A Quick Update

First things first, I’m sorry I’ve been MIA recently.  It was a SUPER busy at work last week and I had several photo sessions with new clients (that’s a very good thing!) so blogging just fell to the bottom of the list.  But, I’m back and I’ll try to make up for lost time with a post each day this week – although don’t hold me to that! 😉

We made our weekly visit to check on the construction progress at the new house on Sunday and didn’t see much visual change, but that doesn’t mean things didn’t happen.  The gas line was installed, as evidenced by the gas meter on the side of the garage.  That means there is progress still happening while we were sorting out the electrical issue – more on that in a minute.

Gas

We also know that R19 insulation was ‘blown’ into the attic, since Matt was there when the contractor arrived earlier this week.  Of course I don’t have any pictures of that, but I’m sure the home inspector will confirm it’s all there.  As you can see below the metal roof is still not complete, but it is closer than it was last week.

Side

One major thing we noticed is that the debris on the lot has been cleaned up.  Remember how there was a huge pile of trash and scrap on this side of the house last week?  Well it was moved to the front and apparently burned based on the ashes seen on the right in the picture below.  It’s a good thing that Matt pulled out the usable pieces and set them aside in the woods when he was on site earlier this week!! Granted there are still items on the edges of the clearing that will need to be collected and a few items in the burn spot that weren’t completely destroyed that will have to be removed, but overall it’s looking a lot cleaner – which soothes my Type A personality!  Although it does make the dirt splatter from the recent rain more obvious… Luckily, I reminded myself that will be eliminated when we landscape next summer.

Front

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Most importantly, there were signs of progress on the electrical line being run.  The short story is that the seller of the lot did service the lot as he agreed to do, but not in the way that would have been most convenient or cost-effective for us.  So it boiled down to our options being 1.) Cut a 15′ wide stretch of trees from the front corner of the lot opposite the driveway to the house for the line to be run, at an additional cost of $3,000 if we cleared the trees ourselves or 2.) Pay an additional $3,500 to have the line run down the road and up the driveway to the house.  We chose to maintain the privacy and potential resale value by paying the extra $500 to go the extra distance.  Unfortunately, that meant we were over budget and needed to adjust the numbers with our lender.  Although I’m not happy with the increased cost, I am pretty proud that the only reason we are over budget is out of our control.  Every other selection and decision was made within budget at our original sales price and allowances balancing out.  Not many who build a home can say that!  Here you can make out the stakes that mark where the line will run up the driveway and to the side of the house.

Line

Hopefully the actual line will go in this week and progress can resume inside with muding and taping, then finish work!  With all the recent delays, we’re now estimating we won’t close and move in until sometime in December.  Sigh.  I really want to spend Christmas in the new house, but ultimately my goal at this point is to be in the house by the end of the year.  Fingers crossed! 🙂

Visible Progress!

We did our weekly visit to check on the construction of the new house today and were happy to see that the roof is almost complete along with the drywall!  It looks so different seeing solid walls.  Luckily, all of the rooms seemed about the size I anticipated.  I know adding drywall can make rooms feel smaller, so if I like the space now I should really love it when it’s finished and painted!

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The roof is done on the front except for a small part on the garage and the edge caps.
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Inside the main living area from the laundry room door.
Main living area from back side of the kitchen.
Main living area from back side of the kitchen.
Kitchen and dining room from the front entry way.
Kitchen and dining room from the front entry way.
Corner pantry in the kitchen.
Corner pantry in the kitchen.
My future studio!!
My future studio!!
The corner of the entry way and hallway from the living room.
The junction of the studio, entry way and hallway from the living room.
Entry way hallway.
Entry way hallway.

The hallway from either end.
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Guest room #1.
Guest room #1, or “Foster” room.
Guest room #2
Guest room #2
Master Bedroom!
Master Bedroom!
Master Bathroom corner tub and edge of the shower; the doorway on the left leads to the toilet room.
Hallway bathroom.
Hallway/guest bathroom.
Garage.
Garage.
Back of the roof, about 2/3 done.
Back of the roof, about 2/3 done.

Now we’re just waiting to get the power line figured out with the electric company.  There’s been a bit of a snag in deciding where the line will come from and how it will be run, so hopefully that gets resolved this week which will finalize the electrical inspection and allow the crew to get mudding and taping can be done before the cabinets are installed and then flooring.  Stay tuned! 🙂

 

Another Little Update

Here’s a quick update on the house as of last weekend.  The electrical is done except for the actual power line from the road to the house, which has to be done by the electric company.  The insulation has been installed and sealed with plastic for energy efficiency on all exterior walls.  Drywall will begin being installed this week, which will start to give us a sense of the actual space in each room.

Inside
The dining room, kitchen and family room.

 

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My studio/craft/office!
The entry way.
The entry way.
The master bedroom.
The master bedroom.
The garage, with garage doors installed.
The garage, with garage doors installed.
Inside left corner of garage.
Inside left corner of garage.
Inside right corner of garage.
Inside right corner of garage.

Most importantly, the metal roof was started!!  The roofer estimates 10 days to a week to complete due to the special cuts required with the front elevations.  He also told us that the roof has a lifetime warranty, but that we may have to replace the rubber washers on the screws after 25 years.  Ummm.. ok.  So basically, it’s maintenance free and may even outlast us living in the house.  We’re very pleased with how the brown color compliments the other house colors. And having seen it, we’re really glad we didn’t choose the copper color instead which would have overpowered the house! 

The front side of the house with roof being installed!
The front side of the house with roof being installed!
Backyard
The back of the roof, not yet started, but the deck and stairs are done.

 One other big thing outside is the painting of our front door in the fabulous Mata Hari color I discussed here.  I absolutely LOVE how it turned out and can’t wait to start decorating my porch for every holiday!

My purple front door!
My purple front door!

We’ll make a trip up again this weekend to check on the progress, so stay tuned for more pictures after that!