Saturday, August 8, 2015

Construction Progress and Shopping Deals

Construction continues to move along! We walked through last Friday to check out the framing and then again today to see the electrical progress.

I'm really glad we upgraded to the carriage garage doors. They look so charming! The stone and brick is set to be delivered next week and I can't wait to see it all tie together.

Ryan Homes Olsen Model

I think one of my favorite features of the house is the front window in the formal living room. I didn't realize how big it would be and love the way it goes almost to the floor. Can't you just picture a Christmas tree there this winter? We're going to replace the front door and lights after closing for something a little fancier. 
Ryan Homes Olsen Foyer

I love the two-story foyer. This is the view from the upstairs hallway, which will be open to below. I bought the prettiest Pottery Barn light to hang here as well. 
Ryan Homes Olsen Foyer

I adore the arches in this house too. This is the formal dining room leading into our family room. Ryan's picturing a big TV there between the windows already. ;) When we went by today, they actually had the prewiring in, but we didn't grab a good picture. Ryan actually wants to move the in-wall speakers. Right now, they are up toward the ceiling outside each window. He wants them at seat height inside the windows. I'm just stoked to have so much light in there, speakers or not. ;)  
Ryan Homes Olsen Living Room

We've walked through twice now and I *still* don't have a picture of my office. How did that happen?! But this a view from the back and my office is in the back left corner there. Love the view from my window, right out into the woods. 
Ryan Homes Olsen Model

This is pretty much the extent of our back yard though. Even though we're building on an acre, it's mostly wooded. The street we're on is a rounded corner too, so our house is set back off the street a little more. I feel a little claustrophobic looking outside compared to the view we have now in our townhouse. By the time we pour our patio, there won't be a ton of yard left straight back. The lot is super wide though, so we have lots of room on each side and the corners. We'll definitely need to do some tree clearing to get more of a yard. Fortunately, the trees aren't mature and a lot of it is just brush.

Overall, I'm really impressed with Ryan Homes. They're moving right along, paying attention to details, and keeping us in the loop well. Would highly recommend them. We're still on a short delay from all the rain that delayed our slab. We've moved from 9/10 to 9/24 for completion. We're hoping to still be out of our townhouse by 10/1, so fingers crossed we keep moving along. Should be just a couple weeks away from drywall! 

I've started picking up some items for the new house too. We'll have quite a bit of furnishing to do, so I've been keeping my eyes open for good deals along the way. I try to walk through Home Goods every time we're by the mall. It paid off because I was able to grab this rug for the morning room super cheap. 

How cute will that look under our kitchen table? We're decorating in coastal colors-- mostly blues and light greens. The pop of yellow should go well too. With all the windows and natural light, I can picture it already. In fact, I loved it so much I was determined to find a deal on the matching runner too. And I found it online!

Ravella Water Ornamental Leaf Runner

I love it when a plan comes together. It's an indoor/outdoor rug so it should hold up to our kitchen just fine. If you're looking for it, it's called the Ravella Water Ornamental Leaf Border Outdoor Area Rug.

Hopefully next update will at drywall and I can show you a few more deals I've grabbed too. ;) 

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