Friday, April 19, 2019

Photos: Dillards' New House

Yesterday, we shared Jill and Derick Dillards’ exciting announcement. They just built a house and will be moving soon! Below are a few pictures of their new place. We’re curious to hear from our readers—have you ever built a house? What was your experience like?

Derick Dillard, Jill Dillard, Samuel Dillard, Israel Dillard new house
Derick Dillard, Jill Dillard, Samuel Dillard, Israel Dillard
 
Jill and Derick Dillard new house

Jill Duggar Dillard new house


Photos are property of dillardfamily.com and may not be used without written permission. Additional house photos can be found on the Dillards' website.

193 comments:

  1. Very nice house. But how does a full time law student and a SAHM conjure up the money to PAY for it? I doubt they'll ever explain it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Here's an explanation for you: We're not entitled to an explanation of someone else's personal finances.

      Delete
    2. It's new but it is very basic, no upgrades and very small .I built a house at the beach in NC and know how much everything costs, and with Arkansas being a very cheap state they probably only spent around $150k. They can get a mortgage based on his future earning potential as a law studebt.

      Delete
    3. As a person with mortgage experience, they would not qualify for a loan with a stay-at-home mom and a student (even if he might work part-time). That said, either his mom or the duggar parents (or both) paid for this. It looks to be a pretty small home that will work fine for them since they will have a small family and probably would not have cost a lot (not over $150,000). Joe (Kendra) also commented on the season finale that they plan to build a house and we saw pictures of Joy/Austin building so it's possible Jim Bob has given them each a large sum to build. Very likely that's how this was done.

      Delete
    4. 7:52PM I think you are right. Parents enjoy helping their children if they can. My in-laws helped us with housing and my husband and I helped our two children with housing. And this was the BIG SECRET!!!!!!Jane

      Delete
    5. @7:52 Nothing wrong with parents helping their kids. Most parents I know with money are doing that. Better the kids have the money when they need it than wait till the parents die.

      I do not know how strict the mortgage rules are there but here, they would have had to have someone, with a steady income, cosign the loan. The only one capable of doing that for them would be Jim Bob. No one gets a mortgage, in anticipation of future earnings (he is ONLY in first year Law.)

      Delete
    6. Anon 6:20. "Future earning potential"? Banks don't make home loans based on speculation. There's no guarantee Derrick will complete law school, pass the bar and get a great job. Jill is a SAHM with no work history. Setting that aside, there's the "debt free" life they follow. My guess is that they paid cash for this house which would run about $150 - 200 K in their area.

      Delete
    7. WOW. I wish I had that much cash layin around

      Delete
    8. I would guess they most likely had some money tucked away in savings for a down payment and/or family helped them. I've seen Jill promote some stuff on her instagram account so that would count as income and if I remember correctly Derrick is a licensed accountant. He could easily be doing some freelance accounting work. A house that size in a part of the country that isn't expensive wouldn't have that large of a mortgage...

      Delete
    9. I posted this on an earlier story, but here is the link to their home:
      https://www.rauschcolemanhomes.com/homes/find/107632
      It's a bit over 1,400 square feet and the builder finances the homes, even with low/bad credit. The cost of that house is listed at $918/month. I suspect Cathy or Jim Bob co-signed for them unless the developer required a significant down payment (likely from the parents). It's a cute little house but nothing near the guest house or stoney brook they have lived in. The kitchen is absolutely tiny and there's no second family space and barely room for an eat-in kitchen. Once the boys grow it will seem very small. I think this may indicate they don't plan to have more children (or can't). Either way, it's a nice little starter house. It also tells you Derick doesn't plan to relocate to another part of Arkansas once/if he finishes law school.



      Delete
    10. Jill has been on TV for over 10 years. Good income/savings there alone.

      Delete
    11. Does that $918 a month include taxes, insurance, utilities, and upkeep? Because suddenly your $900 a month house can be $1900 a month, or more if you need to do an improvement project.

      Delete
    12. Debbie hit the nail on the head! Plus Jill is a midwife for all the people saying she has no work experience

      Delete
    13. Jill is absolutely NOT doing midwife work and hasn't for a long time!

