Happy Wednesday. I hope everyone had a great Valentines Day.
Before I get into house details, I’m going to do a reminder. Yes, we’re under contact to buy the house, but until the final closing is done and the keys are in our hand, things can go wrong. Just like things can and do go wrong in publishing deals (it’s happened to me!), but I wanted to share this journey with you guys. Also, for now, I’m not going to name the builder.
Okay moving on!
The new house is a one-story, 3 bedroom with a study (my office!). It’s an open concept floor plan with a great room and large kitchen in one space. It has a two-car garage, which means Wizard is sacrificing. We really tried to secure a lot where we could add a third car garage, but there just weren’t many lots with enough space and the correct positioning to fit in a side-turn third garage. Wizard feels he can make it work, and he’s excited about this house. I will happily make one of the bedrooms into a hobby room for him if he wishes. We’ll see what works best for him.
So that’s the basic house. From those builder options, we’ve chosen to add a sunroom at the end of the kitchen that will become our dining room, and a covered patio right off that to the basic plan. What’s really awesome is that adding the sunroom immediately upgrades the kitchen to what they call a deluxe kitchen. That means its bigger, extending the cabinets and the island quite a bit. Oh and it adds another window in the kitchen. The island faces the living area, and it has the sink and dishwasher in it, which is exactly what I hoped for. This kitchen also has a walk in pantry. I have never had a walk in pantry There’s an option to turn that pantry into a powder room, but I’d much rather have the pantry. Plus it’s one less bathroom to clean because….priorities, LOL.
I’m in love with this kitchen. It’s one of those things that just works for both of us. Wizard is in the kitchen enough that it really matters to him too.
So while we are doing some structural upgrades, most of what we’ll be getting will be standard, meaning what the builder includes with the prices of the house. While I love design shows and videos, back here in the real world, I’ll be happy with what we can afford
That’s where we are now. Next up, we do the electrical upgrades (things like adding extra canned lights, and we’re adding a couple boxes for us to put in ceiling fans later, just a few things but nothing fancy) before the architect draws up the final design that then goes to the city for approval to start on the house. It’s interesting that all these plans with the structural options were approved by the city planning commission quite a while ago, but then they have to approve them again for each lot once the buyer finalizes their structural upgrades. But I know a heck of a lot more about building a book than a house, so maybe that’s how its always done.
Okay, I’m going to try not to bore you guys with this too much over the next months. But I will be doing some updates, hopefully for fun.
Now I’d love to hear how your Wednesday is going!