Saturday, December 11, 2010

I forgot to share this...MONOPRICE.COM!

OMG - I forgot to tell you guys about a website we used when we bought all of our wall mounts for the TV's. It's called Monoprice. You simply can NOT beat their prices on all of your audio/video/networking/security/gaming/computer needs. Check their site out for every accessory imaginable for TV's, computers, surround sound, Wii, etc! Here's what I paid last March for our TV mounts and Wii charger:

  • Adjustable Tilting/Swiveling Wall Mount Bracket for LCD Plasma (Max 110Lbs, 32~50inch) - BLACK $47.50
  • Ultra-Slim Adjustable Tilting Wall Mount Bracket for LCD Plasma (Max 165Lbs, 23~37inch) - BLACK $14.96
  • Ultra-Slim Adjustable Tilting Wall Mount Bracket for LCD Plasma (Max 165Lbs, 37~63inch) - BLACK $17.58
  • Premium QUAD Charging Dock w/ (4) Rechargeable (Li-ion) Batteries and Modified battery covers for Wii $25.82
With shipping the cost of all 4 items was $136.xx!!! Is that not insane? Does that not show you how much Best Buy, HHGregg, etc. marks up their TV mounts!?!? These mounts are well constructed, heavy and I've had no problems with any of them. The person who installed them couldn't believe what I paid - so I had to show him my receipt! I LOVE the tilting/swiveling wall mount that is in our living room. It's nice to be able to move the TV towards the kitchen for viewing. Monoprice has a great reputation. I purchased a cable I needed from them about a week or so ago - for $3! You have to check it out if you care about saving money on these types of things! I'm a super-savvy price shopper and love sharing this kind of stuff. 

BTW - my blog roll is really filling up - cool! 

Our 10 month inspection is in February. I'll definitely post about that when the time comes.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Kitchen Pantry - too hot and now too cold

Anyone noticing their kitchen pantry's temperature is pretty consistent with the temperature outside? There must be NO insulation in there? I noticed this summer when we were battling 90 degree temps that it stayed pretty warm in there. I would sometimes leave the door open hoping that it would prevent anything in there from getting ruined because of how warm it got. Now that we've been experiencing 30 degree temps lately we've noticed the pantry is like an icebox! This little annoyance is starting to more than just annoy me. When you open the pantry door there's a rush of cold air that greets you. I don't know if there anything that can be done?


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

It's been 6 months!!

I can't believe it's been 6 months that we've lived here! Time really flew! Here's some updated pictures of our house (The Florence). Today the cleaning lady came = good day to take pictures!! There's still lots of painting we want to do and some more decorating. Now that summer is over, we plan on spending time putting on some finishing touches.

Master Bath with add-on under counter cabinets (see previous pictures for before picture)

kitchen pantry

4th bedroom (upgraded instead of loft/sitting area)

4th bedroom

master bedroom

master bedroom

2nd full bath

2nd full bath

bedroom #2

bedroom #2

bedroom #3

bedroom #3

1st floor living room

1st floor living room

dining room

dining room

1st floor 1/2 bath

1st floor 1/2 bath

morning room

morning room

morning room

view from morning room into kitchen


mudroom (instead of 1st floor laundry)


view of living room from kitchen

mudroom (leads to garage)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Columbia Gas - new houses & possible defective pipes

See article here: Columbia Gas issue

The defective pipe was installed between November 2009 and August 2010, almost all for new construction or replacement, with the work done by Columbia and subcontractors. The 17,600 customers affected in Ohio represent a little more than 1 percent of all Columbia customers in the state. In addition, the pipe was used by Columbia's sister companies in four other states - Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Maryland and Virginia - affecting a total of 28,300 customers, including those in Ohio.

