Adventures in Landscaping

If you haven’t noticed from some of our more recent photos, one thing that our house didn’t come with is a lawn! So this past weekend we set about remedying that situation. We originally were going to go all-out and purchase sod (same-day lawn!), but after talking to a couple professionals, we realized that, in addition to being a huge savings, our lawn will be higher quality in the long term if we went with seed.

Troy also got a new toy (a weed whipper) and he worked on taming some of the brush at the treeline while the two landscapers worked on prepping the yard for seed. It took all day, but by the end we had grass seed! Hi, future grass babies!

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Falling in Love Again

Still no news on the second appraisal, but we went by the house on Saturday and happened to run into an AE contractor checking in on the property, so we decided to take a little peek inside.

Before I share photos, I have a confession to make. I have put a lot of emotional distance between myself and this house. Anyone who has gone through the building process can attest to how attached someone can become to a home during the building process — just like any project that you are involved with from the beginning, it tends to hold a special place in your heart. And when we’re talking about something as special as a home, it becomes that much more special and emotional.

When it became a definite possibility that we may not ever live in this house, I grieved the loss. I was pretty inconsolable for a while. When I eventually came out of that depression, I emotionally detached myself from the house that we built. I looked at other places. I became more connected with other homes, ones that we could potentially own someday. I told myself (and others) that I would rather just be done with the AE house so we could move forward with one of these other homes.

But for some reason, when we walked through the house this past weekend, something changed. Seeing the home in its near-finished state reminded me of why I fell in love with it in the first place. Admiring all of the finishes that we picked out so many months ago, imagining the furniture that I’d arranged and rearranged in my mind time after time… I fell in love again. I didn’t mean to, trust me — I wish I could have remained detached, it would certainly make the next few days easier to stomach. But part of me doesn’t care. I love this house and I want it to be ours.

In addition to my own emotional crisis, I would be remiss if I didn’t give the people what they wanted: gorgeous photos of a (mostly finished) new construction home!

I felt kind of rushed on Saturday, so I didn’t get a ton of pictures, nor are there photos from every room, but here are the highlights!

First up, the living room. As you can see, the paint, trim, flooring, and electrical fixtures are all complete.

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In the kitchen, the cabinets, countertops, backsplash, and plumbing fixtures are all installed.

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