Happy Home

I can’t even believe we are here, we are done our build, well not fully done but we are living here and have been since then end of October, we decided to move in even though we we’re fully finished because it was too much for the kids to be traveling back and forth from where we were living to the new house and we didn’t think there lifestyle was stable. We wanted to make there life feel as back to normal as possible which meant moving in before counter tops and little details were done.
The delay in counter tops was endless, we finally picked what we wanted and ordered it, had all the measurements done and the waiting game started it was supposed to take 1 week and ended up taking 4+ weeks. The stone we choose didn’t ship when we thought it would, then when the shipment arrived ours wasn’t there we got a call to either wait longer or choose one similar which was in stock, so we decided to choose the stone in stock, then we got a call ours arrived in another shipping container and needed to be cut and polished which would be another week. Finally we got the counter top we ordered and its gorgeous. We love it.
After our counter tops were installed we had the sink + pot filler installed, and water + dishwasher connected. YES we were living without a sink and dishwasher, it was annoying but having our own home again was worth it.
A few little details need to be finished, like lighting in our room ( i cant decide on what i want), a few pieces of trim that is no longer in stock so i will have to track some down, kitchen backslash (another thing i can’t decide on), we are waiting on a replacement front door as ours arrived damaged, with the wrong colour door hinges, only holes for 1 door handle. and the rest is more decor. We need dinning room furniture, new sofas for the living room, as we got rid of ours before moving, rugs, shelves, plants, pictures, desk, nightstands ect.
Looking back it went so fast, it took 22 weeks from digging to living here, it was a process with alot of setbacks with waiting on specific materials and we went over budget in a few areas but overall we are so happy with the outcome and love the lot we got.
Already my husband thinks we should sell and do it again! 1. I dont think i could handle it again this soon, 2. it was already hard enough to find our lot but i loved the process and knowing the amount of work we put into this home. BUT there is a lot that just came for sale near us, similar lot to ours but my husband doesn’t feel the lot is as nice as ours, i haven’t gone to check as im not mentally ready yet, but it would be nice to make a few changes.
We still have all our landscaping to finish, we were not able to fully bring up the ground to where we wanted it before the snow came and we needs to do interlocking brick, stone steps in the front, a deck, we still need a dock and i convinced my husband to build a large covered in patio which will have a flat roof ,which would mean we will have a balcony off our master bedroom! but this is another project and for another post.
I will be posting home photos soon once we have more of the furniture we need. NEXT a playroom post!

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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