Just about. The house is coming along. May of last year we chose to build a house, setting in motion a year long project. Most of the time it doesn’t take that long to build a house. We delayed the builder as long as they could go. We put our house on the market in September, sold in a few days and moved into an apartment. We dealt with the Design Center and choices with the builder, very confusing as to who does what with Toll Brothers. We took advantage of a national sales event which gave us credits to use during the building process . Most of the credits were used towards the extended kitchen island, exterior covered patio, and master bathroom. For the most part we stuck to our budget.
The results are that we are happy with the exterior. Adding corbels was extra for the elevation we chose, once painted dark, they should pop. My husband made a good choice with the double door entry. And I’m happy with the changes we made to extend the kitchen island, move the fire place so that it isn’t centered on the wall, have a large covered patio and what the builder considers a luxury bath which gave us a short hallway to our bedroom off the living room.
And I like the vanity nook too (we converted the linen closet to a vanity nook for $700 bucks). This idea solves the problem of a place to put on make up. The nook idea worked. All of the linens can be stored in the cabinets. We are liking the floor plan!
Not sure we are loving the the cabinet and interior wall paint selection. The builder grade paint has very little pigment. Hopefully with neutral you can’t go wrong? My husband thinks it looks like we couldn’t make a decision between warm tones and grey tones. I wish the builder would have had a little more options in customizing the kitchen cabinets. They are a little plain.
The fireplace stone is from Eldorado stone and the color is castaway. At the last minute, I went for a warmer tone on the stone choice. We won’t get the exact living room setup as my idea picture I had posted a while back, however it will be close enough. To get the firebox off the ground and narrow is really expensive for some reason. And I though it was expensive enough just to make the change we have. The fireplace is not wood burning , it’s just gas, so there is no need for a hearth which sticks out too much in this space. For now we are leaving out the mantel as well.
The wood floors are to go in this week. I still can’t believe we are this close. For four months we have been living in the apartment. I can’t see us living in the house, however I am looking forward to it. It will be a major change in routine. Everything will be different.
So much to do before then. I submitted all of the paperwork they requested for closing which was a lot. Who doesn’t have things they don’t want to do? Who knows how long we will be in the new house. I remember when we moved into our previous house, I had hopes that my kids would go to school there and that we would stay in the house for their entire school years. We were really fortunate to achieve that. I wonder what it would be like to know ahead of time how it will work out? We still went through hell with my daughter and had to change schools, for the most part it worked out.
Who knows what life will bring in this new location. The best advise is to not be tethered to anything. God provides what you need and you need to go with it. I really wish I would have fully understood this earlier. Still, so happy we were able to achieve our life in one place for a long period of time. That is done and can’t be taken away.