around the house

Sunday morning at the home site 4.11.21

As you can see, we’re still waiting for windows on the second and fourth floors. Apparently the black ones for the front of the house are on backorder.
But, we do have a ton of interior doors and trim in our garage, and they fixed the lights in the dining room. So that’s a win.


We have a stoop now, that means people can come visit us and get easily into the house.

First coat of paint is on the walls and I couldn’t be happier about how bright the space looks!
Navy cabinets will ground the space and we’ll bring in color and texture into our house with furniture, art, textiles, and plant life.

And the excitement builds!

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Sunday morning at the home site 4.4.21

Sunny and warm on Easter morning at ‘the house’ this week.
All the brick is finished. Of course, one of the front windows is now broken, so it’s always something, right?

garage

The entire house is drywalled now!

main level

Mike and Josie met us at the house this week. We haven’t seen each other since Labor Day weekend and it was wonderful to hug our friends after so long!
(three of us have had both our covid vaccines and the other has had their first with the second scheduled for Monday next)

Y’all this house becomes more real each week! Soon though, it’ll be locked up and we won’t be able to wander around it on Sunday mornings. But soon enough after that we’ll spend each Sunday morning there, and we couldn’t be happier!

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Sunday morning at the home site 3.28.21

We have brick on the front of our house, y’all!

And the stacking doors are finally in the living room.

The bathrooms are beginning to come together.

hall bath

main bath shower

We found a couple of problems at our pre-drywall inspection meeting, all of which will be fixed to our specifications.
The sales team sent their weekly email yesterday. Looks like drywall installation is scheduled to begin the end of this week/beginning of next week.
At this point, we’re just waiting on the letter with the final walkthrough and settlement dates.

OHMYGOODNESS!!

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Sunday morning at the home site 3.21.21

And then there was brick.
And a good color brick not that gross color brick like the house next to ours!

Pre-drywall inspection meeting is Tuesday afternoon and I know of two things that need to be fixed. Placement of the light cluster in the dining room and the lack of rain shower in our bathroom.
Of course, the giant stacking doors still aren’t in…
It’ll be interesting to see what they say about that.

We should get a completion date Tuesday. Even if it’s approximate, at least we’ll know better than we do now.
We’re so excited!

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Sunday morning at the house 3.14.21

Y’all!
We have insulation up in here.

Below the rooftop decks is spray insulation.

That’s the guest room, so when folks come to stay they’ll be nice and cozy under the small front roof deck.

The bricks are stacked up out front, but those huge stacking doors for the living room still aren’t in.

The pre-drywall inspection is scheduled for Tuesday next. According to my (half-assed googling) research it’s only 60-75 days to closing after that meeting! (Eep!)

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all packed up

Around lunchtime Friday last, Thing 1 and Baby K sat with me on the porch and watched as a truck dropped this storage box in the driveway.

I’ve been packing for about six weeks or so in preparation for paint and new flooring before we put our house on the market.
All the books, everything from the dining room, art and photos, and other miscellaneous items went into the back bedroom.

Furniture, holiday storage containers, and other larger items went into our front living room.

We worked our asses off Saturday.
Husband N helped with heavy lifting.
Thing 1 made sure we were hydrated and fed all day.
Baby K drew with chalk in the driveway, sang and danced, and kept us going with random hugs, and shouting “Cheehoo” when excited. (She’s currently obsessed with Moana)
We actually got most everything into the storage box and stopped work at about four Saturday afternoon.

When YBW and I came home from the new house Sunday morning, we made a quick breakfast and got to work.
I spent the majority of my time in the storage container utilizing my mad skills.
Thing 1 was my right hand man.
Husband N and Baby K chalked in the driveway and helped YBW bring things to be packed.
We finished loading everything before two o’clock.

All that’s left in our house now is what we’ll use to stage the house when it goes on the market, and what will go to Thing 1 and Husband N’s house at the end of the month.
The painter’s estimate came back in a price range we liked and they’ll get to work the beginning of April. As soon as they’re finished, the flooring guys will get in here and we’ll be ready to go.

I’m so happy to put away the packing tape dispenser and color coding labels. Of course I haven’t actually stopped working. I’m taking advantage of the nice weather this week to weed and mulch the foundation beds before everything starts growing.
But after that I’ll stop and be still for a moment.
Until it’s time to help Thing 1 and her family move to and get settled in their house.

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Sunday morning at the home site 3.7.21

It was sunny and cold at the house this week.

All the plumbing and electric seems to be finished, but low voltage wiring is still going in.
We should soon be scheduling the pre-drywall inspection.