Please call your builder & gas supplier - this could affect you. I'll be calling tomorrow - since my house is serviced by Columbia and construction began January 2010.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Summer Water Bill

I was expecting our water bill to be high because of all the watering necessary with the new lawn and because it's been really HOT and dry this summer. Well........I about died when I saw how much that water bill ended up being......... $360!!! That really SUCKED! It was for June 8 - August 16. Think twice about putting your lawn in during the summer. Lesson learned.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A thought about your mortgage

Last month we contacted our mortgage company and decided to do bi-weekly payments. We added a little extra to our every 2 week payment, are on an automatic withdrawal schedule from our lender, and cut our mortgage term to just over 20 years. I'm really happy that we're able to do this and it doesn't feel so daunting that we now only have 20 years left to pay on this house instead of 30!

Everything inside the house is going well. I had a much anticipated moment earlier this week - we finally got 1 of our cars into the garage! That took forever! We have so much stuff that was outside stuff from our old house. Our old house also had a shed. Now all of that stuff is in our garage and it made it hard to try and get a car in there. We sold some big stuff and made room for my van.

We went to the paint supplier for Ryan Homes - ICI - and got a gallon of the wall paint they used in here (Classic Ivory), a can of the door/accent color paint, and a can of the white molding paint for the interior. We need to do more touch ups and went through almost all of the starter cans of paint they gave us.

I love it when my readers/followers ask me questions and give me feedback. Got something to say? Post it and I'll answer it as best I can!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Low electric bill, again!!

I promised in one of my earlier posts in July to let you know what my electric bill ended being. Just got our electric bill for July. Drum roll was only $146!!!! I thought for sure there would be a big spike because of the A/C running almost non-stop and the dehumidifier as well. There's no point in adding what we pay for the gas, because we have gas for the water heater and furnace so there's not going to be a big difference with my overall utility costs in the summer. What a sigh of relief!

Monday, August 2, 2010

More about the lawn

My husband mowed the lawn Sunday for the 1st time. It's starting to really come in nicely now that I look at it. We still have our sprinkler system going - now 2x a day rather than 3x a day. We also put down some fertilizer, but no weed & feed. I heard we shouldn't do that this early in our lawn growing, even though we do have weeds. I honestly don't know much about how to take care of this new lawn and am disappointed in the lack of info the installer provided. I wouldn't recommend them - not just because of that, but you can see my frustrations with them in my previous posts too.

The area around the electrical box got corrected - but it remains to be seen if this is going to work. I'm concerned that the grading will now cause puddling of rain water in the new low spots. We have already had some touch up work done on some other parts of our lawn, and will call on this if need be too. I'm really glad the lawn is part of the builder's responsibility so we're able to get some help with these issues.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Property Records

Did you know that even with new construction homes you can go to your local county/city auditor's website to look up the property transfers? Kinda neat to see the purchase amounts of the houses in our neighborhood and on our street. Even for the same model house - the prices vary widely from one house to the next!

Landscaping thought - be mindful of your dryer vent. We had a hydrangea bush planted in front of the dryer vent (unknowingly) and watched it go from healthy, to withered, to healthy, and then back to withered - until we realized why - DUH! It's now been moved and is living well somewhere else in our yard!

Tomorrow the correction to the grade of our lawn on the side of our house is supposed to be done so the electrical box doesn't look like it's in a sink hole. I'll let you know how it goes.

I don't know if you've ever felt this way while waiting for your lawn to come in, but I can not tell you how bad I want to walk through nice, lush grass in my barefeet - and can't because my grass isn't so lush and there's not much to it!!! Patience is not my best quality! And this lawn growing is really trying my patience!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

That darn electrical box!

Still waiting for resolution on that electrical box between our house and my neighbor. After many phone calls, and broken promises by Ohio Edison, there was a meeting at our house with the builder, the land developer, and Ohio Edison. We all stood outside and looked at the obvious mess we have with this box being so low into the ground. As it stands right now, our builder will do what it takes to make the situation right. I truly do not believe it's their fault, but the alternative methods of correction will create a much bigger mess for us. There will be some regrading done and then patch work to our new lawn over there. I'll update the blog as this gets worked on.

