Thursday, August 9, 2012
At 8:30am we sign papers with NVR. 10:00am is our final walk-through. And by 4:00pm we should have keys!!!! We'll be at the house every day this week painting, installing lights and cabinet knobs, and slowly bringing over boxes. The 18th is the big move-in!! I still can't believe it's really happening!
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Since we are getting so close to move-in day, I thought I'd do a post on stuff we bought or are using to decorate! So here are some pictures:)
Hunter Regalia 60in ceiling fan (Lowe's)-for the family room. Love the lighter almost distressed looking blades. I think this will look great with the antique white cabinets and Sedona cherry flooring of the kitchen. The 60in size will be great for circulating air around the whole great room.
Harbor Breeze 52in Crosswinds Oil-Rubbed Bronze (Lowe's)-for the master bedroom. This is a great affordable fan! Only $89 and comes with a remote! I think the cherry blades will help pull together the cherry cabinets in the master-bath and the burgundy sheets in our bedding.
White Entryway Bench with baskets (Target)-for the office (living room per floorplan). This room has a great double window and I wanted to do some sort of faux window seat. This bench should be the perfect size and I'll be shopping for some nice pillows to go on top.
Linon Storage Bench (also Target)-for the mudroom. I plan to get a cushion and pillows for this as well. The seat opens and we'll keep containers for shoes and mittens/gloves/etc in the winter. This bench is a possibly perfect/possibly bad idea size. It's literally within an inch of our width of the wall measurements. I think the widest part is the arms though and we'll have a little more space there because I measured the wall down at the floor baseboards. We're hoping the size will give a nice-built-in feel but depending on how accurate the manufacturer's measurments are; it could end up slightly too big.
We also got this awesome soap foamer (amazon) for the kitchen. We'll be decorating a little with mason-jars and have been looking for a nice foaming soap dispenser so this was perfect! We use Dr.Bronner's soap so foamers are a must and a lot of the pretty dispensers are not foaming. We were pretty excited to find this!
And the projects of the week....
Our $17 china cabinet is coming together nicely. This will be used in the craft/school room (dining room per floorplan). We just need to finish up the lavendar back and a little more distressing. The pulls and wire grating are now oil-rubbed bronze.
A close-up shot to show the distressing.
The table for the morning room-this was another great Seconds City find. We have been looking for a nice older table with character. We wanted something fairly large that would seat at least 8. This table gets huge- it has 3 large leaves. I can't remember the exact measurements but I think it gets to around 9 ft. It was pretty ugly when we got it but we loved the character in the table legs and it came with 8 chairs. The table looks really nice now that's it's a creamy white color similar to our cabinets. We'll be glazing or distressing the legs and doing the poly coat next.
The chairs have a lot of detail and were perfect for the look we are going for. We are keeping the natural wood color. I'm hoping to salvage the cushions (they're are a few spots on them) but if we can't we'll reupholster them.
Some other awesome furniture items (courtesy of my awesome in-laws!).....
This gorgeous china-cabinet!!! I've loved this forever and I'm so excited to incorporate it in our house! This will be in the morning room.
This awesome antique pie-display case! I haven't decided what we'll do with this yet but I love the story behind it! How fun to have something that was used to display pies! And the top drawer was where they stored the money! So cool!
And last but not least...paint colors!
These might be paint-matches to these colors because we haven't decided on the brand for sure.
Chocolate Froth for the hallways and foyer
Weeping Willow for the office and craft room
Sea Sprite for the rest of the walls in morning room/kitchen/family room
Blue Bayberry for the accent walls in the morning room and family room
Oyster Bisque for the upper half of laundry room, bottom half will be white beadboard
Barefoot Beach for master bedroom (this one might change if it's too close to the carpet color)
Lake County for the master bath
In 2 days we'll have keys!!!!!!