The mechanical room is ready for the tankless water heater.

When I got to the landing on the stairs to the second floor, I actually said, “OH!” out loud because I saw this!

The beginnings of my kitchen!
Fridge on the left of the back wall, cooktop in the center, oven/microwave on the right.
The sink and dish washer in the island.

Oh my goodness, y’all! I’m so ready!

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Sunday morning at the home site 2.28.21

And then there was electrical and plumbing!
Soon the low voltage stuff will go in and we’ll have our pre-drywall walk through.

Baby K picked up bits of PVC and “swept” up the wood shavings from where the pipes went through the framing. She left the house with a small piece of pipe in her pocket and a longer piece with and elbow on each end in her hand. (Birdie went through the box of fittings to make sure she had something fun.)

Brittany at the sales office called YBW last week with an update, and gave him a June/July move in timeframe. Of course this is approximate, but it’s much sooner than the initial September/October we got when we first stated our interest. And the July/August they told us when we gave our deposit.

Even though we don’t yet have a real date…

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meant to be

How precious is this house?

This adorable house is the reason we couldn’t go to our home site Sunday morning.
This adorable house will soon be home to Thing 1, Husband N, and Baby K!

YBW, Baby K, and I met Thing 1 and Husband N there Sunday morning while the inspector was there.
In the car, Baby K sang to us the whole time. She also kept saying, “Mama” (pronounced Meh-MEH) at random intervals. We told her Mommy and Daddy were at the new house and we were on our way to see them.

That girl was so excited to be in the new house!
She didn’t even really understand that it’s going to be hers.
Of course she was excited to see her parents, but mostly she was excited to explore.
We successfully stayed out of the inspector’s way while still investigating every nook and cranny. And believe me y’all, that attic space has its share of nooks and crannies!

When we said goodbye and left the house, we drove through the neighborhood a bit. It’s just as precious as the house they’re buying.
There’s an elementary school around the corner with the best damn sledding hill you’ve ever seen!

Thing 1 loved this house the moment she saw it. She spoke of it’s character. She spoke of it’s feeling of comfort. She spoke of it’s potential.
She knew this was meant to be her home.
She knew it welcomed her with open arms.

My momma (and Birdie) heart was anxious until I saw it. Until I walked through it.
It has such charm and character.
It has a warm and gentle welcoming feel about it.
It was truly meant to be the home of my daughter and her family.

I hugged my girl and told her, “You can live here.”
She hugged me tighter.
She and I both know she can damn well live wherever she likes. She and I both know she’s an adult and makes her own decisions. She and I both know I do my best to respect her life choices.
But she and I both know that it matters a great deal that we had that moment. That we both know we’re comfortable in that house that will become her home. That as joyful as she is, she has my full support to contribute to that joy.
I’m not sure I’m explaining it right, but we understand what it means and that’s all we really need.

They’re scheduled to go to closing the end of March.
I’m so excited for them!

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Saturday afternoon at the home site 2.20.21

It was cold and windy as all get out when we went over to the house this weekend. It was the first weekend in a month it wasn’t actively precipitating though, so that was cool.

You’ll notice it says Saturday afternoon in the title up there, that’s because we couldn’t go Sunday morning.
What had happened was…
I had my first covid vaccine Saturday morning. (There was a clinic for PWCS employees at one of the high schools the past two weekends.)
But first, I had to run to Target.
And after, YBW and I had carry out lunch with his brother and sister-in-law.
Then we finally went to the house.


The HVAC is going in!
How exciting!

This is the view from the back of the house.
I was standing at the windows in our bedroom.
YBW noticed we could see the tower at Dulles. (Dulles International Airport is about ten miles to the north)
If you’re curious, it’s just that dark gray thing that kind of looks like a bowler hat just to the right of that big tree. If you’re not curious, it’s still that dark gray thing that kind of looks like a bowler hat just to the right of that big tree.

We met some neighbors who were out walking. They were keen to see the view from our house, so we invited them in and let them look out the windows. In turn, they invited us to see their home. It’s the same model as ours, but an interior unit, and I was eager to see the finished pantry, linen, and main bedroom closets.
This single guy with roommates doesn’t utilize his space very well, and I bit my tongue to stop myself offering organizational advice. Though he does have a tricked out smart house thing going on and YBW dug that!

I know what we’re going to do in the pantry and linen closets, and we’re working to design our closet.
I did some measuring in the laundry room for a counter or table top over the machines, open shelving above that, and a tall cabinet in the corner of the room. Now to see what I come up with…

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