Ocean Peaks + Views


Well surprise surprise! Lookie what we found today when we went into the house and up to the 2nd floor.

Ocean Views + Lighthouse Views all around.

This view is from the master bedroom + we can actually get a pretty good look at the Atlantic from up there. The light and color is awful because it was so early in the morning and the sun was just rising up.

Thank GOODNESS we changed all the windows to regular glass (and not frosted / opaque) a few weeks back, just in case. Or at least I’m hoping we did and that wasn’t a dream. 😳

The guest suite doesn’t really get any sort of fun views, but the sunsets from there should be pretty awesome.

Itty Bitty Pool

Swimming Pool

Well the house finally looks normal sized and we aren’t worried about it being tiny, so it makes sense that we moved onto worrying about our itty bitty pool.

We knew the pool would always be pretty tight back there and had been banking on a 14 foot by 30 foot pool in the back. Plain old rectangle pool, nothing fancy, simple + modern. Steps the full 14 foot side so it would give lots of entry + sitting space.

Then the pool guy told us it had to be no more than 26 feet long. AHHHH. WHAT? With the steps taking up almost 5 feet, that would get to be short.

So we thought a ton about it and marked the pool out in the dirt. We flipped the shallow and the deep end of the pool. (This did NOT make it easier by the way because when we moved the deep end closer to the house, it was too close to the footers of the house so we had to shorter it more!)

Finally we ended up with this design and we are pretty excited about our tiny pool + non-hot tub sitting area!

No worries for future owners, we’ll plumb it and add electrical so someone can add a heater later on down the line. But for us, its just a tiny pool to sit and enjoy happy hour while the girls swim and play 😍πŸ₯‚

Or more likely it will end up being a pool for the girls to bring all their tiny toys and ponies into and they will create some sort of amazing underwater world where they all live.

Landscaping Fun


Forgot to post this fun stuff along the way too! This is the first round of the landscape plans that Cara put together for us a few weeks back. We really love it + she did an amazing job with the budget + putting in all sorts of tropical things we like.

At the time when we met with her, we were still working on the pool design, so we will have to edit the backyard a good bit. No trees in the back (its WAY too tight back there) and just have it nice and clean and use pretty colored pots to add some color and greenery in the back.

The only huge hesitation we have is the two giant palm trees spec’d to put in front of the front door. Thinking after we took a look at the view from up there today….those trees may have to be a little bit smaller. The views are SO much more fun than we thought we’d ever have.

Omgosh Now It Looks HUGE

Building With Block

Hmmm. So now that 2 stories of block are up and the house is sitting there on the lot it looks huge. Guess all that worrying and panicking about the tiny house was pretty silly!

I keep forgetting to post updates with this whole Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic disease self isolating sheltering at home thing going on.

Here’s some fun pix from this week though. You can really see how the house will look and the design of the exterior at this point!

Landscape Architecting


Cara texted this past weekend and wants to meet to show us the concept plan for the landscaping at Mar Azul this coming weekend.

YEAH! That will be super fun and something exciting.

In the meantime, I took pix of the exterior and the lot so she can see how things are progressing and look at them against her concepts before we meet. Can’t wait to see what she’s put together and if we can do it 🀣

The Itsy Bitsy House

Building With Block

I’ve written this post 3x now and every time I mess up adding the pix and I lose the post. I’m all out of witty comments because I’ve forgotten what I originally wrote 🀣🀣🀣

Every step of the way of building a house from scratch has sure been interesting. I don’t think Craig or I were prepared for how SMALL it would seem while we are building it. Sure hope it all works out once its all finished. Craig did make a good point though, at least we won’t have to buy tons of things to furnish a gigantic house!

The Cabinet Challenge


I’ve learned on this project (even moreso than all the house + condo renovations we’ve done in the past) that finding simple, modern things to put into a new home is amazingly difficult.

Finding large format, matte, white tile for the house was crazy to locate even a few that could work!

The cabinets however have proven to be another challenge I didn’t expect. To find something modern, sleek, European style — they are all thermofoil or laminate. Lots of research has gone into us understanding what that means and if that’s something we want + will do OK in Florida, next to the ocean.

From day one, this kind of look was the inspiration for the house. White Quartz. Mix of Glossy White + High Contrast Wood Cabinets. White Large Format Tile.

Now to find this look its either crazy expensive….or seems to be crazy cheap. All wood would be awesome, except to track down the Zebrawood or Macassar Ebony that we LOVE, well that’s not super reasonable and fitting in the budget either.

A few places have them, but its still pretty spendy. So the hunt continues for the perfect cabinets that have that right look + the right price!

Saturday I met with a cabinet company in Daytona who sells Wellborn Cabinets. They do an all wood box πŸ‘ + they have a new (1 year old) line called Aspire that offers frameless, European style cabinets. They are laminate (no Thermofoil), so we think that’s probably the right choice, but who knows.

With words like “Aspire” and “Luxe” — super budget friendly doesn’t seem in the cards. The cabinet guy promises me the pricing is mid-tier and not going to make me cry when I see the estimate. We’ll see! In the meantime, I’m just waiting on the samples of the doors we like to come in, so we can get a good real-life look at them vs. a catalog. 🀞🀞🀞

Oliva installed — lots lighter than the catalog color swatch!!

They also offer some super cool textured laminates that look like wood with a bit of a bumpy texture to them and they are super neat too. Hoping he will order some samples of those too!

Keystone Shenanigans

Keystone Wall

Friday we did our usual drive by the lot after the school bus comes and this week it was FUNNNNNNY. Normally nobody working says anything to us. We pull up and take a pix and go on our way. But on Friday one of the guys walked over to the car window and stared at me.

I rolled down the window and he said “Can I help you?”

I let him know I was the owner and just driving by to see what was happening.

He proceeded to tell me a hysterical story about him and his guys building the keystone wall and how he built it wrong and Jack yelled at him, so he had to fix it all that morning, but that it was OK because it was really his fault and Jack just called him out. He promised he would have it all complete by end of day. No biggie to me, I have no idea what the schedule is, or who this guy is, or what he’s supposed to be doing. But it sure was funny how worked up he was + kept on talking!!!

The girls were all bored out, so we cruised on home.

Some of the guys working on the keystone wall.

Then we came back Saturday late afternoon so we could take a quick walk around and look at the wall up close + walk more around the house and see all the block going up. Its finally resembling a house!! The backyard still looks a little sketchy like there’s too much dirt and we’re going to have a mudslide if it rains. The side with the keystone wall looks awesome, except we stare straight into our neighbors back yard and house — SORRY REGGIE + MELISSA!!

Super curious how this will all look when its finished and ready to move in. Only about 12 more months to go. 😍

I Spy With My Little Eye

Building With Block

A sneaky peaky of the Atlantic Ocean!

Craig climbed up on the scaffolding and took a pix of the view from where our first floor will be. And lookie there, you can see the ocean!

Now the funny part is that we don’t have any windows anywhere near there so once the house is built, bye bye!