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Oct, 13

Temporarily Without Internet

I have so much to share on the last and final week of the building process, but we won’t be able to get internet, cable or phone until Oct. 30th.  That was the soonest that Comcast could get us in.  So, I will be sharing the {Life Lately} Week 25 post next week when I can upload my photos to the blog.  Until then, I’ll be busy unpacking and trying to get settled.  I can’t wait to get my studio space in working condition.  Especially since my mom and I have a craft show coming up in about two weeks!  After I get the kitchen and our closet situated, I’ll focus on my studio so that I can get in there and work, work, work.  I have so many fun DIY projects and posts to share once most things are in order.  Have a great week and I’ll see you on Instagram, Twitter, FB and Pinterest (through my iPhone – since I’ll have no internet) until then!

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Oct, 13

{Life Lately} Week 24

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This week Ron was in Pagosa Springs, so I took my family to see the final touches on the house before we close on Friday.  Friday night I took my mom and one of my brothers to see the inside.  Then on Sunday I took my dad and my youngest brother to see the outside (as it was locked).  It was so helpful to have my family look at it and find little things that I had over-looked.  There were a few windows and things that needed to be sealed better.  Our representative assured us that these things will be taken care of by closing.  They also plan to have our landscaping in, too.  I wasn’t able to go inside this Sunday, because they had it all locked up, but that allowed my dad to focus on the exterior details.  He’s a painter by trade, so he knows what to look for.  I’m so blessed to have such a supportive family.  Anyhoo, here are a few photos from week 24.

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Our baby tree in the front yard is in.

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Our AC unit is in and they still need to fix that window well… looks like someone ran over it with the Bob Cat.  Eep!

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My dad pointing out a few things.

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This Saturday we have so many of our family and friends that will be helping us move our things from my parents’ and from both of our storage units (which are of course at separate locations – sheesh).  Then, this Sunday will mark week 25 (the final week of this adventure) and we will officially be moved in to our new home!

 

 

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Oct, 13

{Life Lately} Week 23

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Week 23 has brought us the most change in the shortest amount of time.  The crew is really wrapping things up, and quickly!  Monday, Ron and I met with our amazing contractor and he did the final walk-through of the house with our Realtor and us.  He explained how everything worked, from the furnace to the care of the granite countertops.  We also went through each room with red, green and blue dots to mark what needed to be touched up by the carpenters, drywallers and painters.  This step really made me very appreciative of the time and care that the contractor and his crew put into our new home.  It showed that they wanted to make it perfect for the day that we move in.

What day is that you ask?!  We close on Friday October 18th at 11am (squeal)!!!  We’re beyond excited to finally see everything in its place.  After all is said and done, this whole process will take 25 weeks to complete.  That’s a long time, but well worth the wait.  I really want to thank my parents for being so supportive in this process.  My dad opened up his home to us and our three fur babies for 25 weeks!  I don’t know how he could stand having us that long, but he made us feel welcome the whole time.  My mom was so kind to let us store a lot of our stuff in her garage and on the side of her house.  I’m sure it was in the way, but she never complained!  This process would have been very unpleasant without the both of them there to support us.  Thank you beyond words!

Below are some photos that I snapped during our final walk-through.  Enjoy!

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Moving day is coming!  I’ll be taking more photos this coming Sunday.  We hope to see the landscaping put in this week and that might be the only other change that we really see.  P.S. I love how the new iPhone 5s takes better photos when the camera is switched to face you, however this photo of me could have been fuzzier and I wouldn’t have minded… hahaha

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Sep, 13

{Life Lately} Week 22

All I can say is WOW!  Week 21 has been good to us.  The flooring and cabinets are all in, so next Sunday we expect to see the sinks, toilets and counters.  We also hope to see the driveway and front + back landscaping.  October 7th is our Final Walk-Through with the home builder, Lead Contractor and our wonderful Realtor.  This is where we make sure that everything that we’ve asked for is there.  And if not, they’ll have a week to make changes.  This is also the day that they’ll show us how to work everything in our new home!  I’m so incredibly excited to start this new adventure with Ron.  We Close on the house on October 18th!

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We’ve made it a tradition to sign the floors in every home that we’ve owned… this marks number two… heeheehee.

