Monday, October 24, 2016

House Progress & Designing


See that pretty little patch of grass up there?? That's our lot! We love lot 184 ;) 

About 3 days after we signed our contract to officially build, we had a meeting at the design center to pick out absolutely everything that goes into the house. Naturally, I woke up that morning sick as a dog, so I was making HUGE, EXPENSIVE decisions hopped up on large amounts of DayQuil - but Billy was there and I brought my mom for support, so hopefully I didn't screw things up too much. 

So for those that don't know (because I didn't) when you build a house, the contract you sign is for the base price of the house, with any structural changes you want to make; think extra doors, cable outlets, ceiling fans..etc. and then whatever you pick out at the design center is added on to the price of the house. At the end of the day, you more or less have your full purchase price. I'll be totally honest, the design center was intimidating because it's expensive. Things could get out of hand rather quickly. I went in with the 2 or 3 most important things I wanted and also a number that I knew I didn't want to go above and we went from there. 

I walked into the design center knowing that I wanted to upgrade our kitchen cabinets and our floors - to me, it didn't make sense to not spend extra money there and potentially rip out brand new cabinets and floors a year after we moved in. 
After that, we went through a very extensive list of everything you could possibly imagine (and some things you would never even think about) and chose whether or not we would include them in the house. We went with a lot of the standard (or 'included in the price of the house') things but chose to add things on like blinds, rod iron railings for the staircase and kitchen back splash. While we were able to upgrade a lot of the things we wanted, we also made some sacrifices. We opted to not get a porch right away (it was an extra $7k right of the bat.. WOOF.) and plan on adding pavers with a pergola in the near future. 

Here are some pictures from our day at the design center! 
We opted for laminate flooring (because people don't get real hardwoods in Florida) in that dark wood color, white cabinets and that blue kitchen back splash, which is a much brighter blue in person. I am so, so, so excited to see it all come together! 

We even got to pick out the exterior paint colors and landscaping that day too. We went with white and gray and a cobalt blue front door. The Tropical landscape package seemed to make the most sense, since we are in Florida and we wanted some pretty palms! 

The only downside to all of this is that once we left the design center that day (back in July) we were no longer allowed to make changes to our design choices (we could, but it costs $1500 to make a single change). I've since second guessed every decision we made since that day (like the direction of the flooring we chose or the color of the stair banister). 

As of now, we have officially broken ground! Our slab was poured 2 days after Hurricane Matthew hit(thank goodness not before!!) and it's been rolling right along since. Our projected closing date is still set for the end of January, so we are expecting an actual closing date in the beginning of February ;) 

I drove by the property today and was so excited to see how much progress has been made (so much more than the above picture!!) and will be back soon to share more! 

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