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Progress – Foundation Poured

20 Apr

Each stage of the house is increasingly more exciting than the last for us.

So, as of April 9th, the most exciting part so far was seeing the foundation poured.

The foundation is one of the most important parts of the house.  It can make or break it.  Without a strong foundation the walls could crumble down at any moment.  However, the most exciting part is that the foundation is done and the framing can begin!  That is when we will really see the rooms that we’ve stared at on paper for so long come to life.  We are so ready for that.

Until then, you will have to settle for an up close and personal shot of the foundation.

We never thought that we’d be so excited over a slab of concrete!

Just for fun, I thought I’d show you what I’ve been working on recently…

This is my inspiration board for our Living Room.  I love the light/bright colors.  It is so fun and airy.  In case you are wondering, our couch will ‘float’ in the room and behind it is the kitchen so that is why I don’t have anything hanging over the couch, but I’m thinking that color gray will be perfect for the living/kitchen area.  (Side Note:  If you haven’t checked out Polyvore, it’s pretty awesome!  Such a great way to see how everything will look together before you spend tons of money…also good for showing the Hubs!)  Sadly, the only thing we own in the picture right now is the couch, so it will be a long process to actually make it look like the picture.  Plus, I’m thinking Hubs might need some persuading, but I’ve got several months…right?!

Here’s to wishing and hoping and, of course, daydreaming!

Progress – Foundation

17 Apr

I have no idea what happened, but I wrote and published a whole post on Wednesday and today it completely disappeared!  Oh, the frustrations of starting a new blog!  Here is my best attempt to recreate it…

Every time we go visit the house and see the progress that has been made, we can’t help but get excited as we see it all come to life.

On March 31st, it was no different.

Our ‘house’ was no longer just a concrete outline on the lot.  They had laid cinder blocks on the footers and poured gravel as a base for the foundation to eventually be poured.

The picture below is taken from the back corner of our house where our bedroom will be.

The one thing that no one told us is how SMALL it would look at this stage!  I’m talking ‘how-in-the-heck-are-all-the-rooms-going-to-fit-on-this-tiny-square’ small.  Seriously, like ‘there-is-no-way-that-they-are-going-by-the-same-plans-that-we-have’ small!  It was crazy.  I think we were both a little nervous.  So much so in fact, that we came back the next day to measure everything according to our plans.

Hubs was especially nervous.  Here he is checking things out.

We still weren’t completely convinced even after we measured, but we recently spoke with Susan, the woman who drew up the plans, and she said that it happens every time.  Even after doing this several years, she said that she has to remind herself that it always looks much smaller at this stage and everything will fit when they start framing.  That was a huge comfort to us.  I don’t know what it is, but if you are ever building a house please don’t freak out at this stage like we did…It’s a little embarrassing looking back on it!  Just know that it will work.  Even if you think your house will end up looking like a clown car with all the rooms stuffed in there any which way…it will be fine.  It’s the strangest thing…really.

Anyways, we went back for a visit on April 5th before we left town for Easter.

We had hoped for more progress this week, but the plumbing was laid in further preparation to pour the foundation.  We were OK with this because every step is a step closer to pouring the foundation, which is a step closer to framing, which is a step closer to putting in all the fun details!  I’m getting giddy just thinking about it.  We were still really excited and even though it was raining I even took hubs on a ‘tour’ of our new home as if it were finished.  We just got to imagine that it was. 🙂

Here is a closer picture so you can see everything that is going on.

The two on the left are for the master bathroom (sink and shower).  The two in the back are for the laundry room.  The one in the front on the right is for the sink that is going on our kitchen island.  And finally, it took us over a week to figure out what the one in the middle was for.  We were hoping that our builder was going to surprise us with one of those faucets that goes over the stove.  That would have been sweet!  Unfortunately, we realized that it is for the plumbing in the upstairs bathroom…DUH!  Can you tell this is the first time we are building a house??

So now that you are well-acquainted with the pluming in our house…maybe I over-shared a bit!  We are getting closer and closer to being caught up to the present.  Things are about to start moving very quickly!

Progress – Groundwork

16 Apr

An update on the progress of our house is long overdue, so get ready for a crash course.

The long story started over a year ago when we first drove through Waterhaven and eventually met Brent Mercer.  We liked a lot about the neighborhood and Brent’s houses.  We ended up looking at several other neighborhoods and talking with many other builders.  We also considered buying an older home or even fixing up a foreclosure.  However, for many reasons we kept coming back to Waterhaven and Brent.

After searching and searching we finally decided that in Chattanooga’s market, building would be the best thing for us to do to get the most for our money and everything we really wanted.  We found a house plan that we loved on coolhouseplans.com and decided to see if Brent could build it for us.  Long story short, we chose a lot and had to redesign the plans so they would work on the lot we chose.  We met with Susan who worked her magic and designed a house we liked even better than the original.  We have stared and stared at the plans and get even more excited to see the finished product each time.

Once we had the contract finalized, we signed and put our deposit down on April 24th.

Here is a picture of our lot that we took on March 3rd before any construction had begun.

Before any construction could be started the plans had to be presented to the HOA ARC to be approved.  They met on March 7th and by March 9th the ground had been broken…

Finally, the real work began…March 23rd looked like this:

Footers were poured, which basically outlined the foundation of our house.  The little square on the front section of the picture below is our front porch.  It began to feel a little more ‘real’!

We were so excited to see the first step in our dream home come to life.  Of course, we still have a long way to go, but this was the first major thing that had been done on our lot and it started to feel a little more like home.

Please disregard the dirtiness of my hair in the picture above, I promise I’m not always that dirty.  Check back tomorrow for the next 2 weeks worth of progress.