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Sep, 13

{Life Lately} Week 21

We were happy to see that the walls textured and painted this week!  Holy smokes, some of the base-boards and window sills were in, too.  Oh, and they started in the deck in the back.  We expect the landscaping and driveway to be in soon, along with the finishing touches.

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Oh, and the rails are in, too!!!

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Guess what are in these boxes?!  Our kitchen and bathroom cabinets!!!

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Sep, 13

{Life Lately} Week 20

Week 20 came during the big Colorado Flood, and boy were we scared of what we would find when we drove up.  Luckily, there was minimal damage and the home builder is taking care of it.  When we walked in the front door, we were hit with a warm flow of heat coming from the front vent.  Was the heater on?  Yup!  Since it was so incredibly rainy, they put the heater on to help the mudding on the drywall dry.  The house is officially drywalled, taped and mudded.  It’s really starting to come together and we couldn’t be happier.  It’s starting to take shape and feel like home.
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Sep, 13

{Life Lately} Week 19

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We got some good news and some not-so-good news last weekend.  The not-so-good news is that we found out why we haven’t been seeing progress on the house.  Apparently the home builder and the stucco company went separate ways.  I’m not sure on the details, and I really don’t want to know.  All I want is for our house to be finished with quality craftsmanship.  I like to look at this as a positive thing.  Hopefully the new company will come in and do a better job than what we would have had.  The biggest downside to this is that it set us back 2 1/2 weeks!  So our Closing date is no longer September 27th, it will be sometime in mid October.  Probably October 18th.

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The good news is that we have some progress to share!  When we drove up we saw that the first layer of stucco was on the front of the house and the rest of the house was painted.  We were also thrilled to see the garage doors were installed.

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Inside, the insulation has been put in, along with some of the drywall.  We hope to see all of the drywall completed by this coming Sunday, along with the cabinets and possibly flooring, too.

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Sep, 13

{Life Lately} Week 18

We’ve come to week 18 and things have slowed down even more than before.  We were told that things would be moving faster, not slower.  We’re looking for answers because something seems off.  Here are a few photos that we snapped, but nothing has really changed since last week.

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Sep, 13

{Life Lately} Weeks 16 + 17

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Week 16 didn’t bring much change at all.  I heard that they’re still doing some inspections and that’s slowing down the dry-walling.  So, since we ran out of tape last week, we decided to finish videotaping the electrical and plumbing for future reference.

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Then, week 17 didn’t bring anything other that the packaged insulation.  We hope that this means things will start rolling again.  These are terrible photos, but we snuck over in the night like bandits and these are the photos I got.

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Aug, 13

{Life Lately} Week 15

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Usually we go visit the house on Sunday’s, but this last Sunday, we were on vacation in Turks + Caicos to celebrate our 5 year wedding anni.  That’s right, 5 years!  It worked out nicely though, because the home-builders’ reps and contractor wanted to meet with us on Wednesday for the Electrical Walk-through.  It’s so important that we did this walk-through because they were able to show us where all of the wires and cables run to and from outlets, switches, light fixtures and tech ports.  We were encouraged to bring a camera and a video camera to film where both the wire and studs are for future reference, too, because you never know when you’ll need that info.  We also had a lot of our questions answered and made sure that a few things were being corrected on the order.  Things are really starting to come together and we were told that dry wall will be up by next week!  Things are rolling and we were finally given a Closing-Date of September 27th!!!  A month and a half more and then it’s officially ours.  I can’t believe it.  Oh, and the front porch rails are in!  Now we need to find a swing.

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That silver material that you see there looks like metal, but it’s actually foam.  They explained that it helps the air circulate better once the insulation is put in.  It leaves a gap between the roof and the insulation.  We also learned that newer homes are better insulated all the way around, so we’ll be even more energy-efficient than we had thought.  Bonus!

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We also learned that the pink, or sometimes orange foam, is used for both an insulator and a fire resistant barrier.  It’s found along the walls, outlets, switches and pipes.  I can’t tell you how nice and informative it was to have everything that we’ve been seeing explained to us.  We feel like we actually know what happening and why.

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So, from what we understand, the drywall will be up soon, the extra windows will be put in and things will start to move a lot quicker.  From this point forward, we may not be able to go in every Sunday, so we will have to get the “okay” from the home-builder to ensure that’s it’s safe to enter the premises.  I’ll keep posting as things progress, though.  The Closing-Date is only and month and a half away, so we’re almost done!