Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Beginning to Plan Our Move

We're getting really excited for the big move into our new house in a few weeks!  Since it's not too far off I have started making my moving to-do list.  I decided to post it here in case it helps anyone or in case I missed anything.  So here it is:

  • Look into pricing for movers
  • Decide on a moving company and schedule before they book up
  • Look into cable/internet options
  • Schedule cable/internet installation
  • List unwanted furniture for sale on craigslist
  • Change address with USPS, work, banks, etc
  • Change State Taxes from VA to MD with our employers
  • Pick up pads for under our furniture so it doesn't scratch our beautiful new floors
  • Pick up granite sealer and grout sealer
  • Take everything off the walls in my apartment and cover up the holes
  • PACK!
Let me know if I missed anything.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Construction Update - Week 14

We're closing in exactly 3 weeks with our new home orientation in a little over 2 weeks.  All of the major things are complete in the house now with just finishing touches to go.  At this point we're just so excited and happy with how our house turned out.  We can't wait to close and move out of our apartment and into our first house!

We walked through yesterday and really fell in love with our house.  Sure there's still items that the crew is working to correct prior to our orientation, but at this point we have a really good idea of what our house will look like when its complete and it is beautiful.  Now we just have to work on furnishing and decorating it!  Anyway onto the pictures...

Our floor plan is the Strauss with basement level entry and rear loading two car garage.  We entered through the rec room on the basement.  In here we opted for a completely open rec room, a powder room instead of a closet, and hardwood stairs.  We also chose the Armstrong Rural Living Engineered Hardwood in Rich Brown for the flooring and we ended up with crown molding.
Stairs in Basement
Open Rec Room
Rec Room
Basement Powder Room
Basement Powder Room
Kitchen & Main Floor
As you come up the stairs from the basement you enter the kitchen and main floor.  For the kitchen our community included granite, a few different cabinets with hardware, and stainless appliances.  The granite we chose is Santa Cecilia and the cabinets are Lausanne in Espresso.  We also added a hutch and backsplash.  We continued the Armstrong Rural Living Engineered Hardwood in Rich Brown for the flooring throughout the main floor.
Kitchen Sink

Stove and Microwave
Main Floor from Living Room to Morning Room
Main Floor from Morning Room to Living Room

Living Room
Guest Bathroom
In our Guest Bath we opted for basic tile with a listello.  We are really happy with how this turned out so hopefully we can keep the white tile clean.
Guest Bath
Guest Bath Tile
Guest Bath
Guest Bedroom & Office
We have two guest bedrooms on the upper level.  One will be used as an office for now.  In these rooms the only change we made was to add ceiling fan rough-ins.  The carpet in all of the bedrooms is Shaw Graystone in Venetian Tile. 
Guest Bedroom
Hallway and Laundry Room
We continued the engineered hardwood in the upstairs hallway.  In the laundry room we kept the basic vinyl.
Hardwood in the upstairs hallway
Laundry Room Vinyl
Laundry Room
Master Suite
In our master we have the same carpet as the guest bedrooms.  In the bathroom we have Santa Cecilia Light Granite with Lausanne cabinets in Espresso.  The tile is Parkway Beige with a Warm Waterfall listello.
Master Closet
Master Bath
Master Bath
Master Bath
Master Bath Tile
Master Bath
Master Bath
Master Bedroom

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Construction Update - Week 13

We went to house this weekend and they were actively working on the floors so we didn't spend much time inside but it looked great. They were also grading our front yard. Our lights were working, our door frame was up, our deck was complete, our driveway was complete, and our appliances were in. It really coming together. We can't wait to go this weekend and check out our floors!

Front with the door frame
Our completed deck
Driveway and Garage Door
Driveway and Garage
Pics with Daisy

Pics with Daisy
Kitchen with Appliances
Flooring being installed
Carpet in the bedrooms

Monday, April 13, 2015

Starting to Look Like a House

We visited the house a couple times this weekend since we're getting so excited to close next month.  On Saturday we just went to see the siding and shutters, and on Sunday we did a full walk through with our SR.  We didn't get to pick our exterior colors but it looks nice and classic.  Our granite was installed in the kitchen as well as our backsplash.  Toilets and sinks were in all of the bathrooms.  Door handles were on the interior doors.  Everything is looking great!  Can't wait to see what we have next week!

Now for the picture overload...
Siding and Shutters Complete!
My husband and Daisy
Daisy and I
Back of the house
Light Fixtures in the Rec Room
Basement Powder Room
Basement Powder Room
Our kitchen with granite and backsplash
Kitchen from the top of the stairs
Kitchen Sink
Our hutch is complete!
Close up of our backsplash
Main Floor Powder Room (our floors are in here)
Main Floor Powder Room
Main Floor
Laundry Room
Guest Bath
Guest Bath
Spare Bedroom Closet
We had door handles!
My big master closet!
Master Bath Shower
Master Bath Shower
Toilet in Master Bath with our floor tile
Completed Master Bath Vanity
Towel Bars are in!
Completed tub!
Vanity and tub