Remember how I told y’all last year that I was going to work full-time for a local home builder? After almost a year, I’m finally back to give an update on how that job is going and what I do there. It’s taken a full year for me to find a spare minute to even write this blog post.
My days are spent commuting, shuttling children, and working hard to keep customer’s happy. From 6:30 am till 6:30 pm I am on the move. Then I come home, scrounge up some dinner for the family and fall into bed around 9:00 each night. The next day I get up and do it all over again.
But that’s not what you want to hear. You want all the little details, right? So what exactly do I do at my job?
Mostly I draw houses. Like a little mini-Architect drafting away all day.
Every week I meet new clients who are looking to build a new custom home. If you were my client, I get the exciting job of designing your dream house and guiding you through the home building process from start to finish.
I use a program called Chief Architect to create the blueprints for all of our custom homes. The amount of details that go into building a new home from the ground up absolutely blows my mind. I have to be able to think in 2D, 3D, inside out, upside down and backwards to be able to draw these house pans from the ground up.
We are a Design/Build firm so my boss, the Builder, comes up with a concept sketch for all new customers after our initial meeting. From there, I take his sketch and fill in all the fun stuff.
Walls/windows/ doors/ fireplaces/ kitchens and baths, etc. I detail the house plan and make it pretty so that you can take a virtual tour of a home that’s decorated to match your style.
Being able to virtually walk through a home before it’s built helps everyone to get exactly what they want. It’s WAY easier to rip out virtual walls rather than actual ones, so we try our very best to get it right on paper before the house starts framing.
Once you sign on the dotted line, I will finalize the electrical and lighting plan, cabinetry and exterior elevations, and roof plan. Then you would get to meet with our interior designer to pick out paint colors, flooring, cabinets, countertops, faucets, fixtures, lighting, etc, etc, etc.
There are sooo many moving pieces to build just one house. Currently, we have seven houses under construction and will likely be signing two more in the next few weeks. So yeah, it’s a lot.
Along the way, I’ve noticed that there seem to be some common interior design stumbling blocks that most people need help navigating.
Like, choosing paint colors can be seriously paralyzing for some folks.
Finding the best lighting for each room can be scary. Deciding on a freestanding tub or a deck mount? Is the Farmhouse look still in-style or is it too trendy? Will I hate these barn doors in a year? Should my apron-front sink have one bowl or two? Oh, and can we shiplap, shiplap, shiplap, all the things?
These are just a few examples of the conversations I’ve had with clients this past year.
I REALLY want to write some blog posts that answer the most common questions that we get asked repeatedly.
OH! And since I am also staging and photographing all of our houses after completion, I also have TONS (and I do mean tons) of beautiful pictures of all of the houses to share with you!
I have pics of AMAZING kitchens, master bathrooms that are drool-worthy and seriously dreamy fireplaces that will make you want to renovate your home immediately.
So, with all that being said— my goal this summer is to get at least one blog post a week of decorating advice or ideas. To share all of these beautiful house ideas with you guys and help solve your most challenging home decorating dilemmas.
But first I have to go buy groceries because we are out of milk and my kids will be demanding cereal at 6 am.
And then I have to finish the laundry and lay out clothes for work and gather up all of bathing suit accoutrement necessary for Caroline’s first Splash Day at school on Tuesday.
All that to say that my brain is really, really tired. This full-time working mom thing is NO FREAKING JOKE, Y’ALL.
But that is what I wanted, right? I was tired of sitting at home all day wallowing around in my postpartum depression blues. Tired of feeling like I was a big useless blob who was contributing nothing to society. This job saved me from my depression and gave me a purpose again. But wow, did it ever wreak some havoc on my time schedule and blogging abilities.
Can somebody please hold me accountable and make sure I get these blog posts written?
I’ll give you my cell number and you can call me every morning to blatantly harass me if I don’t post all of these amazing ideas I have to share?
It’s so important to me that my blog stay alive, even during this season of stressful life overload.
You guys mean so much to me and I truly miss talking to all of you and reading your comments. I hope that you’re all doing well!
Stay healthy, happy and blessed out there my friends! I’ll be back soon, ok?
Love this!! I moved from Springville just north of Birmingham 5 years ago. I am now in the process of finishing a new build in Fairhope. I have decided at the age of 70 & still traveling that it is time to build a smaller cottage style home so I will not have to move again. Downsizing is hard, but I still can fantasize by looking at your beautiful work🤩. I know it is hard now, but in a few years when those children don’t need you as much you will be so glad you have this opportunity. You are an inspiration
So excited to see some pictures and hear some of those questions answered. Sounds like your job is a big responsibility! It is great to have a job you love.
Oh my goodness, I’m tired just reading what you do in one day! But I really love seeing pictures and projects! Thanks for doing all the hard work for us!
Calypso in the Country says
Great to see an update! It all sounds so exciting and I cannot wait to see more photos. The ones you posted already are gorgeous! Good luck with the time management…I am impressed with all that you are accomplishing!
Laura at Duke manor farm says
Missed you but so happy for this adventure you are in creating beautiful homes for others!
I can’t wait to see the photos and read your advice! And if you truly want someone to help you stay accountable, my hand is raised.
I love seeing what you are doing! Please keep it up! Don’t be discouraged by how busy and tiring life is right now! The kiddos grow up so quickly! Enjoy and don’t be too hard on yourself.
[email protected] says
Hi Beth –
I really enjoyed reading about what you have been up to. Blogging alone is hard, time consuming work. – add a full-time job 6:30 – 6:30 and kids…. I give you TONS of credit!! You go girl!!!
I look forward to seeing more of your work, but please don’t stress about thinking you have to get it posted in a certain timeframe. It can wait for when the time is right for you . XO
I’m so excited to read all about this and your design tips and completely jealous of your job at the same time. How do I find a job like this?! I’m currently getting ready to take my Real Estate licensing tests and I’d love to combine design and selling…it’s my dream!
I am so excited for you and your new (well, a year old) venture! I can’t wait to see all the pretty pictures and ideas! It sounds like you are on the go 24/7 (except after 9:00😂)and raising kids is no joke so I hope you find some time in there somewhere to relax and take care of yourself as well. It’s much deserved! Look forward to hearing from you again!
Do u have any type of degree to perform that type of job? Just asking bc I love that and anything that has to do with construction and remodeling and interior design, loving it.
Beth at Unskinny Boppy says
Thanks Miluska, I have a degree in Interior Design, so that helps. Experience is better than a college degree, IMO though! 🙂
bullet force says
this is so fantastic. Is there anything that you cannot do? Because this is most of everything. You are so incredible. Don’t you know that?