      Delete
    14. Anon 10:46. Jill is a LAY midwife. She's never had a job as a midwife and could not work in a clinic or hospital as a medical professional. Her paid work experience consists of appearing on reality TV. Derrick quit his job as an accountant after marrying Jill and has appeared on reality TV, been a missionary and gone to school. Who knows where the money came from to buy the house?

      Delete
    15. They aren't necessarily paying a $918 /month mortgage. Derek worked for some years in the accounting field before he met Jill and may have saved up a sizable amount for a house. Also, we don't know whether he and his brother have an inheritance from their father. Jill may have savings from the book sales and TV appearances. This might cost them less than renting an apartment. And if it is 4 bedroom, they could even have a boarder to help pay utilities and taxes, if they want to.

      Delete
    16. Derick worked for Wal-Mart from the time they got married until they decided to become missionaries. The blink of an eye, one year or so. You can't save up a "sizable amount for a house" in one year. Even living in one of Jim Bob's houses, you still have utilities and food and insurance and all sorts of expenses.

      Delete
  2. How lovely! Congrats to the Dillard family on your new home!

    ReplyDelete
  3. If they were able to get the house built with no delays in a few months, they must live a charmed life. Our house fell three months behind due to weather and inspection delays. The rent on the place we were living in was up and after getting a two month extension on it, we ended up in a motel for a couple of weeks. They finally hooked up the water and electricity so we could live in the house while they finished up the back steps, deck and driveway. Then they did the final inspection. Glad they didn't have that experience.

    ReplyDelete
  4. We custom built a house; designed it ourselves and subcontracted it ourselves. We absolutely loved it: the process, the house, all of it. We would do it again in a heartbeat.

    Congrats on your new home, Dillard family.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Very nice. So happy for them

    ReplyDelete
  6. This simply doesn't add up. A couple of years ago they were asking for donations to pay for their lives so Derrick could be in the missionary training program. Now he's attending law school and they've just built a lovely home in a nice subdivision while neither of them have paying job. How is this possible?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have relatives who go to a fundamentalist church. When they go on a mission they are required to ask for donations. It does not matter if they have money themselves or not. So Derrick likely needed to ask for public donations and that has no reflection on his own personal income.

      Delete
    2. The missionary donations weren't because they didn't have money. It was for the cause to bring people to the load and all the cost associated.

      Delete
    3. Anon 5:18 People from my church go on mission trips regularly. They don't ask for donations. They just pay for the trip themselves. I'll let them know they should ask for donations so they don't have to use their OWN money for the trip.

      Delete
    4. A mission trip isn’t the same thing as living overseas as a missionary. Both sets of my grandparents were missionaries for 20+ years and lived on support. Our church sponsors a number of overseas families. You may not agree with it but it’s not new or uncommon

      Delete
  7. I AM SOOOO HAPPY FOR U JILL!!!! 100% U 4 LOOK VERY HAPPY!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. That is not a “ranch style” house.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes it is a rancher : low on the ground and all spread out on one level not two

      Delete
    2. Ranch style just means it is one story.

      Delete
    3. It isn’t spread out; it’s tiny.

      Delete
    4. Those type houses are called ranch houses. Builders usually have a bunch of houses of that type available to their customers. A "custom house" means they pay an architect to make some tweaks to the plan so it's not a cookie cutter house.

      Delete
    5. If it has no upper level, it's a ranch

      Delete
  9. I guess you don't buy used and save the difference after all.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah. Derrick doesn't do renovations so Jill had to settle for a new house.

      Delete
    2. No Chad Paine is he ๐Ÿ˜

      Delete
    3. What is the point of your snide comment? Shouldn't you acknowledge and appreciate they make their own decisions and don't do everything exactly like Jim Bob and Michelle? Something tells me if they bought an older home and remodeled it you would complain about that too.

      Delete
    4. With all those skilled craftsmen in the family, they didn't buy used and fix it up?

      Delete
    5. Seriously ? all you people who are judging them on their decitions ? You must lead very unhappy lives yourselves or are very selfish people. Who cares why or how ? Just be very happy for them and say CONGRATS Jill and Derrick on your new home. If you cannot do that just have a nice day and keep your snide remarks to yourself.