Sunday, August 5, 2012
The last time I was out to the house was Wednesday morning. Our PM had said our inspection would be Friday or Monday so we figured going out there on Saturday (our last time until closing) it would be pretty much done. Well, not quite. It looks like they maybe stopped working Wednesday because not much has changed. It was a little disappointing...ok a lot disappointing...but it will make closing day all that more exciting since things should be a lot different!
When we went out Saturday we were locked out as usual but this time we were REALLY locked out because the sales-rep wasn't in the model home to give us keys. I think he's late pretty frequently so I'm pretty glad we won't need to go there anymore. They are supposed to open at 11am and we got there about 11:15 and ended up driving around until 11:45 or so before he came in. Since we had time to waste we stopped out at the subdivision/golf course's pool to show the kids. It'll be really nice to be able to take the kids down here when they get bored during the moving/painting stage. They are going to start building the club-house in September so I'm looking forward to seeing that too!
Here are the pictures of the changes since the last time I was at the house...looks like they are going to have a busy week to get it done before our closing/walkthrough on Friday!
Garden tub faucet was installed (it's super wiggly so I think it still needs caulked or tightened)
Showing we still don't have carpet in the family room...
We also have a cabinet door removed so maybe that was damaged.
Front door was painted but the pillars still need done.
Front of the house-the cable box was moved over but we still need the final grading, landscaping, and touch ups.
There are a good amount of things that still need done before closing. Some chips in cabinets and window molding, the morning room roof still has a slight dip, squeeks in the floor, lights and doorknobs need installed upstairs, kitchen faucet needs installed (it was stolen so the PM had to buy a new one!!!), stove needs installed, broken window needs replaced, carpet needs finished, touch ups and cleaning to be done and I'm hoping they'll be putting in the lazy susan and microwave rack because both are missing. Fingers crossed that all these things will be finished!!!
We've also been spending some more time shopping. Wow is there a lot to buy and do when you build new! We decided on the cabinet knobs/pulls for the bathrooms. I really suggest getting your own cabinet/pulls. Ryan charges $200 and installs just basic pulls (you only can choose the finish). We were able to get a lot nicer pulls/knobs and still came out around $175. We also bought the ceiling fans, mudroom bench, and window seat for the living room/office and decided most of the paint colors.
This week we'll be trying to refinish the dining room table and china-cabinet (hopefully!). Our closing is Friday morning, Final walk-through is right afterward, and then we get our keys. Saturday-Friday we will spend painting, installing light fixtures/fans, and cabinet knob/pulls and taking boxes over each day. Saturday the 18th will be the big move in day!!! We can't wait!!!
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
I stopped out at the house today. We have just over a week until we get the keys! We'll hopefully stop out at the house one more time and after that it's ours! Here's pictures of the changes I saw today...
Carpet is in except for the family room
Armstrong Sedona Cherry next to Shaw Initiator (both very dirty!)
The toilet and pedestal sink our now in the downstairs powder room, still waiting on the mirror
Door handles are in downstairs, upstairs they are in boxes by each door ready to be installed
The family room has carpet pad down.
I'm looking forward to seeing this carpet because it's the only room we upgraded padding/carpet.
The dishwasher is in.
The carpet is installed upstairs as well.
The playroom now with carpet. They still haven't installed lights in here or the kids bedrooms.
The master-bathroom glass shower-encloser and garden tub are now installed.
Love it! So glad we decided to do this upgrade!
My only concern is we don't have an access panel. In the model it was on the front of the tub, since ours was tiled I assumed it would be in the master-closet like some other blogs have had but it's not there either....not sure how we will access the plumbing if needed.
Running water (kind of, it was probably just turned on because it was sputtering!)
The door stoppers were all out in the kitchen so they probably will be installed soon.
Looking from the kitchen to the front door-can't wait until the flooring is all uncovered!
Looking from the front door to the back of the house, stairs are to the left.
Last on the list-finish the carpet and door handles, install stove and kitchen faucet, install the powder room mirror, paint the front door and pillars, fixing up mistakes and the broken windows, and final grading and landscaping. Our PM said our final inspection will be this Friday or next Monday. We get our keys next Friday!