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Old 12-16-2011, 09:09 AM   #31
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Love the blueprints of the house!!! Congrats on things moving forward!!!
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Old 12-27-2011, 09:51 PM   #32
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I wonder what it would be like to have enough money to not have to struggle through the negotiation, banking, and approval process? I'm pretty well drained at this point.

Work has been busy and of course the holidays can be tiring. But on the house front, we have been reading contracts for what seems to be a week. Now that we have finalized our price for lot and construction we have to get all the info to the bank. That includes lot purchase agreement, blue prints, material and spec lists, and of course the builder contract. Sounds easy, but it's been really draining reading and understanding all that is included and not included. Which doors are solid, which aren't? Masonite arches, drywall arches, or barreled ceilings? Where is there brick and where is their stone? It goes on and on. But we're near the end. We will be signing all pertinent documents tomorrow and delivering to the bank on Thursday.

We did get some GREAT news though. Our bank has offered us 4.29% on a jumbo loan. Friends of mine in the mortgage business agree that is a great rate. Even the realtor is genuinely impressed. That will offer us a savings of about $400/month on the payment.

So once we get the documents to the bank on Thursday, closing will be 30-45 days out...then shovel to dirt! Thank goodness. It has been over a year since I first brought this idea to my wife. We have done a lot of investigation, learned a lot and I think made some very wise and well thought out decisions. If all goes well, I think we will have a beautiful house in a fantastic neighborhood on possibly the nicest street in the Pittsburgh area.

Thanks for listening. And Happy New Year to all.
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Old 01-18-2012, 02:43 PM   #33
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I feel your pain. We built almost a year ago. And went through the design process twice. We just could not get builders to come close to a number we were comfortable with during this economic slow down. And we did not think we were asking for anything too outrageous.

Ultimately what we ended up doing was picking a model home in a subdivision where the floor plan was adaptable. We ended up with a great house with 4 bedrooms, an office and a craft room. The wine room got the ax. But we did get a great big wine fridge!

You have to be willing to be flexible. It will all work out.

Now - financing from a construction loan to a permanent mortgage. HAH! that was a nightmare.

Congratulations on your beautiful home project!
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:51 PM   #34
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Quick update. Still waiting on closing. Should have a date next week.
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:11 PM   #35
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Hello All,

Well, we closed!!!! What does that mean, well, we closed on the loan from the bank and took ownership of the property. Things will start moving fast now. Trees removed, foundation dug, etc. I think we're over the hump.

I want to share something interesting...the builder gave us a 3-ring binder to keep our stuff organized. In it was a selection timeline. Essentially, who we should work with first. Remember, this is a 100% custom built house. So it's not choose one of 3 fixtures or finishes...choose the one you want out of a never ending selection.

So, here is what's surprising. Who do you think we were instructed to work with first? Brick, stone, plumber? No...appliances! Wow, I would have never guessed. Here is the timeline...
  1. Appliances
  2. Cabinets
  3. Window/Door Exterior Color
  4. Brick
  5. Roof
  6. Tubs and Showers
  7. HVAC
  8. Plumber
  9. Electrical
  10. Security/TV/Phone
  11. Audio
  12. Interior Sound
  13. Paint Colors
  14. Granite
  15. Flooring
  16. Plumbing Fixtures
  17. Lighting
  18. Sprinkler System
  19. Hardwood Floor Stain Color
  20. Staircase Spindle Choice

Well, we have a lot to do. Very exciting. And I'm glad that I might be able to post some photos soon. Thanks again for all of your support. Hope to post soon.
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:07 AM   #36
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Congrats on closing!

We are currently building and are about 70% complete. We are acting as the general contractor and yes, the choices are endless.

Enjoy the process! My Dh, builder and I have enjoyed working together. We are keeping our eye out for more property to potentially build a spec house to sell together.

Looking forward to some groundbreaking pictures soon!
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:57 PM   #37
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Congrats on closing!

We are currently building and are about 70% complete. We are acting as the general contractor and yes, the choices are endless.

Enjoy the process! My Dh, builder and I have enjoyed working together. We are keeping our eye out for more property to potentially build a spec house to sell together.

Looking forward to some groundbreaking pictures soon!
Congrats to you as well. There is no way my wife and I could work together in a business. We did work together for a year or so at a restaurant, and it almost destroyed our relationship. My wife ended up quitting it got so bad.

Anyhow, we are underway with the house. They poured the footer yesterday. DW and I also decided on the appliances. The builder package included $7,500 worth of appliances. After we upgraded, the bill was $21,500 .

That includes:
  • 48" Thermador 6 burner/double oven range with griddle
  • 48" side by side Sub Zero fridge/freezer
  • Thermador dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • 2 garbage disposals
  • Exhaust hood
  • Delivery and Install

So far so good. Still our "dream house". Let's hope it doesn't turn into a nightmare. On to the cabinets.
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:08 PM   #38
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Foundation poured. Basement blocked.

Our meeting with the cabinet company went surprisingly well. DW and I are on the same page when it comes to finish and style. On to choosing brick and stone.

Things are going well. Hope to post pictures soon.
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Old 05-14-2012, 04:07 PM   #39
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Here are some recent photos. Start framing this week.

This is a small builder, only one or two crews. But he is busier that ever. So the speed of our build may not be a fast a a large company. That's OK, because my wife and I are taking our time making every small decision about the house.

Type of doors, heights of doors, transom or not, hinge color, etc.
Window styles, screen color, hardware color, etc.

It has been stressful, but at times fun. Definitely exciting.

Hopefully more interesting photos in the future. Thanks.
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Old 05-29-2012, 12:05 AM   #40
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When I bought my home 40 years ago, the laundry was in the basement. That was fine then, but now that I'm older, going up and down the stairs is becoming a problem. I can't move it upstairs without a major renovation in the plumbing which is expensive.
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:36 PM   #41
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Can't wait to see some pics!
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:31 PM   #42
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Here's the latest. We haven't had much progress with the decision making inside the new house because we are in the process of selling our current house.

We have a good offer, but the negotiation has taken a toll. It's been a stressful past 30 days. Hopefully we can put this behind us, rent a place to live for a few months, and move into our new house in December.

Thanks everyone.
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:57 AM   #43
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Old 08-10-2012, 08:22 PM   #44
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I love following your reports. It's our dream to build some day.

Picking house stuff (appliances etc) is so stressful.

Keep up the great work. The end result is going to be awesome for your family.
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Old 08-26-2012, 09:23 PM   #45
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Picking house stuff (appliances etc) is so stressful.
Thanks. You're right. At this point, it's one day at a time. This process is more complicated than I originally thought it would be.

Things are moving quickly now with decisions having to be made on pluming..."are you sure you want that sink there?";...and electrical..."is that track lighting or a fixture?"

DW and I are disagreeing on about 50% of these decisions. So it has been stressful, only to be increased by a particularly tough 3 months of work.

But we can walk through our house now. We know it will only be a few more months that we will be living in our temporary residence. Oh... I'm not sure if I've mentioned that we sold our house in 2 weeks. The closing was not particularly smooth, but we got it done at a price I was pretty happy with. So now we are renting from a great couple that were nice enough to let us rent for only 5 months! For a while it looked like we'd be moving in with family

So that's the latest. Most plumbing fixtures are ordered. Sinks are agreed upon. Now it's on to A\V and lights and lamps. Brick goes up next week, so I'll have some more pics. Thanks for listening.
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