House Update

By Maria Lichty

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We are finally sharing a house update! I know it’s been awhile, but I didn’t think you would be interested in seeing a bunch of boring dry wall pictures. Well, things are moving along and our house is really taking shape! The finish work is mostly done and we are in LOVE!! I seriously get butterflies every time we go up to our house. It still feels unreal. I can’t believe we are really building our dream house!

We have been enjoying the process. Several people told us that building a house would ruin our marriage and cause a ton of stress, but we have had so much fun. It’s been an exciting journey. Our builder, Fox Group Construction, is amazing! We have loved working with Tom and his crew! I told Josh I am starting to get sad that our house is almost finished because I don’t want it to end. Sure, I am excited to move in, but I have loved the entire process.

Today, we are sharing some photos from the inside of our new house! Let’s go on a little tour!


I love the fireplace in our great room! It turned out better than we were expecting. I love the detail! The big white space is for Josh’s dream TV. He told me it HAD to be that big or it wouldn’t look right on the fireplace. It’s a big fireplace and a small TV would look awkward, but I think it was his way of getting his dream TV:)


We love natural light so we put in a lot of Pella windows. The great room windows are our favorite because they collapse and open up to our outdoor patio. We will demonstrate them once the patio is done. They are SO cool and will be perfect for entertaining!


Our builder got a little shiplap happy and we are SO glad because we LOVE it! It’s not even painted yet and it already makes the main area so pretty!


The shiplap goes up the entire staircase! It will be painted white soon!


This is our future kitchen. It doesn’t look like much now, but you just wait. We have some grand plans for this area of the house!


Our back door is a Dutch door from Rejuvenation. One of my requirements for our new house was a Dutch door because I love them! I think the door is so cute and will look even better once it is painted black!


We did a fun black and white Cement Tile in the guest bathroom. Classy and fun!


In the master bathroom, we are putting in calacatta gold marble tile from Contempo Tile. It is so pretty!


That little corner of the master bathroom will be the home of my freestanding tub! I can’t wait!


This is my half of the master closet. I have never had a “real” closet before so I am super excited. I might have to buy more shoes:)


Our cabinets are being built right now by Benjamin Blackwelder Cabinetry. Benjamin does AMAZING work and we are so so so excited for our cabinets! We visited his shop in Alpine, Utah to see the process and we were both blown away! Josh was drooling over the neat equipment.


This is the start of our boy’s vanity for their bathroom. I am in love already!


We are working with Pottery Barn Kids to design the boy’s bedrooms. They boys are excited and so are we! Their rooms are going to be super fun!

The next step is paint! We will share another update soon! Thanks for going on a house tour with us! Have a great weekend!

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Oh my goodness, it looks AMAZING!! I love all the shiplap! Can’t wait to see it finished. So excited for you! 

  2. OMW! What a gorgeous house! If we were to ever design our own home, which I swear we’ll never do as I’d go mad, I will ask you to do it for us. Your taste is incredible. There’s nothing here I don’t like! I know what I like but have no clue how to pull it all together.

  3. WOW! How much fun you will have in your custom home and I LOVE the shiplap. I wish my kitchen were as big as yours is going to be. Making a home can be trying at times but, living in your new home make memories and sharing life makes it all worth it. Thank you for sharing your home with us.

  4. It is looking amazing! It is definitely going to need some family pics on those gorgeous walls!! Can’t wait to see it in person!

    1. We already have some great ones, but we will have to take some new ones too! Come see it soon!

  5. Oh my GOSH. Can I move in? I love to iron! And I’ll do laundry 😉 And help with the adorable boys!

    Seriously beautiful, Maria and Josh. You could leave all that beautiful woodwork unpainted and I would still think it is perfect.

  6. OK, talk about my dream house. Everything looks amazing! That guest bath tile is my favorite. And those huge windows!

  7. I love the doors and windows you selected and hope to replace our Pella windows soon as well. We’re kindred spirits – we recently added tongue and groove cedar, much like your shiplap and are getting ready to replace our front door with a dutch door as well! I cannot wait to see your completed home. It’s absolutely beautiful so far! Congratulations!

    1. Julie-thanks so much! That means a lot coming from you because I LOVE your style!

  8. Thanks so much for sharing your new house, soon to become your new home, with us. Charlie and I will be out to visit as soon as we get invited. God bless you all!

  9. The bones of your new house look wonderful! Personally, I think it was huge fun building a house, and being able to do what YOU want makes it even more exciting! Glad to see you’re putting in plenty of outlets, too! You can never have enough electrical outlets, lol!


  10. Wow! I just happened to run upon your site and was visually enamored with it! Your house must be done by now, it looks gorgeous already! Thank you for sharing. I was trying to sign up but it wasn’t allowing me to do so and wandered, glad I did 🙂

  11. You choose black and white Cement Tile in the guest bathroom is very nice. I love this . The closet is master.

  12. Wow. Looks like you have spared no expense! And workmanship looks top quality!

    Good luck and Cheers

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