Each day I go see the property, I'm so excited. All the fun stuff, as I like to call it, is happening.
Our well is dug, septic is in, propane.
All the trim is done (with the 3 inches on the sill so we can have our carpenter add trim to all the windows).
Doors are in.
Cabinets (for the most part. Apparently they need to move plumbing or something).
Rails for stairs and loft.
It's really great so far! Siding was supposed to happen this week, but we had a lot of rain, so... delayed.
But they did the posts on the outside, and I haven't gone today to see if maybe they did start the siding. Who knows.
Either way ... I have some photos, and hopefully some more will come shortly. We have about 30 days from today until our final walk through. It feels like so much is done already, and we'll hit that stall where nothing is really going on ... which will drive me nuts.
I'm going to keep this as a running list as I move through the process.
However, there are things I wish I would've chosen (or we did choose and took off). Or things I wish were made available to this model. (HINT HINT RYAN HOMES)
Overall, I love the Normandy, but there are things we had opted not to do that I wish we had done.
ACTUAL OPTIONS AVAILABLE:
- The third attached garage. - We had this on our selection sheet, but we also had to make some choices as to cutting things. This is one I wish we kept. It acts basically as a shed, but seeing it on the other homes in the development, I wish we had it.
- Finishing the back part of the basement - This was SUPPOSED to be my husband's gym, but he decided to take the detached garage. Now I wish we'd finished it.
- Added extra power outlets. (In the garages specifically)
THINGS WE WISH THEY OFFERED:
- Extra trim.
- Pocket doors (I'm still bitter)
- Coffered Ceilings
- Custom painting (really, why if we're spending this much on this do we need one color throughout?)
Everyone says once the framing is done, it's lightening fast and they would be right.
We passed the county inspection which means drywall went up today!
This is honestly been a really exciting time because now the house starts to come together. I've been meeting with contractors daily because there are things I want done before we move a piece of furniture in. I love that I currently live 2 miles from the build, I also hate it.
It's so easy to be like, "oh, I'll run over now" constantly.
Insulation is in, all the wiring has been checked location wise. (I've been really attentive to this). We had counter height plugs go in on the wall against the pantry, which made ZERO sense because we didn't do the hutch option, so I had those moved down to floor level. I also had a few missing plugs where the television chords were, so we had those fixed too. Just weird stuff.
The other thing which I'm kind of sort of mad about is the molding. In our model here, there's this thick 3 piece molding in the dining, office/library, and the upstairs. I love it because it's really beautiful and I noted it when we walked through. Now, the model has all kinds of decorative trim on the chair rail and boxes, which we knew we couldn't have and that was fine. but ... the molding I definitely thought was standard. Apparently not. I'm already spending this much money on the freaking house, I'm not about to spend more for the one piece of molding. It's just frustrating because we were TOLD that was standard. Now, I find out that it's not.
I wish that the PM was involved a little when it comes to the selections because he has been able to guide us more on what we need to have in order to have our house functional the way we want it. Options that we didn't take and wish we had. I'll probably write a post about that later this week. Just things I wish I did that we didn't or things we did that were kind of lame.
One thing I did do, was add insulation to the interior walls around the master bedroom. Why? Because I don't want my kids to hear us, and I don't want to hear them. I love the Normandy, but the location of the upstairs bath and the bedrooms is stupid. Why any bathroom would be against the master wall to me is just ... poor planning. I almost didn't buy the house because of its location. To try to soundproof it, we added insulation on all the interior master bedroom walls.
Hopefully this helps with the sound ... hopefully.
I don't want to hear my son's music when he showers.
We went today after the drywall guys were done and I could cry. It is so freaking cool to watch your house go up. I can't fully explain it, but I'm so grateful I could be here through it all.
Hopefully tomorrow the putty, tape, and all the caulking is done. Then is trim and I think the cabinets ... I think!
It'll all be moving along and I'll try to not bore you with random posts, but it's really exciting, so I might.
Friday was our Pre-drywall Inspection.
Who we had attend:
I've been at the home a lot so there was no big wow moment for me. I live less than 4 miles from the build, so it's easy for me to pop over, which they do ask me to come look at something rather often.
First, I want to say again, our PM is freaking AWESOME. I don't know that this build would be half as amazing as it's been if it weren't for John. He's fantastic. Okay, my PM lovefest out of the way, the actual meeting ...
We opted to have a home inspector on this walk through for several reasons. I've never built a home before, so I have no clue what the hell anyone is really telling me is true, and I am not in the trade industry. So, if wiring, plumbing, and framing is wrong ... I'd have no clue. Also, I'm sort of obsessed with the DIY Network and HGTV, and all you ever see are when they open the walls, it's a nightmare, right? Well, no walls exist and I'd like someone who knows something to prevent that from happening. So, for $250 I now have peace of mind.
There were only a few adjustments we needed to have made in terms of a few 2x4s that were cracked or bowed. The outlets needed to be moved or added. And there was some stupid things that had to move. The one thing in our wiring was we had 1 line HDMI run behind the televisions, and wished I'd done 2. So, I went to Target, got another HDMI chord and ran it myself for $40 instead of the $100 extra the wiring people wanted to run. Ridiculous how much they upcharge for that crap. I'm going to do the same for all my tv's now in that house.
Overall, the house was great. Our PM has been on top of everything, which has made this process really great. I have very few complaints if any.
Our report back shows some things they need to address, things I would've never known were issues, so we're sending the report to our PM today. I'm really excited to see the rest of the things start to happen now. Once the drywall goes up, I'm sure I'll have a lot more to say.
Holy crap this moved so fast.
Last week my husband and I went on vacation, and I was bummed I would be missing the progress. I've become obsessed with seeing something new each day once the framing happened. While we missed a lot, it was really neat to come back and actually see a HOUSE.
The roof is up, the shingles are on.
We got to walk through and make a few adjustments which was great. I have to say, our PM is AMAZING. He's so patient, kind, explains everything, and actually CARES what I think. I was REALLY reaaaaaally unhappy with the attic access panel in the princess bedroom. I don't know why, but it truly bothered me. It's right when you walk in, and I think it's a major eyesore. Put it in a closet! I really and truly dislike the placement. I would rather it anywhere else.
So, today, I made my final plea, and we found another solution that is within code, and takes it out of the bedroom. I'm really happy about this. LOL
Also, we opted for the planning desk, which we regretted and asked them not to finish so that we could convert that space to a butler pantry (For a 5 bedroom house, the pantry is laughable). Our PM agreed to close off the wall for us, and install the two pieces of the desk so that I have a beautiful countertop to store our counter-type appliances. I'm going to have custom pantry shelves installed and make a beautiful area. I'm honestly super excited. Which I wasn't but our PM saved the day.
Our pre-drywall is on Friday, and I'm so excited. Here are some of the inside all framed and done.