Monday, October 27, 2014

Pre-settlement done...

And the wait begins.

Had our pre-settlement meeting this morning. We showed up, and our PM greeted us at the door, with his dirty boots sitting on the front porch. I thought that was nice of him, not tracking in a bunch of dirt. We walked through each room, checking the condition of everything, and learning what switch operates what. Overall we were very impressed with the way everything turned out. There were a few minor issues that our PM assured us he would take care of. It was so great to actually walk through the house and see everything.

Now for some pics.

Start with the house on the outside. If you see the foundation below the siding on the garage. You can see the seams from the foundation pour. Our PM said he would get the guys to parge that so it looks nicer.
Family room, looking into the kitchen and morning room.
Kitchen, only got the laminate countertops for now, maybe granite later.
Morning room. Love all the light.
Family room, from the kitchen.
Family room, looking out towards the living room, and the stairs.
Front door, and foyer. Should of probably put this in earlier.
The loft, and wifey's future office.
Hallway leading to the master bedroom.
Master bedroom.
Part of the master bathroom. Need a wider lens to get the whole thing.
Walk in closet. I really like how they staggered shelves. You can actually get more clothes in there this way. We had planned on taking this stuff out, but might hold off on that for a while.
Finally one of the finished basement.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pre-settlement on Monday!

We were originally scheduled for our pre-settlement meeting today, but they weren't quite ready for us. We still ride over nearly everyday just to peek inside and see what we can see. Last week we noticed they removed all of the protective covering from the flooring. It was awesome to see the wood and carpet! I took a couple of pictures through the windows. They also replaced the two broken windows, and fixed the sliding glass door.  I can't wait to get inside the house and look around, but i'll also be looking for every little imperfection. We've already written some things down that we could see through the windows. If they aren't fixed when we walk through, they will be before we settle, but that's not for almost a month anyway.

Will update Monday evening after the walk through.

The grass is starting to come in too. This will be much better than having a bunch of dirt and mud for our dog to go outside.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Getting closer.

Being locked out of the house really sucks. On the plus side to that, it means we're getting so much closer to the end. Our update from our PM last week was pretty short and simple. Gas meter was scheduled to go in, which it has, also interior work would continue. He also mentioned the top coat on our driveway would be completed, and that too is now complete. We had to take a ride by last night to peek through the windows and see what else we could see. The garage door opener was installed, railings stained, and appliances are in too. Unfortunately the workers didn't leave any lights on so we couldn't get a good look, or pictures. Next week is supposed to be our pre-settlement walk through, but we haven't gotten the word from our PM that it will actually happen. Stay tuned.

In other news, my wife and I are starting to do a little shopping for some stuff for the new house. I don't know about any of you, but I really hate furniture shopping. It's especially worse when you know you're not going to buy anything that day. Sales people can really be a nuisance. You tell them you're just there to look and get ideas, but they will stalk you as you walk around the store. The only place we didn't feel this was Macy's. We did find a nice little place out in Lancaster County PA, that had all Amish built furniture. Carolyn found a bedroom set she really liked, and I found some barstools that I really liked too. I might try and make the barstools myself, but copy the design.

We still have to pick out a washer and dryer. I've seen a few that other bloggers have purchased, and might be leaning towards a couple of LG models. We also have to get an estimate on a fence so our dog can roam free again, as well as make a final decision on how big of a shed i'll need. I'll need enough room for lawn equipment, my bbq smoker, and all my home brewing stuff. I've looked a couple of times and think i'm getting a 12'x14' shed. I just don't want to take up too much of the backyard, so I don't want to go too big. We'll see.

That's all for now, when I hear from our PM about pre-settlement, i'll update. Enjoy your weekend everyone.

Thursday, October 9, 2014


I had to go to Texas for work, so I haven't been by the house since Saturday. I got home yesterday, so the wife and I had to take a ride by so I could see the progress. While I was away she kept me updated, but it's not the same, as i'm sure many of you know. In my absence, the carpet was installed, as well as the countertops. Yesterday we pulled up to the house and saw that our landscaping was done too. They put several small plants in the front, and also on the side of the house. We drove around the neighborhood, and pulled up the side street towards the back of the house, and saw two trees had been planted in our side yard. We got out to take a closer look, but couldn't figure out what kind they were. A couple of the plants out front had tags on them so we could see what they were. Several white azaleas, and a few others we weren't sure of. It looked great, and can't wait to see it next spring, when they flower.

As far as the inside stuff, I was only able to look through a couple of windows, because the place was locked. From what I could see the carpet looked good, but i'm not sure I really like the countertops. We just got the laminate thinking we would swap out for granite or quartz after we moved in, so I guess it's not too big a deal. I don't know maybe i'll like them better when I can see them without having to peek through a window. That's all for now. Here are a couple of pics of the outside.