Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Kitchen Inspiration

There are so many ideas and colors and whatever online for every room in the home.  I've posted pictures of different model homes Ryan Homes has that are already decorated.  Here are some pictures I've found that have similar things to what we will have in our home.  First is the kitchen.  These aren't my first choice of cabinets, but we decided to just stick with the standard.  I've been doing some searching and the cabinets are actually growing on me.  Here are some color schemes that are similar that I actually really like!

 The cabinets and countertops are darker than ours, but I love this green.
 Cream/brown isn't my favorite, but I really like the look of this kitchen overall.
I LOVE how bright this kitchen looks.
Can you tell my favorite color is green?
 I really like this paint color, it's Behr Grass Cloth.
Overall, I think I like the more neutral green colors.  We'll see what we end up doing, but I just like to look at different ideas for inspiration.

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Footers Were Poured

We received an e-mail from our Project Manager on Saturday night that they were planning on pouring our footers on Monday.  So exciting that work is starting to move forward!  My husband took a half day off of work and went over there to see what all was being done.  Definitely so fun to see the progression!  They needed three cement trucks and ended up running out of cement.  It needs to be at least 8 inches deep but they usually do 36 inches.  Because they ran out of cement, they filled it somewhere in between 8 and 36 inches.  They said they would take care of the rest with the cement foundation walls that they're doing next.
 All ready for the concrete.
 Nice panoramic view from the "backyard".
 Another view from the back yard.

 Waiting for the cement mixer.
 Pumping the cement to be poured.
 Pouring the cement at the front door.
 Working their way around the house.

So cool!  They said they were going to work on getting the walls of the foundation up tomorrow and then pour the concrete for that on Wednesday.  Keep up the great work!  Hopefully they start on our neighbor's lot soon, too :)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Ground Was Broken

We headed on over to our lot tonight and were very VERY excited to see that they've broken ground and there's a large hole!!!!  Hooray!  Here are some pictures:

I want to try and get a progression picture from the same spot every time we're there.  So here's the first picture in the progression.  Hooray!
 The driveway is on the left.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Pushing of Dirt

We went and visited our lot this past Sunday to see what progress had been done.  They definitely had pushed some dirt around.  I was surprised at how large the pile of dirt had gotten in the "back yard" of our lot!  They also removed the cement washout basin and moved the port-a-potty. 
 Looking at our neighbor's house across the cul-de-sac.
 If you are looking at our house, this is on the left.
 Our neighbor's house on the right.
 Neighbors on the right and the backyard.
 The huge pile of dirt in our back yard.
Left side of our lot again.
We were also very excited because we got to meet our neighbors whose house is being built next door to ours.  It was definitely a fun Sunday afternoon.  I'm excited to see even more progress this coming week!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Pre-Construction Meeting

We met with our Project Manager and had our Pre-Construction Meeting today.  It was a great meeting and we both left feeling even more excited about this whole process!  We've had some nasty weather her the last couple of weeks and weren't quite sure if that was going to push our start date back a little, but we were informed that all is on schedule!  Hooray!  We were first told that ground breaking was going to happen on March 19th but today, our project manager told us that they're going to start cleaning up the lot and leveling the land at the beginning of next week!  I'm so ready to get this started!

The meeting lasted about an hour and we definitely felt confident with everything that was discussed.  And we feel that we were able to have all of our questions answered, which was really helpful as well.  He first pulled out a map of our lot with a diagram of where our house will sit.  I love this thing!  I'm so glad he made us a copy to bring home.  We both have looked at it a couple of times and cant' get over how much yard we have.  We for some reason didn't realize it.   And, it's interesting to see where the house will be.  It's at a diagonal, which makes sense, but now it's a lot easier to picture how it will all look on the land.

We then went through all of our options to make sure that we're all on the same page.  When we first met with our SR, she told us that we would probably have a walk out entry in our basement.  But then it just switched over to an egress window.  But yesterday, our PM told us that it will still probably be a walk out entry based on the grade of the land.  I'm fine with either, but I guess we'll see what happens.  After that, we went through each room just to make sure we were ok with the location of everything, outlets, light switches, etc.  After that, we asked just a few questions about the house.  Some of the things that we learned are:
  • There is a lock on the door that connects the basement and the garage but it's not dead bolted.
  • There are windows on the garage doors.
  • There is trim all around the baseboards and around the door frames.
  • There are ledges in the shower for soap and such.
  • There is one hose bib in the garage and one on the outside of the house.
  • Our door leading outside of the morning room is a double patio door (love!  So much better than a sliding glass door!)
  • We can move the access to the attic from the bedroom to the laundry room.
  • There will be trim around the front door on the outside.
  • A lot of our landscaping will match what it already in the neighborhood.
  • The basement is insulated.
  • If you buy the right kind of vent for the dryer, you don't need to have the dryer hookups moved.
Those are the main things I can think of right now.  I can't wait for all of this to just move forward.  Our PM told us that the only thing that will slow down their work is rain, and once they get the roof on, they shouldn't have anything stopping them from working!