Home to Homestead
The Finns are moving ... in the only way they can: stylishly, loudly, and unconventionally. After seven years in a house packed with two high-energy boys, a fun-loving in-law, and an endearing Corgi named Hank – this family is busting at the seams. Now they’re heading to the Texas backcountry to build their dream home from the ground up. What the Finns lack in building expertise, they make up for in chic style and Texas enthusiasm. Follow the journey of this farmstead undertaking that mixes family with new construction and a big dose of heart.
Going Off the Grid
After seven years in a house packed with two high-energy boys, a fun-loving in-law, and an endearing Corgi named Hank – the Finn family is busting at the seams. Now Leah and Michael have decided to head to the Texas backcountry to build their dream home off the grid and from the ground up, enlist...
Let Go and Let Gary
The house is framed, the windows are being installed, and it’s time to start the stonework. But not everything’s been running so smoothly. Between weather delays, missing plumbing parts, and a stain color that Leah can’t seem to nail down, this project sometimes feels like it’s going off the rail...
Corbels, Old Doors & Cupolas
Leah hits up the Round Top antique fair in search of some special vintage pieces to incorporate into the build … to Builder Gary’s dismay. Between disagreements over a rusty cupola and her realization that the exterior stonework may not be turning out like she envisioned, Leah’s experiencing some...
Like Watching Mortar Dry
It's time to think outside the box! The mortar on the exterior stone is finally dry, but hasn’t turned out at all like Leah envisioned. Luckily, Builder Gary has some ideas up his sleeve to solve their color crisis once and for all. Meanwhile, Leah discovers a way to put her vintage spin on a bra...
Bring Your Daughter to Work Year
Leah turns her attention to interior selections, but choosing paint colors proves to be more difficult than she anticipated, so it’s time to bring in backup. In an unfortunate turn of events, the treasured vintage workbench that Leah chose to use as a kitchen island tests positive for lead paint....
The Final Push
With the end of the project in sight, everyone’s working hard to make sure the Finn family makes their move-in date! The painters are painting, the stonemasons are installing the interior stone, and the tile guys are laying the thick brick pavers in the mud room and pantry. In some not so good ne...
Making the Date
Leah’s heard that the last 10% of the build takes 90% of the effort … and it couldn’t be more true. With the move-in date fast approaching, she and Builder Gary are working their way through the final details. After two years of planning and hard work, Leah’s vision for an authentic Texas farmhou...