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@thebrickieswife

I love this perfect little home. white and black contrast are all things dreamy.. the @durham_house

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@stones_with_stories

I canโ€™t seem to break away from the garden these days...itโ€™s the great distraction...but there is more progress!! Excited to share more pictures of this impromptu stone niche that Rocky is working on...blog post coming later this week! * * * #stoneswithstories #buildingourdreamsfromthedirtup #niche #niches #buildingourhome #buildingprogress #stonehouse #stonemasonry #masonry #stonemason #stonemasonrylife #ownerbuilderlife #ownerbuilder #homebuilding #construction #auburnca #auburncalifornia #creativelifehappylife #newblog #newblogger #laboroflove #builtbyhand #tellyourstory #storytelling #gratitude

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@stones_with_stories

There are signs of spring everywhere....absolute perfection and peace! My gardening obsession always gets slightly out of control this time of year ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคญ posting and blogging have taken a back seat, but Iโ€™m working on another progress post for the blog and it should be up by the end of this week ๐Ÿ˜Š. * * * #stoneswithstories #buildingourdreamsfromthedirtup #buildingourhome #stonehouse #stonemasonry #masonry #ownerbuilder #ownerbuilderlife #auburnca #auburncalifornia #creativelifehappylife #newblog #newblogger #builtbyhand #tellyourstory #storytelling #gratitude #spring #springfever #beautifulday

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@thehouseonthepond

We are *this* close to finishing the fronts on our home built kitchen cabinets! *********swipe through to see some pics of the progress so far********** Weโ€™ve decided to go with flat fronts, painted. Clean, simple. Still narrowing down paint colors, but we think weโ€™ve got it down to our top choice (or 2??) And then itโ€™s off to start the decision-making process for pulls... #neverending . . . . . . . #thehouseonthepond #handmadehome #diy #kitchenreno #kitchencabinets #cabinetry #customcabinets #builder #ownerbuilder #ownerbuilt #progress #inprogress #renos #homebuilt #ownerbuilderlife #homebuilder #doityourself #reallife #shamoftheperfect #buildityourself #handmadehome

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@tofuinteriors

Anyone else feel like their dreams are premonitions sometimes? I woke up this morning and told my husband that i dreamt our tile splashbacks were done the wrong way then sure enough hubbie goes to the block takes a photo and it was done sideways herringbone instead of upright ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ... second photo is when i quickly googled herringbone to send to hubbie to show the tiler ๐Ÿ˜ฟthe laundry is going to get done the right way but our butlers pantry is going to have to live like this ๐Ÿ˜“ #ownerbuilderlife #shouldofbeensupervising #toohardwithkids #buildingwithtofu #fail

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@tofuinteriors

Who else is ready for bed?๐Ÿ’†๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ... not me, waiting to see hubbie (who works at our house every night to get us closer to moving in!) Canโ€™t wait to start having earlier nights when we move into our house finally! Itโ€™s crazy how much you can miss routine when living through something pretty big in your life like a house build (while living with in laws... with a child and a baby #noroutineatall)..... #ownerbuilderlife #wifelife #babiesasleepatleast #notthetoddlerthough ๐Ÿ“ท@adoremagazine

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@ms_kimmyann

This was likely the most epic DIY project weโ€™ve ever completed...just in time for pool season, behold THE DECK #ownerbuilderlife #trexdecking #hillcountrymodernarchitecture #atxlife

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@stones_with_stories

Perfect ending for such a beautiful and productive day around here โš’. ** ** March has brought A.LOT.OF.RAIN and it started to feel like we might not make any progress for this entire month, which would also mean that our stone completion deadline might be pushed back to the end of June instead ๐Ÿ˜ช. ** ** Fortunately this last week has been warm and sunny so weโ€™ve been attempting to make up for lost time....12 hour work days ๐Ÿ™ˆ We just might pull off our 5/31/18 deadline ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™. * * Happy Easter weekend friends โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’. * * * #stoneswithstories #buildingourdreamsfromthedirtup #stonehouse #buildingprogress #ownerbuilder #ownerbuilderlife #auburnca #auburncalifornia #gratitude #sunsets #moodyskies #newblog #newblogger #creativelifehappylife

