Our House

Our House
is a very, very, very fine house...

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Moving forward... ever so slightly

Well things are still progressing... with the house if not with the mortgage.  We still don't know when the closing will be as they are still trying to fix there snafu (unknown if they even can which could mean 1-2 extra weeks of waiting for closing).

Despite all that, the house is really starting to look great.  The grass is in.  The carpet is in.  The double oven has been put in place.  We are looking forward to the walk through.  It did get pushed back a few days to Friday but we were fine with giving a few extra days to make sure they get it just right.  Hopefully, I'll have some good news on the closing date early next week.  Until then, here are some pictures:

 The grass, trees, shrubs, and mulch!  If you zoom in close, you can even see the number on the house... which is wrong!  (They got two of the numbers switched so they will have to fix it next week)  Side note (literally): you can see our neighbors siding going up on the right side of the picture.  Looks like we won't have to wait long for someone to move in next door.  We will have to wait long for someone to move in on the other side as they don't even have that lot for sale yet (there are three other homes in the development that had basements poured already when we were there last weekend but they are down the street).

The carpet is clean (for the last time).  Also, in the background you can see the door to the office has the glass in now! 

 The kitchen is looking really nice with that hardwood floor and dark counters!  Also, do you think there is enough light in the Morning Room?  I think I need my sunglasses just to look at the picture.  (Note: Still some "blue tape" indicating some cabinet doors that need fixed)

What is it about my youth that makes me want to yell "A Shrubbery!!!"

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Better Late than Never.... On photos anyway....

Still no resolution to the mortgage company debacle....

Stomach hurts from being in knots for the past 30 hours.  As of now it is just "likely" that our closing date is not going to be the date the settlement company said that "would not change."  We'll see.

Anyway, here are photos from our most recent trip, and, at the very bottom, the ones our AWESOME PM was kind enough to send me....

 View from the front door towards the kitchen.  Powder room on the immediate right, the entryway visible in the photo on the right is to the mud room.  The blue, well, those are the spots that need a little "perfecting".  The cardboard on the floor is due to the beautiful hardwood underneath.

 The aforementioned Powder Room.  I have decided that the window behind the door is going to have a "stained glass" look.  Instead of getting curtains or blinds (I HATE blinds!),  I am thinking of this:

It is an inexpensive - and pretty - way to have privacy in the bathroom AND it goes with the color scheme I am considering for the main level...  (more on that at a later time)....

 The laundry room, it almost cried out to me, "PLEASE, I need to have a washer and dryer in me.  I need to find my special purpose."
 The beautiful, wonderful double oven that will be installed...  It only looks green because of the protective film... 

 Hokey, I know.  I will never get excited about my toilet again, I am sure, but it has its own room!!   

 And the toilet is in its room, with the door closed, and you can kind of see the closet door.  (Did I mention that the master closet is as big as a room unto itself?)

 Bonus Room...  I think that may end up being my favorite place to hide hang out when I am not cooking some savory bit of heaven...

 Bonus room, again, but had to show the window in the former photo to help you really appreciate the light in this one :)

 He is taking a photo of the dishwasher.  I think the kids are as excited about that as I am about a private privy.

 Just beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   I am going to have MY OWN KITCHEN again after over a year without.
Thanks be to God for this blessing!

The kitchen from the Great Room

 My incredibly wonderful, awesome and amazing PM sent me this.  My backsplash is in!  And look at the pretty sink and accoutrements...

Dusty, plain, and possibly with a bit of my PM's foot, but it IS carpet, and it will be ours....

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

And, the horrid....

Photos forthcoming, but...........

My dearest love just got off the phone with the mortgage financier.  My heart and stomach are in my shoes right now.




So, my husband, since we have not heard anything from them in a very long time sent multiple emails over that last couple of weeks asking what our estimate would be for closing.  You know, because if there are any hiccups, you do NOT want to find out about them 48 hours prior to closing.  None of them were answered until today.


A few MONTHS ago, we paid ~$3000 for the flooring and wiring selections we made that were "upgrades".  For some reason, that payment was taken and all those transactions occurred, and the payment was basically applied to what we need for closing, instead of for the wiring and flooring.  So, our mortgage guy advises us to buy down a point and lock in the rate in order to make sure we will not have any hiccups with the loan approval, because we were close to the line of where we needed to be with debt ratios.  We were (pleasantly) surprised that the cost to buy that point down was as low as it was.  WE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN!  Nothing is EVER pleasant if it is a surprise and has to do with financing....

