Decorating a New House for Christmas

Before we got married, I had a 3-foot Christmas tree in my room. Our first Christmas together in our apartment, we were given a hand-me-down tree from my in-laws. Then when we moved into the Pelham House we bought a bigger tree. Most of our holiday decorations were gotten for specific uses in the Pelham House, which had an expansive mantle and built-in shelves.

We have yet to put a nail in the wall since building this house and our mantle is smaller, so trying to figure out where decorations go in the new place was fun.

We put our big tree in the main family, the middle-sized tree in the formal living room and my short tree in the office loft. And scattered decorations around various places.

Here’s a brief tour:

Outside is minimally decorated

Continue reading

It’s Done!

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.

Wow.

First selfie in the new house. Locked out until final walk through. #probablybuild

A photo posted by Rachel K (@probablyrachel) on

I’ll post some pictures after we move in.

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.

Continue reading

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

Weekend Wrap Up: Bricklaying, Cleveland Flea & House Update

We had an interesting and fun weekend, it involved bricklaying, food trucks, flea market browsing, upcycled awesomeness and a trip to the house.

Saturday morning started with the Bricklayer 500 regionals at St. Mary’s Cement Terminal. One of my clients was involved with the event. This particular event is a speed bricklaying competition.

The masons competing were all very talented craftsmen. I got to be a little crafty myself and adhered stone on lath. Continue reading