When I opened Dessert’D seven years ago all I had was $500 in my bank account, and nothing more to lose. Because I had spent it all, literally, to open up shop. I had no more savings, no back up plan and no fear. Or well maybe I was just too busy to think about the what if’s or the bad things that could happen. All I knew was that if I could make $50 a day I could pay the rent at the Bake Shop. Not at my house, not feed myself, not pay myself, not pay the electric or order food or anything else - but I’d pay the rent and not break my lease. That was my only concern at that moment. And looking back, it was probably pretty reckless. How could I not pay myself? I had no other income and no savings. I figured I’d just eat cookies if it came down to it, and I probably would have slept at the Bake Shop if I had to. Thankfully it never came to that either. Even though it probably would have been easier if I did sleep there considering all the hours I spent there. And honestly, I have always been able to pay the rent, myself, the bills and more. But, if I hadn’t been willing to risk the possibility of not being able to do that, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Which brings me to the present. Delaney and I just closed on a beautiful piece of land in Mammoth and we’re planning to build a house! I never would have thought I would be able to do this seven years ago. I can see some of my hard work finally paying off. I have never lived in a nice house, not since I moved out of my parents house when I was 17 years old. I've always lived in an "old" house with a sub par kitchen because I was more concerned about location and price than what was inside. I've always just made it work, whether it's been a broken oven, a stove with only two working burners or washer and dryer on our patio. I've lived with the unconventional and gotten by with what I've had. So now I cannot wait to design my dream home with a gas stove and a brand new washer and dryer.
We’re going to build a 2 phase house because lets be real, we’re definitely on a budget. So in order to make our dream home a reality we have to start small. So we’re building a smaller version of the dream home first. Then in hopefully 3-5 years we’ll add on and get the full dream home. The first portion is going to be a two car garage with three bedrooms and 1.5 baths, above the garage. The two bedrooms are actually going to be an office and a gym haha, but it will also include a laundry room (my very own laundry room!) We can spend less money up front and be able to build faster. Then we can move in to something we designed and that we love, even if it’s a bit smaller than what we want. Then we’ll add on and get exactly what we want and the smaller portion of the house will act as a guest house, or more importantly my test kitchen and photo studio, which I’m really excited about.
So, that brings me here. I want to share our plans here on the blog so you guys can watch me build my dream kitchen... twice. Anything I don’t like in the first one I’ll know not to do in the second. It’s kinda like a practice dream home. And I’m sure you’re all wondering what the perfect kitchen for a baker is, what appliances I’ll buy and what tools I’ll stock it with. I will share all that here on project dream home. And, I'll be sharing eco friendly options for everything home related - such as paint, flooring, furniture and more. I want my house to be as eco friendly and as stylish as the bake shop.
I will also share with you the process of buying land and building a house. It may seem daunting and I’ve heard it’s a lot of work. But anything good is worth working for. I don’t want to settle for something I don’t love, like a condo or a house that we have to rip apart and still not get exactly what we want anyways. So Delaney and I are starting from scratch. Join us on our creative journey to our dream home.