We finally have some great news!
We are officially halfway through our build! Our roof is on and our windows have been installed. Anyone who is building right now will tell you that there are three things that have been pushing back closing dates and that is lumber, brick, and windows.
Well, we got our lumber a while ago, our windows have finally arrived and have all been installed and the outside of our home is going to be all stucco so brick isn’t an issue for us. We always wanted stucco but it was so pricey that we originally picked brick. Because brick was so hard to get, our builder started offering a great discount on stucco to move the building process along for everyone and we jumped on it!
So it seems like the hard part is over, in theory. Unless you guys know something that I don’t, in which case, please share.
This past Monday we went and picked out our slab for our kitchen counter and seeing it in person really made me excited. It’s gorgeous.
I didn’t want an all-white kitchen again but with our builders, our options were pretty limited so we ended up with white cabinets again and picked out a darker and busier quartz to bring some life into the kitchen. We also did a quartz slab backsplash, like in the photo above, to really give it some character.
I’m not sure if we’ve mentioned this yet but unlike most individuals who build a home, we don’t have the luxury of walking through our new house whenever we like. Our builders make everyone sign contracts that tell us we’re not allowed on the property except during very specific stages, by appointment, with a rep present. This has been the toughest part. We live maybe 10 minutes down the road from our new place and drive by it regularly but we haven’t been able to step foot on the property.
(There are cameras everywhere in the development as well so they’re always watching!)
We just had our first walkthrough though and the house is gorgeous. I can’t believe that in a few short months we’ll be getting keys and living our day-to-day there. This is the house our kids will grow up in. That they’ll have play dates and holidays for years to come. I’d like to sit here and tell you that the walkthrough made it feel real for us but it didn’t. Cody won’t believe that this is our home until we’re sleeping in it! I’m hoping it will start to feel real when the tiles and drywall go in.
So what’s next?
Drywall and stucco.
We’re hoping drywall starts next week and stucco sounds complicated because I know they have to wrap the house and then I think they need to get that inspected before they can start spraying the stucco.
Finally, we’re hoping to close in January or February at the very latest. Starting the new year by accomplishing something that was on our 10-year plan is going to feel really great. I just hope the kids love their new home as much as I do. 🙂