Heights House Full Tour: Moving In


We’ve officially been “moved in” for around ten days now, and I couldn’t forget to document the house in its’ early stages before we slowly transform it into our home! Watch below for a complete room by room tour:

If you’re brand new to the party—a quick backstory:

We purchased this property in February 2018, when it was a modest little house in need of some serious TLC:

Renovations began immediately, but a month later it tragically and unexpectedly caught on fire, destroying most of the house. We were at a loss for what to do at the time, but quickly found the silver lining…

We decided to take the opportunity to start over and build our dream home in its place. For months we worked on the floor plan and design, and with the help of our awesome builder, our beauty from ashes was born just nine months after breaking ground.

The new Heights House is a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath (plus bonus room) approximately 2600 square feet. We’re calling it a “french country cottage tudor” style—a mix of all of our favorite European influences.

When you walk through the front door, you’ll see the staircase on the left:

Straight ahead is the dining area (with the kitchen in the back).

And to the right is the largest room in the house, the living room:

The standard ceiling height throughout the home is 9’4″, but we designed this room with vaulted ceilings to make it feel extra spacious. Paired with the beams, it adds so much drama.

Ignore the temporary furniture, that’s literally all we have right now while I slowly piece together this room (it won’t happen overnight!) The floors are French Oak from Lowe’s, and the chandelier is the only thing I’ve bought for this space (it’s enormous and elegant and under $300!)

Back to the dining room—I wanted it to be easily accessible from both the living room and kitchen, but also keep those two areas separated a bit.

The wall color is SW Alabaster, the doors/baseboards are SW Accessible Beige and window trim is SW Extra White all throughout the home. That wood glass door is an antique piece I scored at a local salvage shop last year (what a find!) and behind it is our laundry room. We won’t tackle this project until next year.

View of the dining area (and living room/foyer) from the other side. We ordered a 9′ table that can seat 10 people—it should be delivered any minute now!

At the back of the house is the kitchen (and how gorgeous is that Troy Lighting dining sconce?)

The cabinets are Kraftmaid Mushroom from Lowe’s, and the sink, faucets, built-in dishwasher and fridge are also from Lowe’s (you can find all the kitchen details in this post). The knobs are all RK International satin brass from myknobs.com.

The custom range hood is one of my favorite features in the room—I sketched it out and my builder worked on it himself, pulling it off beautifully. And that Hallman range—it just arrived a few days ago and it takes my breath away every time I walk in the room.

There’s several things left to do here—DIY open wood shelving flanking the range hood, finishing the quartz backsplash counter lip and behind the stove, pot filler, and refinishing some antique furniture—like this barrister bookcase I scored for $65 over the weekend:

It will be painted black and the glass frosted, to hide our pantry items. I also have this beauty sitting in the garage, which will be refinished and used to store our microwave/coffee maker and barware:

I’ll do a formal dedicated kitchen post soon as more progress is made!

On the other end of the kitchen is the arched hallway (another design element my builder brought to life from my drawings!) that leads to the future nursery, powder bath and master suite.

Here’s the view from the master bedroom, looking back out towards the dining/living room. The door on the right is a storage closet underneath the stairs.

All of the door hardware in this house is from Emtek—though we’ve only installed a few handles so far. Slowly but surely! I’ll do a separate post with more details soon.

Onto the master suite…

This is the second room in the house with a vaulted ceiling and beams—both on my “must have” list for our bedroom. Doesn’t it make it feel so romantic and dreamy? The curtains are an Amazon find and I’m obsessed. 9′ velvet ivory blackout panels at a very reasonable price.

We brought our bed and night stands over from the Riverside Retreat, but eventually I’ll replace them with something more substantial and better suited to the style of this home.

Just off the bedroom is a galley style closet (framed with a mini-custom arch):

It’s open right now, but we plan to add custom floor to ceiling door/drawer built-ins to hide the clothes.

On this side we’ll probably add two tall built-in wardrobes with a vanity desk/stool in the center below the window.

Ignore the mid-unpacking mess—this space won’t look pretty for a while and that’s fine with me!

At the end of the closet, we have our master bathroom—which was revealed on this blog last month—all the details and sources can be found in this post:

Let’s head back to the hallway now, into the next room—our powder bath:

Still a few things left to tackle in here like hanging our mirror, artwork, lighting and accessories. But I’m absolutely smitten with this tiny little space already. I’ll share all the details on this room in a separate post soon!

Next to the powder bath is the future nursery:

With only 11 weeks left until her due date and not a single thing ordered yet, I’m definitely feeling the pressure.

