House update!

AH! its crazy how far we have come in so little weeks. We are fully framed outside the house and in the garage, shingles are done, basement, garage and front porch cement has been poured, we have all the rough pluming and heating done too. This weekend was a busy one we had windows delivered and they are now all installed, we are still waiting on our patio door, 2 additional side windows and 3 basement windows which are taking longer then expected. This week we have a long list of to do's; all rough in electrical is going in this week, we will be finishing the tyvek around the garage, soffit and fascia is starting too, along with a few additional interior wall frames that need to be finished. We are waiting on exterior installation which is on backorder but hopefully arriving this week so we can install that, we then need to strap it all then we can start the siding. We are hoping by the time our siding arrives we will be done all exterior finishing we need to do before we can start siding. Staying on track with timelines is SO important to ensure we have all the material and items so we can move onto the next thing without delays. Because we don't have a few windows and the patio door our house can not be fully closed in so we can start insulation and drywall, so we will have to figure out a way to close in the large openings so we can move forward inside too. Our front door has been ordered, fireplace is ordered, siding is ordered, cabinets are ready, we still need to decide on so many other things; garage doors, staircase, flooring, interior doors and trims, lighting and colours. I am slowly figuring it out but i need to start ordering now to start on track. I heard an expected move in date is Oct 1st, all i want is before christmas and ill be happy! More updates coming soon. 

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Buying the view

SOLD! Its officially done, and its ours. We have already cut some smaller trees to make our laneway more accessible for us and contractors which really makes the laneway look 100 times better looking already. I have so many design ideas in my head it keeps me up at night! But most of all we bought this lot for the view. Its slightly farther then we hoped to be but the view and space was exactly what we wanted. Its 2.5 acres on the river with the back of the house mountain view. 
Now to clarify something i am learning quickly is when you live on the water, the water is automatically called the front, and the other side which would technically be the "front" since thats is where our front door would be is now the back. 
We have had a TON of progress and alot happening, we had excavation done, footings poured, drain tile ran, foundation walls poured, hydro pole installed with all underground wiring to our house (so much wiring!) , electrical panel installed in the basement so we can have hydro for framing and our trailer, our foundation has been backfilled. The framing is half done now too! We have floors, exterior and interior walls on the main floor with the second floor starting. Its been such a quick process so far, we have ordered our windows, kitchen cabinets and iv been trying to narrow down flooring options which is the hardest part. We know the hardwood we want but deciding on tile is much harder, there is so many options with shapes, colours and different shades of colours. I have been to numerous stores and none have the same thing which is good but then i like 1 tile at one store then the 2nd store i like another but i want to use just 1 store for all our flooring to have a stream line of contractors from the same place. Narrowing down tile and a staircase is my goal, if anyone has ideas send them my way! More updates coming soon, and a debate with the husband on a deck or no deck, i personally never really liked decks but he wants one... 

Front entry and our dinning room + playroom windows

Front entry and our dinning room + playroom windows

Living room wall

Living room wall

Kitchen View

Kitchen View



 

waiting game..

We are now settled into our interm house until we start to build again and the process has its opticals. We have looked at numerous properties and the one we thought was the nicest because of the view and ZERO neighbours turned out to be not what we were told.. I went to the municipality to find out how and where we can build a road to the top along with finding out if there are any restrictions on the size of house or stories. Well it turns out that 10 of the 12 acres is actually on agricultural land which means we can not build on it!
We did find a lot 2 acres, flat, 2 mins to the golf course and 5 mins to the ski hill, we seen this property years ago when we first were building our last house, we spoke to the owner a few times and we finally decided to meet with him, we met him at the land, cheque book in hand and we were told there was an offer on the house.. i asked until when and he said noon, and i said noon today? at this point it was 10:45am so we were thinking okay we will get this land no problem, as we stood and talked to the owner a truck pulled up and said i spoke to the gentleman and we are taking the lot. I was in complete shock i just wanted to cry! i thought our search was finally over. After a day of anger, i remember the owner telling us the lot right beside which is also 2 acres is for sale. I went to the municipality to find out if there are any restriction on that lot and surprise surprise there is, since there is a ditch on the property and we want to move it to the property line , the owner told us it won't be an issue but the municipality says otherwise, as the ditch has been there for so long it may be now considered a "creek" and we must get a letter from an environmental specialist to confirm it is a ditch and not a creek. I made the calls and we are waiting for this letter and assessment of the land before purchasing. Its all a waiting game.  As we wait we did find another lot, further but on 2.4 acres on the river, the asking price is WAY more then we want to spend but hubby kinda loves it. He has all these plans and idea. This lot is in a different municipality so i called them to ask if there are restrictions, there is none expect that we need to find out where the floating line starts and ends as its on the river you need to build according due to possible flooding. We are waiting on the agent to get the documents from the owner to see where these lines are. Waiting game again. 
On a better note we have met with our plan designer and our preliminary plans will be ready early next week (9 days) to draft them which feels like a century. If you know of any foundation, flooring, kitchen, plumbling and lighting companies send them over!