It’s the day before Thanksgiving and we have a lot to be thankful for, our friends, our family (little one on the way), and so much more. Today was the final time we got to walk through the house before we close on December 2nd and get the keys on the third. We arrived at the development on the snowiest day so far of the season. It looked like a plow had been through the development once, but the snow and the wind had covered over most of the roads already. We pulled up to the house for the first time in two and half weeks. The shutters were on the house, the front door had its final coat of paint, and Dustin (our project manager) had part of the driveway shoveled for us and the garage door open. It is hard to believe that the house went up as quickly as it did and looks as good as it does. Dustin greeted us as we walked in from the garage. The fire place was on and it was quite a sight to see the flooring for the first time. We had picked out a laminate floor for the majority of the first floor and it looked remarkable up against the cabinets and counter tops. The carpet in the family room really plays well off the fireplace and the laminate in the kitchen too.
We spent the first part of the walk through going through the big manual of documents. Dustin talked about the warranties, what was covered, what was not. He also spoke about the follow up he would do around the beginning of January and the transition to the service department. In no time at all we began the final tour of the house, starting in the upstairs. All the rooms on second floor have rough ins for light fixtures (typically all they have are switches to an outlet), we got these for free. The first stop was the owner’s suite where he pointed out the wire organizers in each walk in closet and told us to make sure we don’t over load each section. He then pointed out some trim that was missed on one of the windows, showed us how to operate them, and we joked about kids throwing toys at windows.
Next we went into the owner’s bathroom. There was really quite a bit of light in the bathroom; we were really happy we decided to do the first upgrade which included ceramic tile and glass enclosed shower. The fiberglass shower enclosure really would have made the room look quite a bit more dark. He pointed out where just a few weeks prior there were leaks in the plumbing. He pointed out the supply lines for the double vanity. They had to tuck the access panel into the cabinets which was better than where he had originally thought it would be.
We went through the remainder of the second floor. There was quite a bit of talk around the automatic fan in the main hall bathroom. Because the house is so
buttoned up they need to circulate air in the house. Periodically the fan in this bathroom will kick on in order to do that so the air doesn’t become stale. We walked through the other bedrooms and headed down to the main floor. We had been marking imperfections in the drywall and paint but on the main floor is where we found quite a bit of oddities. It looked like perhaps one of the painters had not mixed the paint or was using a really old roller or something, so we marked off a lot of areas to touch up. We hit what will be the office, the dining room, and were on to the kitchen. We got the stainless steel appliance package for the kitchen which included a range, microwave, and dishwasher. These are all GE appliances and were actually upgraded from the package we had because some of the ranges were running out of stock. Score! The range has a really large viewing glass on the oven door and a warming area on the range top. The microwave also included a range fan and range light and had a lot more bells and whistles than any microwave I’ve seen recently. The next thing we checked out was the dishwasher; where Dustin pointed out that we shouldn’t use those little package soap thingys (apparently they are bad?)….