I have the design kind of/mostly figured out, but we’ve got a lot to tackle before we can start in here. You can only imagine how anxious I am to get the ball rolling!

The closet doors are custom from Simpson Doors, and of course I’ll share all the details and plans soon as we get started!

Moving upstairs now! Here we have two more bedrooms, a full bathroom and bonus room.

Starting with the first bedroom…

This will be used as an office space/secondary guest room.

We’ll add a trundle/daybed to sleep two guests that can save room when not in use.

Eight feet of closet space—so much room for throw pillows! The second bedroom will be used as our main guest room—it’s just a tiny bit smaller (but still large enough to comfortably fit a queen bed).

And eight more feet of pillow storage!

Finally, we have the bonus room, coming in at around 400 square feet.

I haven’t even begun to think about the design/layout, but I think it will be used as a game/media room and playroom for the baby.

It’s definitely large enough to have multiple zones and provide flexibility if our needs change.

We were originally going to leave this as unfinished attic space thinking we wouldn’t need the room, but boy are we glad now that we have it!

That covers everything for the interior, so let’s head back downstairs—Susie will lead the way…

One thing we loooove about this house is the big lot size (10,000 sq ft) and outdoor space.

We had about 700 square feet of pavers installed, and still have plenty of grass area leftover. The huge grand oak tree was also a big selling point when we first purchased the property.

Recognize the patio furniture from our Riverside Retreat backyard makeover? We couldn’t let it go unused all summer while we worked on that house, so we get to enjoy it here for a few months!

We also made landscaping a priority, and incorporated a few features like these bumpouts along the back wall. White bougainvilleas were planted and soon we’ll need to add a vertical trellis for them to climb. I plan to do a full landscaping post soon!

The exterior color is SW Oyster and trim color is SW Worldly Gray. We also finally got around to painting the rest of our window arches black (for those still wondering!)—don’t they make such a difference?

And that wraps our “Before/Moving-in” Heights House Tour! It has been one heck of a rollercoaster ride over the past nine months… I have to say, nine months of building a house is much harder than nine months of growing a baby 😉

But of course, they’re both worth the challenges and sacrifice, and I’m really looking forward to sharing how these spaces evolve with our growing family. There’s a lot to cover, so let me know what you’d most like to see more of or focus on in the coming weeks. As always, you can follow my daily updates on Instagram and Facebook, see what’s been inspiring me on Pinterest, and catch our latest video updates on YouTube.

A couple years ago I never would have dreamed that we’d end up here. Now that it’s real, I find myself overwhelmed with gratitude and in “pinch me” mode every day. The climb from rock bottom in 2015 was worth every step. Beauty from ashes…



52 thoughts on “Heights House Full Tour: Moving In

  1. Your new house is so beautiful! Love everything you’ve done so far! You and your husband have worked so hard on your properties, you deserve the best!

  2. Man oh Man this is so good. I can’t wait to see more.
    You and Sherry Hart have it going on! Love your works!

  3. I absolutely LOVE it and am so happy for you! I look forward to all of your posts! You have amazing style, I love the DIY and I love that your renovations are very budget friendly with just the occasional splurge!

    In future posts I would love to know how this house now looks in a neighborhood with older homes? I imagine that you have elevated the neighborhood but is there anything remotely nice like it or does it just feel weird in the area? Either way, it’s worth it…just more of a curiosity.

    Also, I love your master suite and have a similar room with about 5 (lower) windows. It has 12′ ceilings with a transom above each window below. Its dreamy with beautiful light! We did shutters but only on the lowers cuz I didn’t want to block the light and hated the double shutter look. I would love to do curtains to soften up the walls. With a transom should the curtain hang as high as it (basically just below the coffered ceiling)? Or just above the windows that have shutters? I would so appreciate your feedback so I can source curtains.

    Really looking forward to following along as you complete little and big projects in the coming years!

    1. Hi Jen! All of the houses in this neighborhood have been built at different times, and they’re all unique (there’s a pretty amazing custom French castle style home across the street) so ours actually fits in quite well!

      I think you can go either way with the curtains, either below or above the transoms — it just depends if you wanted to block the light completely, and also the cost/availability of curtain lengths. I hope this helps!

  4. Simply elegant, so consistent with your “signature look”: calming, graceful, classic. Your blog is my happy place for inspiration and peaceful dreaming!

    One question because I appreciate your thoughtfulness with all your decisions … why the decision for no second shower and/or bath on the first floor?

