Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Dream House: Finally!

Hi guys!  I just want to share with you the good news I've been praying for... we finally close our house today!!!  We will have our final walk through on Friday to check all those things that they haven't fix before.  We were supposed to fund yesterday but we weren't comfortable to close with out any proof that they would address those issues.  We asked for a commitment letter but they said they are not allowed to give a commitment letter to clients.  However the senior project manager Isaac Boyd emailed confirming that they will address those issues even when the house is closed.  That was good enough for us.  We funded this morning and it was recorded.  We can actually get our key today but we decided to just get it on Friday when we do our walk thru since the builder needs to fix some stuff.  Once we use our key they won't be able to use their key to come in.  I'm just so happy.. it's all done.  We are finally homeowners! =)  

Monday, September 9, 2013

Dream House: Choosing Paint

Hi guys!  Today I want to share with you the selection of paints we are considering for the interior of the house.  Since the color of our kitchen cabinets is dark espresso, we wanted a neutral color that doesn't have too much of a red or yellow undertone.  We decided to have a greige type of color but neutral as much as possible.  We painted a foam board and have it displayed on different sides of the wall to see how the color translates.  Location of the room is important with paint choice cause the light from the sun affects the color greatly depending on the time of the day.  Our kitchen/family room faces east so morning sun is really bright and towards the end of the day color becomes cooler.

Here are the colors we are considering...
 Top to bottom:  Edgecomb Gray, Grant Beige, Dulce de Leche, Muslin

Revere Pewter

Top to bottom:  Gentle Cream, Soliel

 Left to Right:  Edgecomb Gray, Dulce de Leche, Gentle Cream, Muslin, Grant Beige

 Left to Right:  Edgecomb Gray, Dulce de Leche, Gentle Cream, Muslin, Grant Beige

 Left to Right:  Edgecomb Gray, Dulce de Leche, Gentle Cream, Muslin, Grant Beige

Left to Right:  Edgecomb Gray, Dulce de Leche, Gentle Cream, Muslin, Grant Beige

Left to Right:  Edgecomb Gray, Dulce de Leche, Gentle Cream, Muslin, Grant Beige


 Left to Right:  Edgecomb Gray, Dulce de Leche, Gentle Cream, Muslin, Grant Beige

Left to Right:  Edgecomb Gray, Dulce de Leche, Gentle Cream, Muslin, Grant Beige, Revere Pewter

For the Office, I posted a blog post awhile back the colors I was leaning towards..

Top Left to Right:  Edgecomb Gray, Revere Pewter, Gray Owl, Moonshine
Bottom Left to Right:  Blue Ice, Nimbus Gray, Palladian Blue

 Top Left to Right:  Edgecomb Gray, Revere Pewter, Gray Owl, Moonshine
Bottom Left to Right:  Blue Ice, Nimbus Gray, Palladian Blue

 Top Left to Right: Grant ,Beige Edgecomb Gray, Revere Pewter, Gray Owl, Moonshine
Bottom Left to Right:  Blue Ice, Nimbus Gray, Palladian Blue

With all the samples we tested we decided to use Edgecomb Gray for the Kitchen/Family room.  For the office, I thought the blue ice would be a winner but the color is too icy for me.  Now I'm leaning toward Edgecomb as well.  By the way, all these paint samples are from Benjamin Moore.

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Dream House: Walk Through Meeting

Hi guys!  Hope you are having a lovely weekend.  Last Friday, Sept 6, 2013 we did our walk through for the house.  I was disappointed since our closing will be on the 10th and it seems like the house is not ready yet.  We got a call first thing in the morning, Max, the guy in charge called asking if we want to reschedule on Monday since one of the sliding door of the closet broke.  We are only available on Friday's so we told him we will just stick with the schedule and do another final walk through when the house is done and in perfect condition.  We came in the house, it looked really nice.  But there are some stuff that are mixed up especially with the light switches.  The baluster stains of the stair is not even at all, and the painting job is not really good.  Max said they will do the final touches next week and fix those stuff.  We tested out the lights, some bulbs were not working.  I just felt bad that we weren't thorough enough.  We didn't test out the windows, drawers, doors... mostly we got so distracted with all the light switches that it seemed too much.  Later on we discovered that instead of putting dimmer lights for the ceiling fan lights they just put in regular light switches together with the fan switch so it looked too much of a switch.  Anyways, here are the things the I noted that we need to address before with final walk through...

* three way switch for the niche lights
* dimmer lights for...
       niche light
       pendant lights in kitchen
       living room (ceiling fan junction box)    
       family room
       master bedroom
       bedroom 1
       bedroom 2
       bedroom 3
* main door dead bolt
* test electrical plugs especially in niches

These are the only things we saw cause we weren't really thorough enough.  We didn't check the shower, closet cabinets, electrical outlets.  I feel really sad.  Max said we can close on Tuesday and fix everything and have final walk through the next Friday.  But the thing is I read that usually after the closing, when there are things that are needed to be done the seller don't usually respond anymore.  I don't really feel comfortable closing with all those stuff not fixed yet..  anyways we'll see.  So sorry for this semi rant..  I just feel bad that for the price of the house, they should at least be thorough, especially with hiring their sub contractors.  The house was built fast that the quality is compromised.  They are also hard to contact especially with coordinating schedules.  Even for buying a new house, it is good to have a realtor.  We are thankful that we have one cause he handles all those stuff for us even with our loan concerns.  

Here is what our house look now..

























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Monday, September 2, 2013

Dream House: Closing Date Moved.. again!

Hi guys!  Hope you're all doing well.  It has been awhile since I updated you with what has been happening with me especially with the house and stuff.  Been so busy the last couple of months.  With the business, paperwork for houses..  it was one of the stressful times of my life.  But Im glad everything is coming together pretty well.  Anyways, our closing date was moved again...  estimated closing will be on the 10th of September.  They just needed to put in the flooring and have the gas meter installed.  We can close early even if the meter wasn't put in yet but we wanted everything to be in place before we close just to be safe.  The last time we visited, they already put in all the appliances.  I wasn't able to take pictures because we were busy discussing things with the designer of the custom closet company we commissioned for our closet.  I am soooo excited!  I'll do a separate post about that next time so I can tell you guys the whole process we went through with the meeting and designing.  Anyways, Happy Labor day!  We will buy washer and dryer today as well as our mattress.  Just dropping by to say hi to you guys! =)