The lawn is coming in, slowly but surely. We did have to have the irrigation installer come out twice - once for a head that wouldn't go back down and once for a pipe leaking on the outside. They came out within 24 hours of me letting them know of the issue. Grant it, they're doing alot of work in our development and it's really easy for them to come here since they're already around. But I do think their response time would still be good even if it wasn't for that. They seem very attentive to their customers. Make sure you pay attention to any low spots in your lawn that are collecting water. We've had some of that at the back edge of our property line and since the builder was responsible for putting in our lawn, they've come out to do some patch work to correct it. It's a very nice service to be able to call your builder for all of these minor issues - whether it's inside the home or out - to have them come and correct them.

We're still dumping plenty of water from that humidifier too.

For the next 3 weeks we have our first house guests staying with us. I can't wait to show them our new home and it will be so nice have all this extra room for everyone to make themselves comfortable in!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Sprinkler Systems and a discount on your sewer bill

One additional piece of info on a sprinkler system. Many cities will discount your sewer bill if you install a sprinkler system. Where I live, this is not the case because we pay a flat rate - not based on water usage. You might want to look into this if you are considering a sprinkler system or already have one installed. The county next to us does offer a discount.

*And, if you want a sprinkler system - try to get it installed BEFORE you finish your basement. We didn't, which means our timer unit is on the side of the house. Had I known to do this prior to finishing the basement, I could have had the timer/control box installed in our garage or elsewhere within the house. I really regret this during this time of trying to grow grass. If I want to make any adjustments to the box, I am forced to walk in my flower beds on the mulch so that I don't make footprints in our newly planted lawn - it's just a pain, but a temporary one.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Lawn, Sprinklers, and Electric

The lawn was installed today and the sprinkler company came back out to set everything up for massive watering now!

The company that did our sprinkler/irrigation system is really a good one. The workers were really nice and the owner is very hands on. They are BBB accredited and certified in all of the important aspects of lawn irrigation. It's really a top notch company with best of the best equipment and personnel. Check them out at Irrigation Pro Inc.

We have been monitoring our electric bills - what a difference a new house makes - so much better efficiency! Our most recent bill is roughly $100 and that's with a good amount of time with our AC running too. I have to say, I'm pleasantly surprised! Next month's bill should be interesting with the addition of the dehumidifier and even more AC running time. I'm prepared for an increase, we'll see how much though.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Basement update

I've heard from alot of you on and off board about the basement issue. I'm happy to say that my concerns have passed and all is well with the dehumidifier situation. We've been running it non-stop, dumping water, and our basement smells fresh and the temperature and humidity levels are where they should be. Whew! I really appreciate everyone's input on this situation.

Now if we could just get our lawn (re) least we have our landscaping done around the house - what a time to do it though - so much watering is involved with this 90 degree heat!

Friday, July 2, 2010

New homes and dehumidifiers

I'm curious to know how many of you run a dehumidifier in your basement? We recently ran into some issues, which I'm still trying to grasp, and it has to do with our new basement and running a dehumidifier.

The first couple of months we had no issues in our basement. During the last week or so, our basement has gone from cool and dry to humid and musty smelling. Our project manager said we need to run a dehumidifier. He said he still runs his in his basement and his house is 7 years old. We've been running one for the last few days and are dumping lots of water out of it. The trouble spot seems to be the extra closet I have under the basement stairs. If you remember in my earlier posts, this was an upgrade we did. This area is quite damp and even has some mold because we didn't catch this issue early enough. We have since removed all items from this closet and are running the dehumidifier day and night. I've talked to some other home owners here and have gotten mixed comments - some say they were told to do this from the time they moved in and others look quite surprised.

I do know that some of this is to be expected - the house is still settling and going through all of the various temperature levels and humidity levels inside and out. But I am concerned. This dehumidifier thing is new to me. Our previous house was a 30yr. old bi-level and we never ran a dehumidifier. The last thing I want is for a musty smelling basement and problems with using my storage space.

