Tuesday, May 29, 2012

OMG!! 16 days!!!

I cannot believe how quickly time has passed since we started building!  So far, I am loving all of our choices and the only thing left really to see inside is the carpet, which is being put in as we speak!

This week will be carpeting, toilets, touch-ups and punch-outs.  Apparently, punch-outs refer to the general leveling of doors and other various items to QC.  They will also be tiling the laundry room floor.  Apparently, there was confusion with the laundry room flooring.  We originally factored into the cost that we would get ceramic tile.  But, to save money, we chose the resilient flooring.  Well, somehow, we were still charged for the tile upgrade.  It's too late to change things financially now, so we are going with the tile.

We finally bit the bullet and bought ceiling fans and kitchen pendant lights.  I seriously looked for 20 hours online until I was literally insane from staring at pictures of fans and lights.  Not being able to take it anymore, I did something that I was trying to avoid.  Yep, I hit up the big box stores and bought a fan my hubby loved for the Morning Room and a fan that I loved for the Master Bedroom.  We both really liked these red/orange/ivory pendant lights, so we picked those up, too.  The electrician was kind enough to hang them for us, which was awesome!  Pics are below...

I am hoping to go and see the carpet today, but I am not sure I will because I am still exhausted from the weekend and should do some laundry and pack.  Ugh.  I despise the whole moving process!  However, I LOVE getting ready to move to a new, awesome house!

Putting on the stone!

Close-Up of stone-LOVE IT!

Morning Room Ceiling Fan

Granite counter and tile floors

Island lights (and mom & Brynn running out of the picture!)

Another kitchen pic

Kitchen and Morning Room

Close-Up of Pendant Light

Stone fireplace (still wet)

Fixture above stair landing

Ceiling Fan in Master-Love it!

Lighting in Master Bath (standard)

Pretty tiling in Master Bath


Another beautiful sunset!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Nailed, Floored, & Stoned

This past week has brought a crazy amount of progress inside!  Since I never posted pics or blogged last week, below are some pictures of the house after the drywall went up and the cabinetry went in.

Yesterday, we went up to see what was going on and were pleased to see that all of the tile was done and the granite was in.  The hardwood floors were also in.  Everything looked great, but we couldn't see too well or take any pictures because it was a bit late and very rainy/gross outside.

The stone fireplace was put up inside and today they are putting up the stone on the front.  I am DYING to go see it in person!

So, everything is really turning out well!  You just never know how it's all going to look together when you are picking everything out from a little snippet of a sample.  My hubby said that he thought the grouting in the kitchen/morning room looked a bit pinkish...I need to see it in the light...I am not into pink grout!  Or maybe he just needs a vision check...haha...

We dropped off 2 ceiling fans and 3 pendant lights by the house last night.  Our super nice electrician is putting them in for us.  We ended up getting the fans pictured below.

Will post pics of the tiling and stone as soon as we get some!

Master Bath-Uba Tuba granite & butterscotch cabinets

View of street

Pete posing with the kitchen cabinets & the morning room

Family pic in front of fireplace pre-stone

Front of house (duh!) 

Back of house

Side of house-land was graded again

Sunset view out the Morning Room

First and last time we see all 0's here!

We have a paved driveway and sidewalk!

Fan for Morning Room with an 18" downrod

Zoomed: allen + roth 52" Altena Brushed Nickel Ceiling Fan
Fan for Master Bedroom

Pendant lights in the kitchen (3 in total)

Friday, May 18, 2012

Boxes, Boxes, New Fridge & did I mention, Boxes!

I have been a bit of a blogging slacker this week.  Since there was nothing interesting to report, I figured I would zip it for a bit.

The PM called this morning and told us the 2nd coat of paint was going on today, the power is connected,  the front concrete has been poured and the cabinets are in the kitchen and bathroom.  (Going tonite to check this all out and will have pictures!)

Coming up next week is the stone (yeah!!!!), ceramic flooring, wood flooring, and installation of the lights and toilets by the end of the week.  The granite may also come next week.  We are still on track to settle June 14!

Today I picked up some gently used boxes from the movers we hired.  If you are in the Maryland/DC/Balto area, Moyer and Sons rock!  I know many people that recommend them and today I went and they loaded my entire Jeep up with gently used boxes of all sizes and even showed me what each were for.  All for free, which is a bonus!  They also bring 10 wardrobes the day of your move and put your clothes in them so that is one less thing to pack.  (In our case, a LOT less to pack!  My baby has more clothes than me!)  So, this weekend, my parents are coming over and we are going to pack like crazy!  This is all getting so real!

The one major thing to report this week is we purchased our refrigerator last night!  It's the mack daddy of all fridges and the one we have been lusting after since this whole process began.  We actually went in to buy another more affordable fridge, but they had our dream fridge on an open box special at Best Buy and they took off over $1K because it had a couple tiny dings in it!  SOLD!  Yes, it's the one with the touch screen and apps.  Totally cool.  It even has a feature where you can pick an item from the screen and put the expiration date on it so it will alert you when things are about to go bad.  Also, it has Pandora, Epicurious (with recipes, shopping list, etc), Google Calendar, Twitter, AP News, WeatherBug, Notepad (where you write with your finger), Photo Gallery, etc. etc.  Yes, we realize this is soooo unnecessary, but my cute geeky hubby is super psyched (and I will admit I am, too!)

Here are a few pics of our new stainless steel baby:

Friday, May 11, 2012

Let the countdown begin...

Exactly 1 month till the walk-thru!  Craziness!  I haven't even started packing...the whole idea of moving all of my belongings really stresses me out.  Ugh.

The new house is looking good!!  The siding is up and the drywall is done.  Here's what's coming up:
Tomorrow or Monday-First coat of paint inside the house
Tuesday-The framing around the doors, floor boards, etc.
Wednesday thru Friday-Something they call a drywall point-up (whatever that is) and a 2nd coat of paint

The following week, around May 21st, the ceramic and hard wood floors will be laid.  Cannot wait to see the tile, especially!

So far, knock on wood, everything is still on schedule and we are scheduled to close June 14.

Here are some pics of the siding and drywall.  I do realize that they are a bit boring, but I like looking at them anyway!  Pete still thinks the siding is supposed to be gray...and thinks they gave us the wrong one...  Men.

Pretty new siding...ugly gray day

Contrast with the white


View of siding from sunroom


Family Room

Kitchen and Sun Room


Living Room

Stairs Going Up


Brynn's Room

Brynn's Closet

Guest Room

Pete's Office

Pete's Office again

Walk-In Closet

Master Bedroom

Master Bath

Master Bath

Upstairs Hallway

Going back down

Keep going down

Stone for outside