Monday, March 06, 2017

AWAITING OUR FIRM CLOSING... (ALMOST) 4 MONTHS TO GO

Well! I have nothing exciting to report, other than, it's officially one month until we get confirmation if our home is firm or not.. Woo! If we aren't notified by April 4 of a delay, then our closing is considered FIRM and we are good to put our current house on the market! If we do, however, get notified of a delay, we will have to wait about a month to find out if we will be delayed again. So here's hoping to us being on time! This has been a quick (but also LONG) two years. I'm so looking forward to selling our house so we don't have to worry about owning two houses anymore! The market is crazy hot right now, but you never know what could happen...

Really nothing has happened since my last post, but since we visited the home yesterday, here's a pic of the house in more sunny weather (at least it's not snow covered).


Countdown: 4 months, 7 days (129 days)

Goodbye for now!


Monday, February 20, 2017

THE BEGINNINGS OF FRAMING! 5 MONTHS TO GO

I have just a quick post today as there isn't much to update. I drove by the site the other day and it looks like they will be starting the framing of our house shortly. I see some wood around the stairs, however I think it's only there to pour concrete for the stairs. Hoping they start the bricks on the houses around ours soon, so they can start our framing! I predict our framing will be started in March and done by the end of April. I absolutely cannot wait for our "Framewalk" where we'll actually get to see the "bones" of our home. I'm also looking forward to putting our current home on the market and hopefully selling fast as I'm quite antsy about owning two homes!



Countdown: 142 days (4 months, 22 days)

Goodbye for now!!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

WE HAVE FOUNDATION - LESS THAN 6 MONTHS TO GO

We drove by our lot a few weeks ago and were pleasantly surprised when we found out our foundation had been poured! There likely won't be any more activity on our lot until March/April since we are the "fire break" house, but it will be interesting to drive by and see progress on the rest of our street. Unfortunately, it sounds like people are starting to get delayed, so we may not actually get to move in July.. but we're crossing our fingers that we'll be able to move in as soon as possible!

Below are a few pics of our foundation.




Countdown: 175 days (5 months and 24 days)


Monday, December 12, 2016

THE DESIGN PLAN - THE POWDER ROOM

I've had a few ideas spinning around for what I want to do with the powder room in our new house for a while now, but haven't had the chance to put all my ideas together yet. A powder room, in my opinion provides a great opportunity to add some drama to your home, but it a "contained" way that is not overwhelming or tacky. I have been toying with the idea of wallpapering our entire powder room with a bold print, but with so many great patterns and designs out there, I've been having a hard time deciding on a wallpaper. That was until tonight!

I just found out I won a contest on Instagram, hosted by a very talented interior designer/ blogger who I started following this year - Paint the World White. I won  2 rolls of wallpaper from a company called Milton and King!! I am so excited, I get to choose anything I like from the "Tastemakers Collection." Lucky for me, this includes wallpapers by my favourite designer, Jillian Harris!! I am leaning towards the black and white spot pattern named after Jillian's son "Leo's spots" - the wallpaper seems whimsy, chic and eclectic, which is sort of the style I'm going for.

If I end up going with this paper, I think I will design the space like this:



What do you think? Which paper would you choose and in what room would you put it?

Goodbye for now!



Saturday, December 10, 2016

WE HAVE FOOTING...I THINK?

I stopped by our lot on the way home today, and I was delighted to see there has been some progress and our house is no longer a pile of mud! The foundation hasn't been poured yet, but it looks like we have "footings." I expect our foundation will be poured in the next few weeks. After this step, I don't expect we will see much progress until April - we are the firebreak house, so they have to finish work on the other houses on our street first.

Anyways, here's a look at what our lot looks like today. Just a "short" 214 days to go!




Countdown214 days (7 months and 2 days)
Goodbye for now!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

CHOOSING DESIGN FINISHES

Now that we have officially chosen our design finishes, we can begin to plan all the smaller details! I'm not planning on buying anything (or at least not *too much*) until after we move, but it's fun to think up how we will design our entire house.

The below images shows all our finishes on one page (and some of the things we hope to switch out asap - such as the builder-installed sinks and faucets).

We went with laminate in the kitchen with the builder, but we hope to upgrade to white quartz after we move in (assuming the budget will allow it)! I would love to get a farmhouse sink and a beautiful faucet when we change out the countertop so I have included those on my plan since it represents my overall vision.

Kitchen:

Ensuite:

Main Bathroom:

Take care!!

Saturday, November 05, 2016

CHOOSING UPGRADES IN A NEWBUILD

The day I had been planning for all summer finally came! We chose our design upgrades for our new home a few weeks ago, and we surprisingly kept within our budget! We spent significantly less time deliberating our choices for our first new-build house. This was because the timeframe in which we got our townhome was was much shorter (so we didn't have time to deliberate), and because we had a much smaller budget (of about $300), so choices were limited. We're hopeful that our second house will be our "forever home," so we decided to put a little more money into it and intend on doing some more custom renovations after we close.

When designing a new-build, not only do you have to decide on specific finishes (i.e., cabinets, tiles, cupboards  etc.), but you also have to decide on what areas you are willing to pay extra money to upgrade (i.e., add fireplace, add hardwood, etc). Builders generally charge waaaay more for upgrades than what you would typically pay to install upgrades yourself after you close. However, by going through a builder, you pay for the convenience of having a "move-in ready" home. Additionally, by upgrading through the builder, you may have the option to add the costs to your mortgage. A few thousand dollars divided over 25 years seems much more affordable than out-of-pocket after close.

When choosing upgrades, the best options, in my opinion, are things that will be harder or more costly to change after you close. We also evaluated our choices based on the price vs. how positive an an impact it would have on the home. Below are the options we went with and our reasoning for how we decided it was worth it to pay extra for them:

First Floor
  • Smooth ceiling on ground floor - $1,000 (will give a cleaner look to the space and we can avoid the mess of a DIY popcorn ceiling removal after close) 
  • Install hardwood flooring in lieu of tiles in entryway and kitchen to match rest of the hardwood home - $1,200 (the space will flow better; rooms will look bigger when they are not broken up by different flooring)
  • "Carrara" style interior doors in lieu of standard doors - $275 (inexpensive upgrade that will make the home look more custom and modern)
  • Square pickets on stairs in lieu of included round pickets - $100 (gives a more modern look to the staircase)
  • Gas fireplace - $3,000 (self explanatory!) 
Kitchen
  • Upgraded kitchen cabinetry and layout - includes fridge gables, extended upper cabinets, under-cabinet valance and pots and pans drawer - $6,000  (easier /more cost-efficient to upgrade now rather than buy and replace cupboards after close)
  • Gas rough in for future gas stove - $600 
  • Delete cabinet above stove for exhaust fan - $100 

Second Floor

  • Rail and picket in lieu of knee wall in upstairs hall - $500 (opens up the space in hallway)
  • Hardwood flooring in hall - $1,100 (hardwood will be easier to keep clean as hallway is a high traffic area)
Ensuite 
  • Double vanity - $1,000
  • Increase vanity height to kitchen counter height - $270 (more custom look)
  • Upgrade cabinet style - $280 (cabinets look more high end) 
  • Install quartz countertop - $1,700 (price of quartz comparable to market value)
  • Upgrade tile grout colour - $70 (expensive for grout, but will better match tile and is much less money than upgrading tiles)
Main Bath
  • Upgrade cabinet style - $60 (wanted a black vanity which wasn't an option in the cheaper line)
  • Install quartz countertop - $1,300 (price of quartz comparable to market value)



Countdown: 249 days (approx. 8 months)

Talk to you later,