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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Let's Talk About The New House

I have been referring to our new home as the Builder Basic.  Now the reason I call it that is because that is exactly what it is.  This is the basic floor plan with no upgrades that the builder offered at the time the house was built.

I got an email from a friend that asked why I kept calling this new house "The Builder Basic".  She said it was a beautiful home and one I should be proud of and grateful to have.

Oh my, I never in any way intended for anyone to think that I wasn't proud of this house and that I wasn't grateful.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  If you have followed me for a while you know that I have been praying for a home to become available in a price range I could afford and in an area close to our children.  This house is an answer to my prayers.  It is within 15 minutes of my family and in a beautiful area that is central to all of Phoenix.

(I am loving the dining area.  It is large enough that I can extend with all 4 leaves.)



Another reason I loved this house is because it is "basic".  There are no upgrades that don't match my style and that I would have to work around.  I can upgrade as we can afford to to make it truly mine.  I think that is a super bonus.

(Still trying to figure out what works in the bedroom.  More on that later.)


 I truly am grateful to have this home and to be able to be near family.  I am also grateful that I can decorate it to reflect my taste and even if I couldn't change a thing, this is a home that I truly love.

I hope you will follow along as I turn "The Builder Basic" into my dream home one space at a time.
This home is a Blessing beyond belief.


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33 comments:

  1. I am so happy for you to have found this home. Happy New Year!
    ps- i know what a blessing it was to have found it.

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  2. It's a wonderful home and basic or not I know you'll embrace it with style! I'm sure that's why your previous home sold so easily!

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  3. What a wonderful opportunity to be able to make it yours!! I can't wait to see all the things you do to it. You have a wonderful eye for design, and it will be gorgeous!

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  4. I know just how you feel. It is a beautiful house that you will make your home!!!!

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  5. Builder basic is a term that a number of designers use, myself included. It's not negative in any way, shape or form. It's just a term to describe something that is the opposite of "custom". Kudo's to you my friend for using correct terminology. I know this home is an answer to a prayer you have been praying for a number of years.

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  6. It is NOT a negative, and has never been taken that way. I take it as a "blank slate" and you can TRULY transform it to YOURS. Exciting times and I look forward to watching the journey and transformation!! ENJOY

    Ramona Burlington ON Canada

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  7. I know exactly what you mean. Our last house we bought was less than a year old, and though the finishes were not what I would have chose, they we too nice to tear out and start over. It is great that you don't have to remove things you don't like, but can upgrade when you have the time and dollars.

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  8. I totally understand, it just indicates that you have a blank slate to work with and that is certainly more desirable than having a lot of colors and details that you have to "redo". I think it's a great house and you have great style. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it :)

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  9. Thanks for explaining. I fall in the category of your friend. Having never built a new home or looked at newer homes, I am not up on the lingo. So, your explanation helped me understand where you are coming from. Enjoy your new home and I look forward to seeing the changes as they come about.

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  10. Sometimes we're taken so literally. Literally!
    Brenda

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  11. Looking very nice as it is getting "martynized", Marty. Enjoy!

    Christine

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  12. Builder Basic is definitely not a negative term. It is what it is. I understand as I have lived in BB apartments before. I cannot wait to keep up with your progress in making your new home a dreamy one.

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  13. I got the same response when referring to my house. I think it is a term not used in other parts of the country. In Texas, it is used quite often to refer to a house with no upgrades and one that isn't custom. We have custom builds or builder here in Texas. Mine is builder. I'd much prefer to add my own upgrades as you plan to do. I know how you desired to be near your family. It's such a blessing for you.

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    1. In my area we call them "spec" houses. The builder builds and speculates that he will sell it I guess. ha.

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  14. I like the way you dressed the bed, and I am going to copy if for myself. I also have a white quilt and I quite like it with the dark bedskirt.

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  15. That's the whole point of buying builder's basic houses. You can put your own stamp on it and upgrade it to your style. We are looking now for a more affordable house and I sure don't want to pay for upgrades that aren't my style. I would rather take an older home and make it over or a new builder's basic and upgrade gradually than to have to accept upgrades that don't suit our style.

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  16. I understood that you didn't mean it in a negative way. I've been torn about what to say or call our rent house. It's a blessing but I can't say that I love it so I'm being a little quiet about it. :)

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  17. I think getting a basic home without all the upgrades jacking up the price IS the perfect home...because those upgrades are hard to justify changing since you pay for them in the price of the home.....and it is such a waste. To have it "basic" is soooo much better - you will make this so incredible with your talents, patience, contacts and frugality!

    We are all anxiously awaiting every step and will hold your hand every step of the way.

    Yes, it is a blessing - most everyone knew exactly what you meant. Hugs.

    McGuyver on, my friend! : - )

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  18. Can't wait to see what you do in your new home. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  19. Hi Marty,
    I totally could relate to your builder basic term. We had the same term with out new place. I liked that I could make it my own too without a lot of upgrades that would hinder the process. I cannot wait to come along as you make this house your home. The best part is being closer to family makes the new place feel so much like home. Congrats on all the progress you have made so far.
    xoxo
    Kris

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  20. Looks good! As for the bedroom, I love the headboard and bedding. I think what is throwing it off is the scale of the lamps and chair is too small. Add taller lamps, perhaps in an oil rubbed bronze, to bring in the brown color and maybe mirrors or something tall behind the lamps to add height and match the scale of the headboard. Just a thought.

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  21. Happy New Year Marty, I think your home is beautiful! I also love your bedroom set. I bet your weather is a lot warmer than ours currently-we have snow falling and should get between 8-12" by tomorrow. In fact, hubby and I are thinking of taking a week to get to warm AZ, to visit friends in February.
    Enjoy your new nest; it is such a blessing to be close to children.
    Hugs, Noreen

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  22. I love your "builder basic" home. 25 years ago we built our dream home but life has changed a lot since then. First the kids moved out and then I became a widow. I just recently bought my own builder basic and am so happy here. I was a major downsize both with land and house but after 8 years of taking care of the other place on my own - it was time. Now I'm having a blast fixing up my new place and making it perfect for me. I hope to get lots of inspiration from your blog!

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  23. Marty, your dining area is beautiful. I like the open space and all the light. I agree with you. It's best to start with basic rather than undo or have to live with changes someone else made. Have fun, and yes, I look forward to following along.

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  24. I'm beyond excited for you Marty! What a way to start your 2017 dear! Congrats again on your new house and looking forward to your DIY and design adventures on this one!

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  25. I'm looking forward to seeing the changes you make to give it your personal touch.

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  26. I cannot wait to se your transformations!

    Warm hugs,
    Carol

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  27. Almost a clean slate - the best of all worlds - I would love this.

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  28. I am so happy for you! And having a builder basic where you do not have to rip out odd custom stuff will save you money! Demo is expensive. ha. Or imagine having to remove old wallpaper. I think your prayer was answered! I am excited to see how everything progresses. I have you in my blog sidebar so that others might see also and follow along. sheila

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  29. We just moved in to a "builder basic" home this past summer. The house was only 2 years old and it was the owner's 2nd home, so they were hardly ever there and everything was practically new. Like you, I'm glad we don't have to undo a whole bunch of things, but it will take time to make it our own. Your new home is wonderful!

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  30. Marty, I am so happy for you! What a blessing and being able to make it your very own is perfect. I will be following to see how you transform your new home'

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  31. Builder basic simply means you basically have a clean slate to make your home your own. I think it's fabulous that you are closer to family. xoxo

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  32. So happy you found a home near your children to make all your own! You have fabulous taste and will make this home anything but basic. xo.

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