This neighborhood has small yards. Very small yards. Most of the lots have been sold and built on (there’s around 10 left out of over 100)- so we supposedly ended up with the largest lot out of the 10 or so left (and paid a “premium” for it)- but it’s still not huge. Lots of the lots that were left were very sloped, and we wanted something that had space we could use. So- we got the flattest / largest lot left. We ended up loving the location- it’s the very back cul-de-sac, is up on a hill, and looks out over common area that we were told wouldn’t be built on. It’s not very deep, but it is quite wide. We’re glad it’s flat.
Because of the location of the storm drain, we’re apparently going to have a funky-shaped driveway. We were warned of this before signing for it, but we were willing to deal with that for the larger yard. It is also going to have an even smaller front yard- but we don’t expect to be spending much time in our front yard.
Today, we went back to the office because I was second-guessing my color choices after looking online at finished products (it’s super hard to make decisions based on the tiny samples!). I also wanted to ask about outdoor lighting locations, and outdoor water sources (something I didn’t even think about initially)- it seems like they had all of that stuff covered anyway.
While we were out, we went to take a look at one of the homes under construction, just to see a different counter top and laminate floor that was finished. This was just across the street from our lot, and we were very surprised to see that there were stakes on our lot, mapping out where the corners of our house will be. (Well, assuming financing goes through!)
We saw it from the road, and I almost had a heart-attack. There was virtually no back yard. and very little in the front. We go over to the lot, and it turns out that there were the stakes for the corners of the house, and stakes 10′ away from those- so we had more space than we thought. The yard will also probably gain a few feet when the lot is graded. Crisis averted. (Only negative thing- the front left corner of our house is maybe 10-15′ from the house next door… again, we’ll take it for a better back yard- good thing no windows on close corner!)
After spending lots of time looking at samples and debating, I realized I won’t be able to make any kind of decision until we meet with Rite Rug on Wednesday, and I get to see the samples combined with flooring options! Then we’ll have until Saturday to change our minds- otherwise we’re stuck!