What a beautiful sight to wake up in our new home with our first snow! I realize with us starting out in our new home in January there will be a lot of "firsts" for us this Year of 2013!
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
|YEA! WE CLOSED !!|
Press Play to Celebrate With Us!! Thank you!
What GOD had for us was already here, we just needed to remain steadfast, patient and remain faithful throughout this journey!!
We did not arrive to our closing at 12:30 pm because we found out at the last minute that the original number we needed for closing was less, so we ran back to the bank. We need this extra cash back NOW! We received a phone call asking where were we--who shows up late after all these months!
LOL You gotta love it!!
We need to go shopping and the extra money back was SWEET!!
Not to mention the timing was impeccable!!
We arrived at 1:05 pm and left with our three keys at 3:05 pm.
We DID it! We DID it! We Did it! HOORAY!!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013
We are at a 2012 New Year's Eve Event!
We are tickled pink that we are:
This was the original date our PM gave us so everything is in
It took consistent phone calls, fax and emails to get our closing!
We are Moving Forward!
2012 has been a awesome year that I will never forget! It was a year and half long wait; but it was worth every second of it!! We closed 2012 knowing that we will bring in the New Year with a New Home, New Beginnings, and a New Foundation for our Marriage!
Praise the Lord! GOD is Good!
I look forward to 2013 in our New Home, celebrating both 50th birthday, our 13th Wedding Anniversary next month, our first Thanksgiving, Christmas in our new home, decorating our new home and starting a new job as a Interior Design Consultant which is a FIRST for me. I decided to pursue this career path after so many nudges from people in my life. I do not have any formal training for it; however, God has given me the eye for design. I look forward to this opportunity and the path it will lead me too and so much more.........
Two more days and we will be in
OUR NEW HOME!!
OUR NEW HOME!!
Friday, January 11, 2013
|We are "NOT CLOSING" today!|
We are waiting for a few documents from NVR! One being our certificate of occupancy which was signed weeks ago by our PM!
We have our final approval! However, we need our "clear to close call" which will not happen without the paperwork and once it is received the paperwork needs to be processed for clearing!
There is a total disconnect and miscommunication between all parties involved! No one seems to know what is going ON!
This is crazy!!
It looks like we may be able to close on the original date, Tuesday, January 15, 2013, given from our PM during our pre-construction meeting after all. We still plan to meet with our PM today at 10:00 am for the mini walk through.
The letter from NVR with our walkthrough and settlement dates mean nothing at this point.
Hopefully, we will receive confirmation today!!
Thursday, January 10, 2013
As I promised, the pictures are coming through in groups and this is the last set from our walk through! We are still waiting for our "clear to close call" from the mortgage company and the certificate of occupancy from Ryan Homes. Our final inspection on the home has been completed which I am happy about because closing is scheduled for tomorrow. However, we ran into a problem -- our home is being appraised for less than the sales price of the home which means there is a possibility that we may not close tomorrow as scheduled. We will still meet with our PM at 10:00 am for our mini walk through before going to closing at 11:00 am. I am praying that we can come to an amicable resolution TODAY. Please share any feedback regarding this process. FEEDBACK, please and thank you! Enjoy the pictures!
Without the Mirror - no glare!!! lol
I plan to install my own handle pulls and knobs for each bathroom and the kitchen.
|LOVE MY DOUBLE OVENS!!!!|
|PM Greg demonstrating our double ovens!|
It is amazing what these ovens can do! I am too tickled!!
Floor to Ceiling Fireplace - Color is Ledgestone
Study/Home Office Door to the Left
|My Study/Home Office!|
|Rick enjoying the fireplace while I take pictures!|
I am standing in my office - window to the left
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
|Hubby's Combo Gentlemen's Closet |
(Shoe Parlor in the Back & Hanging in the Front)
We are installing Custom Closet Systems in both of our Dressing Rooms, so we asked to delete shelving in our closets to avoid leaving holes in the wall.
|The Master Bedroom is HUGE!|
I love the space in here!!