**And before you ask - no this is not black mold. This was mold that was easily wiped off the dry wall and some of our personal belongings.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

We now have a Sprinkler System!

Communication still lacking....didn't know this was happening today...but we now have a sprinkler system! The guys who installed it were great! They also pointed out the difference between our system and ones our neighbors have. If you are going to do this, make sure to get plenty of estimates and include the company that is doing work already in your development for your builder.

One tip, the sprinkler system heads should be plentiful and always be across from each other. Example, your tree lawn should have a head at the curb facing the house and a head at the sidewalk, facing the curb. Some companies cheap out on you and only put one at the sidewalk edge. Your system will run more efficiently having them both ways. We upgraded our sprinkler system and not only had it installed in the front yard, but also the back yard and both sides of the house.

Almost of all our landscaping is done. The guy who did this really achieved the look I was wanting. I wanted lots of color and "pop" to our landscape. I hate green shrubs, evergreens, etc. My previous landscape included lots of unique and hard to find plants. We did the same for here. There's nothing like it on our street and that how I wanted it! Finally some color and personality to the yard - YEAH!!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Update about lawn install

The company installing the lawns for Ryan Homes called me the next morning. He knew exactly why I was calling, admitted and took full responsibility for the mix-up. When I got home, someone already came and marked out the underground utility lines in preparation for the sprinkler system install. We'll be getting our system installed next week and the lawn install completely redone.

After your house is built and the yard is done being back-filled make sure you take a look at any utility boxes that are on your property. Between my house and the one next door to us there is a large green electrical box and a phone box and cable box on each side of it. The subcontractor that Ohio Edison used to install the box and pad these are on put it well below grade. These boxes almost look as though they are going to be underground. They are not supposed to be this low into the ground. Ryan Homes has nothing to do with this. You have to call Ohio Edison and have them come out and inspect. Yesterday they came out and agreed it will need to be lifted. Ohio Edison will arrange for this to happen.

Hopefully I will have an update in about a week on the lawn and sprinkler system!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Installing the lawn...

Stay tuned for this one. Came home today - after a wicked rain storm - to see straw all over. No one contacted us or our neighbor that our lawns were getting installed today. I'm all about communication - and there was very little for this - and certainly none to tell me the lawn was being put in today. Plus, we paid extra for an upgraded lawn and sprinkler system install - well, I can tell you that the sprinkler system was NOT installed. As for the seed, I don't see any seed - all I see is tons of mud, some straw, and a big mess. Grant it, the storm we had is not the installers for the lack of communication and lawn upgrade and sprinkler system install - that's another story.

As my grandmother would say "Oy Vey!"

Monday, June 21, 2010

12 weeks

We've just about hit the 12 week mark. Had their service crew come out and adjust a few more doors that were sticking. Also, our shower door needed service. There is a crack in our walkway leading to the front door. It's not very noticeable but we've got it documented and they will watch it and replace it. I'm still waiting on an update for our lawn installation - but we're not the only one's. Our neighbor hasn't had her's put in and there's others in the neighborhood without it too. And, I'm still waiting for our front door to be painted the correct color. There's no good reason for it to have taken this long - lucky for us the color on our door now is very similar to what it's supposed to be.

Did I mention that the matching wall vanities were put up in the 2 upstairs bathrooms and the base cabinets were installed in our master bath? So much more of a finished look now. We have a great handyman who does this stuff for us at a very reasonable cost.

If you are lucky enough to move into a development with a pool - and love to be outdoors and in the water as much as we do, I hope you get to experience the type of amenities we have at our pool. They actually have a snack bar with plenty of food choices and just about any drink choice - including adult beverages - you could ask for! It's so awesome!! They even let you set up an account with your credit card and you can charge it each time you're there instead of remembering to bring money or your wallet. You can bring any sort of pool floats and rafts there. We've got 2 water slides that are big enough for adults. Our daughter can go down them with her arm floats on. We probably spend 95% of our time at that end of the pool because of it! About once a month they have a DJ with a pool party and games for the kids too.

