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Sunday morning at the home site 1.24.21

The waterproof membrane is finally on the house so no more dancing in puddles for Baby K.
She stayed home this week anyway. It was sunny but damn cold. Even with my coat and a hat and gloves I wasn’t warm enough to dawdle for too long.

We have a front door now!

YBW ran into the building manager last week and he said stairs should arrive on the twenty-ninth.
So there won’t be anymore of this view:

But that’s OK, it just makes it more real!

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Sunday morning at the home site 1.17.21

Not much changed since last week.
I was itching to climb that ladder up into that third floor window, but YBW was not having it.
He wants me to be safe, not reckless.
He has a point…especially since Baby K was eyeballing that ladder too.

It rained/snowed Saturday night so there was a puddle in the house Sunday morning.
Just right for a bit of splashing.

She took her hat off because it was getting in her eyes. Of course then her hair was all staticky and she was trying to keep it out of her face. She loved that splashing though!

In the space between the front door and the garage door is written important construction information.

120 is our lot number.
Rear deck will be off the living room.
Elite option means we’re an end unit.
Rooftop terrace 2 means there will be a small front porch on the fourth floor.
Additional bath is pretty self explanatory…a powder room becomes a full bath on the ground floor.
12 foot stacking door is a giant telescoping door in the living room onto the rear deck.

Feeling excited!

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Sunday morning at the home site 1.10.21

It was sunny but cold this Sunday morning.
Thing 1 and Baby K came with us, but I think they wish they stayed home.
The wind was brutal.

Our house has a lid now. I say lid because it’s not really a roof just yet…
Standing in that same spot in the garage under where the stairs will be.
To stand there and look up borders on overwhelming. I mean, I know it’s a four level townhouse, but good Lord, it’s tall!

It’s been dry for a while so we were able to go around to the back of the house this week.
That’s the beginnings of a roof deck up there at the top and I couldn’t be more excited!

Thanks for being on this journey with us, y’all!

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Sunday morning at the home site 1.3.21

Fourth floor loft and roof deck level is up!

It was cold and rainy on our first visit in the new year.
YBW and I went alone.
It was muddy as hell so we didn’t go around to the back of the house.

I took this pic standing in that same spot in the garage where the stairs will be.

To the right:
second floor living room
third floor main bedroom
fourth floor out to the roof deck

To the left:
second floor pantry powder room and dining room (kitchen is in the middle of the house)
third floor two guest bedrooms (full bath and laundry room are in the middle of the house)
fourth floor powder room and loft space and small front roof deck

Sometimes I can hardly believe it’s real!

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Sunday morning at the home site 12.27.20

Third floor is up!
We have a bedroom level now.

It was in the twenties Sunday morning. Damn cold even bundled up.
Baby K and her parents joined us, but after a bit of trying to break the ice over the puddles, she got too cold and they went to wait in the car.


This is from that same spot in the garage that will eventually be under the stairs. I’m shooting towards the back of the house this time. That open space on the third level will be our bedroom.

I’ve not yet shared the back of the house, and I couldn’t back up any more without falling down the hill, so this is as much as you’ll be able to see.

On the ground level you can see what will be YBW’s office space. French door on the left and double window on the right.
Above that, the telescopic sliding door in the living room that will lead to an open deck.
On the third floor, the windows on the left are in our bedroom, the high window on the right is above the double vanity in our bathroom.

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Sunday morning at the home site 12.20.20

Y’all!!
We have a second story!

That bump out part over the garage is the dining room.
The window all the way to the right above the front door is the powder room.

It was cool and sunny this Sunday morning and once again, Thing 1 and Baby K joined us for our weekly visit.
After the snow last week, the site was so muddy, the concrete floor of the house was puddled up, and water dripped on us while we were inside.

Baby K climbs down from underneath where the front stairs will be into the garage while her Papa (YBW) takes photos.

She was being super careful!

I took this shot standing in the garage under where the stairs will be. I’m facing out the front of the house so what you can see above will be the top of the first flight of stairs, the pantry, and the powder room. Down below you can see the top of the front door.

I love exploring the build site. I love engaging the building process. I love sharing it with y’all!

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Sunday morning at the home site 12.13.20

Sunday morning was sunny and almost warm when we went over to the new house.

OH MY GOODNESS!
So! Much! Squee!
We have an actual ground floor!

Thing 1 and Baby K came with us again this week.

I’m in the garage and Baby K is standing in (what will be) the bathtub in the ground floor bathroom. Thing 1 is slipping through from the mechanical closet. YBW is in the background taking a photo of…the floor…? Must remember to ask him.

Baby K picked up each of these items. The pieces of concrete and the washer were in the pocket of her hoodie. I carried the nail, screw, and nut for her. I’m adding this to the rocks she brought home in the previous weeks.
Maybe I’ll find a way to incorporate her collection into the decor of her room at the new house.

I know

But being there was even more exciting than I expected!
It gets more real each week, y’all and I am SO here for it!

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late night wallpaper browsing

The other night when I couldn’t sleep I got online and started looking at wallpaper.
I know. I know. How random can one girl be?
Pretty freaking random.
But, decor!

I want to do some bold dramatic wallpaper in a couple of places in the new house. At least one wall of the main level powder room, the laundry room, and the ceiling of our bedroom.

