The view from the road of the front of the house
Our front stoop
The view from the back, on the right is where the egress window will be
I'm still having trouble picturing the layout of where everything will be. The model we walked through twice was the mirror image (complete opposite) of what our house will be. That, combined with the fact that the layout online is also the mirror image as well, makes it hard for me to picture where everything is going to be. But basically, my office on the first floor will be right over where the egress window is, and the small window is under the morning room. The slider will be on that other side, which is why we placed the egress where we did. We didn't want to have a fire escape exit underneath where a deck will eventually be. That would kind of defeat the purpose. The rough-in for the bathroom in the basement is towards the front/middle of the house, or in the last picture, about where you see that pile of materials. The mechanicals (furnace, electrical panel, sump pump, water heater) will all be on the left side of that picture too. The idea was to make that area storage, and leave the rest to eventually be finished in a way that prevents us from having to work around those things. That's also why we placed the windows where we did, to make sure they'd be in the portion of the basement that was eventually going to be the living area.
The other thing that happened today was that I met one of our neighbors. I happened to be talking to one of my neighbors (here where my current home is) the other day and she mentioned her son lives in what will be our new development. As we were leaving today, I happened to see her outside what was her son's house so I stopped by to say hello and meet him. It turns out that he also has 2 boys, aged 4 and 2 (our kids are also 4 and 2), but even more exciting for our daughter was that she goes to pre-school with his older son. Marisa was very excited about the fact that he's in our neighborhood (about 8 houses up from us). We were told that there were a lot of couples our age with young children in the neighborhood, so it was nice to see that was the case already. Where we are now, our street is not only much busier than the new neighborhood, but it's also an older community. There are a lot of families who have kids in high school, college, or who are already grown with kids of their own. I'm hoping the entire community is full of Mets fans too, but that probably won't be the case.