      Delete
  10. Nice house, except for that door. It's a bit overwhelming IMO.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't mind the front door, it's the back side of the house that I find depressing. Obviously the front side is the "show" side and the back is where the builder cut costs. Also, that patio roof looks like it needs a third 6 x 6 support post somewhere in the middle. How can it be code to have only two? First high wind, and that roof will be feeling the stress without much support.

      Delete
    2. Anon 9:06. Builders always cut costs where they can. We once bought a home that had been "flipped". It passed inspection but considering the shoddy materials and poor workmanship I always wondered how much they paid to get it passed. Brick is expensive so builders often just do the front faรงade in brick. If the entire house was brick, they would have "priced themselves out of the neighborhood" because the house would have been so much more expensive than the other houses in the subdivision.

      Delete
    3. Anon 9:06. Yep. It's your typical subdivision cookie cutter house. Showy in the front, cheap as possible everywhere else. Looks like they'll be on their own for landscaping too.

      Delete
    4. I don’t see that the door is “overwhelming” at all.

      Delete
    5. If that's sod, I hope they know how to take care of it. The year we got sod, we spent forever watering it so it would survive.

      Delete
  11. Congratulations its beautiful

    ReplyDelete
  12. We built a house and it was a lovely experience! It was a two story with a basement. Our children were young, six and three. I took them to visit the house often as it was being built. We baked treats to take with us to give to the men working on our house. My husband and I agreed on everything so easily. Once we moved in it was so fun to live in a place where we had picked every single thing in the house. I hope that some day we can build a house again.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Why would you want to build another house if this one is so nice?

      Delete
    2. We built a house and it was a horrible experience. It took more than twice as long as promised. The foreman got 2 DUI's during the job and was hardly ever around. We had to watch every worker like a hawk. The final straw was when I found a bottle of Mountain Dew left in the studs, except it wasn't soda in the bottle. Not a day went by when we weren't on the phone with someone, fuming. And this was a builder with an A+ rating with the BBB?!

      Delete
  13. The Duggar family has spent years on national TV preaching the virtue of hard work, frugality and living debt free, profiting greatly from this mantra. This couple who have NO jobs owe us an explanation of how they are financing law school for Derrick and the building of a lovely house in a nice subdivision. And we don't need fans speculating or making excuses for their silence on this.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They do not own you an explenation...

      Delete
    2. They don't "owe" anyone an explanation, but I agree it makes no sense that they are able to do this. Did they receive enough donations for their missionary work to finance all of this? You're right they won't explain and the more of their life I learn about confirms my opinion of these two as opportunistic.

      Delete
    3. No! They do NOT owe us an explanation! Seriously, it's just none of YOUR business!

      Delete
    4. They "owe" us an explanation?? These two aren't even on the show anymore. They, and the rest of the family for that matter, owe us nothing. We're not paying their bills. The entitlement..

      Delete
    5. They owe us nothing.

      Delete
    6. I respectfully disagree. They do not owe anyone an explanation.

      Delete
    7. 7:07- Why don't you contact them directly with your concerns. I think there's a link on the Dillard family website. That way, you can have the satisfaction of reporting back to this blog with all the particulars!

      Delete
    8. I beg to differ, @ 707, they don’t owe anyone an explanation, least of all you.

      I send my best wishes to the Dillared family for many wonderful years in your new home.

      Delete
    9. When my very own nephew bought a house, I did not expect him to give an explanation to the family as to how he was able to afford that house. I'm not sure why you think, as a stranger to their family, why they would own you an explanation as to how they were able to afford their new house? It feels very confusing to me that you would expect that. And it's not likely that anyone from the Duggar family actually reads this blog. I think you are confused about the things that you deserve!

      Delete
    10. They don't owe us an explanation, but I would sure love to know...Jane

      Delete
    11. Perhaps "owe" is the wrong term. However, I'm left with the disquieting feeling that this couple had all this money available to them when they were appealing for donations when Derrick was in missionary training. If they want to get money through donations, so be it. But IMO asking for money you don't need isn't what Christians should do.

