Monday, September 30

Ready for some drywall baby!

It's hard to believe but this week, they will install the drywall. I think it is going to really set in then that we are actually building a house (still in denial). I am back from a week on the west coast putting together two incredible events for my job. Now I can focus on more important major decisions like finalizing the tile backsplash and picking the floor stain color. Like I said...mucho important.

As of tomorrow, we have officially been in the apartment for 2 months. The kids are starting to count down the days and weeks until we are back in the house...somewhere around 8 weeks. And I am starting to think about furniture - of which we need a lot. Master bedroom, living room, great room, dining room, and on and on. I anticipate the house will be empty for quite some time given the cost of furniture (btw - those Amish are living the dream...don't let them fool ya) but all in due time.

Next up on the docket is getting our porch plans through the variance process with the county. Apparently putting in a porch requires the same level of approval as building a nuclear power plant. The application is due on Wednesday and then we'll be "granted" a hearing for December with plans to build in late spring. I'll have to just be patient (ha ha!)

Next week...more exciting pictures!

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Friday, September 20


We have siding people! So excited. Makes it look real doesn't it????





Monday, September 16


The last two weeks have been all about the bones of the house. Lots of framing, plumbing, electrical, windows and a lot of demo. In fact there's not a single room in the house that hasn't been touched. It's quite a mess right now and I am resisting my urge to go over there and sweep it up.

We are on track and on time - which is good because the apartment, as lovely as it is, grows smaller by the day. There's a nightly death match between Ava and Bobby over who gets more of the bed they are sharing.

So now on to paint colors. You cannot believe how many shades of grey there are....well more than 50 btw. I am off to the west coast next week for work but will post again in early October. Expect BIG progress by then!!!

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Sunday, September 1

New Pics!

Lots of demo and progress has been done! The framing is almost complete and soon the boring but oh so important things start like HVAC, plumbing, electric and gas. We are finalizing all the details now - not much left to select!! So far it's everything we hoped for and major props to our builder who has been flexible and patient and keeps saying "yes" when I know he really wants to say "no"!!!

Still on track for a November completion. Which is good because we shipped poor Buddy to a farm and I'm not sure he's going to be as happy to be there when it gets freezing cold.

Now we are tackling the porch project which requires a variance from Arlington County. A ridiculous waste of time and tax payer money I might add....but I won't bash them for fear of retribution! Let's just say it takes a mountain of paperwork, a public hearing and about 6 months to get approved to put on a beautiful front porch that will make our neighborhood prettier. Just sayin....

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