My house!

Aug. 14th, 2007 11:40 am
carynb: (Animated Home)
I went up to the site today, for a walk through of my house with the builder.

It's coming along really fast. Most of the structural work is done, now - HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and wiring are pretty much complete, with the tubs going in later today.

There's blown-in insulation around the windows (good!), and vents in all the bathrooms and the laundry room (also good). Casement windows (now all matching! unlike two weeks ago, when one lone window had a different grid pattern on it) are good, and the bulkhead is already up in the kitchen, so I can measure how deep the bulkhead over the fridge actually is.

They can't start doing the real insulation until the electrical has passed inspection (they're just waiting on the inspector to show up and do it), but there will be blown-in stuff in the attic, and in the garage, with a nice, high R-factor.

They're also expecting to have the lots on the street sodded, and the street itself properly paved (including the first coat on the driveways) before closing. This is a relief - I wasn't particularly looking forward to pups full of mud all winter long. *g*

The only bad news to me is that the laundry never got flipped (I wanted the washer on the left, and it's on the right), but that's really my own fault - it was a last minute, casual call, and not really any kind of documented request.

But there's real progress, and a real house! W00t!

Pic! )


Jun. 3rd, 2007 05:15 pm
carynb: (Animated Home)
I went up to the site in Stouffville on Friday, since there was a rumour floatin' around that the builders were gonna start on my side of the street late last week. The good news? They have dug the holes (I have a hole in the ground! woo-hoo!).

Pictures of the beginning )
carynb: (newHome)
Well, it's done. Yay! I've signed the contract, so I'm committed to lots of years of lots and lots of debt. Heh. I've taken one night to celebrate and laugh and feel great and ... still not sleep, dammit!

I'm still kinda nervous about the whole thing, but I think I'm starting to settle down a bit. Hopefully, sometime in the next 10 months, I'll start getting some sleep. *g* For now, it's all about the debates about upgrades - do I need the roughed-in bathroom in the basement? How about the vaulted ceiling in the family room? Should I get the oak staircase, or not? I have to set a budget going in and not spend more than that, but it's gonna be difficult. *g* At $80 a pop for the phone/cable/network outlets, how many do I want? Is the tiled backsplash in the kitchen necessary? How about potlights over the fireplace? Should I run a cold-water pipe to the fridge for a water dispenser, even though I'm not planning on getting a fridge with that in it right now? All these questions! I have to balance between what I want and what are good touches for resale, and not spend more than x. This is NOT going to be easy.

Have I ever mentioned how much I hate making decisions? The next 6 months should be fun. *g*

I took my camera with me last night, to get some shots of the lot.
First set of pictures )


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