      Delete
    12. They are not even on the show anymore. They don't owe you an explanation. Why is it so hard for people like you to understand that just because the parents believed in not taking out debt that some of their kids might make different decisions. It's like you think these adult children of Jim Bob and Michelle aren't allowed to do things differently. I am not saying they did take out a loan for the house but they very well could have since most people do. Most likely they put down a big deposit or paid in cash with savings from previous income from tv/books. Plus, Derek worked as an accountant at Wal-Mart while. Bottom line is that there is no reason for you to get worked up. They had the money to do it so what's the big deal. Just be happy for them.

      Delete
    13. Since we know they are Christians, no explanation is needed for their actions.

      Delete
    14. @3:46- I don't care how the Dillards paid for their new home. However, I don't agree with your rationale that just because someone identifies as a Christian, they're automatically above reproach. I don't care what church or religion you belong to, when the people follow blindly and stop asking questions, it's a recipe for disaster.

      Delete
    15. anon3:46- I trust you're just being sarcastic and not serious.

      Delete
    16. 11:11 "The kids," particularly Derick, still advocate being debt-free. Derick was promoting someone's seminar on it that was held at his church. They do not do things "differently." And if Derick had money left from his ONE year as an accountant, it would have paid for his mission work that he did next. If he had extra money from that accounting job, why would he have asked others to fund his mission work? And how would that money be left now for a house, years and law school later?

      Delete
    17. They aren't on the show now.. no explanations needed

      Delete
    18. A Wal-Mart accountant with no previous job experience and the first year on the job would be lucky to pull in a salary in the 40's.

      Delete
  14. Nice, but not very big for a growing family.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Looks like it would work for them. Perhaps they're not planning on having more children.

      Delete
    2. Who said they’re growing?

      Delete
    3. I thought the same thing but perhaps they can't have any more and don't wanna adopt. Other wise it would make no sense to lay down roots somewhere that sized.

      Delete
    4. They could have 8 kids in that house.

      Delete
    5. Remember, Jill’s parents lived in small homes with up to 14 kids!

      Delete
    6. It is not healthy to put too many people in a small space - everyone deserves privacy and personal space. Don't matter what other countries do - it's just not good for the mind body or soul.

      Delete
    7. At what point does it become a fire or building code violation to have a bunch of people in a certain square footage of house? JB was really pushing that limit in the little ranch house they had when the show first started.

      Delete
  15. Looks beautiful congrats Enjoy your new home. Miss you on TV

    ReplyDelete
  16. Congrats on your new home! It looks beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Congratulations Jill and Derrick ! Jill you transitioned to pants! Looking fabulous!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Good for her. Moving away from JB and Michelle has its benefits.

      Delete
    2. Jill has been wearing pants for quite a while. She's not on the show anymore so you have to catch updates elsewhere. She also has her nose pierced.

      Delete
    3. It’s 20 mins. Hardly moving away.

      Delete
    4. She pierced her nose

      Delete
  18. Congratulations!! It's so beautiful and simple. May the Lord continue to bless you and your precious family. I love you guys! ❤️

    ReplyDelete
  19. Thats great. I m so happy for them. Looks like a beautiful new home. Lots of love from the Netherlands.

    ReplyDelete
  20. They need Jana to come by and decorate.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No they do not NEED Jana - they have their owe taste and it is time for Jana to relax. . . she has pleanty of younger siblings to HELP one day.
      ALL THE BEST WISHES to Jill & Derick and their boys.

      Delete
  21. Congratulations. It's nobody's business but theirs how they paid for it.

    ReplyDelete
  22. they don't "owe" anyone any explanations on where they live ;what they wear or their opinions on any given subject !! The hateful,negative , jealous remarks prove that most so called fans are bitter nasty trolls. Grow up,America !!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't think they exactly owe us an explanation. But I will say most of us have to work hard and earn what this couple has been given with little or no effort on their part. The handing out of blessings is random and unequal.

      Delete
    2. I’m not a bitter, nasty troll but rather someone who donated to them when they claimed they had no money and needed donations to live in Central America. I was disappointed when their “mission” did not seem to have any real purpose and am disappointed that they took my money when they obviously have plenty of their own

      Delete
    3. To go into the mission field requires a lot of sacrifice from living in 3rdand 4th world conditions so you can reach the people to leaving for the mission field with no debt at home--- missionaries rely on DONATIONS only to get by usually supplied by churches or reaching out to the Christian community to help fund them while they are in the mission field --- That is how it works not because they were too poor...

