Siding Slump

I don’t like it when I’m not updating the blog on a regular basis, because that means there’s not a lot going on at the house to give updates on!

Like I mentioned in my last post, this past week was devoted to the many (boring) steps of drywall installation, as well as siding installation. When we stopped by on Sunday, some of the siding on the front of the house had been completed.


And the majority of work had been done on the southern-facing side of the house.IMG_5551 On Monday, we were in the area so we stopped by again. I don’t have any photos, but it looked like the majority of the back of the house (the side facing the woods) had been completed. Still quite a bit of work to be completed on the front and north-facing side, though.  Continue reading


Drywall Install

In just a day, the drywall crew had the entire house outfitted in hung drywall. It’s amazing how much bigger the rooms look now that they are drywalled in — you’d think it would be the opposite, but I am loving how open each room looks now!

The drywall process is 8 steps — 6 of which are mudding and sanding (and mudding and sanding and so forth) 6 different times. So that’s the majority of what is happening this week.

You can finally kind of see the rooms coming together in these photos!

This is the view from the front door. The first opening on the left is the formal dining room, and the kitchen is just past that on the left. The windows in the back of the house are my much-adored living room windows.


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100 Days

I have a little countdown on my computer desktop that has been tracking the number of days until our Guaranteed Occupancy Date of May 9. If you’re really good at math (or are smart enough to infer from the title of this post), the number of days reads exactly 100 today.


And while that in itself is exciting, what’s even more exciting is the fact that we recently found out that we are even closer than 100 days — like, less than half that!

About a week and a half ago, we got a random email from our sales person with a flippant reference to us being “about 2 months away” from completion. To be honest, I kind of ignored the email (our timeline has been confused with another couples’ in the past). But that same day, Troy was talking to our mortgage broker who said that they had also been given the “2 month flag” from the Allen Edwin closing department.

My mind went straight into panic mode — but this wasn’t part of the plan! — before I realized that plans change, and this particular change means that we will likely be in our house two months ahead of schedule!
Several excited text exchanges ensued

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Mechanical Finish

And just like that, mechanical is done! As of Friday, all of the electric, plumbing, and HVAC work has concluded. While this was one of the less exciting steps of the process, it was fun to see where our can lights were placed in the kitchen and living room.

IMG_5355We upgraded the lighting in the kitchen to include six can lights across the ceiling (those metal fixtures you can see in the photo), and I already love how they are placed above the “island” that houses the sink and dishwasher. I don’t think I’ve actually included a photo of that section of the kitchen before, so here it is looking in from the living room. Continue reading

Mechanical Start

Big news from the house! As of Tuesday, mechanical has officially started!

This means that plumbing, electrical, and HVAC is in the process of being installed, and should be done by this weekend!

Following mechanical (and a few inspections), insulation is next (and then a few inspections), followed by drywall. Those lulls I talked about the other day? Our contractor said we will probably see one next week while inspections are taking place. But that’s ok! I am having a hard enough time keeping up with these updates as it is.

For all of you building enthusiasts out there, here are some photos of the mechanical work that has been done so far.

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Shingles, Windows, and More Deliveries

After a few days without a visit to the house, we stopped by on Sunday to find a lot of progress had been made in several different areas.

Inside, the fireplace has been installed in it’s “house.”


More windows were installed (and we noticed one cracked window in the basement that will need to be replaced — oops!).

I know I say this every time I talk about the windows, but this wall in our living room is my absolute favorite ever in the history of walls. I love it so much, I don’t know if I will be able to hide it behind window coverings. TBD. Continue reading