ZDH Bungalow Modern – New Home Update #1


I know you guys think I have been holding out on you but I promise I haven’t!  I have been sharing everything in my Instagram stories as often as possible but now we’re far enough along in the process that I finally feel like I have something fun to share with you on the blog.   So, today I’ll be sharing my very first new home update with you of ZDH Bungalow Modern, to include lots of photos.  I also want to say I am so excited to have you here to share in this journey with me ~ thank you for stopping by!

Zdesign At Home House New Build - under construction

That photo was taken last August when the slab of our current project was freshly poured and I couldn’t have been more excited at the time!  It has been a very long, exhausting, emotionally taxing road to get to this point but to get you caught up to speed in the shortest way I can I’ll give you the cliff notes version (if you don’t already know). We moved to Houston almost 3 years ago and contracted with a builder who quickly went belly up right after he poured the slab on our first house venture here (not this photo above).  We spent two long years and many sleepless nights battling him in court, along with several other families that were victims of his irresponsible and corrupt business practices.  Last November we were finally vindicated and won a judgment against him in federal court however, and sadly, no monies have been recovered up to this point.  And, he still seems to be in business which is completely appalling.  We filed a complaint with TREC (the Texas Realestate Commission) because he is also a real estate agent as we gave him the money to purchase the property for us, signing a standard Texas Builders Contract with him to build a turn key project for us, which is the reason we had no claim to the property once everything began to unravel.  We also filed complaints with 2 local law enforcement agencies neither of whom would take the case, saying it was strictly a civil matter, which is also appalling.  Realizing the vast majority of builders and contractors aren’t this way, it is shocking what a corrupt contractor can get away with in this day and age.

The saddest part of this whole thing is that he is still out there trying to victimize other families out of hard earned money and their dreams of building a custom home.  My advice to you if you are looking to build a custom home is to first of all trust your gut – there were some red flags for us before we gave him a deposit but we were so excited to get a home built as soon as possible that we unfortunately dusted them under the rug.  When you are honest and forth coming you expect others to be the same way in return and the loss was nothing short of somewhat devastating to us both financially and emotionally.  Additionally, if we had just checked court records in our county we would have seen where he had already been sued by two other people up to that point for similar offenses so if you are looking to custom build – I highly recommend doing this!

Moving on from there, we purchased a piece of property in Tomball, TX which is about 30 min away from where we currently live in The Woodlands, TX.  We love this area so much that after some time we realized we didn’t want to leave so we put that property up for sale.  It took us a year to sell it and we just closed on it last week ~ hallelujah!  In the mean time, we found the property and builder we are currently working with and could’t be more happy!  Our builder is Tipler Design Build and we are so thankful to have been able to find them and our new neighborhood.  They have been an extreme pleasure to work with and the project is turning out so great!  Through this I have been able to work with an incredible design and management team at Tipler and my husband and I both agree it has been the absolute best experience we’ve ever had building a home.

Here is a rendering of our home to be below;).  Ever since I first saw this it always felt like a bungalow home to me.  The cedar shakes, cedar beam above the middle window, (partial) metal roof, and painted brick combined just give off that vibe to me for some reason, hence the name ZDH Bungalow Modern for our home, incase you were wondering;).

Beautiful custom home with painted brick, cedar shakes and metal roof

Here is a more causal rendering showing the exterior materials that I love as well.  The only real difference above is that we are doing black trim everywhere, and black garage doors so only the brick will be white and everything else besides the cedar will be black.

New Construction in Houston, TX

So let’s get to the good stuff and where we are now.  We are currently in the trim stage which means all of the woodwork is going in ~ baseboards, door trim, widow sills, and of course the shiplap.  Now before I go any further I want to say it may look like from these photos that every wall in our home is shiplap, but it’s not.  Right now (and at this stage) it’s just that the most interesting spaces have shiplap or some type of wood work so that’s mostly what I’ll be sharing today.

This is the downstairs entry hall, looking in from the living room.  I found the coolest lights for this space – 2 of them.  Can’t wait to see them hanging here soon!  Here they are …

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Shiplap in entry hallway

The opposite side of the hall.

White Shiplap Hallway - Modern Farmhouse Home Under Construction

And the white oak stair treads went in last week – that was an exciting moment for sure!