      Delete
    4. Unknown: Derick and Jill were not living in third or fourth world conditions, they were living in a very first world comfortable home with all mod cons including air conditioning, it was also located in a guarded compound, they didn't exactly suffer on the mission field.

      Delete
    5. They were barely there and Jill couldn't handle it

      Delete
    6. I'm not bitter, jealous or a troll. I also made a donation to their mission fund. They have never given an accounting of what the donations were used for. Religious organizations and charities are required to make public fincial reports of how donations are used. I have never owned a home, I'm happy that they will have a place to call their own....I just have questions.

      Delete
    7. They could have owned a fully paid for home like this one this one they are moving into now when they married. Having made her done with school at 16 and not marrying until her twenties and the show you’d think she would have enough money for that. Not to mention he worked a real job and went to a real school. They could have then rented this home out and used the money to support themselves while abroad instead of needing people to give them money.

      Delete
    8. @11:59 I thought awhile ago I saw a very basic financial statement like the ones all 501c3's have to give. It wasn't very informative and didn't say exactly how the funds were used, though. But since they were a charity, they were obligated by law to release a financial statement each year. Look for theirs - Dillard Family Ministries.

      Delete
    9. I think people believe they they are entitled to an explanation because they donated to mission work. Derek is in law school and they bought this house. If the money people donated for one thing is being used for something else, they have a right to know that.

      Delete
  23. I know from experience that having a house built can go well with no surprises, or it can be a very frustrating ordeal when things out of your control delay the progress or there are unanticipated expenses. I guess all you can do is go into it with your eyes open and expect the unexpected. The same is true for remodeling!

    ReplyDelete
  24. I hate to break it to all you trolls... they owe you nothing.

    Congrats Jill and Derrick.

    ReplyDelete
  25. To anonymous April 19,2019 @7:07pm... 1. They are the Dillard family 2. It really none of your concern how and what they spend their money on. 3. Buying a home and investing in their family instead of renting and ... no return!!!! Much wiser to buy than renting! How do you know what their financial state is? God is good and gracious to those who call upon his name and worship and glorify his name. If you aren’t happy or don’t like what they have then stop following them. I do pray that the L rod Jesus Christ will soften your heart and let you see just how wonderful our Lord is if you just open your heart and see what he can do for you!! Wishing everyone a Blessed Easter!!! This is the best time to see what our Lord has done for us!!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Are you implying a prosperity gospel here? If we are godly then God will give us things? I don't understand.

      Delete
    2. My grandmother was as Dugger-type wholesome as you can find. She was in church everyday as a volunteer cleaner, bell wringer, invoked in choir and the children’s ministry. She had 2 children and helped raise her grandchildren. She was also a CWAC from WW II as a postal clerk that yet died at 47 from her body eaten alive from cancer. She didn’t see her oldest child past the age of 25. Was she not glorifying enough?

      Delete
    3. @10:47 Sorry about your grandmother. It seems the good die young. The rest of us need more time to get it right.

      Delete
  26. I just want to put things into perspective for all the ones criticizing them or may perhaps feel a bit of jealousy:

    ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’–IT IS EITHER THEIR BLESSING OR THEIR LESSON ❤๐Ÿ’›*

    *A message to be applied to everyday life๐Ÿ’•

    Congrats Jill and Derick on your new home!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is neither and shouting does not make it true.
      God does not micromanage. He does not reward people with houses; he does not uses houses to teach lessons. We have free will.

      And I seriously doubt that any criticism or less than positive comments spring from jealousy. There is nothing to be jealous about.

      Delete
    2. Very well said, 4:34!

      Delete
    3. No. It was their choice. They have, like the rest of us, free will.

      Delete
    4. Using all caps is not universally shouting. A number of people use it for emphasis. Context will usually tell you which one is meant.

      Delete
    5. If you want to go with that OK. Blessings are randomly distributed and no one is rewarded with a blessing or punished for not getting one.

      Delete
    6. Of course they had a choice and free will. Obviously, if it is a blessing they made great choices. God can bless you in amazing ways!

