Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Electrical and Plumbing

It's been a while since our last post. There has been a ton of progress and the house is looking great. We cannot wait to get on the front porch and hang out. Our neighbors are more excited about the porch than we are! Here is what has gone on...
  • The siding is almost complete
  • Roofing will happen this week
  • They have roughed in all the plumbing
  • The electrical is roughed in
  • The A/C system is in
  • All the windows are in
  • The Tyvek and home shield is done
Now we're working to make sure the plugs are in the right place and that all the little details are right. The craziest thing is trying to figure out where everything should be and it can drive you nuts! We're really excited.

The front of the house from the East

View from the office

View from the backyard

The living room ceiling

Hadlea's room from the front

Side of the house

Friday, May 9, 2008

We Have a House!

Man this is cool but we have a house. A lot has happened since last we posted but all the windows are up and they should finish the rough in for the A/C duct work this week. They start plumbing and electrical next week. Holy cow! We've learned a number of things in the past week, not all bad!
  • Our loan misfortunes continue. While not horrible we found out that the Fed cutting the rate is not always good. Mortgage companies loan with bonds, bonds go up when the interest rate goes down this much. Thus, we are currently paying a bit higher rate than anticipated
  • Making changes after the fact is bad news. Check every detail. Nothing major but when you see a new house you think of all the things you forgot to discuss, everything, right there in front of you. Ugh.
  • The Government Stimulus Package has a provision for increasing the amounts of conventional loans so less people have to take out a second loan for purchases over $400K. The bummer for us is that it doesn't apply in Harris County! I'm calling my congressmen.
  • The back of my house is killer! Can't wait to see what the front looks like with the porch on it.
I'm pumped about our windows in the back. I'll add pictures later, for some reason it won't let me post them.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Decisions, decisions, decisions

I haven't posted in awhile but things are going really well. We have just been super busy with the end of the school year and choosing all of the things that need to be chosen like tile, shingles, shakes, siding, paint colors, cabinet knobs and drawer pulls, and on and on and on. It seems like everyday another decision has to be made. It's fun but also nerve wracking at the same time considering once I pick it I probably won't ever change it (kind of like the old HORRIBLE 70's tile I had in 2 rooms of the old house - which was the first thing I was going to change when we bought it 10 years ago and we NEVER did!