Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Shingle bells, shingle bells, shingle all the wayyy!

Ho, ho, ho!
I hope you are all getting into the holiday spirit!
One thing I love about the neighborhood we are building in is how festive the residents get with holidays!  I can't wait until next year to have our tree in the window and the lights outlining our structure.


Just a quick update for everyone, being that I have gotten some questions about my delayed postings! 

I know I myself got spoiled driving out to the house every day during the build up.  If I didn't I would have missed something!  Since then I have been spacing out my visits.

Currently we are getting all electrical lines installed so not much to take photos of.  However, we did do a custom addition of a floor outlet, so I found myself driving out there today to discuss the placement with the electrician.  He should be out tomorrow to finish up all of the wiring. (yay!)

I was also pleased to see the roof getting finalized with the shingles!  How exciting!

I do plan to drive out to the house on Friday, so check back and hopefully I will have some awesome photos to check out!  Shouldn't be long until the house is under lock and key!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Come and knock on my door...!!

Well, it looks like the boys were hard at work this week!  Exterior related, I don't think there will be much more work done until it comes stucco, paint and shingles.

However, we did get our front door installed!
I would be lying if I said I liked my front door... as a matter of fact, I am not a fan.  I deffinately plan to upgrade the front door to something with glass to allow more natural light through the house.

We walked the inside of the house and we were glad to see all of the duct work was done!

Also, our tubs arrived, and have been installed!
(Upstairs guest bathroom)

(master bathroom, I splurged and got the spa tub with jets... very happy about that decision!)

Up next we should expect to see the electrical wiring all laid and installed. 

On a side note, I noticed on the builders website our model base price has risen again!  Yay! This means more equity!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

What a pane in my house!

My hubby and I drove out to the house today after taking two days off.  We were very pleased with what we saw!
The top floor is wrapped, the roof is prepped and we have windows!!

The frame work is all done and I am so excited for what is to come!  Soon we should be expecting the piping installed upstairs, along with the duct work throughout the house.  It won't be long after until we see drywall arrive for installation!

On a side note, originally Ryan's had installed the wrong windows in Noobs house, remember that fiasco?!  Well I noticed something interesting.  All of the front windows have the 6 over 6 windows, however, the remainder of the windows throughout are all 2 over 2.  No big deal for me, but I thought this was a little inconsistent and interesting.

Enjoy some photos below of the stand out favorites we enjoyed today!

LOVE the sliders!!!  3 doors width, I'm in love.  Look how you can either push them all the way over, or gather them in the middle!


The hubby enjoying our staircase!


Our awesome back yard and covered lanai!  I love how big it is!  You can't see the oak trees in this view, but they are just behind me, which our yard extends another 5ft beyond.  Notice the hubby off to the left exploring ideas... We are talking about creating a deck in the voided space on the corner of the house!  Oh the possibilities!!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Frame work, what a beautiful thing!

Good morning!!! Welcome back!

Just a quick update.... my hubby and I drove out to the lot last night so he could see the progress.  Well the team ended up staying later than I thought they would.  Last night they had the crane come in and on went the roof!  In addition to the roof they got most of the downstairs frame work done and started upstairs!  Check out the photos!

This is our staircase to the upstairs.  The bottom of it is not complete yet.  It will waterfall out to the right and have a stained banister with railing.

Here I am checking out my island I have always wanted!  Can't wait to see the finished product!

This is my pantry!!!  I do wish it was a bigger walk in pantry.  But I have enough cabinet space this will be just fine!

Lastly, check out the final product!

I know it is a little dark outside.  But I love it!  I couldn't stop smiling!  Yesterday was our 3 year anniversary and this was the best gift I could have ever asked for!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

We have a second floor!!!!

So after my last post about our mysterious lumber, slowly but surely everything started to arrive.....

Our wood got dropped yesterday morning, so accordingly I thought they might have started, well being a creature of habit, of course I drove out there yesterday. 

Our roofing and framing here in the front, and our sheet wood was delivered to the rear. 

 Low and behold there was no progress, out materials just sat there and all I felt was disappointment. 


Today I thought to myself, should I drive out there? I almost didn't because I didn't want to feel disappointed again......
 but I knew deep down I would have felt MORE disappointed if they had started and I didn't drive out there.

Good News!!!!!!
(Front view)

They were working away as hard as can be!!!!

