Home Update…

 ^^The beginnings of my closet

 ^^Front side of our home. The oval window is my favorite. Below is the walkout basement area. The windows you see below will the workout room! BBG will be going down in there every morning! ;)

 ^^Back of the house before windows


  ^^Our breakfast nook before French doors and windows were installed

 ^^self explanatory lol

 ^^Going to change my mudroom door to match the blue color of our previous home! You all agreed too!

 ^^Kitchen sink and dishwasher will live centered on this window!

^^Family room! Most excited for our future cozy window seat tucked in the corner of the windows

Below is a bunch of screenshots from my phone of inspiration we used for the exterior finishes! What do you think??



All images via Pinterst

Happy Tuesday! The windows are currently being installed in our new home and it’s making so excited, it finally feels like a home now so I wanted to do a construction update post! I also did a walk through on Sunday that is now saved on my insta-stories highlights if you want a more detailed look at our home (@rachparcell).

I’m starting to count down the days until we it’s competed! We should have our four-way inspection early next week and then we can start on the exterior finishes on the outside and drywall on the inside! I can’t wait to start getting brick up and walking in to white walls. It’s about to get real very fast! It’s been so amazing seeing everything we planned out for over two years come to life!

Let me know below if you have any home building questions for me or Drew! I’ll have him take a look at the comments here too so he can answer any questions you have! Or you can ask him on his IG too!

xo, Rach
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  1. this is so dreamy, the breakfast nook with all the snow, the view, all the inspiration, everything is so perfect!
    thank you for sharing all the process, I love being able to watch the whole construction process, I can not wait for the decoration!

  2. I love the windows! The overall french style is my favorite as well. Not to mention the views! How did you save and organize all your inspiration photos and ideas? Did you have a favorite sourCe for inspiration? Are you able to share the architect you used?

  3. Absolutely GORgeous!!!! Love love love all the inspiration photos! what color paint will you be using for the brick?

  4. This is coming along beautifully! Love when you two build a hoUse, such a fun process to watch! Ok, my question is what is the name of the blue Paint color you used on the last house (doors) that you will use on the door on this house? Love it!?

  5. What is going to go in the big opening on top of the windows where you have after and before? Also, what kind of roofing materials did you use? How big is your Home gym going to be?

  6. Questions:
    How high are your ceilings? are they the same on the second floor? the master is downstairs and how many bedrooms upstairs? You have to have a bedroom for visiting sisters, right? are you going to have a “hang out room” upstairs with a tv when kids get older? I absolutely love your views. it’s fantastic! i have never been to utah, but now i must visit. love your taste and am so happy for you all. blessings!

  7. The images arent via pinteresT, thats just where you saw them. What if i found your photos on pinterest and tagged them “via pinteresT”. It would be awesome if you shares their real sources.

  8. I love how its coming along! How much is the square footage & Whats going to be the layout for your upstairs & basement? Would you be willing to share blueprints of the design layout?

  9. Love seeing progress pictures of your home! Can’t wait to see the finished result. Could you share what the blue color is you plan to use on your back door and what color was on your last home’s windows and doors? it’s the prettiest blue!

  10. Hi guys!
    Great post! Loved seeing the progress shots! Just wondering what the large room above the three arched WINDOWS will be at the Back of your new home? Can’t wAit to hear!


  11. So so beautiful !!! Do you have the upstairs layout shown anywhre ? Building now as well :) do you have elevations or description of what you will be doing in the mudroom – wojld love to see built ins planned for there

  12. Love seeing the construction of your new house and cannot wait to see how you will be decorating the inside. I was curious have you picked out your window treatments? if so, how did you go about it. We just renovated the top part of our home and I seem to be very pick about the window treatments.

  13. We are in the very early stages of our home build: awaiting construction plans to Submit to bUilders. Anyway! How many sf will your home be and how many bed/bath? Our architect is trying to convince us to go bigger but i dont want that big of a home. Right now we are at 3500 for a 5 bedroom 4 baTh so whats your opinion on that? Thank you!!

  14. Your home is absolutely stunning!!! I’m looking forward to seeing the finishes come together. Your taste is impeccable. I have a couple questions in regards to home building.
    First: What advice would you give someone who is interested in building their home, but budget is about a quarter of what I imagine yours is? Is it Possible?
    second: What is the bEst way to get highend Finishes in a home without spending Too much? Where should money be allocated…

    Thank you for opening up this discussion! I am excited to read others questions And gain more insight on making our home as beAutiful as yours. ???

