worth it or not

In our 15 years of marriage we’ve been given the opportunity to remodeled/built 7 different homes. Five we have lived in and two have been spec homes. We had a couple of different goals in doing this, but one thing that came out of building so many houses we weren’t expecting is we knew what worked or didn’t work, we new what we would use or wouldn’t use. Here are just a few of the things I new I wanted and would do it again in a heart beat, and one that we could have saved the money on.


I do a lot of dishes. I rarely use paper products and I use every pot and bowl in the house when I cook (it seems) because in my last house was doing dishes three times a day. Five monkey’s + mommy and daddy create a lot of dishes to do, so I knew I wanted two dish washers, and I have never regretted it. Money well spent.
Something that wasn’t planned, that I love, is the two dish washers are two different models, one model has a third row for more dishes and doesn’t work for large items. The other model doesn’t, making it usable for larger pots, plates and cookie sheets. We choose Asko and it is so quiet and washes really well. It also has a timer on it to delay washings.

master laundry

I get the a lot of comments, especially from women about this. Stackable washer and dryer in my master closet. The often have a moment of silence when they walk through. I am in total agreement. A washer and dryer in the master closet, if you have the room, is delightful. The bonus that I have found is that lumber jake will put in loads of his own laundry himself. I have liked this perk. We choose the Bosch brand and I really love it. I can’t say that for my regular front loaders in my mud room that are kenmoore (I would not buy those again).

my sheep rug

I have this rug in master bed room. I wanted a big white shag rug, it was a little more than I wanted to spend (at overstock.com) but I decided to just do it so I closed my eyes and hit purchase. A few days later my dodge lover bro in law called from smoot store saying my sheep just arrived (at that time UPS wouldn’t deliver up to the trees).
It was so worth the money, it is shaggy, and so thick the strands are longer than my own hair. It does shed a little but to roll on it is so much fun.

drinking fountain

I thought how fun it would be to have a drinking fountain right when you come in the door and the kids would use it all the time. They don’t. I mean they use it every once in a while, but I thought my kids would drink more water having one in the house but they just don’t. I have to practically beg my younger monkey’s to drink out it. But maybe if it was fruit punch, they would.

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