Tuesday, November 20, 2012

We've been blue taped! Warning: lots of photos

I have so much floating around in my brain that I don't know where to begin. So, my awesome husband bought me a ticket to California so I could be with my family for Thanksgiving. Let's just say that there may have been a minor melt down (depends on your definition of minor) right after we sold our Illinois home and he knew I needed a dose of mom and dad. He's a good man! So right now I am enjoying 70+ weather for a few days before we get the keys to our house and crazy begins. The problem is that my body thinks I'm on Ohio time and I woke up at 4:40 this's the price I pay so I will take it.
Ok, Ok, I'll move on to the THE HOUSE!
We are down to the nitty gritty now. Once the blue tape hits the walls, you know you are getting close. I met the "handy man" last week and he said he goes through every inch of the house, marking any imperfection in blue tape. The last week is spent having all the contractors come back through fixing stuff. So in all the pics, you will see blue tape but it's a good thing. ..
The next time I see the house, we will be doing our Pre-settlement walk through (which is on Monday). We get the keys on Wednesday. How is it that the time has gone so slow yet flown by all at the same time?

The house has carpet!
Kayt is enjoying her soft, comfy floor. She says she may just sleep on the floor...So I guess I get to return her new bed we bought her.....Yay for us!
 Leland laying on our master bedroom floor. He was trying to make snow angels. Lol. It kind of worked, with the new carpet fluff.
Our least favorite thing about this floor plan is this bathroom. This is between the kids rooms so they will have to share it and according to my 14 year old, that counter is NOT enough room! I admit that she is right. We tried to get them to extend this out but RH does not offer an extension on this side of the house. According to RH, this one-story floor plan has such a huge footprint (2100 sq ft on one level) and it is 50+feet wide so that they cannot always fit this plan in some communities. They don't want to extend the side of the house anymore because it would make it even harder to fit on many lots. Our lot would have been able to handle it but they won't offer that option. When I get my handy dandy survey, you can bet I am going to address this.
 Basement carpet....I LOVE this color. It's perfect for the basement.
Upstairs carpet: Great carpet for the bedrooms but I am not sure I love it in the great room. For fellow RH bloggers, these are level 3 upgrade carpets with 8 lb upgrade pad. The bottom is called Sand Swept. I can't remember the top color right now but if anyone is interested, I will look it up when I get home. For some reason, the top is softer and more plush, even though they were supposed to be the same type. The upstairs just doesn't feel as thick. But it will be fine for now.
Our Rapid Recovery water heater. In order for RH to get the Energy Star rating, they have to have specific types of water heaters (according to our PM) and this one supposedly only costs $260 a year to run....My concern is if it can handle the size of the big bathtub I plan on using regularly. PM says that the rapid recovery means it heats water quickly. I will let you know how true that is!
This is supposed to be our "laundry room". We decided to add additional laundry hook ups in the basement and use this room as a mud/school bag/winter coat room. With the right storage set up (we have some research to do on this), this room will function perfectly as the after school, winter wear drop spot. Of course, it would be awesome to have our laundry room on the main level but having two hook ups gives us the option to move it upstairs in a few years if we want. Notice the big, dedicated electric dryer outlet on the right side?
Well they forgot to put that in the basement. I noticed this on Sunday afternoon. But no worried, Dan called our PM and he said they would get that in before we close. A small oversight.....glad I caught it now instead of when the delivery guys were here trying to install the dryer.
Speaking of basement, someone left us a nice gift......
I sure hope it's not what I think it is...but I think it is! SO GROSS!!!
 I really love the windows. They are 6 feet tall all along the back of the house and the cottage elevation has this picture window look, as opposed to the 9 grate window look. And the grates are in the window so you don't have to clean between the grates (our Eham home had grates on the outside and it was a major pain to clean). This makes me SO happy!
For RH bloggers, someone posted about how the windows are only single hung...and you are correct. Only the bottom part moves. That is a bummer because you can tilt the bottom part in to clean the outside of it, but not the top part of the window. For our one-story, not a major deal, but for all the two-story owners, this will be a problem. Maybe if enough of us complain about this, they will consider double hung windows.
Stairs down to the basement. Did I mention how much I love my railing?
LOL! Superman is currently playing in our media room!
Master bathtub fixtures. They are so pretty.

These next photos were taken by Dan yesterday.  He stopped by midday to check everything out since he's been hunting for 10 days. They painted our front door. I think it's beautiful.
The granite was being installed as he was there. I can't wait to see this in person! I've been imagining how it was going to look for 3 months now. Oh, and I guess the appliances were going in too. I am excited to pick out a backsplash and hardware to finish off the details.
Dan said they had the fireplace going. They told him that they run it all day to burn off the new smell. Good idea! Dan said it was really toasty warm in the great room.
Our PM said they will be doing the initial grading today and getting the enormous pile of dirt off our lot. Unfortunately, he also told us that they will not be able to pour our driveway until spring. I could write a whole post about this...not sure if I want to. Maybe I will.
I will update on bathroom tile later. I am supposed to hear back later today on that issue.



  1. You are so close to getting those keys!!! Everything looks great!

  2. Yippee looking good

    have a question with that upgrade in your master bath...did that give you tile in your shower and around the tub and floor??

    1. Hi DW, yes the upgrade cost gave us tile on floor, walls, shower...and the accent strip. The first upgrade level was just 6x6 shiny white tiles. This was level C upgrade.
      I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  3. Your house is looking beautiful.

  4. Beautiful!!Can't wait to come and see it in person! Maybe Wayne, Jeanette, Jim, and I, can come together!!!Love you all, Claudette

    1. Aunt Claudette, that would be wonderful ! It's only an 8 hour drive.

  5. Love your house! I wanted to get the stone fireplace too because it is so pretty but I decided to get the mid level fireplace and use the extra money in other places. Perhaps later down the road I can change it and get stone :o) -Tamica

  6. Oh and I love your door! Was that glass part of your package? I would love to be able to have that door instead of a solid one. -Tamica

    1. Hi Tamica,
      Yes the door was part of our elevation package. We didn't realize it until we started building but I am so glad it is. I love the light it brings in to the entry way. You can always buy one and install after you close. A door is not a hard thing to replace.
      Happy Thanksgiving.