      Delete
    7. Anyone else get the feeling that 3:25 and 4:34 are the same person?

      Delete
    8. 12:25, who said a lesson was punishment? And yes, there are such a thing as blessings! All good things come from God.❤

      Delete
    9. Anon 4:10. We get blessed if we make "great choices"? I think that is absurd. It sounds too much like the false "gospel of prosperity" IMO.

      Delete
    10. Sorry, we are not the same people. Anybody get the feeling 8:25, 8:18, 12:25,and 6:30 are the same people? Gee whiz, nothing like attacking an innocent post. This post must really speak the truth.

      Delete
    11. Either that or it doesn't speak the truth and a bunch of people want to make that clear.

      Delete
    12. God can give people great rewards. He has the power to do whatever he wants. Yes, his blessings can be abundant. If you have a situation in which you don't know what to do, give it to God. He works in ways that are unimaginable. He does bless those who trust in him.

      Delete
    13. @1:52 That still doesn't explain why horrible things happen to good people.

      Delete
    14. 1:52PM If God has the power to do whatever he wants, why on earth does he allow innocent children to suffer in this world in innumerable ways? This is what I find to be unimaginable and completely illogical. Those same children have never been given the chance to trust anyone, let alone a higher power. Most church hierarchies preach that if you trust in God and follow 'our' rules, you will be blessed. I see a self-serving agenda with this time-honored tradition: do as I say, or else. It's a way to keep membership and the money rolling in.
      The lives we lead here on earth are all subject to the good, the bad, the ugly, and the random. No one is being punished or blessed by some unseen entity. If you sleep better at night believing something different, whatever works for you!

      Delete
  27. Gray gray gray. Gray house. Gray walls. Gray carpet. Gray floor. Gray day. How depressing. Where's Jana and her decorating expertise?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Perhaps they’re replicating the Pacific Northwest ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿคฃ

      Delete
    2. Jana did JB and Michelle's bedroom in gray. They don't need her, the house is gray already.

      Delete
    3. Let’s wait until it has furniture and decorations before we start judging.

      Delete
    4. It's a nice neutral color and will help hide dirt/stains from young children. They can brighten it up with colorful furniture, window treatments, wall decorations, etc.

      Delete
    5. Agree it needs some colour but Jana might not be the one to do it, the bedroom she decorated for her parents was drab drab drab!

      Delete
    6. The nice thing about starting out with a monochromatic color scheme is you are flexible to add other contrasting touches and decorate around it. It can be quite striking. Gray is popular right now and I find certain shades of it rather soothing. It might not suit everyone's tastes, but it's not supposed to.

      Delete
    7. Jana chose gray for the master bedroom update. I'd get someone else to decorate unless they want even more gray.

      Delete
    8. Neutral background means they can go lots of different directions with their decor.

      Delete
    9. Some people love gray. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. It is their house. You don’t have to live there. They may be saving the colors for their decorations. It is a very nice house, and I am happy for them.

      Delete
    10. I agree. Reminds me of what is called "May gray, June gloom" in Southern California when it is cloudy day after day that time of the year.

      Delete
    11. Gray is the new 70's avocado and gold or 80's peach and dusty blue. It's everywhere, and it's going to look badly dated not too long from now.

      Delete
    12. I'm very sensitive to color. I don't consider gray a "neutral" color. It's very depressing IMO. When we moved into our house I let my daughter talk me into painting the den this orangey color called "Yogurt". I should have known better as she's somewhat color blind in the green/blue/purple range. It was awful. After a year I couldn't stand it any longer and painted the room a nice neutral color called "Doeskin". If the Dillards like gray then they should have it.

      Delete
    13. You do realize that sofa, drapery, chairs, accessories will likely be in other colors, right? Gray is a nice neutral background and reminds some of us of a foggy day, which is one of the best kinds of days.

      Delete
    14. Gray is so depressing! And it's everywhere right now, the "hot new color." Blech.

      Delete
    15. Those walls would be more inviting if they were a very light pastel blue, like a robin's egg blue but lighter. Maybe a lighter version of the color they paint porch ceilings. At least it would look like a sunny day, not a fog bank or a perpetually rainy day. There are so many pretty pastels out there that are soft and inviting. I think Joanna Gaines is responsible for the Duggars' love of gray interiors. She loves gray and they love her.

