Thursday, October 25, 2012

Building Vandy

It has been about a month since my last update - demo day! There has been a lot going on since then, but nothing too exciting (if you ask me). Basically all the ground work for preparing to lay the foundation - so lots of plumbers, electricians and other contractors getting everything ready.  Oh and we also had to close on the construction portion of the lot. We have had quite a few closings but our title company is really close and since we have gotten to know them so well it wasn't that odd when I nursed Grayson while signing the documents! lol! (I am telling you, nursing is a whole different ballgame this time around...I don't have time to sit at home and do it so wherever we are has to work!) 

We are doing a pier and slab foundation - it's like a hybrid of the of pier & beam and regular slab. When the team came in to do the piers they were able to complete all of them except one in the back - they came across and object and it caused a delay. When Kevin told me there was an object buried 6 feet under that had to be extracted I immediately thought...oh dear what is it?? A grave? Is that weird that that is what I thought? Well, it wasn't a grave or anything creepy. It was a cistern - and it was pretty large. About 8x10 and it was at least 6 feet under, so that actually caused a little bit of a delay getting that taken care of. It pushed things back about a week but Jeff (our builder) thinks we should be able to make that time up as we move along.

Yesterday they poured the cement for the slab - Yay! So fun! I took Ryan by and he thought all the trucks were pretty cool! It takes about 30 days for the slab to dry 100% but they can actually start building long before so we should see the frame going up pretty quickly!

We have also been working with Ryan (Jeff's partner) on selecting the plumbing fixtures over the past two weeks. During Grayson's night feedings I have been perusing and pinning ideas for the house - it's a great way to pass time! Ryan checks out my pins and then selects 2-3 options for each category which makes it (somewhat) easy for us to decide. They have a great portal that we log into and can make all our final selections. It keeps everything nice and neat and I like it.

I won't bore you with all the fixtures we selected but here are some sneak peaks to what we are going for in a couple of areas.

A mix of white and gray - stainless steel appliances and a farmhouse sink!

Master bath:
Again with the mix of white and gray - stand alone tub and fun chandelier.

Guest bathroom:
While most of the house is going to be white/gray we decided to do something a little different in the guest bathroom. I found this picture online and really love it - the dark wood, light countertops, and lighting. Hoping to create something like this for the downstairs bathroom.

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