Open Door is Entry into Hubby's Gentlemen's Closet
|Children's Guest Bedroom #4|
|Let's Go Back Down stairs!|
Standing in the Entry of Bedroom #2 (My Dressing Room)
|Partial View of Kitchen looking into Morning Room|
Partial View of Powder Room
Partial View of Dining Room & Pantry Closet
|Dining Room/Living Room w/Columns|
Bay Windows Facing the Pond
|Standing in Dining Room - Facing towards Front Door|
Partial View of Front Porch through the window
Oil Rub Bronze Chandelier
|Huge Pantry - Love it!!|
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
|Mud Room / Carpet / Espresso Banister & Hardwood Floors|
I plan to change out the white for a deep dark grayish color iron/metal inserts for a different design style.
I really don't like the white between the Espresso
Let's Go UPstairs!
|Taking Picture from the corner of the Loft |
Facing Converted Laundry Room (My Lady Lair)
Laundry Room is in the Basement
Straight ahead is the Guest Bathroom
Bedroom #3 for Adult Guest - Door on the Right
The Boob Flush Mounts in Oil Rubbed Bronze (ORB)
|Standing in Master Bedroom |
Top of Steps - Hallway
Facing the Loft for Library/Study Lounge
|Guest Bathroom |
Requested PM to install Durango Shelves in opposite corner away from shower head
|Partial View of Master Bathroom|
Looking into bedroom and door open to hubby's closet
|Another View of Master Bathroom & Carpet|
Entry to My Dressing Room Straight Ahead & Next Picture shows the other side of my dressing room
|Master Bathroom Closet & Bedroom #2 Combined to Create My Dressing Room|
Door to the left is the Guest Bathroom
Monday, January 7, 2013
Your feedback, your comments, your suggestions, the research you shared so openly, your encouragement, your willingness to be honest and your desire to share your building journey has been a tremendous gift to me. I can't thank you enough and I am so grateful to have had a forum to share our year long journey of building and purchasing a new home with you. You read my blog, listened to my concerns; however, it was twofold. We learned from each other. There are things in my home that I would not have ever considered without your support. For instance, wrapping our water heater in a water blanket to reduce our utility bills (Thanks to Thomas at Ravenna Speed). This will allow us to enjoy the ceiling to floor fireplace and not worry about high utility bills. Who wants to spend all that money on a fireplace that they never turn on. Many people include this upgrade in their homes but are unable to enjoy it because they concerned about the bill being too expensive. Well, thanks to this tip, we will enjoy our fireplace and an abundance of other things in our new home. We are also considering solar panels for our new home too (Thanks to Erica for this tip). My all time favorite upgrade in our new home is our double ovens (Thanks to Maria at Home Sweet Rome). She was so kind and generous without knowing who I was and because of her generosity the structural items I wanted in my kitchen are complete to my satisfaction. I can't leave out our PM, Greg who also helped my dream kitchen become a reality. Thank you, Greg! There are so many things that I can talk about but I would be here for days if I listed them all. I also want to give a special shout to those who contacted me via email: DWtimes2, Maria (Saving Queen), Maria (Home Sweet Rome), Emrose, Isz Wisz, , Danielle, Amanda, Heather, Mike, Crystal, Sherita, James, Melissa, Catherine, Julia, and our new neighbors--(Sheldon, Alejandro and Sharon).
As you know, I have agonized over my back splash for weeks and I appreciate all of you so much for your honest feedback and suggestions. This was a tremendous help in making my final decision.
Lastly, we may not know each other personally; but there is a connection that we will forever share that will remain precious in my heart which is building our dream homes and the opportunity share our highs and lows in the process.
We have our walkthrough tomorrow at 10:00 am and we are thrilled to see the house. It's been several days since I last walked in and I can't wait.
In the meantime, we are still supplying documentation for our final approval to the underwriters and waiting for the CALL or EMAIL that says, "we are clear to close on Friday, January 11, 2013. As we wait, I will continue to pack, plan, prepare to move into our new dream home. Fingers Crossed!! YAY!!
***For those of you who can, consider installing an 110V outlet inside your master bathroom cabinet to keep those unslightly wires out of the way from the hair dryers, razors etc***
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Stopped by a NV Home model today and to my surprise this is what I found. This kitchen has a subway pattern stone backsplash. It doesn't appear as thick as our backsplash; but they a look at both and tell me what you think is missing from our kitchen and why doesn't seem to work or does work!
Honest, feedback is appreciated!! Thank you.
|NVR Model Kitchen - Bowie, Maryland|