Wallpaper has a bad rap, you know? Like, it’s old fashioned, something to do with a grandmother’s house, that kind of stuff. But I gotta tell you, I’m totally feeling some of the wallpaper I saw the other night.

I’m particularly obsessed with this water color floral from Olivia + Poppy.

It’s just whimsical enough to interest me without being ‘too much’ and I’m feeling it for my laundry room.
Maybe.
I mean, I just started looking, right?

Another thing I’m obsessing over is organization.
The Container Store has this Elfa system I’m planning to use on the door of the pantry.

Between this place, Target, and Home Goods, I’m going to have a seriously gorgeous organizational situation in the new house!

YBW has finalized his must haves to make the house smart. I’m riding shotgun on that, but enthusiastic about being able to say, “Zhu Li, do the thing.”
He’s spent time researching his most desired things and creating a color coded key on copies of the floor plans to make sure he’s got it all exactly where he wants it.
Y’all, watching him with those colored pencils fed my dork soul!

I don’t know where he’s going to land on the wallpaper front, but I’m confident his opinion is positive when it comes to organization.
It’s cool, cause while I know where I land on the wallpaper front, I’ll enjoy the looking until I make some choices.

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tricked out kitchen in a smart house

When it comes to the new house, YBW is eager to make it a smart house. He’d love for there to be a central command (thingie) that we can tell to do what we want it to do. You know, like saying “OK Google” or “Alexa” but it’ll be connected to all of our house and have it’s own name.
It feels so Varrick to me.

(For those of y’all that don’t know, this is a The Legend of Korra reference. I did not enjoy Korra anywhere near as much as it’s predecessor, Avatar: The Last Airbender, which I absolutely adored.)

Anyway…
YBW is all about making the house work for us. To be able to control lights and thermostat and even the garage door from a tablet. That if we weren’t sure we’d turned out the lights on the ground floor he could push a button from the bedroom so we didn’t have to go down and back two flights of stairs. He wants the house to do as much as possible from a central hub.
I love to watch his brain work. See his face get all excited at the smart house possibilities. He’s committed to making our forever home one that does all the things we need, and many of the things we want.
For the most part, I’m interested in learning how to use it once it’s set up, but I’m less enthusiastic about choosing how to set it up. He’s cool with that, as long as he can get his geek on. He’s super patient when I ask questions that probably aren’t applicable, or he just explained to me.
I’m more concerned about surround sound for the big tv, and speakers around the house so I can play music. But there is a bit of pleasure at the thought of being able to turn things on and off from a screen…
We each love what we love, right?
My husband loves science and math and tech and super cool nerdy things. He is getting to play with that in creating a smart house that works for him.
I support this fully!
I’m like, get your geek on, bud! Hook it all up and make it do your bidding. (But please let the command be “Zhu Li do the thing” so I’m constantly amused.)

I want to get my geek on in the kitchen!


This picture is the kitchen at the model.

My kitchen will have a bigger island (my favorite design option). It will have another row of cabinets above the wall cabinets up to the ceiling. The hood vent will be hidden behind cabinetry. And the lower cabinets will have more drawer units than cabinets with doors.
All the cabinetry will be navy and look a little something like this.

I’m salty about paying so much for a brand new house and having wire shelving, so…
I may want to trick out the pantry.
I’m already designing closet systems for our closet, probably Pax from IKEA, but I’m also looking at Easy Closets.

The laundry room is on the bedroom level (thaaaaaank yooooou) it’ll start out boring, but I’ll fancy it up too.
With a roof deck, main level porch deck, and ground level back yard, I’m getting excited about designing outdoor spaces too. Plant life and lighting, water features and accessories will create beautiful spaces for us to be outside.

Now, if YBW’s smart house can control outdoor lights and fountains, etc. or could somehow make my laundry run, I’d be inclined to get as excited as he is!
“Zhu Li do ALL the things!”

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outdoor living space

I ordered furniture for the porch from Overstock.com. I was really surprised at how quickly it shipped! I ordered it Sunday last week and YBW told me it was in the driveway when he got home Friday afternoon!
I was one smiley Robynbird!
We put it together early Saturday morning. The sun was hot, but we were undaunted. Everything was wrapped in the teeniest bubble wrap I’ve ever seen. No matter how you touched it, it would pop. (I gotta admit that was kind of cool. I love bubble wrap!)
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The pile of cushions amused me so much more than it probably should have.
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Here is is all finished! We sat out here together Sunday morning, reading the Post. YBW with his coffee, me with my Diet DP. It was a bit breezy, we needed sweatshirts over our jammies, but it was absolutely beautiful!
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I also ordered a fountain to replace the one that sprung a leak that just can’t be fixed. I’m sad because it was a mother’s day gift from Thing 1 and Thing 2 when they were little. But, I’ve had ten years and have loved every moment of it.
This one makes beautiful sounds and we added river rocks to the base level to cover the drain screen. Makes even better water sounds now!
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We ordered an umbrella yesterday and we’re still looking for an outdoor dining set. YBW expressed his pleasure at me putting in the time and effort to make the deck inviting. He’s lived in this house for fifteen years and has never really used it to it’s advantage. I’m happy to help make that a reality. It’s big enough to be it’s own outdoor room and I intend to use it as such. Bring on the gorgeous weather! You’ll find me out on the deck!

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