Building Our Home pt. 1


As of today, we are 58 days into our 190 day promise date on our home build… But who’s counting? 😜 By the end of next week, we should have our roof on and windows and siding are there ready to install as well!

My husband and I looked into building with Hiline Homes a couple years ago and really loved their 2188 floor plan, but there were a few limitations on what they could modify for us. We hired someone to draw us up something similar, had it finalized, sent it to the architect, had it signed off on, and ended up doing that 3 whole times before we got it just right. I’m going to insert my first bit of advice here: Take advantage of your free revisions, because after you finalize, and especially after it’s sent to the architect, it’s going to cost you a TON of money that you could have used elsewhere. So, make sure you are 100% sure it’s exactly what you want before you finalize it. Trust us on that!

So, after all of that, we sat with those 3 sets of finalized plans for a while before we happened upon another Hiline booklet, and really saw the 2041 floor plan in a different light. I made a binder with my home ideas, and all the pieces started to click together for me. A few weeks later, we had ourselves a shiny new Hiline Homes building contract.

Once we got our site prepped it didn’t take them long at all to get started. Like, things started moving really fast. So, when you first go into Hiline’s office and price out options, you get to pick your cupboards and countertops. You then have to schedule an appointment with the flooring/tile company. They suggest you do this right away. My next bit of advice: DO IT RIGHT AWAY! My guess is that, like me, once you get there and see your previous choices with the other options, that you might change your mind. Which is completely fine, as long as they haven’t poured your foundation. Once your foundation is poured, there is a change order fee for any changes made… and I found that the cupboard color we picked actually looked a bit orange and didn’t go with any of the other colors we liked. So ultimately we had to change our cupboard color with Hiline, and pay the change order fee.

I will be sharing with you how it all turns out, and give my final review of Hiline Homes at that time. So far, we are very pleased with the progress. If I happen upon any other bits of advice, I will be sure to share that with you as well!

Are you currently building a home with Hiline? I’d love to hear from you!

Thank you all for reading, and have a wonderful day!

– Heather

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Welcome to Wild Oak Mama


Welcome, Friends! I am so glad you happened upon this page!

Let me introduce myself. My name is Heather, and I find it very awkward to talk about myself… (🙈😬😆) Ok, I’m glad we got that out of the way! I am very much an introvert, often mistaken for an extrovert. Nature is my thing, and I love most activities that get me outdoors. I’m a mama of 4 tiny humans, that keep me just outside my comfort zone with all their activities. We raise cattle in our “down time”, and are in the process of building our forever home. My husband has accused me of wanting every kind of animal, but for now we just have cows, dogs, cats, and chickens. Our neighbor’s turkey adopted us for a while before she took her back, and I thought she was the coolest thing… So we might need to get another one sometime. 😜

I’m intrigued by interior design, and making spaces functional and practical, yet beautiful. I’m definitely inspired by the farmhouse feel, but I would say my style is farmhouse/minimalist/rustic with a touch of modern flair. I’m really loving the Scandinavian styling. Simplicity meets modern farmhouse. It’s heavenly! I love small houses and finding ways to utilize every inch of space. It’s also a priority to make sure that a house feels like a home for children too. They need to be able to feel like they can be themselves in our space as well.

I am a stay-at-home mama, but that is far from my only title. I have a small business called Wild Oak Mama, where I offer all sorts of home decor and custom gifts. I also do a little bit of photography for a small group of clients. I call myself a hobbyist. I enjoy it, but do not want to make a career out of it. In addition to my little side-biz, I am also a Girl Scout troop leader and a board member of our school’s Booster Club. (See often mistaken for an extrovert above.)⬆️😆

So, for those of you who read through this whole mumbo-jumbo, thank you! I am so glad you are here. I would love to know more about you! Feel free to reach out to me any time. I try to get back to everyone, and I enjoy giving advice and sharing tips and tricks that I have learned along the way!


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