      Delete
    16. It's the trendy color right now. So are black appliances. Imagine being stuck with a black refrigerator in your kitchen 5 years from now when they've gone out of style. At least you can paint the walls another color.

      Delete
    17. 7:29 or how about not judging at all!

      Delete
  28. My husband and I had our house custom built and we love it. It kind of irks me when people say they built their own house, when really they had someone build it for them. I know people who have actually built their house with their own hands, and it is hard work that I could never claim to do. Whenever someone asks me if we built our house, I say we had it built for us.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The house we live in now is custom built. We didn't choose the design but it was lived in by 2 different people before we got it. We love it because it is so different

      Delete
  29. They are happy to be happy there. Content with their lot.That is the way it should be, as I understand the Bible. With food and covering content yourselves. So its nice that they are letting their light shine faces all aglow with their joy!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Great comment -- totally agree. Besides, as Christians, this world is not our home; we're just passing through. So not everything has to be overblown and "perfect." Be content with what you have.

      Delete
    2. There's also the Matthew verse about not laying up treasures on earth. I can't help but think of that one whenever I see the packed Duggar warehouses or the multiple properties or the numerous planes and cars.

      Delete
  30. FYI-In Lowell AR, this style house new construction lists at a little over $174,00.

    ReplyDelete
  31. The neighbors will LOVE THEM! Someone wrote far away from Jin/Michele. Its only 20 min. She appears to do her own thing hope it continues. Happy for them

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Why would the neighbors WANT to live near a famous person? I can't think of a worse fate. I value my privacy and wouldn't want to live near the Duggars or any other famous person for that matter. I wouldn't want curious fans prowling around my subdivision.

      Delete
    2. Not only that, you'd probably get those tabloid magazines scoping them out for pictures, or paying neighbors for stories.

      Delete
    3. Maybe the neighbors will enjoy having a law-abiding, quiet family in the neighborhood? I have celebrity on my street, and you would never know it.

      Delete
    4. Anon 6:14. I hear USWeekly pays well. lol

      Delete
  32. I am really wondering how they payed for it all, considering Derick is a full-time student and Jill a SAHM. Not attacking them, seriously want to know because I can't even afford a new bathroom and I work full time and don't have any kids. I am seriously so jealous of them!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They might have had help from family or dipped into an account that they saved from being on the show

      Delete
  33. Did they CHOOSE that gray color scheme? If so, why? It's so depressing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Why does everyone assume their whole house will be nothing but gray? We're only seeing the background. Wait til we see pictures of how it looks furnished and decorated.

      Delete
    2. Is that a serious question? You've never heard of such concepts as furniture, upholstery, drapery, all of which will probably have color?

      Delete
    3. We've seen Jill's decorating style already. Brown sofa, brown piano, brown table, brown chairs, brown flowers on the piano.

      Delete
    4. The toys that they scatter all around the house are munticolored and so are the dozens of framed snapshots they coat the walls in.

      Delete
    5. It's the "in" color right now. And black appliances are "in" these days.

      Delete
    6. I hope they don't put that brown leather couch against that gray wall.

      Delete
    7. Anon 7:14. Why not? It's such a NICE couch. lol

      Delete
    8. Anon 10:11 Yeah. Brown and gray. I can see it now. Nothing but "How now, brown cow"....

      Delete
    9. I can't stand brown leather sofas, or worse, brown "pleather" sofas. They look crumpled and frumpy in no time, like a worn pair of shoes. And if you have pets, forget it. One claw in the leather and it's game over.

      Delete
  34. How many bedrooms does it have? I'm thinking about buying a house. Just curious

    Blessings
    Ana

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. First I’d like to say I don’t mean this in a rude way but I know that can get lost over text, but how does the size of their house effect whatever house size you are looking for?

      Delete
    2. It has the master bedroom and 3 more small bedrooms. No family room or communal space other than the living room. No dining room. A bare bones starter house.

      Delete
  35. Sweet Lawd! Wish them well or say nothing. I am impressed by their tenacity. It appears they truly TRY. That, in and of itself, makes them better than the glass house dwellers ceaselessly throwing stones at them! And? There is such an animal known as an exposed ranch home which has a finished basement and access to the outdoors. I live in one.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. @3:05 How do you know they truly try? They bought a house. That is all.

