I’ve mentioned it a couple of times here that this year we’re building a home but I don’t think I’ve given much background on how and why we’re doing this…
About 6 years ago we bought a piece of property that was undeveloped and we figured if we did the work ourselves we could build a house for less than renovating one. My husband Sam is a contractor and has built homes and done gnarly difficult/beautiful renovations with his father since he was a kid so it’s a HUGE blessing to be able to build a home for our family. Back in 2013 we built our “granny flat” on our lot and we’ve lived in it until now but we’re busting at the seams and baby girl is coming so it’s time to get our original family home up and off the ground.
We’re in the planning process and and waiting for our second round of plans to come back from the draftsman. This is the part that seems to take the longest. I’ll be the first to tell you building a home with your partner is not easy and often times not fun because you have to communicate even more and make big decision pretty regularly. Having your husband be your contractor is a double edged sword. as well… he’s handy and talented but I sometimes feel on the outside looking in since I’ve new to building and all that goes into it.
Enter the Hyve app into my life….I was so stoked to discover an app called Hyve to help us in our design process and communication better. The HYVE app is a tool that every member of your building or home renovation team can be a part of. It not only helps you communicate with your team but it can store all the details from design ideas, inspo images, product photos, spec sheets, plans, and material details. Hyve is helping us keep track of purchase, receipts, and inventory and it’s all on our iPhones and I’m feeling more confident about building terms and processes.
As a contractor this app is a game changer and allows you to keep track of client requests and change orders and as the wife of a contractor it’s helped me to show my husband all my ideas without nagging him constantly to check out my Pinterest board. Plus he loves that he can put a budget on certain items so I have parameters to shop from ha ha.
Even if your not building or renovating yet you can use Hyve to keep track of all the things in your home and on your property for insurance claims and you can directly email your insurance provider your inventory spreadsheet from the app on your phone. As a busy working pregnant mom I’m all about streaming things in my life to keep things in one place and eliminate tasks that take a lot of time and energy.
Seriously give it a try you’ll love it! Use my code CHR7339 when downloading the app at www.hyveapp.com.
We’re excited to have you join our journey as we add another person to our family and build a new home at the same time…we like adventure!