Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Settling In!

We finally feel like we are settling in after moving in 3 weeks ago today. So many things have happened in that time and we are so glad to finally be getting back to normal busy life routine.  We even have a yard!  Now don't let the photos totally fool you we are about 85% unpacked at this point but there is a huge craft room (aka crap room) to deal with, Allie's closet, and some stuff in the storage area in the basement.  The cool thing is that we are fully settled in the garage and have both cars full time parked in there now.  Time is being spent putting on the finishing touches and hopefully soon photos will start going up.  We are living life though and fully enjoying it through the blessing of this awesome house.  We considered having a house warming party but have decided it's just so impersonal and we'd rather have more time to catch up so please contact us if you want to come see the house and we'll feed you and spend more one on one time with you!

Here are a few photos but if you want to see it from all angles let us know and we truly would love to have you over and spend time together!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Only 5 more days!

We are beyond the home stretch! The kids have the countdown going (us parents too) and there are only 5 more sleeps until we are able to sleep in our dream home and start really enjoy this awesome gift.  It's been a month since our last update but there haven't been huge changes happening but little ones that we surely notice.  However after looking back it looks like a lot has happened.  We had the following done the last month: tile work done, bathroom floors laid, finish plumbing work, lights, mirrors, wood floors, carpet, railings, deck stairs, patio poured, appliances installed, and lots of other little things.  Most of the big stuff has really come together in the last 2 weeks.  So enjoy the new photos.  We are so excited to have a home that is built on God's Foundation and we pray that we use this home as mush as we can to serve Him and grow in our walk with Him!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Paint and Trim!

The trim is done and the Paint colors are up. The entire siding and out side painting is done as well. It's really starting to make the house take shape and seem so much more real.  Having it look more like a house makes the move we have this weekend feel so much more worth the hassle of having to move again!

So here are some photos!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Driveway, Siding, and Cabinets

Well once again those workers have been really busy on the house.  On a weekly basis there isn't always a lot to show for their progress but after a couple of weeks we have some updated photos to share.  We notice little things happening almost everyday.  They even have 75% of the trim hung throughout the house.  It will be more noticeable once the walls and trim are painted.  All of our outdoor trim has been painted as well and about 70% of the Siding has been hung.  This next week is going to bring a lot more updates and I have a feeling by next weekend we'll have more photos to share. 

For now we have a Driveway, Front porch, House numbers, Garage Door, Trim almost complete, Siding getting closer to complete, outdoor trim complete, Cabinets installed through the entire house, and even working electricity!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Drywall is hung!

We can not believe that we finally have our drywall hung and now it's on to getting it finished!  It looks so great and really gives the house a more completed look.  It also allows us to imagine our stuff in the space.  We feel so blessed.  One thing that we felt really called to do was heed God's commandments found in Dueteronomy 6:6-9:

"These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates."

So we did that and found scripture to write on frames for every room in the house.  Many of them are our prayers for what those rooms will guide us to do in life!   So below are posted photos of the drywall and some scripture writings as well.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Electrical, Plumbing, Roofing and Windows Oh My!

It has been another crazy couple of weeks!  In the last 2 weeks all of the framing and roof framing were finished, our roof shingles were put on, house was wrapped, windows were installed, electrical was ran, plumbing was ran, baths were installed, and the heating and cooling is almost completely ran!  It's been really neat to see all of the things happening so fast.  We know that a lot of our outside trim is delivered and ready to be installed and we are also guessing we are getting close to drywall and siding time here in the next couple of weeks once all of the inspections are done!

It is so great to really see some progress happening and getting us closer to move in time!  Here are a few photos from the last 2 weeks!

Standing in Great Room looking into Kitchen.

 Standing in Great Room looking towards flex room and Front Entry.

 Front of House on 6/27/13

 Master Bath: Left of tub will be tiled shower and to the right will be toilet room.

 2 Story Great Room.

Kitchen with sliding door and window in.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

It looks like a house!!!

In the last month so much has happened!  We had our hole dug on May 2nd, Foundation poured on May 6th, and Basement and garage floor poured and Framing began May 30th. First floor framing was complete June 6th, Second floor framing was complete June 11th and roof trusses were put on June 13th.  Currently we are are getting most of the roof covered and electrical hook up has been installed.  It has been a very exciting time!

Here are a few photos of the big events... we'll be much better along the way with updates of progress now that the last crazy month of school is over!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

House Design

We just spent the last 2 days doing all of the design for our new house.  It was a crazy fun time with some changes we did not see coming but we are so excited that they worked out the way that they did.  We can not wait to get our hands on the plans that have been changed a bit for us and our needs!  Right now we'll give you a sneak peak of a few of our selections.

Kitchen Counter tops, Floors, Whole house Cabinets with hardware and Backsplash.

What the Backsplash will look like!

Fireplace Tile and carpet for the living spaces shown with the wood floors.

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Countdowns Begin...

We spent Sunday packing up a good 1/5 of the house to get ready for our move in the next 3-4 weeks.  We can not believe how fast it seems to be all be coming.  There are so many different countdowns that we are tracking.  The soonest one is just a week away now...we get to meet with our builder and on one day we do structural design and the next day all of the interior design.  Also we are just 2.5 weeks or less away from closing on our current home.  The inspection is done with no real issues and we just had the appraisal last week.  That is going to be a very strange day for us as Joel and I have lived here almost 12 years.  Packing the place up is starting to feel a bit surreal but very exciting.  Moving day to the rental is about 3.5 weeks away.  The last 2 are the best!  We are 5-6 weeks away from hopefully breaking ground on the new house and about 4-5 months away from move in day!!!   We are all very excited!!!  We'll leave you with a picture of model home that our house will look almost identical to!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

11 days

What a weekend it has been! We had 3 showings and on top of other activities we were super busy. It was worth it as we just accepted an offer on our house. SOLD!!!! They offer full asking price with $4000 back to closing. Though it's not a perfect offer it's more than close enough for us after only being on the market for 11 full days!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

House For Sale

Today our house officially goes on the market and it will not be pulled off the market until it is SOLD!  We put an offer on a lot in a Neighborhood here in Spring Lake that we plan to build our dream home on.  The next step in building can not be started until we get this house sold, so we are hoping for a fast and smooth sale!