We budgeted $x amount to bring to closing - based on the good faith estimate from the mortgage people, you know, the experts.  A WEEK after my husband asked what was going on, the person tells us we need $2.5x for closing.  We had $2.5x, but when the "expert" told us we needed $x, we spent $x to get some furniture and a mattress and box spring - and thought that that extra $.5x would be our "safety net" in case something came up.

My love calls the mortgage guy and says "Can you follow up with Chrissy because she clearly has a very wrong amount?" He calls back and that is when we find out about this snafu.

My love and I were supposed to go out for a date tonight.  Guess what he is doing instead....  Getting papers and things together that are needed.

I am sick.  We were told $x.  NO COMMUNICATION UNTIL NOW, and now our closing is going to be pushed back, possibly by 2 weeks.  That is 2 more weeks - 14 more days in a small freaking hotel room with 4 kids!

Oh, and the $300 my love spent to take the bus from our new domicile to work, that would have taken effect on the 7th of the month, is now $ wasted because he may not use it until the 19th.  Also, we now have to reschedule Verizon, our movers (in August, yeah, that'll be fun!), our storage shed....


Can you tell I am just a little emotional about this.

The Good, the Bad, and the (not so) Ugly

The good: We are down to the last few weeks (14 days till closing and 8 till our walk-through).  We got to see the house this past weekend again.  The yard had been all prepped for adding in the sod this week.  The hardwood was in!!!!! (and covered with cardboard to preserve... but it was nice cardboard!) The faucets and outlets were all in!  The flooring was in the upstairs bathrooms!  There was blue tape everywhere!!! (that was just to mark the places for touch ups and fixes... and they will be busy this week).  Our Appliances were in!!! (except the double oven which requires a larger hole that they had marked but not made... but it looked great sitting in the living room!)  It also looks like we will only have to wait a few weeks to have neighbors (the house next to us was having drywall put in while we were checking out our place).

The bad: White tile in our bathroom.  It's fine if that's what you like (it's what we got in the kids/guest bathroom).  But the master bath was supposed to have the off-white tile (my wife would remember the fancy name).  We talked to our PM and he said they would still be able to get the right tile and sink color into the bathroom this week and it wouldn't set us back (so not too bad).  They also put our Trinity box in the wrong place.  I had confused them when I asked if the main breaker was in the correct place (because we had never discussed it and I had never paid attention at the model) and I guess he thought I wanted the Trinity box moved so they moved it from where I wanted it to under the stairs.  Now we've asked for it to be moved back to where it belongs (once again, no problem for our PM).  Did I mention the walk through is in 8 days?  I hate putting on my "picky" hat and having to go through and find anything that is "off".  I prefer to just bask in the excitement... but then I know that I'll be spending the next few months complaining about that one cabinet door that is askew (I already noticed that a number of the kitchen cabinets are not lined up right... but they may be taking care of that as we speak).

The ugly: Did I mention all that blue tape!  Okay there really isn't anything for here but the movie title fit better this way. 

Anyway... the better half should be adding some pictures from our visit later.  They will be the last set of pictures till what we can get during the walkthrough.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Home stretch... pun intended

The outside of the house is now almost completely finished.  All of the siding is up (picture to come shortly) and we have a full complement of windows (although one is cracked and will need to be replaced).  The only thing left to be done externally is the roofing over the front porch.  Inside, the kitchen cabinets are in and look great (except the one door that broke... it seems to be a theme).  So far the only biggies are the two mentioned and the door going to the garage still needs to be replaced.  Still plenty of time for that to happen though.  In addition to the kitchen cabinets, the upstairs bathrooms got their cabinets in and the tile was going into the showers while we were visiting.

Ironically, we also got our very first piece of mail while we were there.  Our home owners policy information was delivered while we were at the house.  The postal worker was driving by (and had already wrote to hold till a box was installed on the letter) when he saw us walking in and came and asked if we were the right people for the letter.

This coming week the hardwood is going in.  I haven't asked what else is happening but I'll post anything else that is going in this week after I talk to our PM Monday or Tuesday. 

I was also very happy with how cool the house was with the windows open (very good breeze) and no AC.  Not too bad for July in Virginia.  It did cause us to jump a few times when doors slammed from the draft ("Oh. So that's why the door was shut before we walked into the room.").

Three weeks from Tuesday is our closing and it's starting to seem more like waiting for Christmas after Thanksgiving... close enough to be excited but far enough away to still seem like forever till it gets here.

