A couple of weeks ago, Brad and I set to work redoing our builder-basic walk-in closet by adding a custom closet system that his parents generously gave us for our birthdays.
I had the right side of the closet and part of the back wall. Although the builder rack stuck out in a way that made it impossible to hang anything close to the door, or it wouldn’t open. Brad had the shorter left side of the closet and we shared the back.
I’m sure a lot of people have already given up on their New Year’s resolutions. If you made a resolution to better yourself, keep going! I don’t really make resolutions, but there are a few personal initiatives I have for the new year.
1. Finish settling into the house.
My biggest pet peeve with the state of the new house is that there’s nothing on the walls yet. It’s nerve wracking to put the first holes in brand new drywall. For now, our large decorations are leaning against the walls roughly where we think we’ll want them and our smaller ones have either been stashed away or placed on a shelf. More than just decorating though, I’m looking forward to getting some additional organization systems in place, like adding shelves in the laundry room and putting up hooks. Settling in is also going to include putting in a yard, landscaping and either a deck or patio.
2. Be smarter about vegetables.
Typically the vegetable is the last part of the meal that I plan… last as in everything may already be cooked and on the plate before I think about vegetables. Usually we end up throwing spinach and tomatoes on the plate and calling it a salad. I want to make more use of our steamer and add variety to our vegetable options. Which really means I just need to get better at planning ahead!
It’s easy to think that everyone treats their home the same way you treat yours, but that’s not a safe assumption to make. It’s always best to err on the side of overly polite when you visit someone. There are things that you may do that drive the person you’re visiting crazy, but they’re too polite to mention it.
Here are some things to not do when visiting someone else’s home:
1. Do not go to the side door, back door or door from the garage to the house. Especially if it’s your first time at someone’s house. Go directly to the front door. This is the main entrance to the house and the place where you’ll typically find the doorbell and welcome mat. When you’ve reached the back/garage door entry point with a family, you’ll know. Also, the last thing you want to do is stand in the rain at someone’s back door because they’re upstairs and can’t hear you knock, but are listening for the doorbell.
2. Do not take more than 2 steps into someone’s home without asking if they’d like you to remove your shoes. I say two steps because that’s far enough to close the door behind you but doesn’t typically get you off the rug or tile at the door and onto carpet. This goes for any flooring choices. We have all solid flooring on our first floor and you still aren’t allowed to wear shoes in my house. If the hosts says not to worry about it, then don’t. But if they’re a shoes-off house like mine, they will truly appreciate it. Continue reading →
We had our pre-settlement walk through today and our house is done!
Today is day 78 of the build.
We’re off to sign the final papers later today and the keys are ours on Friday, which is good because we’re moving in on Saturday.
The house itself is completely finished, but there are a couple of things they’ll be working on after we move in. The wet weather has delayed grading on the yard, but we won’t be planting that until spring anyway.
80 days from breaking ground to handing over keys.
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 →