Build Update: Driveway, Drywall and a Dry Basement

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged all week! I also can’t believe it’s September already. September is the month that our house will be finished, it’s also the month that I get to go to Vegas for the first time and the month of my half birthday. Yesterday was also the fourth anniversary of finally moving to Cleveland after months of a grueling hour+ commute to work.

Since I know everyone is really curious about progress on our house, here’s an update!

Drywall

All of our drywall is hung and they are finishing the mudding by Monday.

People told us two things about this stage of building: 1. Things will seem to slow way down 2. The house will feel a lot smaller.

Things do seem to have slowed down, but I don’t feel like the house feels smaller, it feels more like a house to me! Brad thinks it seems smaller though.

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Build Update: Siding, insulation and dates

Things with our house are moving along very quickly now!

Brad met with the Guardian folks two Fridays ago to address our home high-tech home selections and mark in the house where things needed to be installed. They came in and did all the wiring on Monday. On Monday night we walked through the house and Brad discovered that they had run cat5 cable rather than the cat6 cable we paid extra for. Brad called them on it and on Tuesday they ran the right wires.

On Wednesday, we had out pre-drywall meeting, where we walked through the house and went over everything we selected again, except in the house.

On Sunday, my mom and her husband came to see our house. We were able to show them a sided, framed house. Our plumbing is in, our electrical is run, our HVAC is installed, our gas lines are in, our utilities are in, our sub floor is screwed down, the whole place is insulated and there are sheets of drywall waiting to be hung. Continue reading

Walking Through Walls is Easier Without a Foot in Your Mouth

I take some of what I posted on Monday back. Sure my house was a hole in the ground for quite sometime, but as I was lamenting the lack of work being done on it a team of framers was hard at work making it into a structure.

We went out of Monday night to survey the progress and found the makings of a first floor in place.

Although I was impressed with the amount of work accomplished on Monday, Tuesday was even more impressive! We went out Tuesday night and found something that more than resembles a real house. Continue reading

Get the Most of Your Visit to a Model Home

If you’re considering building a home, you’re probably going to end up visiting a model home at some point. Here are my recommendations for getting the most out of your model home visit.

Visit a model you can actually build. In our community, the model home is not the type of home we’re building. We wanted to see the model of a Florence so our Ryan rep told us which communities had Florence models and we went to one of those. She called the Ryan rep at the other community to let her know we were coming and she greeted us by name when we got there, let us know to tell her if we had any questions and left us alone.

Don’t rush through. Take your time walking through the model. Take a couple of laps if you have to, and don’t let other model visitors make you feel like you should move on from a room more quickly than your ready. Continue reading

Buy or Build: Decision 2015

We put our house on the market knowing that we wanted to live somewhere else. We just didn’t know where, or what, that would be.

Since our house sold (in 4 days!), a lot of people are wondering what we’re doing and where we’re going. (Spoiler Alert: We’re staying in the greater Cleveland area.)

It started with some research on “resale” homes in a few areas that we liked. We saw some great homes, but none really felt like “it” or made us excited to actually put our house up for sale.

Brad started doing research (he’s great at research) and discovered that we could build a brand new home in our price range. That thought was staggering, but proved when we visited a new Ryan Homes community and walked through two floor plans. Then we went through the pricing exercise to determine which features we wanted in a home.

So we signed the paperwork and bought ourselves a home site. Lot 147 is the K-Couple’s future home.

But between the time we close on our current home and the time we close on the new construction, we’ll be homeless (3ish months). I’ll be writing a blog post on temporary housing options in the near future.

What’s one feature you would want in your dream home?