White oak stair treads, white shiplap

White oak stair treads and white shiplap

This is the upstairs hallway.  It’s large and the shiplap comes up the wall from the entry hall downstairs so I added shiplap up here too at the last minute, feeling it would make for the best flow and bring some interest and texture to the space.

White shiplap in hallway

Same upstairs hallway from the opposite direction, photo taken at a different time.  There will be a bench at the end of the hallway under that window.  I’ll be using these black basket pendants in this space..

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White shiplap in hallway on both sides

Around the corner to the left is the game room.  I also did some vertical shiplap in here.  This will be such a fun space for my son and his friends to hang out, not to mention just a great over all space to enjoy family time in!  I’m thinking of doing a trio of basket pendants in here.  Possibly with one of these…

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large game room under construction with vertical shiplap wall

That area to the left where you see the outlets in the wall is where the TV will go.

large game room under construction with vertical shiplap wall

Vertical shiplap in game room

One thing we are doing in this house that we always wanted to do is to have the electrical outlets in the baseboards.  The baseboards will be a straight edge design and 12″ tall.

Electrical outlet in baseboard | shiplap

And the window sills are super simple as well.  At first I wasn’t going to do window sills but when I saw the simple transitional sill my builder does I fell in love with it.  With all of the other woodwork in the house it just felt right so I went with it.

Modern Window Sill in Transitional Home under construction

Here is the view into the living room as you exit the game room.  The white oak box beam in the living room still needs to be installed.  The ceilings are 21′ feet high in here, I believe – I need to double check on that to be sure though;).

large modern windows in living room with vaulted ceiling

Moving back downstairs…a few weeks ago the custom steel back door unit was installed.  Couldn’t love them more!  We used a company out of Texas called Metro Steel.  They do amazing work and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with them on these amazing doors.  Can’t wait to share more once the installation is complete!

Steel door until in house under construction

This shot is looking from the living room down into the entry hall before the shiplap went up.

To the left of that is the kitchen and dining space.  Nothing really to show yet in the kitchen except the fur-downs have been installed around the perimeter of the kitchen.  There will also be white oak beams that run into the fur-downs.

Tipler Design Build kitchen under construction

Here is the dining space currently.  We opted not to go with a formal dining room in this home because we rarely ever used the ones we had previously and this situation just made more sense for our family.  This light that I chose for the dining space has been around a while but I absolutely love it and have been eyeing it for years…

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Dining space under construction

One thing I’m really excited about is this white oak accent trim between the living room and kitchen.  This is a photo from a house down the street that is going up simultaneous to ours.

white oak trim

Here is a rendering of what those two spaces will basically look like.  The differences will be that our beams will be white oak, the island will be black and the fridge will be panel ready in white oak.  There will also be shelves vs. cabinets on either side of the range hood and the lighting will be different along with a few other things but, this is overall a similar rendering.  Rendering produced and provided by Tipler Design Build.

Rendering of Tipler Design Build in Pine Island, Woodforest

I love the pendant lights in the rendering and was going to use them initially but in the end decided to use some that I already have on hand to save money.  Here are both of them side by side…

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Beyond the kitchen is the butler’s pantry, main pantry and then the laundry and mud rooms.  The mud room is coming along nicely with the start of cabinets and some shiplap on the opposite wall to keep that wall clean.  I did this in my previous home in our mud area and it was a life saver!

Mudroom with shiplap

shiplap and andersen windows in mudroom

In the mudroom I’ll be using this basket pendant that I already have.  Love this classic light…

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modern mudroom cabinets under construction

I don’t have any great photos of the laundry room since there isn’t anything to show at this point but I wanted to share this rendering with you by Tipler of what it will look like.  I’m so over the moon about this space!  This is the view looking into the space from the door but to the left of the door will be a dog wash and some more cabinetry.  Here are the sconces I’ll be using in this space as well…

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Laundry room elevation

Moving back to the living room, here is a rendering of that space as well.  My fireplace wall won’t look like this as we are doing black shiplap from top to bottom but with a cast stone mantle and herringbone Isokern fireplace (something I’ve always wanted to do), but this is generally what the space will look like.  Rendering produced and provided by Tipler.

Tipler design build living room in Pine Island

Here is what it looks like so far.  A bit of a mess right now as there are contractors crawling all over the place but it’s a start.

