Friday, February 27, 2015

Predrywall Scheduled

We got our weekly update from our project manager, and they've been making great progress. The house is progressing so well that our PM wanted to schedule ourpredrywall walk through for March 11. We have a trip planned for later in the month, so this date works out great. We already worked it out for our own home inspector to come that day too. It's great to see everything moving along well!

Monday, February 23, 2015

We have dormers!

My husband and I took our weekly drive out to see the progress on the house yesterday. We now have out dormers!!  It's great to see the house going up so well. We were even told we might be able to get inside this weekend depending on how much they can get done. After being away for work all week, it would be a great welcome home to be able to walk insidemy new house this weekend. Hopefully it works out. 

Here's an updated picture of the front of our house!

This is looking in through the garage. We love how open our rec room will be!

Back view of the house

Us with Daisy in front of the house

Friday, February 20, 2015

Construction Update - Week 5

We received our weekly construction update this morning.  We have been having horrible weather in this area, so I wasn't really expecting anything to get done.  Although the weather has cause some delays, they are almost done framing with most of the roof structure complete.  We should be getting shingles early next week and we may even get HVAC by the end of next week.  It's great to see some progress on the house and our PM is even nice enough to include a picture in his updates.  We can't wait for our drive out to the site this weekend to see everything in person!

Here's a picture of our block.  Our house is the second from the left.
Week 5 Progress

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Our First DIY Project for the New House

My husband and I inherited a dining set from my grandparents that we knew we wanted to take with us to our new house.  The only problem was that it is a bit outdated and doesn't really fit with our style.  To fix this we decided to reupholster the chairs. We will also redo the china cabinet but that's a bigger project that we won't do until we have a garage to work in.  To reupholster the chairs, I purchased some fabric and a staple gun, then followed the simple tutorial here:

So far I've only finished 4 of the 6 chairs, but they are looking really nice.

Here's the before picture:

And here's the after:

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Our Update from Valentine's Day

We drove out to look at the progress on the house for Valentine's Day.  When we pulled up, we were pleasantly surprised to see that they had started framing our third floor.  We were only expecting to see the second floor framed.  They seem to be moving along quickly although I'm sure the snow stopped work for today.  

The front of our house
View of the back
Our garage
Daisy and I in front of the house

Friday, February 13, 2015

Construction Update - Week 4

We received our weekly construction update from our PM last night.  They are framing away on the house, and are currently working on the second floor walls.  Our PM expects that they will be framing all next week and build the roof by the end of the week.  It's exciting to hear that our house is taking shape so quickly!  

We will probably do our weekly drive out to the homesite on Monday, so I'll post progress pics then.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Daydreaming about design (lighting)

I have been daydreaming about decorating our future home since the minute we walked into the model.  Lately, I have been mainly thinking about lighting options since this will be one of our first projects.  

Bedroom Lighting
We selected ceiling fan prewires in all three bedrooms.  Initially I thought we would put a ceiling fan there, but now I am debating whether we should put up a nice light fixture instead.  I admit that I have been watching too much HGTV, which is causing me to think more about this.  

What type of overhead lighting did you put in your bedrooms, especially the master bedroom?  Are you happy with it?

Main Floor Lighting
For our main floor we want the lighting to flow well since it's all open.  We added prewires in the morning room (our dining room area) and the living room.  We also plan to convert the two recessed lights above our island to pendants.  Here are some of the options we are currently leaning towards.

Morning room light fixture for above our table
Living room light fixture
Option 1 for the kitchen island
Option 2 for the kitchen island
I won't be buying any of these until after we close, so I could end up changing my mind. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Framing is Started!

My husband and I received our weekly update from our PM on Friday.  We were expecting that the concrete slab would be complete, but we were pleasantly surprised that the slab was completed and the crew had started framing!  We were so excited that we did our weekly drive-by on Saturday instead of Sunday.   To our surprise, the crew was there working on our house.  Seeing the house make it to the framing stage is making this all so much more real.  We can't wait to move into our first home together in May!

Here are some pictures of the progress:
Driving up to our block
Our house!
The crew working
Back view of our house
We're the second one in
Our pup, Daisy, with the house in the background

Daisy supervising the work
In addition to all the work on the house this week, our puppy, Daisy, gained a pound.  She's almost halfway to her full-grown weight now.  

It's fun to see our puppy growing while our house is being built.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Exterior Colors

We got an email from our sales rep yesterday with a picture of our exterior colors.  In our community, the exterior options are all selected by a designer.  I'm thinking this is probably normal for the townhome communities.  The community is very neutral colors, so we knew that whatever we ended up with would be fine.  It turns out we ended up with the brick I really wanted for the partial brick front!  I also love the color for our door!

Here's picture of the exterior selections:

The brick is Olde Columbia and will go about a third of the way up the front of the house.  The siding is Pebble Clay and the door is Fiery Brown.  

Monday, February 2, 2015

Underground Plumbing Complete

We got our construction update on Friday, and drove out to see the progress yesterday.  Last week our underground plumbing was complete, and the crew started spreading stones to prep for our concrete slab.  Our slab should be done by the end of the week and then they'll start framing our house.

Our homesite
Back view of our homesite
Since we also just got a puppy at the end of November, we decided to start taking weekly pictures of the house progress with our puppy, so we can see both grow together. :)

Our puppy checking out the homesite