Monday, September 29, 2014

The End Is So Close I Can Taste It!

We went by the house again on Saturday. When we got there, there was only one guy painting some exterior trim. We asked if it was okay to go inside and he didn't care, so we did! These guys move sooo fast!
Here's a list of the stuff we got to fully see for the first time (not threw a window)
  • Cabinets
  • Cabinet hardware (most of it)
  • Counters
  • Railings (all stained)
  • Painted walls
  • Trim
  • Tile floors in all the bathrooms
  • Shower doors
  • Doors to all the rooms
  • Fireplace
  • Light fixtures
  • Toilets
  • Sinks
  • Some mirrors
  • Porch
  • Sidewalk
  • Walkway
  • Faceplates installed on a lot of the electric sockets (fan rough-ins, speak rough-ins, etc)

This all happened in a week people! That is insane! So far we are LOVING everything we picked out. I'm obsessed with our cabinets and really like our counters (they're not granite but they look pretty good to me!). We also really like all of our tile selections.

A nice surprise was that we have open railings on the basement stairs too! We definitely thought we were getting a capped wall "railing" so that was awesome!

All in all, we are SO excited about everything! Everything looks amazing and I CANNOT wait to move!! We're so close!!

Here are some pictures!

Center - You can see our porch, walkway, and sidewalk have been poured!


Our BEAUTIFUL cabinets! So happy we went with the white!

Another view of these beauties

Our island sitting in our Great Room. I'm guessing they're waiting to put floors down in the kitchen but it looks funny!

Fireplace - slate - I LOVE the slate and it flows well with our kitchen counters

Morning Room

1st Floor Powder Room - Like the tile we chose!

1st Floor Railings (very happy with the stain) and a light fixture!

Another view of the railings


Secondary Bath - Love the gray tile - So happy we got a double vanity there

Secondary Bath shower - stuck with the basic white. We'll have a shower curtain there anyway!

Master bath - It was dark so it was hard to take a picture

Expresso cabinets

Check out this sexy ass shower! I was worried about the dark tile but I realy like it!

Basement railing! A pleasant surprise!

Basement - painted, trim installed, and recessed lights
Other Updates:

Kitchen Table - I will be building this bad boy with my dad this weekend. All I need to get is some 4x4's (which apparently, no one sells .. Lowes, Home Depot, and Lumber 84 totally let me down). I'll probably have to go down to a nice lumber yard but not thrilled with paying their prices for just some 4x4s .. Oh well .. If any one has any tips on where to get these I would appreciate it!

Ugly Couch - The ugly pink couch has been stripped of the ugly pink fabric and is currently sitting naked in my parent's living room. My mom (who's a nurse and practically lives at the hospital) has had time to sew and cut some of the new fabric. That's all so far so it may not get done until after we move ..

Appliances - We went shopping this past weekend! After a ton of research we ended up getting a Samsung fridge and Samsung washer and dryer from Best Buy. We also got Best Buy's 5 year protection plan on all of them (we both used to work at Best Buy and they have really good protection plans for a really good price). They were having a sale so we got about $1000 off the fridge and about $200 off washer/dryer. Then we saw that Lowes is having a huge sale on appliances so we checked their prices and they were cheaper than what we payed ($323 less) so we went back to Best Buy and had the price adjusted! Good stuff!

Tip: Most retail stores like Best Buy (I'm guessing it's the same for Lowes and Home Depot) will price match! They'll even price match places like Amazon (but it has to be sold BY Amazon and not a private seller or company you've never heard of). You also normally have a certain amount of time after your purchase too! For example, if you buy something at Best Buy, you have 15 days (or 30 days for Silver Card Members) to price match if it goes on sale there or anywhere else. I would check out Lowes prices since they're having that sale right now. If ou see that someone is selling it cheaper now, you just bring your receipt back to your store, and they pull up the prices online on the competitors website and you go from there. It saved us over $300, so I'd check it out!

Fridge - We got this goliath of a fridge. Do we really need this HUGE of a fridge? No, not really, but it was the same price as the smaller one we liked with slightly better reviews. Plus it has two ice makers and ice does not last long in our house! I'm SO excited to have a fridge that will allow my food to last! Our apartment fridge is probably a million years old (I may be exaggerating) and sucks at keeping food fresh. I also can't wait to have a bunch of room so I can actually see what's in there! I can't tell you how many times I find something in the back of the fridge and I'm like "What?? That's still in there?? I was looking for this tupperware container!"
Samsung - 31.6 Cu Ft - RF323TEDBSR

Washer/Dryer - Pretty excited about these babies too! We looked comparable LG's and they had similar reviews. We just got a better deal on the Samsungs. Plus, we got a protection plan on both. I can't tell you how tired I am of putting money on a laundry card to do laundry! Having our own washer and dryer is going to be amazing!
Samsung Washer - 4.5 Cu ft - WA45H7000AW

Samsung Gas Dryer - 7.4 Cu ft - DV45H7000GW
My fabulous dog bowls also finally came in the mail! I feel like I ordered them 5 years ago. but they're finally here and they  look beautiful. They sent me these pictures via email and they're just as beautiful in person! Gotta love hand made stuff and supporting small businesses!

I hope everyone else is as excited about their home as we are!

Up Next:
  • Grading
  • Flooring
  • Deck (will probably be in two weeks)
  • I'm not really sure what else they have to do!


  1. "Fast" is an understatement! Everything looks grand and I know you are super excited! Love the appliances as well! Thanks for the advice on the price matching too. Good to know when that time comes.
    I love the dog bowls! I thought about getting our Diesel some custom bowls but do to trial and error (water getting into the wood floors and possible mold developing), I changed his bowl to the Neater Feeder! Not as cute but boy what a life saver. Happy to see all the great progress!!!

  2. Thanks! We are so excited!

    I've never heard of the Neater Feeder! I'll have to look that one up! We're hoping our puppy Bear will stop tipping his food bowl over all the time but we'll see!

  3. We are getting the same washer and dryer but have not decided on the fridge! I think the house looks awesome and I can't believe how fast its going. I can't wait to see your next update

    1. Thanks! It is going crazy fast! We originally were going to go with an LG fridge but they don't make as much ice as we think we'll need so we opted for the samsung!

  4. Hooray! Everything looks awesome! I love your elevation! And we got the same washer/dryer as you too! We're in the home stretch now! Have you started thinking about paint colors and such?

    1. We are in the home stretch! I have started thinking about paint colors! We're thinking a light gray (Requisite Gray or Collonade Gray by Sherwin Williams) for the downstairs (great room, morning room, hallway, foyer), maybe an accent wall in the morning room (not sure what color). We're doing Sticks and Stones by Sherwin Williams in the basement and maybe the garage. Other than that I am still debating! I may do a dark/bold color in the powder room but I can't decide!

  5. OK! This washer/dryer must be the! I will have to note these for later on down the road!!! :-)

    1. Hahaha I wish we could "Like" comments on here!

  6. Your house looks amazing!! Congrats and I can't wait to see the finished product!

    1. Thanks Colette! We're very excited! Your home is beautiful as well! Love all the projects you've done to de-ryanize everything! Your deck is incredible!

  7. Wow, looks great! I am IN LOVE with the grey tile in the spare bath! And the dark tile in the master looks gorgeous too!

    1. Thanks Chrissie! I love the grey tile too! I wish they had that option for the master bath but they didn't :( I'm okay with the brown though!