White shiplap fireplace - modern farmhouse under construction

White Shiplap hallway - entryway in transitional modern home under construction

In the master bedroom the v-groove ceiling is currently being installed, before the beams are installed.  The room is cozy and will be the perfect size for us.  This is the light we plan to use in this space..

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v-groove ceiling being installed in master suite

Transitional Modern Master Bedroom Under Construction with V-Groove Ceiling and horizontal grid modern windows by Andersen

In the master bath water closet I actually opened this wall up (formerly dead space) and added these custom white oak shelves for towel storage.  The same shelves will also be going in the kitchen, the living room to the left of the fireplace, and the laundry room as well.  They are stunning in person and 3″ thick in case you were going to ask:)!  Oh, we have some being installed in the game room as well in another storage niche I created for games, throw blankets, etc.

custom white oak shelves

One last space I haven’t shared yet is my study.  Not much to see in here so far except this gorgeous white oak ceiling with white oak box beams!  So excited about this!

white oak ceiling with white oak box beams

This is what the cabinetry will look like once complete!  The best part about this space is the gorgeous beaded chandelier that will hang from the center of the beams – can’t wait for this one!!  And the picture lights over the cabinetry as well.

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cabinetry rendering for officeThought I’d also take you for a spin outside.  The brick is on, cedar installed, and the siding has been installed on some of the back of the house as well (the back will be a mix of black siding and white brick) but the cedar turned out gorgeous.  It will be stained in a semi-transparent stain so that the natural cedar shows through as much as possible, the brick (again) will be white – SW Pure White, and the columns, eves, fascia boards and garage doors will all be SW Iron Ore.  The ceiling of the porch will be Iron Ore as well.

natural cedar on exterior of house

These are the lights we’ll be using for the front porch as well…

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Well, that’s it folks, for now anyway!  I hope you enjoyed the first real tour of our ZDH Bungalow Modern – and that you’ll come back for more soon!  Remember to always check my Instagram story highlights for the latest updates and let me know if you have any questions or comments below…so excited to share more of our new home with you soon!!



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  1. Beautiful and exciting to see this progress! I wouldn’t be able to sleep as I would be thinking about setting up furniture, filling cupboards and drawers and dreaming of being able to finally live in this home! So very happy for you!

    1. Anna, thank you so much! And yes! I’m doing exactly that!! Can’t wait to fill this home with beautiful things, and so much LOVE!! xoxo

  2. So happy to hear you are finally getting to build your home! I love all your choices, this home is going to be beautiful 😊. I enjoy following along in stories and can’t wait to see more progress. Thank you for sharing this process with us.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog, Heather! And thanks for following my stories – that’s where all of the fun stuff happens, right?! Best, Bree

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, Tana! We absolutely can’t wait!! xoxo

  3. Bree!! I’m so blown away by those renderings….you can see it all so clearly! It’s gorgeous! My favourite part is that awe inspiring soaring height!! It’s just stunning! I can’t wait to see it all come to life!!

    1. Leslie, thank you so much for your sweet words and for stopping by! Yes, that ceiling height made me nervous at first but I am quickly falling in love with it:)! Hope you’ll come back soon! xo

  4. What a breath of Spring to see this beautiful house being built! Please post more like this! I am in LOVE with that huge pivoting chandelier! Can’t wait to see it in the space!

    1. Patti, thank you so much! Me too – I just love that light so much and love how perfect it will be in the space. Thank you for stopping by and I will post more like this now that things are rolling along! xo

  5. Congratulations, So happy for you the wait will at least have been worth it. It is gorgeous. The wood finishes unbelievable. Enjoy the ride. I’m sure you and your family will enjoy many happy moments and make many memories.

    1. Debbie, thank you so much for the kind comment! We are beyond excited and yes, the wait will be so worth it!! Best to you! xo

  6. Good morning! I am curious about the space above the garage. Have you mentioned this? Will that be an apartment? We are considering adding an apartment above our garage and am very curious of this is your plan too. Everything is coming along beautifully. I enjoy following along. Thank you!

    1. Hi! So the space above the garage will be what we call a Texas basement for now – so basically just a storage room (for my business, Christmas items, etc.) but we do have plans to finish it out down the road. I have no idea when but I’m sure it will be one of many projects along the journey. Thanks for stopping in but an apartment above your garage sound great – best of luck with that!! Xo Bree

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