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Our Selections: Paint Colors, Materials, etc (updated weekly)

 As the building progresses, our DMs are flooded with the same type of questions...

So, we decided to create a running list of all the paint colors, materials, etc for you to revisit at any point during our build. We will update this list as things progress!


Windows: MI 3500 Series ; black exterior + white interior

Paint Color: Snowbound by Sherwin Williams 

Roofing // Shingles: TruDefinition® DURATION® ;  Estate Grey

Sliding Back-Door: MI 1615 Two Panel Patio Door (95" x 96")


Paint Color: Snowbound by Sherwin Williams 


Cabinet Paint Color: Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams

Island Color: White Oak (sheen clear)


Cabinet Paint Color: Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams


Cabinet Paint Color: White Oak (sheen clear)


Cabinet Paint Color: Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams


Cabinet Paint Color: Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams

Our Under-Deck Drainage System is COOL!

 One of the first things you'll notice about our house (and one of the things we are most excited for) are our side porches. They are multi-level and face the East giving us the best view of the sunrise and a cool afternoon breeze. When we first started talking about building a house, we came up with the idea of these porches and just never looked back. 

One tricky part of having "double porches" (multi-level) is that typically the underneath of the top level floor (ceiling of the bottom level) is left open. You can't enclose the ceiling unless there's a place for the water to drain from the second floor. 

Here's a photo explaining the location. 

So you're probably wondering what the big deal is? Why not just leave it open to drain onto the concrete on the bottom porch. Well for us, we wanted to have those porches be the perfect hangout spots. We wanted lighting + fans as well as wired for speakers for our smart home. 

To have the under-deck ceiling finished out (enclosed and wired for the above), we did a lot of research and found that Trex, the brand we wanted to use for the second level porch flooring, offered a drainage system option. You can learn more about Trex RainEscape here. 

It uses a network of troughs and gutters to divert water from the deck while shielding the area below the deck from rain, snow, sun, and other elements.

Once installed, this created a dry space under the deck and we were able to get electrical in there as well as have the ceiling finished creating a more aesthetic appearance. Our builders both said it was a fairly easy install. There are a ton of resources online, including the video below, showcasing how to install it and how to calculate what you'll need for your space. 
BONUS, it's backed by a 20-year warranty!

Exterior Paint Color Reveal (and how we chose):

For two years we envisioned our house being white. Clean, simple, modern. That was always the idea behind our plans and essentially the paint selections as well. White just felt right. 

But....then we saw a bunch of dark + moody black houses on Pinterest and started to change our minds. We toured black houses, we sat for hours with paint swatches, and we finally chose the color of our dreams.......

W H I T E. 
Lol I know, I know....predictable. But we really did go back and forth over and over again with the colors and did research on the pros and cons, and well, here we are. 

But, on behalf of the blog, we decided we'd share the colors we almost used plus the pros + cons for both a white and a black home. 


Black Homes:
(colors we loved: Iron Ore + Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams)
Pros: edgy, different and unique, sleek and modern, 
Cons: shows dust + dirt (and bird poop lol), attracts heat making it harder to cool, FADING!

White Homes:
(color we used: Snowbound by Sherwin Williams)
Pros: sleek and modern, won't fade quickly, deflects sunlight
Cons: shows dirt, trendy and seen in a lot of neighborhoods