  5. Love this house! Can’t wait to follow along as you decorate it and settle in. Please, please don’t paint the vintage hutch on the kitchen counter black… it looks so fabulous with the wood doors to the left of your cabinets! It’s so warm and inviting.

  6. Just gorgeous!!! that’s all I can say. Your style is my absolute favorite, and has been for years! Well done, your hard work and perseverance has been rewarded, so happy for you guys!!

  7. Absolutely gorgeous!! Cannot wait to see the nursery. Only 11 more weeks until your little girl arrives…..exciting!

  8. The house is gorgeous! I am on pin and needles waiting to see what you do with it. I know it will be amazing!

  9. Quite AMAZING!!! Just so beautiful! I really love all the angles on the ceilings….well, just everything. You sure do have a gift!!

  10. AH-Mazing!!! So happy that your home just in time to welcome your little one! Can’t wait to see what’s nest!

  11. I have to say “you’ve come a long way baby”!! Amazing – the house, the new husband and baby – it is all so good for you. When you took that trip to Thailand, you found yourself. Watching this transformation has been inspirational. I can’t wait to see the next chapters of you life.

  12. Jenna, the house looks lovely! Can you share where you purchased the curtain rods in the master?? Thank you!

  13. Hi Jenna, I’m in love with your home. Can’t wait to see it all come together.
    Are you able to share an approximate cost of the home? We’ve wondered about building our own home but are too intimidated by it and unsure about the cost. It would be awesome for us curious followers.
    Thanks much!

    1. Every region will vary, but the custom homes I’ve seen around here start at around $150/square foot. Of course there are many factors that influence this and our situation was a little different since we ordered a lot of the materials and did the kitchen/bathrooms ourselves!

  14. What a beautiful home! So calm and airy – your signature style. I can’t wait to see how you decorate it.
    Regarding the nursery, as a two time mom, both times the nursery wasn’t ready lol! So all you need is a place for the baby to sleep (bassinet or even a drawer!), somewhere to change the baby (top of a dresser or even on the floor!), and a comfy spot to feed the baby – like a glider or rocker. I know you’ll wan to have everything ready, but IMO if you have those things, you don’t need to stress about anything else for at least the first month.
    Excited for the changes to your home and family. Best wishes!

    1. Thanks Brenda! She will definitely sleep in a bassinet in our room for a while, but it would be nice to have the nursery done and not have to worry about finishing projects when she gets here 🙂

  15. I love all that you have done to the new house and look forward to what the future will bring. I had to laugh at your comment about all the closet space for pillows. I have a bit of an obsession with them and have taken closet shelves all the way up to my 10′ ceilings to store them all.

  16. Debating a beautiful home. You & Lucas have worked so hard and so thoughtfully to get here. I have followed you since your first sunroom in Florida to CA and that home redo throughout Asia to meeting Lucas and more word travel to CA and more house renos and now back to Florida. You are correct …beauty from ashes. I wish you, Lucas and your sweet little girl lots of love and happiness together.

  17. Beautiful work!! So happy for you! I am in the middle of
    A kitchen remodel and still debating on what type of range hood to go with. I’m curious what yours is made of? Stucco?

  18. Amazing!! I tried to look but did not see a link for your kitchen sconces. Is this a source you can share! So happy for you both!

  19. Your house is beautiful and how exciting for you to finally move in. Have you considered Murphy beds for you guest room instead of a trundle? I built two twin Murphy beds for our guest/yoga/craft room and it was the best decision ever.

  20. Your house is beautiful!! Love how it all has turned out. It’d be cool to learn about how you figured out the landscaping layout too!

  21. Oh Jenna…..it’s incredible! I love it so much. You two did a fabulous job!! Now onto the decorating part<3

    Congratulations on a job so very well done!!!!
    Hugs!

  22. Incredible job with the design and choosing the big structural features to give character and choosing the small fixtures to complement the space. Love the lighting choices, master bath mirror/lighting combo, and big beams. Thanks for posting the paint colors and such. I love the post!

  23. Absolutely exquisite! Wishing you much happiness in your beautiful home, and looking forward to seeing it all come together.

  24. Jenna, we are so happy for all of the developments in your life. Your new home is breathtaking and uplifting, and I cannot wait to see how the nursery turns out! Lots of room for little ones to play and grow. I can already hear the pitter patter of little feet and laughter ringing through the house! Congratulations to both you and Lucas on a job well done! Finally, you have arrived home, and your future is full of hope and promise. Thanks for the peak into your dream come true! 💛 K & T.

  25. So Beautiful and dreamy! May I ask where the curtain rods are from? I just purchased the same curtains, but would like the same rods as well. Thanks in advance!

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