They are still building like crazy in our development. We've met a few people at work or other social events that either know someone in our development or are building here themselves. We talked to some other residents who have been here 2 - 3 years and they have great things to say about their house and Ryan Homes service when needing issues addressed. One person built with Premier in the city we moved from and he had horrible comments about his experience with them.

I'll be attending our 1st community association meeting this week and am interested to hear about possible expansions and other plans for our development.

Until my next post - I hope you've found all of this helpful in your journey to home building!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Website for current Ryan Homes homeowners

If you are a Ryan Homes homeowner it looks like they have a new website for you.

Ryan Homes - Customer Care

And...I'm still waiting for some type of progress on our lawn. Nothing can be done because of the rain we keep getting. At this point I wonder if we should wait until the Fall.

Friday, June 4, 2010


Ugh - the weather has not been kind to us. I don't know when our lawn will get put in. On more positive note we had the person who will be designing our landscaping here this week. I'm excited to see how our vision turns out when all is said and done. You can have your landscaping beds put in before or after your lawn is installed. At this point I don't know what will happen first.

I never mentioned this - because I thought it might be too go to be true and I didn't want them to be taken away (LOL!), but one of our bathroom faucets got the upgraded faucet and we got an upgraded flush mount dome light that was supposed to be just one of the plain versions. Those were both nice little surprises the day we moved in! Only 2 bathrooms were supposed to get the more expensive faucet. Maybe you will be left with a couple of nice surprises too when you get into your home!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Today's my 45 day touch-up

We had our 45 day touch up. Not alot to be done. Adjust some doors that stick with the humidity, move a towel bar (lol!), adjust our shower door, fill in some nail holes they missed around a door frame...really not much more than that. I did have all of our painting requests due to nail pops listed but they don't do that until the 10 month mark. I didn't realize that. They said more than likely we'll get more nail pops. It's ok with me to wait. That puts us to February.

We had more dirt delivered by Ryan Homes and more back-filling is going on. We should have our lawn and sprinkler system put in at the end of next week - depending on the weather.

We checked out our pool and clubhouse area today - it looks AWESOME!! It opens tomorrow for the season. Our neighborhood has a big party going on tomorrow too - big enough that 2 port-o-potties are put into an empty lot for everyone to use rather than going into other people's houses or having to go back home. It's going to be a GREAT weekend around here and hopefully the 1st of many fun times this Summer!!

And when you move to YOUR new house, watch for all the "welcome to the neighborhood" offers from local business. There's lots of free stuff in those mailer, like coupons for free food, hair services, % off at stores, etc. It's a neat little perk that comes with moving!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

What about you?

I've had some readers email me off board asking me to ask in my blog about the people who are following it. I'd love to hear from YOU!

#1 Where are you building your Ryan home?
#2 What style are you building?
#3 What have you learned from your building experience with Ryan?
#4 What have you found most informative from this blog?

Monday, May 17, 2010

Pictures and a word about towel bars and empty spaces

I don't think I mentioned this, but if I had to do it all over again, I would tell the crew where the towel bars in the bathroom should be mounted - if even mounted at all.

All of the towel bars are 24", and they are all mounted above the toilets. If you are doing this in a bathroom with a shower, you don't want this towel bar above the toilet. There's not enough clearance for a standard bath towel to hang down without having 1/2 of it laying on top of the toilet tank. (see pic)

For the bathrooms without a shower, a 24" towel bar is too long (see pic), and also an inconvenience to have above the toilet. I prefer it on the wall next to the sink. My 4yr. old can't reach the towel when she's done washing her hands without pulling the whole towel off the bar.

We bought a small round hand towel holder for in our master bath.

**Also, by putting the towel bar above the toilet, you eliminate the space normally reserved for a wall cabinet. We went back to our friends at Alside to order matching (Timberlake oak Natural Finish) medicine cabinets for both of our full baths. We'll be removing the towel bar from it's current spot in the guest full bath that's above the toilet so we can mount the cabinet. We'll move that towel bar to the wall across from the toilet and then put a small round towel bar next to the sink like in the master bath.

