Shingles- the good kind.


We drove by the house again today, since my husband is leaving the country this afternoon. The roof looks pretty done to me, but then again, I don’t really know anything about construction!


We have a door!

We have a door!  (Don’t worry- it should be red before the house is done!)  Also the exterior elevation can now be seen- and we’re happy with it!

My husband and I drove out to the lot and actually walked around a good bit this time.  I’ve been concerned about the views from the windows, because that’s something that’s hard to imagine.  So- somehow we “magically” got some photos of the downstairs area ;)… upstairs will hopefully come by the pre-drywall meeting!

We’re very happy with what’s happened so far!


updated front photo


view from back corner


view from other back corner


looking through laundry room to morning room

view from morning room windows


fireplace in living room

view from living room window


front entry

view from front windows




this will be our kitchen (morning room to left, pantry in back right corner)

Moving right along…

My husband drove by the lot again this morning on his way to work.  Despite the occasional drizzle we’ve had so far this week (they’ve been calling for severe storms- ha!), progress is being made! (Quite quickly!)  There are windows, and the beginning of a roof!

The PM also spoke to my husband this afternoon.  He expects the roof to be done by Friday afternoon, and next week will be spent with all the stuff that goes inside the walls.  We’re expecting a pre-drywall meeting on the 12th or 13th of May (when my husband gets back from an overseas trip), and drywall to start going up the following day!

what my husband saw this morning

the beginning of a roof

2nd Floor Framing-

On our way back into town, we decided to drive by the lot to see how far they got yesterday.  There was definitely a bit of progress- figured we’d throw a picture up:

2nd floor framing

2nd floor framing has begun

Bad news- it’s supposed to rain tomorrow (Monday) through Wednesday (maybe even Thursday)- guess we’ll see what happens!

The framing has begun!

We knew that the first lumber shipment was supposed to arrive yesterday, and they might get started then or some time today (if they worked)…

We were surprised when we showed up at 10am, and saw this!  (It took less than 24 hours to get this far!)

from the street

from the street.  we’re between two Venice homes, so we’ll break it up a bit.

a bit closer- you can almost see the view of trees from the morning room

a bit closer- you can almost see the view of trees from the morning room

We stopped by and talked to the SA on our way out.  A few more lots have been sold, and the cul-de-sac we’re in is now full! I think there’s still 2-3 lots closer to the beginning of our street, and I think he said there’s around 7 lots left in the neighborhood.  That’s good news for us!


Well, 29 days after our initial loan application with NVR, I got a phone call from our loan processor-  we are APPROVED!

NOW it feels real, and I feel like we can start planning to move this summer!  I also feel like a huge weight has been lifted, and maybe I can stop checking my e-mail every few minutes.

Yay! 🙂


I’ve never been so excited about a concrete slab!

My husband got a call this afternoon from our PM and SA- they let him know that the concrete had been poured for our foundation! They also said that we’re still expecting our first shipment of lumber on Friday, and depending on how early that arrives, framing could begin that day or the next.  They said it should take a little over a week to complete, which would put a potential pre-drywall meeting during the first full week of May.  Awesome, except for my husband will be out of the country all that week.

So-  we *might* have our pre-drywall meeting on/around 05/12 (our 2nd wedding anniversary!)- but that could definitely change, depending on progress, weather, etc.

After all of this, we decided to go out to the lot to see the progress-  it’s starting to feel real!  (Still waiting to hear the final word from NVR, and are down to 2 documents that need to be sent in. We had to put a rush order on my husband’s college transcripts (not cheap) to send them, since he graduated just a year and a half ago.  Hopefully we can get that to them in the next few days!)

Here is what the lot looks like now:

Lot from the front

Lot from the front

a bit closer

a bit closer

from the back corner

from the back corner

panorama (so slightly distorted)

panorama (so slightly distorted)