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@bonniesfarmhouse

I just wanted to say thank you so much to everyone who has left a comment or DM about my little idea to help Owner builders by developing a information starter pack based on my experience ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•....another one of my passion is supporting small business, I love buying from small businesses too! Please go check out Cheree from @thepillowslipstore she has been a great support to me during this IG journey and a lovely friend. I have her new ruffle pillow case covers on my bed ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•.... . . . . โœ–๏ธchurch pew - made out of one piece of timber from @bunnings $99....Check out my blog - link on profile ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™Œ.... โœ–๏ธI built our super king sized bed out of real cast iron single beds for $661.50 - go to my blog to see the diy... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #cottageandfarm #iadorefarmhousedecor #homestyle #mycountryhome #betterhomesandgardens #bhgaus #countrystylemag #bhghome #homeinspiration #diyhomedecor #allthefarmhousefeels #americanfarmhousestyle #superkingbedsheet #churchpew #churchpews #bedsidetable #farmhousedecor #farmhouselights #farmhousestyle #farmstylebench #mycountryhome #addictedtobargains #masterbedroom #masterbedroomdesign #bonniesfarmhouse #ownerbuilder #ownerbuilderlife #kingpillows #bonniesfarmhouse

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@stones_with_stories

SPRING!!! Itโ€™s okay, get comfortable and stay for awhile.....You amaze me in every way....except for the rattlesnakes who also adore this season ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ. * * * #stoneswithstories #buildingourdreamsfromthedirtup #buildingourhome #stonehouse #stonemasonry #masonry #ownerbuilder #ownerbuilderlife #auburnca #auburncalifornia #creativelifehappylife #newblog #newblogger #builtbyhand #tellyourstory #storytelling #gratitude #spring #beautifulday #beautifulview #springishere

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@stones_with_stories

Our day was filled with many surprises and exploring.....we might be a wee bit tired and sore tomorrow, but there are many new stones to build with....which translates to speedy progress ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ After they are washed and sorted ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ซ.....poor Rocky!! * * * #stoneswithstories #buildingourdreamsfromthedirtup #auburnca #auburncalifornia #stonemason #stonemasonlife #ownerbuilder #ownerbuilderlife #homebuilding #construction #storytelling #tellyourstory #stonehouse #allinadayswork #creativelifehappylife #livelaughlove #livelaughloveandcreate #gratitude #progress #northerncalifornia

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@stones_with_stories

My scavenger hunting buddy....we found new limits in our strength today and even kept up with the boys ๐Ÿ’ช....thank you for your adventurous spirit and for keeping us supplied with your pandora selections and blueberry fruit snacks ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ. * * * #stoneswithstories #buildingourdreamsfromthedirtup #scavengerhunts #auburnca #auburncalifornia #adventure #friends #ownerbuilder #ownerbuilderlife #letsdothis #newblog #girlsarestrongtoo #toughgirls #wevegotthis #creativelifehappylife #gratitude #livelaughlove #livelaughexplore #livelaughloveandcreate

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@stones_with_stories

Foraging for building materials....this is where it starts...one stone at a time, discovered and chosen from our property, transported back up to the house site before being thoroughly washed, sorted and then chosen once again for its final placement on our home โค๏ธ. * * * #stoneswithstories #buildingourdreamsfromthedirtup #stonehouse #construction #homebuilding #ownerbuilder #ownerbuilderlife #auburnca #auburncalifornia #stonemasonry #stonemasonlife #stonemason #scavengerhunt #foraging #newblog #storytelling #creativelifehappylife #thediscovery #gratitude #isthisreallywork #laboroflove #builtbyhand #builtwithlove

