Thursday, December 4, 2008


Well, it took 191 days but we got it done! They finished up on Tuesday, November 25th, we moved in the day before Thanksgiving and had the closing on Tuesday, December 2nd. It has been a long process with way too many decisions to make...but it was well worth it.

It's nice to be able to put up the dishes without tripping over the open dishwasher door, or take a shower without worrying about leaving enough hot water for the next person, or walk into the garage to get a tool intead of going outside to the storage shed. Not to mention that we now have DSL which wasn't available at our trailer! All the little things sure do make it nice. Michelle is also having lots of fun experimenting with her new oven and Josiah is really enjoying his new bed. He has slept on the top bunk, trundle bed, and a storage/cubby area that he calls his "Bat Cave". Anna is happy to actually have play area in her room and they are making good use of their new Play Room.

We are still in the process of hanging pictures and decorations, but other than that we are pretty well settled in. Michelle has worked very hard!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

DAY 191 - GOD is good!

With all the crazyness going on in our financial world, interest rates have been all over the place this year. Our construction rate was 5.75% but we couldn't lock in the permanent rate until we were about 20 days from closing. We have been watching the the past few weeks, but they have been hovering between 6.2 and 6.3%. Historically that's not a bad rate, but in the current conditions I was looking for 6% or better. This morning it dropped to 5.75% for a few hours and we locked it in!

As of this morning, we still had one bathroom to be finished (faucet, shower door, toilet), the kitchen sink drain and dishwasher needed to be hooked up and several odds and ends to be tied up. They are supposed to be finished today and we plan to start moving tonight.

I haven't posted any updated pictures because all the tools have been in the way. We plan on taking some before we move anything in and I'll try to get them posted soon. (maybe this weekend if our DSL gets installed).

Friday, November 21, 2008


So we are not going to make it by friday..but we should still make it by Thanksgiving....BARELY!

The appraiser is coming on Monday morning and they should be thru with the final touches on Tuesday. Our new plan is to move in on Wednesday (the day before Thanksgiving).

The tile and wood floors are in, phone is hooked up, propane is in, faucets are installed, dishwasher, kitchen sink, lights, smoke detectors are installed (did you know that Home Depot has a whole isle of different types of smoke detectors? ugh). The garage door is in and they are starting the carpet this afternoon.

After much deliberation, we decided that the kitchen just wouldn't look right with our old white refrigerator in it, so yesterday I stopped by Sears (they know me well by now) to order a new one. Well, it was on sale so we got a good price on it, but as luck would have it the one we want won't be in until December 2nd.

These pictures are from a few days ago when it was pretty messy. I'll get some new pictures this weekend.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


We finally found the travertine (tile) on Friday and he got it installed yesterday! I would post a picture of it, but I left my camera at work yesterday :(

I'll try to get a picture of it tonight.

The tile guy showed up on Sunday afternoon. He should be done with the tile today and hopefully start on the wood flooring either today or tomorrow. We also got our electric pole up yesterday so we have power to the house now. We also got the cabinet doors in and he got all the wood beams up in the Dining room. There is still a lot to be done, but we are sprinting to the finish line.

The appraiser is scheduled to come out on Friday, and we are hoping to begin moving on Saturday. It doesn't seem like enough time to get it all done...we will see.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


They got our laminate installed yesterday and finished up the stone. Now we are in the middle of a fiasco with the Tavertine Michelle had picked out for the backsplash. We weren't originally sure if she was going to use it, or how much we were going to need, so we just bought a sample of it. Well, as luck would have it, now that she has settled on what she wants we can't find it again! I went into Houston this morning to pick up Josiah's new bunk bed and stopped at a Lowes and Home Depot and couldn't find it. I have one more store to try before they begin installing the Tile on Monday.

Monday, November 10, 2008

DAY 173 - Stone Started

I picked up Michelle's stove and dishwasher this weekend and ordered my Christmas present.....a 50" Plasma TV.

After three weeks of hearing "I'll be there next week" the mason finally showed up on Wednesday afternoon.

By the end of the day Friday, they were almost finished with the garage wall. He should be completely finished by midweek.

We now have our septic installed, water line connected and countertops built. This week should prove to be very busy ans we are looking to see the electricity connected, propane installed, lights and outlets installed, attic stairs installed, faucets installed, cabinet drawers and doors installed, cedar trim installed on porch and beams installed in the Dining/Play room.

That will still leave the outside A/C unit, kitchen laminate, tile flooring, wood flooring, toilets, carpet, appliances, garage door, touch up painting and cleanup to be done before the 21st.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

DAY 165 - Marble

We got the marble in last Thursday. They still have to finish the guest Shower and will have to come back after the Tile and faucets are installed to finish the surroundings on the Master Bathtub but it's finally coming together.

On a seperate note...we are still waiting on the Stone to be installed!!! He was supposed to start today, but now it's tommorrow...

I spent most of this morning trying to coordinate with the bank, builder and Appraiser. Our hope is to move in the weekend before Thanksgiving. The house is supposed to be finished by that friday (November 21st) but we have to get the appraiser there before we can move in, and the house has to be very close to finished before he can do the appraisal. The trick is giving him enough notice that he gets it done before the 21st without showing up too early. I'm loosing the rest of my hair :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


The bathroom cabinet frames are all built and he's working on the kitchen cabinets. The picture to the left is of the kitchen cabinets from Friday. The picture on the right is of the cabinets in the master bathroom. They measured for the marble last week and should have it installed by the end of this week. We will have marble vanities in all 3 bathrooms, marble tub and shower in the master, and a marble shower in the Guest Bathroom.
We also settled on a countertop color of "Deepstar Bronze" .

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

DAY 148 - Nice View

I went by the house yesterday after work, as I do most days, to check on the progress and give it my "once over". I stepped out on the back porch to look at the first coat of stain they had applied to the back doors and as I turned around to head back into the master bedroom there were 2 deer looking right at me. I had my camera with me so I just started snapping away. They stood there for several minutes until the sound of an obnoxious diesel spooked them away. I guess that will be a problem regardless of where you live, but it's one I look forward to hearing much less of once we move.

The picture on the left was taken from the back porch. The one to the right was taken from our master bedroom window. Looks like I found a perfect spot to put up a feeder!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

DAY 142 - Trim & Stain

It's been crazy around here lately! Our stone was delivered last week, though they haven't started installing it yet. They got about 1/2 of the doors stained yesterday and should have the window trim in very soon. I'll post some new pictures in the next few days.

Shown above: Living Room, Josiah's room, Master Bedroom.