Our new cabinets.  Love the color.  Left is where the fridge will go.  You can see he spot where the double oven will go as well. 

The spacious bonus room 

The "kids" bathroom with it's tile and double sink... I'm afraid that is how the floor will eventually look again... 

The Stairway has it's railings!

 The view from the kitchen towards the morning room with the great room to the right (you can just see the fireplace).

Looking toward the basement/pantry/front door form the morning room and through the kitchen. 

The front of the house with the siding up!

Friday, July 4, 2014


OK, so, as we are within 30 days of our pre-settlement walk-through.  I think it is time to "unveil" our 'materials' selections....

We chose Cherry Java for our cabinetry in the kitchen.  I have always been a fan of the darker cabinets.  The Tan-brown corian is what we chose.  The two pieces on the cabinet show the variations that can happen in the same material.  I am hoping for ours to be a cut more similar to the one on the left, but I will be pleased with whatever I get :)  

This photo shows the backsplash tiles and our flooring selection.  Hardwood in the kitchen was a must.  Originally, I was gong to go darker, but we didn't want the kitchen to be too overwhelmingly dark - even with all the amazing lighting we expect to have from the morning room.

 These selections are our Master Bath selections.  Our 'included' choices were either white or an almond-ish color for the wall tiles in the shower.  White is just too 'industrial' for my taste for a master bath, so we went with the other.  Only the one type of cabinet finish was included, and to be honest, when it comes to it choosing to upgrade that vs. adding extra rooms...   yeah, you know what we chose!

 This is our selection for the other bathroom upstairs.  This one'll be interesting because it is going to be the kids bathroom AND the guest bath....  I HAD to go white on the tile there because with the kids, I'll KNOW it's clean if it is pure white and I can smell the bleach....  I really do love the smell of bleach...   My borderline OCD is completely at rest when I see white and smell chlorine :)

The next "teaser" (I'll post those next weekend) will be the color selections I am reasonably sure we are going to go with....   I can say this much, though, the kids'/guest bathroom will be a color that will awaken even the sleepiest of children :)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Now It Gets Exciting!!

OK, so I have a feeling that Jesse may be posting still pretty often, but the decor shtick is mine.....    All mine....

OK, not really, but I like to think it is....

Drywall is up!!!    Here are today's photos (how 'bout that, I am actually updating on the very same day I took them....  It's going to snow, or hurricane ;)

 Not only is the drywall up, but the brick is also on - AND the garage door...   It is looking more and more like a house :)

 Ah, the front steps....  OK, the front plank, but steps will be forthcoming...  In the meantime, when we left the house, the kids were made to "walk the plank"!
 From the front door, past the stairs - there is a powder room to the right (not in photo), and also a mudroom on the right (entry in photo).  The "dining room" is on the left, but our front room will be our "quiet place"...

 OK, I know, I know....   Front door is not really exciting, right?  Only, it kind of is....   It has glass!  Every place we have ever lived has had those solid doors....  This is pretty :)
 Very possibly the most exciting thing for me was to see that our cabinets were ready to be put up...  I wonder if there is an island in any of those boxes?!
 The pantry doors....  Or, maybe the Bonus Room doors...
 The double-basin sinks for both upstairs bathrooms...

 My love is 6'3".  That's a TON of headspace in the garage.... 
And this is what that headspace will be used for:

 From the kitchen looking into the family room.  The kids have already determined that the Christmas Tree will go in the corner to the back right of this photo - and the piano will go on the wall the photo faces...
 The kitchen - from the family room....
 The morning room - Just LOOK at ALL that LIGHT!!!

 Bonus Room - aka Craft Room...  The nook where the girl is will have 2 cozy armchairs and a reading table...  She's 5'7".... Glad for the headroom :)

 Master shower....  Dude, crazy cool - we have TWO shower heads!!!  That's not even the best part...  The best part of our bathroom is that the toilet will be in it's own little 'closet'...   LOVE it!!

 Master bedroom - we got the tray ceiling...  
And I did not get a good picture of the super large closet we will have...

Thinking that the kids can wear roller skates and get those little bracelets and necklaces that glow in the dark...  And a frisbee....  And just play TRON in the basement....
Actually, we plan to have an archery and shooting range (airsoft) down there until the basement is finished...  Might be some skating action, and a nerd war or two - we'll see where the imagination goes with that....

Next post will likely have siding in the photos...   and maybe the cabinets!  

Countdown to closing: 34 Days