We also ordered base cabinets for in our master bathroom. See the big, ugly, empty space below - it's 30" wide!

Next on my agenda was to install cabinets above the refrigerator. There's a HUGE space, 30"w x 24"d that is bare (this is a picture of the model - I didn't have one of our house). At the model, you can see they decided to decorate on top of the refrigerator, that's not quite my style. I'm all about function, purpose, and practicality. I want more storage!

Here's a picture of how ours now looks - with the exception of the missing door, it arrived damaged and we'll be getting a new one this week.

And here's something fun - cabinet knobs and pulls! I always find the coolest stuff at the best prices on eBay. I got 30 of these fleur di lis pulls for under $40 TOTAL!! I had the coolest pulls at our old house too, which was a eBay find. We're decorating the kitchen/morning room area in a Tuscan theme and we thought these fit that theme perfectly!


And lastly, here's our doggie doo-doo patch of grass!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Got a dog? Try sod!

Here's a cool tip! We spent about $50 for a nice sized square area of sod going out of our patio doors. This will keep our dog from getting muddy paws and will give us a nice small contained area for doing his business. And, it's already worked for us!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Move-in Tip

Here's a tip I almost forgot to share: get a cleaning person to clean your house shortly after you move in. We hired someone for a monthly cleaning of our home. Her first day was 2 weeks after move-in. The timing was perfect and she really did a great job cleaning up after the dust and dirt of move in happens and there's still so much construction dust on the fans and such when you first get in too. She came back for her 2nd month this week and there's still plenty of dust around here because our lawn isn't in yet. It's well worth it to get this done! I LOVE coming home after she's been here.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

It's not a mistake

Boo hoo - it's not a mistake. There only 1 wall outlet in the garage. It's my understanding that I have version 3 of the Florence. Maybe some of you out there have a later version which might include cabinets above the refrigerator and some other features that weren't standard in our home? It's nice to know that Ryan does make improvements to their building plans as the year goes along. I was the recipient of some of the perks in the early stages of my building too.

If you're in the market for garage organization products, you've got to check out Rubbermaid's new Fast Track system Rubbermaid Fast Track.We put this on one side of our garage and the Closetmaid wire shelves on the other. One of these days we'll get this house organized - SO much to do!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Only 1 outlet?!?!

The garage only has 1 outlet? Really, only 1 lonely outlet. We're currently having our garage interior finished and painted. The guy who's doing it pointed this out. I couldn't believe it! There's plenty of outlets in the house, but only 1 in the garage is really skimpy. I'm going to ask if this is standard - I guess there's a small possibility this is a mistake, but it's probably not likely.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Driveway and sidewalk part 2 & making new friends

The driveway and sidewalk were cut out yesterday and are being poured as I type this. Since yesterday we've been unable to park in our driveway. This will last for the next 10 days or so. If you're getting a sprinkler system you can ask your project manager and the concrete guys to lay the piping under neath your driveway and sidewalk so the sprinkler installer will have an easier time fishing their equipment under everything. We're having that done too.

The next step will be getting our lawn put in and sprinklers.

We've begun to meet more neighbors and have been invited to the 2nd annual corn-hole tournament that neighborhood has over Memorial Day weekend. Periodically a flyer shows up in our mailbox telling us of these events. There's even a directory that one of our neighbors has put together listing everyone who lives here, their email address, if the family has kids and their ages, etc. We are so lucky to have found such a great community!!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Driveway and sidewalk

Just got a call from my project manager - our driveway and sidewalk should be cut and poured early this week. I can't wait for this!! One more step closer to getting our lawn now too! We're going to get a sprinkler system installed. We want our grass to come in quick - and right. We do not have the time or the patience to water it as much as needed right now. I feel this is a good investment into our home. It seems the landscaper that Ryan uses might be the best priced company for this job. I asked for a referral about the time we moved in and they directed us to the company they already use. We'll see how this all shakes out.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Now this is funny....

