Friday, May 25, 2012

House Update

If you had asked me a year ago what I thought I'd be doing today, I can guarantee you it wouldn't have anything to do with building a house! Josh and I never thought of building until we looked and looked and really couldn't find much that worked for us. We knew we would outgrow our house at some point and wanted to stay in the Brookhaven area, specifically Ashford Park. I was preparing for life in suburbia after seeing home prices of places we didn't really love! Luckily, we were connected with a great agent who had a new construction home by Tim Allen Homes in the cards. 

So far, it has been a smooth and enjoyable process. I have really, really loved every second of it. Tim has a great team that helps with design decisions, so we haven't once felt overwhelmed. There have been some decisions that have been harder for us (i.e. roof color {who would have thought?!} and garage door style), but everything else has been pretty obvious (or dictated by budget). Thankfully, Josh and I share a similar style and have agreed on just about everything. That has been the key. It will be a craftsman style home, big enough to grow into, but certainly nowhere close to a McMansion. We also love that we are a nice stroll, or a short drive, away from the site so we check it out every evening that we can. Take a look at the progress so far...

Below is the lot with the original house on it. Cute, but literally falling apart. There was trash had obviously not been taken care of in a long time. The huge tree in the front yard got my heart.

Sadly, we were told that it would not live for more than 5 was covered in mistletoe and had lots of dead branches. The safest thing to do was to have it cut down. So we did. Crocodile tear. However, per DeKalb County codes, they will have to plant a new one in its place which makes me happy.

Our future backyard, overtaken with bamboo in the picture below. At least we do have some nice trees around the perimeter for privacy.

Demo day below. Actually, there was a squatter living in the house. Josh was determined to catch him, but I was really glad they parked the equipment outside for a couple of days to give the guy some warning. Part of me felt really sad/guilty that we were about to tear down a house that had been good shelter to this guy for a couple of weeks. I hope he found a better spot.

Empty lot, sans tree and crumbling abode! I'm sure the neighbors hate us already. I'll have to bake them a pound cake when we move in to apologize for all the construction noise. We have lived through 2 houses going up behind us where we live now and I'm sure it'll come full circle again in no time.

Grading the lot...

The footings and rebar go in. Seeing the footprint of the house was an exciting moment!

Next, foundation walls. The right side is the future garage, left is future porch.

From the backyard...future basement/man cave/play quarters. Those sound funny together.

Then the foundation itself was poured. This is the future front porch. I can't wait to buy a pair of rocking chairs!

And this week has been remarkable. It's framing week. The basement is fully framed. It is surreal to stand in here...hard to believe this is going to be our house! 

Josh has been so busy this week. His phone was ringing nonstop with work calls both nights we went over to the house. Nothing like being on construction site to remind you that you've got to pay for this thing, ha!

And from the front yard. The first floor is framed and it's actually starting to look like a house.

From the backyard...

By the end of next week, they will have the second floor framed and the roof will be going up. We are told that once the framing is finished, it is on! 


jean said...

so excited or you both, such a wonderful time in your lives.

Jan said...

Fun, Fun!! Can't believe that you are building a new house! I had to wait 25 years to get mine!! I as so happy for both of you! Can't wait to see it. :)

Linsey said...

HOW EXCITING!!!!!!!! Love the pictures!!

Gaya said...

Holy Moly - the progress is amazing!

Mary Susan Costanzo said...

Love it!

The Mader's said...

So exciting!! Cannot wait to see the finished product. I know it will be fabulous!

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