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Construction Update: I Love This House!

Is there such a thing as Bipolar Construction Disorder? Forget my anxiety-filled post from the other day. I love everything about this house!

There's really going to be an actual house here soon, windows and stucco and all. I can't believe it.

Here is our kitchen/living room, which is off the foyer and attaches to a cozy dining nook and the theater room. Before you say "THEATER ROOM?!", it's essentially just a TV room with a fancy name.

And three seating options, including a bunk bed.

This is what you see when you step outside the master bedroom, which is at the very back of the house. It's hard to tell from this photo, but by adding a door to each side of the room straight ahead, there's a gorgeous view of the front yard. We'll also be able to see the fireplace to the left.

See how wonky and asymmetrical our back patio roof is? Although we approved the plan, including this odd roof (oops!), our builder agreed that the look wasn't right and said it wasn't up to his high standards - so they redid the entire roof on the left half of the house at no extra charge! Thank you, Panorama Homes! (AKA the best builder ever!!)

Here's the front door/foyer, which is another redo at no extra expense to us. We'd actually thought it looked perfectly fine. The plan is to have stone running continuously from outside to inside to outside and, luckily, our builder realised that the windows had been drawn and framed just a tad too far to pull this off properly.

With framing almost complete, I can finally picture what the finished product is going to look like. That said, I still have my fingers crossed that this space will turn out well. I insisted on adding this window (in the foyer) and I insisted on making the ceiling on the other side ridiculously tall (in the guest bathroom!), and I'm too stubborn to admit it may not work. Hey, the point of building a custom home is to have something unique, right? I'm 87% certain the finished result is going to be amazing.

I'm 13% certain we'll be covering up this window with artwork in the foyer and a mirror in the bathroom.

We requested tongue & groove on the outdoor ceilings and the builder ran with it. I think this must have been up within an hour of Sexy Nerd mentioning it! I'd actually meant to install it just on the patio ceilings (on the ceilings people will actually see). There's no reason for anyone to ever stand under these windows outside, as there's no yard there, but I suppose it would be odd to do every outdoor ceiling except this one.

Funny enough, whenever we'd visit a Parade of Homes house with outdoor tongue & groove, I'd say we need it and Sexy Nerd would immediately shoot me down, insisting it was over our budget and a waste of money. This has probably happened a hundred times over the last 6 years or so.

At $7 per square foot though... 

I maybe could have skipped this one too. 

Here's something strange. Unless Sexy Nerd misunderstood, the construction crew thinks its easier to stain the tongue & groove when it's already installed, waaay up in the air on a ladder. He must have misunderstood, right? I think the framers got a bit carried away/impatient when they installed all the outdoor tongue & groove sans stain.

What's with the holes in the wall?

(Not complaining, just wondering.)

(Love this house!)

I've been unable to attend our site meetings with the builder (always on a Friday - our busiest day at work), so I have to trust that Sexy Nerd and I are on the same page. The builder mentioned improving our already-awesome curb appeal by possibly cutting these trees back. I want more trees. Bigger trees. He said no...and then agreed we should remove another tree or two to expand the driveway.

*Sigh*

Here's what you see when you enter the house from the garage. Who has curvy hallways? We do.

Cheers!

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