Another thing we’ve been busy with is planning to build a house!
We found a great developer a few months ago, and we started meeting with one of their Realtors to talk about us building one of their houses. We narrowed it down to the plan we liked, and then a few weeks ago we met with them again to talk about some changes we’d like to see. We went ahead and met with our lender to get pre-approved to build/buy, and then waited to hear back from them.
Our Realtor called Michael on Tuesday and said they were ready for us to come look at the plan on Thursday. So yesterday we met with them again and not only did we get to see the new drawings, but we also got to PICK OUR LOT! We had no clue we’d get to do that already!
We wanted one of the lots that backed up to a really great tree line so that we’d never have anyone behind us, and we’d be able to look out and see all of the trees. So we drove around and found our favorite, and our Realtor highlighted it–it’s ours!
I don’t have the official new drawings, but here are the original designs and a ghetto-fied version I created with the changes.
Here’s the front of the house.
We’re going to replace the columns in the front with cedar columns and change the siding on the porch to what they call slurry. It’s basically brick with mortar on top of it, with some bricks showing through. Here’s a picture of a house with something similar to what we’d want (just in a different area).
Here’s the original floor plan.
And the one with our changes. We’re going to enclose (and add to) the covered patio to make it an office. We’re also going to add a closet so we can re-sell it as an office/4th bedroom. We’ll then add the patio onto the back of the family room. We’re going to change the windows, and then take out the wall at the breakfast area. We’re also going to take off the top cabinets in part of the kitchen and turn it into a bar to open up that area into the family room. We’ll take those top shelves and put them where the breakfast area wall was so we don’t lose our cabinet space, and we’ll have an extra little bar/serving area. Sorry for the poor quality…but this can at least help you picture it better.
We were/are SO excited! This will be our first house to own, and we get to pick everything out ourselves. Both of us went through the process of building houses like this with our families when we were growing up, and now we’re getting to do this together!
Since today was our day off, we told them yesterday that we’d come back to pick out our brick and vinyl (siding) today. After lunch, we decided to drive around some neighborhoods and look at brick, vinyl, mortar, etc. to see what we like. Our tastes were all over the place. We knew for sure that we liked the more distressed brick look, but we went from more red-ish to brown-ish to who knows what. We snapped pictures of some that we liked and took them to one of the ladies at the office.
She ended up driving around with us to try to find out the addresses so we could see what bricks they used, and then we went back and pulled out tons of brick ideas. We ended up picking a more neutral-like color with some black and red-ish accents. Then we picked our vinyl, roof, garage door and mortar style. Here’s what we ended up with for the outside basics:
Since that’s all we really needed to decide today, she said we could either go and come back later for the rest, or we could just get it all picked out today. We chose the latter.
It was so much fun picking everything out and grouping it all together to see what works best. We’re really happy with our selections! We chose the cabinets, counter-tops, tile, carpet, paint, bathtubs, sink fixtures, appliance colors, doors, and probably some other stuff that I’m forgetting. We basically picked everything except the types of windows and the backsplash. Here are our indoor basics:
It took us about 3 hours including driving around to see bricks, doors, and door/cedar colors. It’s crazy to think that we just picked out everything for our new house!
On Monday or Tuesday we’ll meet back up with them to see the updated drawing and make any changes we have. Then they’ll draw up the contract and we’ll hopefully sign it the next week. They’ll start work at the beginning of May and we’ll be ready to move in September 1. Our lease is up the middle of September, so this will be perfect timing to get all moved out/in.
I know it’ll be here before we know it! We’re so excited, and we just wanted to share all about this with you all. We’ll keep you posted on the progress. We can’t wait!