All posts by Laura Reed

Laura Reed

About Laura Reed

After 15 years in college athletics, the last seven as an assistant athletics director, I was burned out with 70-hour work weeks and extensive travel. I resigned my position and accepted a position in marketing at a small, vibrant college in my hometown of Unity, Maine. In the process I wanted to go back to my childhood where we raised polled Herefords, had a Christmas Tree Farm and spent many hours outside. I decided I wanted to build my own home on beautiful farmland that my family owns. With help from my Dad, the most talented person I’ve ever met, we are building my home together. I have decided to blog my experience – the ups and downs, the joys and frustrations. What was once an open field will one day be my home! The dream in my head is becoming reality. I can just see the lambs frolicking in the field, chickens in the barnyard and going running with my Alaskan Malamute!

Where do I live?

  This is a question that I continue to ask myself daily. I am blessed that I have sufficient places to stay, but not having a home where I can continually live is tough. My new house is not livable yet. There is no power or water. Until I sell my house, I don’t have […]

When purchasing wood is painful

As the snow continues to pile up, it makes working on my house challenging. We have been at a standstill for what seems like several months now. In January, I bought some Roxul insulation. My Dad was able to put a bit of it up, but since then very little progress has been made. Much […]

Ceiling decisions

Things on the home front have been very slow lately for various reasons. I know that it is still January, however, I want to start thinking about spring and making progress again. This week, I purchased $1,100 worth of Roxul insulation. It will not do the entire house, but should do the ceiling. It was […]

How is your house coming?

This is the question that I hear most often these days. It is exciting that so many people are interested in the progress, but unfortunately, the answer is slow. Very slow. The main goal was to get the house secured for winter and that is pretty much where we stand at this point. I was […]

Interior indecisions

Ever since I began thinking about my house, I thought that I wanted the interior to be classy rustic. Is there even a thing as classy rustic? I wanted it to be my dream home, not a hunting camp. I have spent a lot of time searching Pinterest and various other design sites to get […]

Do you see what I see?

The day that I decided on my final house design, with the loft in the back and the front open to the ceiling, I knew that I wanted to find special windows to put in the front. This has been one of the most frustrating, yet rewarding parts of the house thus far. I’ve wanted […]

A lofty view

The weather looked great for an early December day on Friday, so I decided to take the day off to try to make some progress on the house. Now that the roof is on, I really want to get the windows in, especially my front ones. My Dad and I went down to the homestead […]