Our house build is officially underway and we couldn't be more excited!
Wanted a before picture, pulled into the neighborhood and our lot was already cleared, haha!
So, after a few weeks of discussions and negotiations with the builders, we officially signed our contract on January 23rd! I'd love to say that it was a huge, momentous occasion (and I guess it still was), but we actually signed electronically (sitting on our mattress on the living room floor) as it was a cold, nasty morning in Georgia where it had "snowed" the night before so we all decided we didn't want to leave the warmth of our homes.
So what happens until the house is done? Well, we sold our living room furniture, moved everything else into storage, and moved in with my parents the same weekend we signed the contract! With our lease ending, they offered to let us move in until the house was done to prevent having to sign a new lease. Obviously not the most ideal situation, especially for newlyweds, but my parents are great and on the plus side, we're able to save up a lot of money over the next few months. They're only requirement? We go on a date once a week, just the two of us. That's definitely a rule we can get behind ;)
Thanks for the memories, B8. Zach proposed to me here on Christmas morning 2014, so it's definitely a little bittersweet. And I'm realizing now that all of our big life decisions have been made in the living room.
Last Friday we had a 3.5 hour meeting to pick out paint, floors, counters, cabinets, lights, drawer pulls, door knobs, the roof (we weren't prepared for this one!)...literally everything down to the door hinges. We had an idea of everything we wanted, but once it's all in front of you, it's definitely a little overwhelming. And we've already changed our minds on the interior paint colors we want, ha! I've been told I have to stop watching Fixer Upper now that everything is decided so that I don't change my mind a million times between now and the house being finished. But nothing can keep me from Chip and Joanna! Plus, I still need to decide how to decorate the whole house, right?! Right.
We were told to look at a July complete date, at the earliest. With all of the rain we've had recently, their framers are really behind, so while our lot is cleared and leveled and ready for the foundation, they have to get caught up on all the other projects they have going. Of course, that July finish date all depends on how the weather cooperates over the next few months. Meanwhile, our Phoenix is loving every minute of living with my parents. He has a lot more freedom and another cat and dog to
play with chase and lock out of "his" room. Seriously, he won't leave my mom's cat alone and he eats all her food. And going from a 2-bedroom apartment to a 5-bedroom house means he has a lot to explore destroy. And most nights, we'll bring him to our room to give the rest of the animals a break lol, and he will crash hard and fast because I really don't think he sleeps at all during the day anymore.
Also loving being allowed on the bed...which was never allowed before.
We are so excited and can't wait for our house to be done! I'm going to try to update as the house building progresses, more for myself than anything else. It'll be fun to look back on years down the road. So if anyone has any tips or advice, I'm all ears! And of course, everyone is invited to the house warming party we're already planning ;)