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Ta Da! Our New House Is Ready For Her Close-Up

You've all been very patient waiting to see our new home. The bank admits we "fell through the cracks" (their exact words!) but now we're finally, finally going to actually build this thing.

The bank actually took so long that we have no choice but to close on our construction loan next Wednesday, because waiting until next Thursday would be outside the application window and we'd have to start over from the beginning. That said, next Tuesday would be too soon to close on the loan because the bank "can't possibly have everything ready" on their end by then.

I just have to keep reminding myself that we got a screamin' deal by going with Compass Bank.

Our house is going to look just like this (pending HOA-approval) but with a few nifty details Sexy Nerd's computer program couldn't show - yellow shutters around the big square window and a white (or possibly red...no, definitely white...I think...) arbor above the garage door. We're going to plant Spanish Brooms (yellow flower explosions!) in the front yard, which should accentuate the front door nicely. Sexy Nerd fought me on adding windows above the 8' front doors and the sets of 3 square windows above the kitchen and living room windows, insisting that the windows were gargantuanly tall without any extra help. I disagreed.

It's sooo much easier to add the windows before the house is built, Sexy Nerd. You can never have too many windows. Just go with it!

I've also been toying with the idea of placing a gel fireplace (or even just a pretty mirror) on the outside of the chimney, along with a little table and 2 chairs. Wouldn't that be cute?

Did you see the private guest entry? And the dog run linked to Pica and Biscuit's very own doggy room? How about the "master retreat" featuring a hot tub and sauna? Oh, and before you complain that a 2 car garage isn't big enough, it's actually an oversized 4 car tandem garage.

This place is going to be awesome.

Main Stucco Color: El Ray La Luz

Accent Stucco Color: Sto San Antonio (We aren't actually sure we're allowed to mix 2 different stucco brands, but the builder hasn't said no yet...)

Front/Back Doors: Sherwin Williams Lemon Twist (We'd been searching for the perfect, cheerful yellow without any luck, until my May issue of Coastal Living arrived featuring this same paint color on the door on their cover.) 

Trim: Behr Cherry Cobbler (This is the color of our current kitchen and front door. It's a great paint and our way of bringing our first home with us.) 

Roof: ABC Metal Rustic Trail (It actually rusts, but I'm told it won't rust all the way through.)(This had better be true!)

Stone Veneer: Coronado Osage Ancient Reef

So, what do you think? If there's anything you would change, now is the time to speak up!

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