I am dying with excitement. We listed and sold our home last week and will be breaking ground on our new house on April 1! Come July we’ll be moving into our beautiful new forever home. I’ve been waiting for this for about 2 years. It took that long for my husband to get on board the new house train. But now that we are there, I am dreaming of shaker cabinets, and natural stone counter tops (BTW – Soapstone or Granite?! I’d love to hear from people that have either!), soaker tubs and the perfect wall colors! We have our house plan picked out, but we still need to meet with the architect to make some changes, most notably adding a 4th bedroom suite for my oldest daughter and of course, adding a craft space for me!

My husband and I have started a “wants”, “needs” and “questions” list, so anytime something pops into our head, we have a place to write things down. Wants are things that we really hope we can get in the house, but we do realize we won’t be able to get them all. Needs are things like a kitchen island, mudroom and NO CARPET – things we’ve learned from our current house that we can’t live with/without. We are new to house building, so anytime a question comes up, like, “Will there be shrubs or a fence around the retaining pond”, we write them down so we can ask them of the developer at our next meeting.

Clever Home Upgrade IdeasSo there is a lot of excitement around our house. To help me start planning the look of my house I’ve been pinning some fun things to my “When we build…” Pinterest Board. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite home ideas for others that may be planning a new house as well!

Pull out pantry drawers for easy accessPull out pantry and linen closet drawers

I can’t find the original source for this, so please share in the comments if you know!

Vacuum BaseboardsVacuum Baseboards

Utensil DrawerUtensil Drawer

Pots & Pans Cabinet OrganizationPots and Pans Cabinet Organizer

Built-in Paper Towel HolderBuilt-In Paper Towel Caddy

Vertical Cabinet Storage Kitchen OrganizationVertical Kitchen Cabinet Storage

Garage to Pantry DoorGarage to Pantry Door

If you’re pantry shares a wall with your garage, this is the best hack EVER!

Hidden Power Outlet in Kitchen CounterKitchen Power Grommet

This puppy moves up and down to hide away when not in use!

USB Wall SocketUSB Wall Plugs

We are going to add one of these to each bedroom, one in the kitchen, living room and family room

Remote Control PlugRemote Control Plug

Outlet Light CoversOutlet Lights

These would be perfect in a dark hallway, bathrooms and kids rooms!

Board & Batten TutorialSimple Board & Batten for under $80

DIY Vanity Step DrawerVanity Step Drawer

Above is a DIY from Ana White, but their are vanities that come with this as well.

Bathroom Beauty Tool DrawerBathroom Beauty Tool Drawer

Laundry room built insLaundry Room Built Ins