  15. i live for your home updates!! Please settle the debate for all of us- do you plan to paint your brick exterior?! There is a lot of conflicting advice! I love the look but iS it detrimental To the brick or does it need maintenance? Thank you for any advice & Congratulations!

  16. I love your inspo pics! Just wondering if youve picked an exterior color? Im doing a remodel and want a similuar Creamy white but i cant land on one i love.

  17. Wow! It is amazing! You really INspire me Rachel. Congratulations for your beautiful and sweet home. For now i have no questions about building homes (i JUst want to say to you that i feel so exciting reading about your progress and your stories )but some day when i start to built the house of my dreams i will going to remember you your OFFER lol. Thanks for sharing your experiences ? sorry if my writing is not good but my first language is spanish.

  18. It’s stunning! Your taste is so classy and elegant! I cannot wait to see the interior come yo life. So much fUn coming your way! Love it!!

  19. Wow!! This is absolutEly stunning! I love following along And seeIng the design, building, and executing stages! Just wondering how many square feet this will end up being? Love the idea of the blue door by the way ?

  20. Are you All Using A house wrap or going the tape and sheathing route? Your home is going to be beautiful and i have serious pantry envy!

  21. Love the inspiration and work thus far. Will you be starting a HOUZZ page to follow? Working through a build myself and would love ideas. What roof style did you guys use?

  22. Hi Rach! Your home is looking incredible! Where do you get most of your decor & home inspiration from? I am currently building my first home! Thank you, Maddie☺️

  23. I love How yor house is coming together.
    Question: in your build Processes, what have you learned/made sure you absolutly need to have in this current home?

  24. Hey Rachel!

    Thanks for inviting us to ask questions. I actually DM’d you on IG back in January and here’s a rundown of what I asked:
    Do you think you could do a Q&A sesh with Drew? You’ve mentioned Drew’s passion is home building. What inspired him to get into doing home builds? How did he develop his knowledge base of construction (did he take any courses/SCHOOLING on it)? It’s been shared that he works/worked for his dad’s insurance company, so where did residential development come from?

    With Love & Style,
    ♥ Amber

    P.S.- Everything looks like it’s coming together beautifully! Is it stressful? You should do a week-long blog series that takes your readers on a week through your day to day activities for a week. Workouts. Mommin’ it. Shopping. Blog stuff. Business stuff. Home design. Family time. Do you always follow a typical schedule? When you stop by your new home, how do you know what to look for?

    1. I was wondering the same thing- how did Drew get into construction? I hope my future husband knows a lot about construction so he’s able to build a beautiful house like this too!
      Also, are you doing white brick on the outside? and for your closet, is there a specific company you use for all the built-ins/cabinets or is it all done through alice lane? Thanks!

  25. Cannot wait to see thIs stunner!!
    What kind of roof/shiNgle is this?

    Best of lUck with finishing this AMAZING project!

  26. What would you csll the style of your new home? Also when you are ScrolliNg pinterst for inspiration- what do you search? I looove it But have no idea what its called!


  27. Your home looks so beautiful already and already has so much charachter! I cant wait to see the finished process. My husband & i are in the begining stages of building our first home – i’M blown away by all the decision maKing there is! I do have a quick question about your fireplace(s). It looks like you have a large chimney on the home – will you use real or A gas fireplace? We are so torn On this for our current home! We love the warmth, smell, & coziness of a real wood burning fIre, but we also love the convenience of gas!

  28. Will you share a floor plan? Even just for the main floor. I would love to build a house some day and it is helpful to see All in one photo.

  29. I love following your home building process!! (And you, in general) my husband and i plan to build our home in another couple of years but we’re completely new at all of this. What are your Recommendations as to what to Bring to the meeting with the architect? Should i take pictures of what i like? Inside and out? FlooR pLans? Details? Soo much!! And we have no clue lol any help is appreciated! THanks in advance!

  30. Cannot wait to see this stunner upon comPletion! Would you Please share The type of shingle you used on the roof of this beauty??
    Best of luck!

  31. gorgeous! the arched window details is beautiful!! i love that you kept the french chateau look and feel. i loved that about your last house!!

    IG –> @jacqueline_lise

  32. Question: your first home had french doors in the family room and it looks like you just have large windows in your new home. Do you havE any advice? Im in the process of building a new home and i cant decide between windows or doors. Thank you. Your home is looking great!

  33. In your old kitchen the marble counters and backsplash were they honed or just left shinny. I am renovating my kichen and can’t decide. Thanks Cherie

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