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@stones_with_stories

We gathered ready to work...it rained a little and then the sun popped in to say hello here and there...explored the creeks and hidden valleys on our property in search of the perfect stones that will find their way to our stone-house...we discovered new amphibians and wildflowers along the way....I suppose you could say we were โ€œworkingโ€...most of the day felt like an exciting scavenger hunt however.... * * * #stoneswithstories #buildingourdreamsfromthedirtup #stonehouse #construction #auburnca #auburncalifornia #ownerbuilder #ownerbuilderlife #homebuilding #storytelling #foragingisfun #stones #stonemasonry #stonemason #stonemasonlife #scavengerhunt #discoveringnature #playoutside #isthisreallywork #collected #newblog #gratitude #creativelifehappylife

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@bonniesfarmhouse

If you have been watching my stories all weekend โ€” The plan was always to use second hand bricks to build up the roundabout, line the driveway the whole way, a path to our carport and paths around the back! This weekend I just placed the bricks to build the roundabout wall, I still need to do the foundation and mortar the wall! Then we will fill it with new dirt and tanbark, the driveway will be done with sandstone rock. Hopefully the carport will be up in a week or two ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ™Œ biggest problem is rabbits and kangaroos eating everything so weโ€™re creating height to try and prevent them! We also came up with an idea for garden beds at the front of the house ๐Ÿ™Œ ( we canโ€™t have anything against the house due to our BAL rating ).....Iโ€™m so excited itโ€™s coming together ๐Ÿ˜Š... . . . . โœ–๏ธ When I first started my account I documented how we saved about $2,000 by getting second hand red bricks for free off @ebay and @gumtreeaus ๐Ÿ™Œ.. โœ–๏ธ To buy second hands bricks range from 70 cents to $1.00 per brick.... โœ–๏ธvintage tractor and objects are from a farm auction... โœ–๏ธfor my new followers our home is a kit @kitomeptyltd that we owner built.... . . . . . . . . . . . . #kitomehouseproud #mykitomehome #allthefarmhousefeels #homebeautiful #beautifulhomesofinstagram #australianlandscape #mycountryhome #buildingblog #newconstruction #buildingourdreamhome #buildingourdream #constructionlife #farmhousestyle #ranchhouse #homestead #homesteadliving #ownerbuilder #kithome #kithomes #weekendwithtextures #ownerbuilders #ownerbuilderlife #ownerbuilder #newhomeowner #newbuildjourney #ourhomestead #ourhousehold #ourhouseisbecomingahome #vintagetractor #vintagegarden #landscape

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@stones_with_stories

Another cold and rainy day ahead...the house site has been completely surrounded by slippery swamps, but there is a small bit of redemption in this beautiful sky....fluffy clouds for days! Happy weekend friends ๐Ÿ˜Š. * * * #stoneswithstories #buildingourdreamsfromthedirtup #ownerbuilder #ownerbuilderlife #stonehouse #stonemasonry #stonemasonlife #stonemason #auburnca #auburncalifornia #moodyskies #fluffyclouds #blackandwhitephotography #creativelifehappylife

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@stones_with_stories

SPRING!!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŽ‰ Please donโ€™t ever leave us!!! * * * #stoneswithstories #buildingourdreamsfromthedirtup #springiscoming #springfever #floweringtrees #springisthebest #springismyfavorite #auburnca #auburncalifornia #gratitude #ownerbuilderlife

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@stones_with_stories

๐Ÿ‘‰NEW BLOG POST๐Ÿ‘ˆ up! Link is in profile. Talking about our Progress through February with lots of pictures and stories! Itโ€™s been quite the dynamic month of bipolar weather, but we did manage to continue towards our deadline......just in slower form๐Ÿค” #stoneswithstories #buildingourdreamsfromthedirtup #stonehouse #buildingprogress #houseconstruction #auburnca #auburncalifornia #creativelifehappylife #gratitude #newblog #newblogpost #storytelling #homebuilding #ownerbuilder #ownerbuilderlife #stonemasonary #stonemasonlife #stonemason #liveyourstory

