Thursday, June 23, 2016

Our New Adventure -- We have a builder!

Hey gang! I've had on overwhelming response to these new house posts -- so THANK YOU for sticking with me. And if you have any questions about the process, etc., feel free to ask in the comments and I'll try to answer them.

The structural changes and design choices are done (that was finished in March), so let's move to the present.

A few highlights over the past three months:

  • We found our real estate agent for selling our current house. He is a great guy that we grew up with, so it's neat to be working with him!
  • We cleaned up and cleaned out our current house ... I'm not kidding when I say that took the better part of TWO MONTHS. How can four people accumulate so much JUNK in 17 years??
  • We rented a storage unit and moved what seems like half of our life into it. (And let me just add here -- probably 3/4 of that stuff is NOT coming back into the new casa.)
See what I mean? And this wasn't all of it. *sigh* How embarrassing.

  • At this point, our house has been on the market 4 weeks, and we've had 7 showings. Not bad! And we just had one yesterday that like it so much they're coming back today and bringing their family! WOOHOO!

OK -- on to the fun stuff!

There wasn't a lot happening on the new home front ... that we could see anyway - mostly paperwork, permits, etc. ... until the beginning of June.

Then we rode by on June 2 and saw this:

Ok, I know it's hard to see what that is, but it's our foundation stem wall going in! You can see the corners of the house are outlined with the wood stakes. Our foundation is a slab foundation, so the first step is to pour the foundation for the stem wall. After that, they put in the stem wall, backfill with sand, put in the plumbing, put down that rusty looking fence stuff (not the technical term - haha!) in the foreground of the picture, and then pour the slab. (Don't worry -- I've got pics of all that!) :)

Then we got the call -- time for our builder meeting!

With this builder, each house has it's own "building supervisor." This person is a licensed builder who is employed by the company and who oversees the building process for several houses. He's our contact person for questions, and he sends us email updates about how things are chugging along.

Our building supervisor's name is Jason, and we got to meet him June 3. He, along with the builder's agent, sat down with us and went over our build plan (basically our blueprints, structural changes and design choices) in great detail. After the sit down meeting, he walked us through our site and showed us where various things were, explained lot grading, drainage, setbacks, and the next steps. 

This is how our lot looked when we walked around it with Jason. Those cement blocks will make up the stem wall.

It was all very informative, and I really wish I would have recorded it as I have now forgotten most of it.

One part I did remember was Jason said our estimated completion date is the first week of November, but it'll probably be earlier. EEK!

Side note -- we're buying this house contingent on selling our current house. So if we don't sell this house before the cabinets, etc., are going in the new house (which will be sometime in August), then our builder has the right to put it on the market and possibly sell it to someone else. That's a bit stressful, but we are trusting God through this process to make this happen in His time. Our consistent prayer is that, if He wants us to move, that He will clear the path and make it happen. But if He doesn't want us to move, that He will make that clear as well.

Our trust and faith in the Lord has grown exponentially over the past few months, let me tell you! After our builder meeting, I read this verse:

"He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them." - Psalm 145:19
It's so AWESOME to look back on all those times I begged and pleaded with God to lead us to a new place, and then to watch Him work now. Very cool and very humbling.

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