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From Dirt to Dwelling

So, we bought a new home! Or, at least, we bought a plot of dirt.

Dirt!

Dirt!

We’ve been searching around the interwebs for homes for sale in various areas of town. On Sunday, July 6th, we drove around to scope out a few options. On our way home, we spotted a “model home” sign. Model home? Well, those are fun. At 12:00pm we walked into the home. By 2:00pm we were having lunch while pouring over floor plans. By 4:00pm we were making appointments to sign papers. Boom.

Exciting? Nerve wracking? Overwhelming? All of the above. We had been discussing upgrading to a new home after our wedding, but when the right opportunity arises, you just take it.

Things went smoothly for about a week or so. We had a pool contingency in our contract stating that if a pool didn’t properly fit, we have the right to pull out of the deal. Long story short, without getting into too much detail, we determined that a pool would not fit into our originally chosen lot, lot 26. After a notable amount of stress-inducing back-and-forth with the sales agent, we moved our future home to lot 9. Per the site plan, lot 9 offers us ample space to do as we please.

Now the fun begins! On August 22nd we spent 4.5 hours in the Home Gallery picking out floors, cabinets, sinks, paint, door handles and every single detail you can possibly imagine. We even spent a chunk of time deciding where every power and cable outlet would be placed in each room. Honestly, it was exhausting.. but so incredible knowing that we had the opportunity to make these decisions. I guess we can only blame ourselves if something is in the wrong place!

This week, we leave for Europe. While this is exciting in itself, what is equally as exciting is that when we return, we should see stakes on out lot, outlining the house. We might even be lucky enough to have a cement slab. Word on the street is that we will be able to close before the end of the year. While I have my doubts, I look forward to driving past on a weekly basis and, of course, blogging updates!

10/10/14 – Last week we received word that we have permits. And today – wood! Our house as been outlined for the slab, which will hopefully come soon.

10-10(1)

10/23/14 – We had our pre-construction meeting, which I’ve learned is just a review of everything we’ve already gone over. I’m glad this meeting occurred though, because there were a few errors (like where there should be hardwood and where there should be carpet). Afterward, we took a stroll down the street to go look at the cement slab that was laid a few days ago. We ended up with a pretty awesome surprise:

wood

Woah.. that’s way more than a cement slab. I guess we missed a step. We were quite surprised and excited to see an actual structure going up. We were told that we’re a little under 90 days out… suddenly everything feels like it’s moving so quickly.

10/26/14 – Only 3 days later and we have an enclosed house with a roof. This was the first time we got to walk around the inside and go upstairs :)

Boom

Boom

Kitchen

Kitchen

Master bedroom

Master bedroom

Backyard

Backyard

11/2/14 – We sold our house! We put our house up for sale on Tuesday and had people come by to look at it Wednesday. They put an offer on the house Thursday and we signed the contact Friday. Holy cow – the very first people who saw our house one day after we listed it.. bought it! Granted, we still have inspection, etc… but still! Very exciting. Also, our new construction home has shingles on the roof :)

11/10/14 – Pre-drywall meeting ALREADY! This is flying by quickly. By the time I got to the house tonight, we had all our HVAC, plumbing, electric, cable and internet set up. During the meeting I had the opportunity to point out a few things that were incorrect/missing: our gas line exited on the wrong side of the house, we were missing the hose bib in the front in the front and the TV jack in the family room needed to be moved down to 60 inches. Otherwise, everything looked great!

11-26 exterior pre stucco

11/29/14 – Things are flying and I’ve been slacking. We now have interior drywall and exterior stucco. Today, they’re supposed to be working on interior paint. All the things that needed to be corrected a few weeks ago have been fixed. We added a small issue with the patio fans being too close to the doors, which was also fixed. In theory, we close December 30th :)

11-26 drywall

 11/30/14 – The thirty day countdown! Today’s visit unveiled a home with stucco and molding around the windows, interior paint and interior doors/closet doors.

Stucco

Stucco

Kitchen

Kitchen

Doors!

Doors!

12/7/14 – Cabinets, countertops and tile, oh my! Didn’t have a chance to visit the house in an entire week and we were very happily surprised to see the changes that had been made. I love, love, love my curvy kitchen sink and our squared bathroom sinks. I’m also in love with our kitchen/master bath counters :)

Hi :)

Hi :)

Kitchen Sink

Kitchen Sink

Kitchen!

Kitchen!

Master Bath

Master Bath

Doors to Master

Doors to Master

Master Sinks

Master Sinks

12/14/14 – By now, every day has the most amazing changes. Between the two of us, we can only make it out to the house about two days a week. I wish we could be here daily. This Sunday we had some appliances, faucets, wood stairs, light switches and plates, exterior paint and our fireplace wall (soon to be stoned). Only 16 days until closing and we close on our selling house this week!

12-14 fireplace 12-14 hood 12-14 house 12-14 stairs

12/21/14 – Nine days! We spent over an hour today just staring at our place. I can’t believe we went from the plot of dirt, to a slab, to some wood, to what we have today. Our wood floors are in and most of the “crud” has been cleaned up (windows, bathtubs, etc.) – it’s amazing. We have all our carpet upstairs, light fixtures, door knobs, plants outside.. anything you can think of. We’re missing a few minor things and there are some minor touchups that need to be done. We have a walk through Tuesday to go over things room-by-room. Then, there’s just one week left for all the final touches. Can’t wait :) Also worth mentioning: we closed on our townhouse Thursday.

Foyer/Dining

Foyer/Dining

Foyer/Library

Foyer/Library

Fireplace

Fireplace

Ovens!

Ovens!

The only down side today…? Our fridge was stolen. Yep, you read that correctly. Our fridge.. was stolen. A few months ago when talking to our salesperson about coming by to see the house weekly, he let us know that once the appliances went in, the doors would be locked. He said it’s common for people to steal appliances from construction sites. I thought, “Well, that sucks.” I never thought it would happen to us. They think maybe a window was open, because there was no damage to our door. Our neighbor also had their fridge stolen, but their door was broken down. My guess (as well as the builder’s), is that it’s an inside job by one of the contractors. Our fridge will be replaced and we will cross our fingers that it doesn’t happen again in the next week. We should be fine once we occupy the house. It’s not the end of the world but you still feel violated, you know?

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