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@julie_smith77

And just like that our first home has gone unconditional, will leave our hands on the 28th lots of memories ups and down but lots of love ๐Ÿ’• #moet #ferrorocher #valleyview #burnside #amberwerchonproperty #ontoournewchapter #ownerbuilderlife #letthebuildingbegin at Rosemount, Queensland

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@stones_with_stories

Our house slab resembled a huge ice skating rink a few mornings ago...we had fun #breakingice And as always, Dakarai was close by to observe our odd behavior ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜†. * * * #stoneswithstories #buildingourdreamsfromthedirtup #ownerbuilderlife #ownerbuilder #houseconstruction #auburnca #auburncalifornia #simplejoys #makingthemostofit #makingthemostofeveryday

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@stones_with_stories

Trying Not to feel discouraged by the constant downpours, snow, and wind that have settled in here, meaning stagnant progress on the stones. I know that water is a gift and is necessary for all life....looking forward to warm sunny days in the garden soon...very soon...and for now Netflix and I are back together ๐Ÿ’•. * * * #stoneswithstories #buildingourdreamsfromthedirtup #stonehouse #ownerbuilder #ownerbuilderlife #springiscoming #springineedyou #noprogress #springflowers #houseconstruction #auburnca #auburncalifornia #gratitude

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@stones_with_stories

Final window sill complete ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‘ A few facts... โœ”๏ธ All window sills/headers cast on site โœ”๏ธthey range in weight from 250-500 pounds each (sills) and 1000-2000 pounds (headers) โœ”๏ธ they will most likely be left raw so they will naturally patina over time. * * * #stoneswithstories #buildingourdreamsfromthedirtup #castconcrete #concrete #stonehouse #stonehouseconstruction #buildingprogress #buildingmilestones #builtbyhand #homebuilding #houseconstruction #auburnca #auburncalifornia #livinghouse #stonemasonry #stonemasonlife #ownerbuilder #ownerbuilderlife #patinaperfection #naturalpatina #patina

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@stones_with_stories

Itโ€™s been a long time since weโ€™ve been able to use words like โ€œlastโ€ or โ€œfinalโ€ in reference to our building progress, but Iโ€™m happy to report that this past weekend showed us a small building milestone. The LAST cast concrete window sill was placed, meaning the bottom portions of the windows within the stone portion are complete ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ Itโ€™s all about those small victories ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™ * * * #stoneswithstories #buildingourdreamsfromthedirtup #castconcrete #concrete #ownerbuilder #ownerbuilderlife #stonehouse #stonehouseconstruction #builtbyhand #homebuilding #auburnca #auburncalifornia #builtbyhand #buildingmilestone #smallvictories #timelapsevideo #stonemason #stonmasonry

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@ranchlivingdreamhouse

#nofilter #DIY #ownerbuilderlife #dreamhouse Must Have: lots of view of the sky! #Amazing #Sunset #tinyliving

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@ranchlivingdreamhouse

No house yet, but so many benefits already! Big change, even bigger rewards! DIY #ownerbuilderlife #Ranchlife #hammock #worthit #priceless #childhood

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@bonniesfarmhouse

The sky is always amazing here, the cloud formations we witness daily just amaze me! Look at this beauty from last night...... . . . โœ–๏ธWelcome to all my new followers! Iโ€™m Alicia and along with my husband we built our dream home from a kit from @kitomeptyltd. We are Owner builders!... โœ–๏ธI custom designed our home and floor plan and organised all materials, trades and project managed the build ๐Ÿ‘Œ... โœ–๏ธ we built our 56sq (5,500 square foot) home in 16 weeks ๐Ÿ’ƒ..... โœ–๏ธIโ€™m currently building my relatives home, so come along for the ride using @kitomeptyltd....... โœ–๏ธI also share some of my jobs I do for work - Iโ€™m a project manger for a building company too !..... โœ–๏ธ I hope youโ€™re all enjoying our journey on our little farm โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜Š... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #kitomehouseproud #mykitomehome #allthefarmhousefeels #homebeautiful #beautifulhomesofinstagram #australianlandscape #mycountryhome #buildingblog #newconstruction #buildingourdreamhome #buildingourdream #constructionlife #farmhousestyle #ranchhouse #homestead #homesteadliving #ownerbuilder #kithome #kithomes #weekendwithtextures #cloudscape #clouds #cloudformations #ownerbuilders #ownerbuilderlife #ownerbuilder #newhomeowner #newbuildjourney #ourhomestead #ourhousehold #ourhouseisbecomingahome

