Saturday, February 26, 2011

Foundation Walls and Neighbors

I was able to run over to the lot today and grab some pictures of the foundation walls without the forms on them:
                       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.

Friday, February 25, 2011


I received a call from our Project Manager this morning who makes it a habit to call every Friday with an update of the progress they've made, and an outline of what to expect in the coming days/weeks.  He said that they have finished the foundation walls and will remove the forms today. 

The next steps are as follows:

- Tuesday the waterproofing of the foundation walls will occur
- Wednesday morning the inspector comes out and signs off on the work
- Wednesday afternoon they backfill (push all the dirt in and up against the walls)
- Thursday lumber arrives
- Friday/Monday framing starts, and based on the size of the house and the crew he has on the job, they should be done within 7-10 days after that

I was going to try and grab some exciting pictures (sarcasm) of the foundation walls but we got hit with a storm today.  Perhaps I'll grab some this weekend.

Nonetheless, based on this schedule, we should have a completely framed out house in only about 2-2.5 weeks from now.  It's starting to feel real and all of this hard work is about to pay off.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

We've Got Dirt...

I thought I'd be better about updating this, but quite frankly, there hasn't been much to talk about since I last posted.  We had the meeting with our PM on 2/9 and there were no surprises.  He walked through the process, timelines, etc..  We spent some time deciding how to layout the basement so that we could keep the furnace, electrical panel, sump pump, and such in the same general area which will become part of the storage section of the basement.  The idea was to keep the rest wide open so that we could finish it the way we like later without having to work around or hide those items when designing it.  We also have an egress window, so we needed to make sure it wasn't put in a place where we'd eventually be building a deck outside and also an area that made since for when we finished the basement.

The official groundbreaking took place yesterday morning, they hope to pour the foundation within the next couple of days.  I know from watching other houses in the neighborhood that once that happens, things occur quickly.  I'm looking forward to seeing that happen as it will give us a good idea of how much of a yard we will have.  It's hard to picture it now without any frame of reference.

Here are some relatively uninteresting pictures of our lot before they broke ground.  I anticipiate I'll be posting a lot more now that the construction has officially begun.  Well, at least I will try to fit it in between all of the packing we have to do at our current home...

                                                           Our Lot

Our neighbors to the right

Lack of neighbors to the left, although the lot right next to us recently sold

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Ravenna

Here is the link to the Ravenna:

Ravenna - Floor plans & tour

It gives you a good idea of the layout of our house.  However, it also includes a lot of features that ours will not have such as the Bonus Room, brick exterior, hardwoods, etc.  We did add quite a few updates including (but not limited to):

-Morning Room
-Gourmet Kitchen
-Upgraded carpet and carpet pad throughout
-Tankless water heater
-Upgraded kitchen cabinets
-Upgraded master bath w/ ceramic surround
-Premium lot
-Recessed lighting in kitchen and family room
-Gas fireplace
-3-piece bathroom rough-in in basement

The main things we held off on initially that we'll do later are hardwoods on the first floor in the kitchen/morning room/ hallway area and finishing the basement.

More to come, including pictures...