Categories: Home Sweet Home | Posted: October 7, 2015
In the last episode of Home “Sweet” Home, Eric and Jordan’s new home in Chesapeake, VA was progressing nicely, and reaching the stages in the building process where architectural elements and design choices were tying together to create the home of their dreams. It’s an exciting time for new home buyers when the siding and roofing are added to the slab and framing; the hours and hours of agonizing over selection choices really start to pay off!
It’s the details that make the difference.
We wanted all of the trim that was in the model because it really added another dimension to the home to have these details. We were stopping by the house one afternoon after work to check on progress and the trim carpenters were still working inside the house. We introduced ourselves and the carpenter offered to escort us through the house so we could see all the trim work. Seeing the trim on the walls just took the home to a whole new level! It was gorgeous! As we walked around the carpenter talked with us about the different trim options we got and how he customized them for us. In the bedroom he make the top shelf stick out more than in the model because it provides a great place for picture frames and nik naks and how he added more panels in the upstairs bedroom because it shows the trim better. It was awesome to see and hear his love for his craft and how he applied it to our new home!
More details, getting closer!
The concrete was being poured over the weekend so we were able to see your driveway and porches taking place. The contractors pouring the concrete were very nice and talked to us about how we could incorporate the concrete into a porch on the back of the house. We opted to not do the 10×12 pad on the back of the house because we knew we wanted to build a porch on the back of the house. Tara told us about how another homebuyer chose to not do the pad and instead use the concrete to extend the walkway down the side of the house past the garage to the back of the house. We talked with the guys that day and mentioned that we really wanted to come back later that afternoon to write our names somewhere in the concrete. He told us “Come back in an hour and I will have a surprise for you.” When we returned he showed us that he wrote our names in the concrete by the front of the house. It was so cool and really made the homebuilding process personal for us.
We have cabinetry!
Again this was such a cool time period during our homebuilding process, you get to see those decisions you make during the first two week process come to life! I am pretty sure that Eric and I stood in the kitchen and just imagined how our mornings would be so awesome in this house.
Is this really our home?!
So I am not sure if we covered this earlier in the journal but the master bathroom is my husband’s “baby” in other words, it is his master decorating project. I am positive it took many hours in the model with Tara playing mediator and helping to blend our styles together. Eric wanted a dark “Vegas shower” and I wanted to keep it light and open feeling. I had serious heartburn over how this would look in real life as compared to the samples we played with. I will say when we walked upstairs and saw our bathroom for the first time we were blown away! It is exactly what we wanted and the tile work was so intricate and clean. I look forward to walking into this bathroom every day and getting ready for work. I was so excited I even kicked off my shoes and went walking across the tile just to imagine it!
It is the small things that really make a difference!
As you can see from previous pictures of the front of our home the stone really adds a big impact to the entrance. With the color scheme we chose the front door is a burnt orange color. I did not mind it because I thought it added a pop of color but Eric on the other and was not on the same page. Every time we drove by the house his eye was directed to the front door and not in a good way. So we were casually talking with Tara and we were talking about how we were probably going to repaint the front door after closing. About a week later we got a text from Tara asking us to choose a new front door color. She had talked to the builder’s and they agreed to paint it a different color to ensure we would love the home. It really meant a lot to know that they cared as much about home much we love the house as we do!
The Sweets are closing in on home ownership! Keep an eye out for the next installment of the Home “Sweet” Home Journal and see what they have to say about the Orientation Conference, closing process, and moving in!