Sunday, May 27, 2012

We've Got Carpet!

When we first walked in, we were blown away by the flooring and carpet on the stairs.

This is the view down the hall from the front entry way.  You can see where the laminate ends and the carpet begins in the family room.

This is looking to the left from the front door.  This leads to the living room (once again, carpeted).

 Here is the living room, as seen from the dining room.

 And here is the dining room view from the living room.  The tray ceiling looks even nicer with the chandelier.

Here is a close-up of the dining room chandelier.

 The kitchen has come together nicely.  The counters look, cabinets and appliances look great with the floor.  Everything still needs cleaned up, but it is coming together nicely.

This turned out dark, but I think it is because we have so much light coming in through the morning room.

 The family room looks great with the carpeting!

The room on the left will be Logan's, and as you go down the hall you come to the guest room.

 This is the view from right outside of Logan and Savannah's room, down the hall into the master suite.  The railings look really sharp now that they are all varnished up!
 Here you can see the double doors that lead to our master bathroom.

 This is looking out of the master bedroom, back down the hall to Logan's room.

I thought this was a pretty cool view of the railings, carpeted stairs, and entryway floor below.

Here is a close-up of the texture of the carpet.  It is called a frieze carpet, and was so comfortable to walk on.  I had to take this close-up because there was some sort of blue gum stuck to one of the stairs (which we hope will be gone before the final walk-through!).

 Not as exciting as the carpet, but they did install the escape hatch ladder outside the basement window.

 They also painted our front door.  It really completes the look of the house.  We just need them to paint these pillars white and the outside should be done.

Lastly, they added the two light fixtures to the sides of the garage.  Only down side is that we still don't have electricity running to the house!  Anne spent a good 4 hours back and forth on the phone with Angela (from Ryan Homes) and the power company.  They are supposedly going to be out on Tuesday.  We are not holding our breath.  If we don't have power, we don't close on the 11th.  So we'll call the power company everyday if necessary to get this thing moving along!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Plumbing and Shelving

We went up to the house yesterday, Saturday, and to our surprise... the front door was locked.  Luckily, I have been locked out of my house numerous times in the past... and always found a way in!!  A few additions since our last visit include the fixtures on all of the bathroom sinks and tubs and the toilets are all installed.

Our laundry area has the washer and dryer hook-ups and the wash-tub installed too.  They have also start to put up the shelving in some of the storage areas.  They have one shelf in the laundry room.

They also installed the shelving in the two closest in the master bedroom.  Anne and I will still have to figure out who gets which one (not that it matters because they are both huge!).

I think the fireplace is finally finished.  It will look sharp once we get the walls painted.  Right now the white mantle just kinda blends in.

We also now have a mailbox.  So I guess we can officially start changing over our address with the post office and all of our bills!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Electrical Additions

They have added some of the lighting to the outside of the house.  We have a lamppost, and two lights next to the front door.  You can see the wire above our house number where they will add another light by the garage.

Inside the foyer, they hung our chandelier.  It is so much nicer than the one we have now, but will still be just as hard to change the light bulbs!

 We also have lighting in the master bathroom.  The light fixture is the same in the kids' bathroom.

There's no sink in the half-bath on the first floor, but they do have the mirror and lights in.

Some other updates include painting all of the baseboards, doors, crown molding and around the fire place.

Speaking of doors, they started to add the hardware to many of the doors throughout the house.  We went with the brushed nickle.  I think it looks pretty sharp, especially with the hardware on the cabinets in the kitchen.

Another nice surprise was the staining on the railings.  It will really look nice once they lay the carpet.

They also delivered the appliances and installed the microwave and refrigerator.  The fridge is exactly like the one we have now.  The microwave was interesting because the inside seemed like it was made of the same material of the inside of an oven (I've never seen that before).

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Interior Additions

Pulling up to the house, we were excited to see the columns in place on the front porch.  They still need a coat of white paint on them.

We also noticed that they have our house number in place (it is on the left of the garage).  Our official address will be 7014 Sherwood Drive.

 Inside the house there were a lot of additions as well.  As we walked in the front door, it was awesome to see the railings installed. 
They also put in the railing going down to the basement.  In both of these you can kind of see some parts of our flooring.

Here's a close-up.  We just went with the basic linoleum, but with a tile look.  This is in the entry way, half bath, kitchen and morning room.

 Speaking of the kitchen... we got our cabinets and counter tops in!  The counters are the same pattern as in our current house, but they look a lot nicer on the fancier cabinets.

This is a view of the kitchen from the morning room.  You can really get a good view of the island from here.  You can also see the double-door pantry.

Another addition was the mantle around the fire place.  I think it will eventually be painted all white.

Here is a view of the family room.

 In this picture you can see they added casings around the doorways from the dining room into the kitchen and living room.

This is a close-up of the crown molding added to the dining room.  They even added it in the tray ceiling.

 At the top of the stairs, they added the doors to our master bedroom.

They also installed the vanities and mirrors in the master bathroom (top) and the kids' bathroom (bottom).

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Siding is On!

There have been a lot of nice finishing touches since our last visit!  We have a garage door, and  they added the white trim to the roof area.
Here's a close up to show some of the trim.  Oh yeah, we got our shutters too!
As mentioned in the title of this blog entry... we have siding!  This side view gives a good look at the 4 foot extension in the family room and the additional morning room (with vaulted ceiling).  There's not much more they will have to do to the outside other than the electrical stuff (outlets and lighting).
They started to level out the land around the house, so this shot gives a good look at how much back yard we will have before the hillside.
Inside the house, they've finished the walls.  They've put a coat of paint over the drywall, so all of the rooms look pretty nice.  This is a picture of our master bedroom through the double-door entry.
The doors have been delivered, so I can only assume they will be hanging those soon.  We went with the "two-panel" doors.  We were originally slated for the "six-panels", but Angela told us this was the way the industry was going so we went for the new style.
Another exciting addition to the interior was the bricking around the fire place.  It looked a lot nicer in person.