      Delete
    2. Purchasing a house isn't very difficult if you have cash in the bank to pay for it. It's nice they did, but tenacity?

      Delete
  36. Can't folks just be happy for others without explanations? AND let's not get me started on the judgementals...Really sad...Blessings and Happy Easter๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’™

    ReplyDelete
  37. How wonderful for them! Congrats Dillard Family. May your new home be filled with love and bring you many sweet and happy memories.

    ReplyDelete
  38. The realtor listed on the sold sign builds homes on a pay per month option. Perfect option for the Dillard’s, good luck with the new house

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. ...sounds an awful lot like a mortgage.

      Delete
    2. Making monthly payments to someone in order to own a home is a mortgage.

      Delete
  39. They originally came together due to their common goal to do missionary work. Buying a house here and law school seem to have ended what they thought their calling was.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They went to the mission field and it didn't work out. It seemed they were unhappy there and obviously it wasn't their "calling" after all. They've moved on to something else.

      Delete
    2. Derick also was called to accounting and that yearlong ministry program they solicited donations for. He is called to do a lot!

      Delete
    3. But they did say God called them to missionary work. God can call you but you get to decide when you want out? It is still posted on their website that they have a heart to to do mission work.

      Delete
    4. I guess I just don’t understand how you can know that God is “calling” you to do something or not. They seemed very sure of this calling to be missionaries until it was hard and a bit scary. I think many times people want to do something and claim it’s God’s will to justify going forward with their plan. God doesn’t send us a text or email letting us know what we should do.

      Delete
    5. Interest in being a missionary is one thing. Actually doing it was another as Jill and Derrick found out the hard way. I was left with the impression that when they discovered it wasn't a "glam" job, but was difficult and demanding they cut their stay short and went home. Anything they say about being missionaries is a "talking point" now.

      Delete
  40. I wonder if she'll choose black appliances for the kitchen. They too are very popular now.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Black stainless steel. They're the BEST color for a fridge.

      Delete
    2. Why all the comments about black appliances when we don’t even see the appliances? I bought my black appliances over 8 years ago and yes, the popularity has held. It is not a new and trendy thing.

      Delete
    3. White appliances have been around forever, and have outlasted pink, blue, avocado, gold, beige, black, stainless, and copper.

      Delete
    4. I once owned a black car. After that experience I would never have a black appliance. Black shows streaks, water spots and finger prints. If you want one, be ready for that. lol

      Delete
  41. I am very happy for the Dillards on their new home. This is a very exciting time in their lives. Thank you for sharing your personal lives with us. Enjoy your new home:)

    ReplyDelete
  42. A gray interior? Oh well. Her house. I think Joanna Gaines is just playing us and wants to see how many people she can trick into painting their walls gray.

    ReplyDelete
  43. Cute house... though I don't understand the advantage of buying a totally new house while their family is literally famous for renovating old ones. They probably could get more land too if they got some old house and fixed it. This house does not seem to have a decent yard, or trees.

    ReplyDelete
  44. Some people have previously stated Jill and her siblings helped build the house her parents built. I think that Jill and Derek may have had siblings help build their house. For Jills own safety I hope she is not pregnant with another child since both previous preganancys haqve been dangerous for her. And that could be why Derek and her moved to this house.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The house was built by the contractor who owned the lot & is building that subdivision. I don't know any contractor who would let unlicensed relatives of the buyers work on a house. The siblings didn't even help them move in - Cathy did.

      Delete
    2. Exactly. No licensed contractor would let a buyer's relatives "help" build a house. Too many liability issues involved.

      Delete
  45. Maybe another baby Is on his or her way, would be so nice for this lovely family!๐Ÿ‘จ‍๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐Ÿ‘ฆ‍๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ’ซ

    ReplyDelete
  46. Is Jill pregnent??

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for leaving your comments! We answer as many of your questions as we can, but due to the number of comments we receive daily, we are unable to answer every one. Our aim is to post all points of view, but we do not post anything that is profane, insulting, derogatory, or in poor taste.