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@stones_with_stories

โ€œAs soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happenโ€ ~Winnie the Pooh Rocky Rapetti....you are truly one of a kind...your wisdom, kindness, creativity and your sense of humor that always sneaks out in the most unexpected moments...you are that guy I didnโ€™t believe existed until you did ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜ Our lives have been anything but normal, but I love writing this story with you! Happy Valentines Day ๐Ÿ’• * * * #stoneswithstories #buildingourdreamsfromthedirtup #stonehouse #ownerbuilderlife #ownerbuilder #stonemasonlife #stonemasonry #stonemason #practicinggratitude #blessed #auburnca #northerncalifornia #wereinthistogether #valentinesday #tellyourstory #dreamsdocometrue #ilovethisman #inspired #creativelifehappylife

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@stones_with_stories

I am often asked how the larger stones are handled/moved? Well.....I thought I would share this time lapse video and give some fun facts.... ๐Ÿ“We do not own any large tractors, cranes or other heavy machinery. ๐Ÿ“The largest stones are found on the corners and also the granite that surrounds the front door entrance; they range from 500-2000 pounds. ๐Ÿ“These stones have been moved/placed using an A-frame tripod created by Rocky, and is made of heavy steel pipes and a simple chain hoist. And of course, I cannot fail to mention a whole lot of ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช!!! These stones are exciting to place as they change the aesthetic with each new placement and displace lots of square footage, bringing us big strides in progress ๐Ÿ‘ * * * #buildingourdreamsfromthedirtup #stoneswithstories #stonehouse #dreamhouseproject #ownerbuilder #ownerbuilderlife #livinghouse #greenbuilding #laboroflove #uniqueconstruction #builtbyhand #northerncalifornia #auburnca #stonemosaics #creativelifehappylife #tellyourstory #practicinggratitude #wheresthetractor #stonemasonry #stonemason #stonemasonlife #homebuilding #dreamhouseinthemaking #cornerstone

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@julie_smith77

Getting so excited to start this ! Top Secret #ownerbuilderlife #workinghardtoacheive #doingitourselves #chillifreaksdesigns ! Watch this space

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@gromcon

When the old and new are coming together nicely. Old cladding replaced. Old external wall gone. #progress #morningtonpeninsulabuilders #renovation #renovationextension #ownerbuilderlife

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@gingertaffy

โ€˜Are you guys still using those loud awful machines?!?! Itโ€™s been frigginโ€™ DAYSโ€™ #ownerbuilderlife #catproblems #sandingfloorssucks #gingerandwhitecat #ourhugotheterror #crazycatlady

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@gingertaffy

At last! - some level of comfort has been restored... #dogproblems #comfortfirst #ownerbuilderlife #whenwillitend #bonbonthewonderdog #retrieverstagram #retrievercross #doglife๐Ÿพ

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@gingertaffy

What is a dog to do when the house is empty and thereโ€™s no couches to sleep on?!?! #dogproblems๐Ÿพ #stranded #comfortfirst #ownerbuilderlife #rescuedogs #spoiltdogs #retrievercross #retrieversgram #bonbonthewonderdog

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@gingertaffy

Hugoโ€™s proving much more resourceful than the dogs while the house is in disarray #comfortfirst #ownerbuilderlife #catprobs #ourhugotheterror #catsofig #gingerandwhitecat #littlecat #takingiteasy

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@gromcon

Kitchen Servery and Dining room sliding doors which will lead out on to decking #doors #windows #morningtonpeninsulabuilders #renovation #renovationproject #renovationextension #ownerbuilderlife

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