Well the countdown is on! We’re set to close the day before Thanksgiving but there is so much left to do. I hope everything gets done by the time we have our walk-through on Friday. In addition to a brief update, I thought I would share with all of you some tips on how to make building a home more semi-convenient.
So far just about everything major has been completed. The kitchen got appliances this week, Whirlpool appliances including a oven and microwave wall combination.
The cabinets or have gone in too. The antique white in combination with the flagstone stain look great paired together. One of the most popular changes that has come about with more modern design is doing the island in a separate color.
I recommend doing a contrasting shade, so either a dark cabinet to pair with the white ones on the wall or vice versa. I’ve also seen where the upper cabinets are different from the lower cabinets, but I opted to just have the island a different shade.
The glacier white quartz turned out beautiful as well. Quartz was a must for me. It’s thought to stand up better than granite and require less maintenance. If there’s one upgrade you should go for it’s getting quartz.
And of course the farmhouse sink! I am so in love with this giant basin. This was more than worth the upgrade, especially given the fact that installing one yourself it requires often changing out your sink cabinet in addition to adjusting your countertops. The certainly can be DIY project and there are many tutorials out there, but given the work involved vs the cost it was realistic to have it done by the builder. It also meant that it was ready on move-in.
The oil bronze fixtures also look fabulous next to the rest of the farmhouse touches. This is a great alternative to the brush nickel that has been so popular for the past few years. And I was able to have the lighting fixtures in bronze too. Unfortunately the chandeliers in the foyer, stairwell in my office are mixed up and will need to be fixed. I was glad we caught it, otherwise we would be having to change them ourselves. The ceilings are 12 feet high, the open staircase…more like 16, yikes!
And while we have finally gotten stone and shake on the side of the house we are still waiting for the plank siding to be finished because not all of the cement plank delivered was in the right color. So at this point the exterior of the house looks like this:
But you get the idea.
However, the biggest concern is in the back exterior. With a final walk-through in five days we are still missing a covered deck over the walk out. And at this point there are a set of 2x6s holding up the back corner of our house!
Yeah… That’s not gonna fly.
Our supervisor tells us will be ready on time and that we’re just going to be seeing a work ethic for the next week comparable to the Extreme Makeover Home Edition, but he seems confident. I’m crossing my fingers otherwise I’m going to half to reschedule painting not to mention delaying moving in.
But now to the important part! Here are my top five tips to make building a home more semi-convenient.
Make upgrades that not only can you afford, but would be a significant challenge to do yourself.
Yes, we could’ve put in the farmhouse sink ourselves, and Ben even offered too. However, when it was pointed out that it would require a new cabinet, he opted to let the professionals do it with the primary construction. If a project is going to be more than you think you can handle, hire it out!
Don’t let mistakes that are complicated to fix later get missed.
We caught the mixed up lighting after it was put on and are opting to have them fix it rather than deal with it ourselves. If it was only two lights I might consider fixing it, but given the massive chandelier going over a very tall stairwell it’s better to have the professionals take care of it like they’re supposed to. Be sure to visit regularly, weekly if not daily, so that you catch things.
Opt to outsource certain upgrades to contractors after the build for better quality.
We had the option to have the whole house painted one of six colors (yeah, options I know…) But they would be using builders grade flat paint, which is rather poor in quality. Instead opt to have professional painters come out and take care of painting the house the first week of move in. You will not only get higher quality paint that will last longer, but you can make any color selection you want and do more than one color!
Be willing to do some things yourself later.
Completely customized lighting was not an option during the build and they’ve recently cracked down on asking the electricians to hang lighting we find ourselves. Instead, op to get the standard lights and change them out with your own lighting. It’s not a difficult process and often you have to put in ceiling fans yourself anyway.
Try to relax.
As I mentioned in part three, the building process is stressful. Try not to put more on yourself by expecting an unrealistic timeline. Things will get broken and need to be replaced. Things may be out of stock or the wrong supplies mayor rive and will require re-ordering. Remember that in the end you will have a home that you customize it yourself. Keep that end in sight.
Hopefully these tips will help make building a home more semi-convenient. Be sure to subscribe to email list to stay up to date on posts and receive a free copy of the Best Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Ever.