(back view)
**Look at all those hard workers in my house!!!!!**

I am hoping tomorrow they have the crane to mount the roof on top of the house.  I will update accordingly!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

New arrival

As part of my daily routine, we drove out to the lot last night and found this on the front yard......
Yay!!! It looks to be either the roof, or the framing, or maybe a combination of both.  Still no site of the framing for the walls, so hopefully they will be here by Monday. 

My smart husband figured out how the process is going.  They started on our neighbors, went down to the single floor house, put the roof on, came back to our neighbors to finish, and then will bang ours out in one day.  So hopefully sometime next week I will have more exciting stuff to blog about!

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Excuse me while I vent....

I think I got a little ahead of myself this week.  Of course everything was just moving along too smoothly!  Almost too smoothly you would be worried.  Getting caught up in the moment, I excused the little flags saying "warning" and convinced myself this is how things should go.

If you are up to date with our progress then you would know we got our first floor yesterday (yay!), now it's not like I was expecting the second floor to be up today.  Remember, they are doing three houses at once, and going in order.  I wasn't even expecting progress today.  I figure there has to be some sort of inspection, as there should be....

However, what has worried me was a simple observation I made....  My future neighbors, whom are awesome might I add, got a lumber delivery about a week and a half ago... even the existing neighbors thought something was off, or that it was very premature for that.  After driving the neighborhood earlier in the week I noticed the other house had their lumber delivered. 

Can you see where I am going with this??? 

Our neighbors got there second floor today, yay!!!!!!  It looks awesome too!!!  But with all of this going on, and the little progress they made today, I am wondering,


I reached out to the builder to get some answers, so hopefully it is on its way, or maybe on another lot.... I don't think my curiosity is too far fetched, and it is definitely justifiable.  So hopefully we will either have answers or have some lumber!

Until next time!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

These four walls!

These four walls are more than structure, they are the future for me and Chris! I am so excited to see the first floor up, and can't wait to see the rest in the next few days!

This is the front view to our house. 

Our front porch and columns. I can't wait to wrap these babies in christmas lights and garland!  Definately thinking one of those, every holiday flags will hang from one of these!!

This is the inside view of our Garage!

Our back porch and more columns!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Knock, knock.... DELIVERY!!!

I can't believe how quickly this process is speeeeeding up! 

All my complaining about losing patients, and now if you blink you might miss something!!!

This morning they delivered our cinder blocks and concrete, and trust me, they don't waste any time!  If I didn't mention before, allow me to remind you.... They started two other houses at the same time as mine.  We all got our cinder block delivery today.....  So with that being said, my neighbors got walls today, and I will be first thing tomorrow morning!

A view from the rear!  Check out that big back end!! I can't wait to grill and entertain on that porch!

The glue to hold everything together!

Overall, no complaints thus far!

Caution wet cement!


We have a foundation!!

It was dark out to get the full shot, so here you are seeing my front step.  Notice the four rods in the shape of a square, that is where our collumns will be, there is another parrallel to this. 

Now, like any grown adult, you can't be near wet cement and NOT write anything in it!!!

I chose to go with the date 11/7/11, a day to be remembered!  I etched it behind one of the columns on the front step.  So when you come over, keep your eyes peeled!!! It's like a hidden mickey, but not!!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Signed and Sealed

Good news, we had our first inspections on our lot, and....... drum roll..... we passed!!!!  The inspection included approval from the plumber on the pipe work and our "slab" passing the first pressure test as well! 

As of today, all of the formwork is in and there was a big tarp across our dirt!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Love at first pipe!

I always knew I had a soft spot for PVC piping!!!  I have been waiting for this day for weeks now, and it is finally here!  If you haven't caught on yet, they laid the piping for all the water lines today.  It was so exciting to walk the land and imagine where everything is going. 

All of what I call, "wire stuff", was delivered.  Chris said they will use that to make a grid to pour the cement into, so hopefully they get that done tomorrow!

I think Nemo meant to say, "Just keep digging, just keep digging"!

It's so exciting to drive out to the lot on a daily basis and see all the progress!  My neighbor told us we are going to burn out the roads with all of our visits... LOL

So I think I figured out they have started three houses at the same time, mine being one of those three.  The other two had their piping in, but they ended the day on our lot digging the tunnels for our pipes.  At first I had a little temper-tantrum because I wanted our lot to be at the same progress.  But after eating some humble pie I realized how detailed and long it must take to do the piping.  I imagine it's not a project where they just throw them in the ground and say "there I'm done".  There is probably  a lot of schematics behind it all.  If all goes well this week I am hoping that they are laying cement to set for the weekend.  Keep your fingers crossed everyone!!!