
BTW – I have received so many e-mails lately asking if there is a way to subscribe to my blog through e-mail.  I don’t have that set up yet.  I know.  I am SO behind the times!  I don’t tweet, I’m never on facebook, instawhat?  Pinterest and blogging and e-mail maintenance take up more computer time than I have right now.  As you can see I haven’t even had time to change my blog header from Spring to Summer!  (Easter eggs work in July, right?)  BUT.  It’s on the to-do list.  I’m planning to make a few blog changes, create a facebook page, and to look into the whole subscribe through e-mail feature.  Of course “update the blog” is written on the same to-do list as “start Kole’s scrapbook” and you all know how well that’s going.  So my message is that I’m working on it!  Hopefully at some point I will have more ways to subscribe to my blog.  Thanks to everyone who has asked.  I’m honored that you want to make checking in with Sunny Side Up part of your routine.  :)  
Have a great Thursday!  
xoxo, Erin
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38 thoughts on “The lot is chalked!

  1. Wooot Woooot!!!

    1st to comment i think?!?!?1

    Well, anyway, I am beyond excited for you!!! We are building at the moment, but ummm… its an apartment, so no where near your size of project! But anyway, i am so happy, and please please please show us everything about the build! We wont be bored believe me!!!
    Love from Australia!
    x x x

  2. So excited to follow your build Erin! It’s going to be amazing!

    Can’t tell you how much I like reading your posts and seeing your pics!

  3. Keep writing about the house Erin! I love seeing the journey.8 The chalk outline looks great but that blue sky and sunshine looks even better in the back ground. :)

  4. Hey Erin! I’m 26 and I lovee your blog, I’m married and no kiddies yet but hopefully those will come with time! I absolutely adore your blog especially all the decor and organizing ideas. I must say the love that your kids have for each other definitely inspires me to one day have a big family too :D. I noticed that you said that some people would like to subscribe to your blog and that you hadn’t set it up yet. Well I want everyone to know who may be reading this, that if you subscribe to you can pretty much follow whatever blogs you like, it’s really easy you just search for the blog you want to follow, and click follow when you find it. Hope that was helpful! Have a great day everyone and congrats Erin on your house progress!

  5. Hi Erin, thanks for sharing the next stage of your house build! So excited for you! I find it so interesting seeing how they do it over in the U.S versus here in Australia. We didn’t have chalking when we built here… They just put the slab/ foundation down and off they go. Looking forward to more house updates as well as your usual fantastic posts! :)

  6. I LOVE following your home building experience:) Your home is going to be so AMAZING! I am curious is it a 1 or 2 story home and how many beautiful sq feet will you be getting? I know…I am a curious girl;) Here’s to a Lovely and hopefully Stress Free journey for you and your family:)

  7. Thank you for sharing your building journey with those of us who LOVE to look at houses! You will be so glad you have each and every exciting step documented.

  8. Who knew chalk could be so exciting? I can only imagine the excitement this must bring for you and Kenny. Yay Erin. I look forward to the upcoming progress.


  9. Thanks so much everyone! It was so fun to wake up to your sweet comments this morning! :)

    Melissa and Candy – it’s a two story house with all the kids’ rooms, playroom, etc. upstairs. :)

  10. Panic room- I totally need one of those! And by panic room, I mean the place mom goes to hide when she’s about to have a meltdown. Way more practical than a formal dining room!

  11. I am so excited for you guys…your sweet family is adorable, so happy for this new home of yours!!! The blessings that Heavenly Father gives to His children who are obedient.

    Vicky T.

  12. So exciting Erin!! And I’m guessing that I’m not the only one who WANTS to be overloaded with new house stuff!! More pics please! So fun to see it all happen with you :)

  13. Oh my word you guys are so sweet to share in my excitement! Thank you!!

    Sue your comment cracked me up! I think I’ll change that formal dining into a panic room after all! ;)

  14. Totally and completely fine with you filling your blog up with house stuff! Have I mentioned lately that your blog is my favorite?! Yep, at approximately 1:45 cst, I get so excited to check your blog and of course am even more excited when there is a new post. Thank you for making my day(s)!!

  15. I’m a new reader and am VERY excited for you! It’s a beautiful lot. We have some close friends who live in the Poway area (I think) and their home location looks VERY similar to yours. It was also a custom build…the fires came very close to their yard a few years ago. Anyways, congratulations! I’ll try not to be jealous :-)

    Also- I subscribe to your blog via Google Reader…so maybe your readers would like that option? It’s super easy and you don’t have to have anything set up… I just type in your website and it includes it in my reading! :-)

  16. How wonderful! Congrats Erin! This is a random question but where do you do your grocery shopping at? I saw you have gone to costco for groceries from past posts, but is that where you do all of the shopping? I am so happy for you and your family in regards to your new house. That is really exciting! I will look forward to your future posts about the progress on your house. :)

  17. Thanks everyone! You are all so kind.

    Amy – Poway is a beautiful area. So glad the fires didn’t destroy your friend’s home. That was so scary! We were evacuated on the coast along with a lot of other people. Also thanks for the google reader tip! :)

    Yolibet – Thank you for sharing the Bloglovin’ tip. I’ve heard that site is great!

    Anonymous – thank you for the sweet comment! I get my groceries at three stores: Costco, Target, and my local grocery store. Kind of a pain going to three places, but Costco is great for all things we buy in bulk, Target is cheaper for pantry items (pretzels, crackers, etc.), and then I get all of our meat and produce at the grocery store.

  18. Yay!! How exciting! I love reading about your house, we have been saving, saving and saving to remodel our home the way we want and you give me hope that we will get there! Your enthusiasm is contagious and I love checking in daily for my sunny dose of Erin xoxo

  19. I’ve been following your blog for a while (found you via Clover Lane). I’m excited for your family and your new house. Thanks for letting us follow along!

  20. What an exciting time! We built our home last spring/summer and I probably have 30-80 pictures of each day! I don’t think you can have too many pics of this exciting event & I love seeing your pics and heading about it all!
    Thanks or sharing a bit of your world with us. :0)

  21. I have always dreamed of building a home from scratch, so keep up the flooding of information. I am having fun living vicariously through you :)

  22. I love the updates on the build! You must be so excited.
    We bought our house new, but it was all built when we found it. I would LOVE to build a house & have input on the choices. I was going to ask the same question as the others- whether it was a 1 story or 2 story house, but you answered that. That will be nice having the master on the 1st floor. Thanks for sharing your pictures , I always look forward to your updates.

  23. Please please please post a floor plan of your ne house!! Cant wait to share the journey with you especially as a custom build will mean it will be organised heaven (well I sure hope so anyway!). Also dying to see your design and fittings choices Post Post Post!

  24. Ya, I was pretty confused right off the bat. So I stopped trying to picture it. I’ll just wait to see your floor plan. :) SO excited for you! I really am so happy that you decided to build, you are going to be so beyond thrilled with your house! And I think the process really is fun! Even through stressful times, seeing it go from chalk lines on the dirt, to framed lumber to a beautiful home, I think it’s such a fun process! I took pics of each stage of my house too, so fun.

  25. Building a home isn’t something on my bucket list (at least not until our kids are grown and we can move out of our awesome school district) but I love watching the step by step process on your blog. I can feel your excitement and I get excited for you. Cheesy, I know. You gotta love the blog world!

  26. I am so excited for you Erin!! I could just feel you jumping up and down as you wrote this post. I loved building my house and would do it again in a heartbeat so this is all so very exciting to me too!! Can’t wait to see the big holes in the ground!

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