Thursday, June 7, 2012

In the middle of it all...

We like to do things big, I suppose! I am just decompressing from the month of May!
Some highlights of May:
Started construction, our twins turned 6 yrs old, my husband celebrated a birthday, my mom celebrated a birthday, mothers day, family birthday party for twins, friend birthday party for twins, school birthday party for twins, a ballet recital complete with technical and dress rehearsals, karate, tap, jazz, countless t ball games, basketball, gymnastics, and a 4 day hospital stay for my husband complete with shuffling off kids.

Oh, and somewhere in the middle of it all we put our entire life's belongings into storage, closed on our house of eight years, moved in with my mother, and enjoyed he excitement of watching someone else begin construction on our new home!

Baement Walls are Waterproofed!

Another day in our exciting life! Blogging about our wrapped walls! They are waterproffed! So Cool!

I present to you: "The Walls!"

A little fun with our big pile of dirt. I snapped the pic before I started yelling to get down!!! Priorities!!! : )

What's more exciting than watching paint dry?

What's more excitng than watcing paint dry? Watching concrete walls dry! Well at least if  they are the walls of your brand new home! Then, they are of course a topic exciting enough to blog and post pics about!!! : )

Here goes... ENJOY!!!  : )

Basement Wall are Poured!!!

We have footers!


The BIG DIG has begun!!!! May 14, 2012

Selections, Selections, OH MY!!!

Overall, I will say that this process has been pretty simple. Ryan has their system down, and it certainly works for them, at least. Their systematic approach to selections is certainly why they are able to keep home building within the affordable range for thousands of buyers each year.

Truthfully, I kind of liked being given only a few choices of colors, materials, etc...

I do wish that we were given a little more information up front so that I could do my "research" at thinking at home first before showing up at the selection center. I did have a small idea, mainly becuase of the snooping around on these blogs that I took the time to do, but that was it. I did go back a few times to make a few changes, however.

Here are some samples and pics of what we chose:

Shaw Upgraded Level 2 Traditional Allure "Sand Dollar": Family Room, Living Room

Shaw Baseline "Warm Stone" : Finished Basement

Shaw Baseline "White Fox": Upstairs Bedrooms, hallway, stairway

Bruce Hardwoods "Gunstock": Mud Room, Kitchen, Morning Room, Powder Room, Front Enterence Way

Brixton BX02 Sand Ceramic Tile: Upstairs Bathrooms

Upgrade Laminate "Antique Mascarella": Kitchen Countertops and Gourmet Island

Bathroom Cabinets

Stairway Banister Railing

samples of countertop, kitchen cabinets and hardwoods together...

Timberlake Scottsdale "Maple Cognac:: Kitchen Cabinetry

Kitchen Cabintes and hardwoods together

Kitchen Cabinets AGAIN.... Scottsdale Maple Cognac

Fireplace Surround Granite" Tropical Something - next to rug.... Not sure I like this tile still... UGGHHH!!!

Standard GE Stovetop: Upgraded to Gas- another seclection I wish I had put more thought into...

Upgraded Over the Range Microwave by GE