I asked for my front door to be repainted - it already showed signs of wear and uneven painting. My front door faces the west and is getting lots of sunlight on it - thus showing the signs of wear and faults. I came home today, opened my front door - and now it's BLUE - and is WAS Green. And the knucklehead painter must have been color blind because clearly with the first brush stroke you'd see the obvious difference in color. I can only think that some type of change order was put through in error or something. I'm laughing - really I am. It's just too funny! I promptly placed a call to the service center.

3 week update

Here's a quick update - the electrical issue persisted downstairs. Once I hooked up my surround sound system I began tripping the fuse. Called the builder and they sent the electrician out same day. The electrician changed the fuse and we haven't had an issue since. My project manager did say that since Ryan Homes changed over to some sort of new ground fault fuses that this sort of problem has become more and more common. It's a safety measure but I guess it comes with some annoyances to. Hopefully we won't have any more issues. Our yard was worked on yesterday with more leveling and back-filling. They're getting ready to install the lawns around here. I'm hoping our driveway will get installed soon too. I've noticed little things that I will point out at our 45 day inspection that will require some touch-ups and minor fixes. Nothing major - mostly painting issues.

I am a little disappointed with the tape/mud job they did in our garage. It's extremely low grade and not suitable for painting without going over it again with more mudding. I did talk to my project manager about it and he said this is their standard way of doing garages. This will be a project for us some time this Summer I think. We'd like the garage to look finished and be painted - not a stucco finish.

We were able to find a distributor to the public for the kitchen cabinets. I've ordered an additional set to be installed over our refrigerator. The area above the refrigerator is open and very large - 39hx29w. It looks awkward and like the cabinets are missing. They are also able to get you all of the accessories options that the cabinets can have.

That's all for now!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

It's starting to feel more like our Home

We had the unattractive wooden safety gate removed from the outside of our patio doors and got temporary wooden steps installed. I also had a storm/screen door installed on our front door. I'll post pictures later.

*Here's another tip: prior to your move, stock up on Lowe's and Home Depot discount coupons. You can find these at your local post office within the change of address booklets and on eBay. Both stores take their competitor's coupons. I have used many Lowe's 10% off coupons at Home Depot since our move. It has saved me hundreds of dollars. Undoubtedly you will be going to those stores for many weeks after your move. We used it towards the storm door, our closet systems and the materials for the patio steps.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Update on electrical issue

We had our vacuum/fuse trip issue looked at today. It's being blamed on the fact that we have a stand up freezer and full size refrigerator plugged into the same outlet downstairs in the laundry room, and a mini fridge in our garage and the garage door opener - which is running all on the same circuit. I wasn't home when the guy came over. I'm exhausted today and haven't tested my vacuums on all of the levels to make sure this fixes the issue. If it's not solved then we'll just have them come out again.

And if you've ever built a home or in the process of doing it - and have a dog - you'll appreciate this. It SUCKS taking your dog out when it's raining. My shoes are caked in 10 lbs. of mud/gravel from this morning. Oh how I long for grass...


Ok - this is our house "as-is". Lived in, not perfect, and not fully decorated. Our morning room table set is being delivered next week, our living room sectional is also coming next week.

Hallway upstairs to Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom

Soaking tub in MB

walk-in MB closet (smaller because of 4th bedroom upgrade)

Morning Room/Kitchen

Unfinished part of basement with laundry room option

unfinished basement area (under morning room)

Living Room/fireplace (nice furniture, I know)

46" Samsung LED

Dining Room (and our dog!)

Family Room (basement) view from stairs & 58" Samsung plasma!

End of basement towards front of house. To the left is the optional closet and to the right is small closet to hide water meter, etc.

Optional 4th bedroom (instead of loft). This is the largest bedroom after the MB.

kiddo's playroom