Guys, this has been a huge week for us because we finally started construction on our house! Say goodbye to our empty lot:
For those of you who have been getting tired of the minute detail updates, don’t fret: construction updates will be posted daily on my social media and I’ll blog about the big stuff here if you prefer the high-level progress of our home building process.
So, last meeting update: we had our pre-con (-struction) meeting this past Monday and learned so much! We met with the guy who will be overseeing our construction from foundation to fixtures and addressed everything from the exact size of the interior doors to whether or not we want our extra concrete out back rounded or squared at the edge (big decision, especially for those who are as clumsy as I am).
After we went through every single little detail of the house–and I’m talking about every single one, people, such as where each individual outlet is going to be–we had the awesome surprise of getting to see the windows we chose! Here’s a sneak peek:
I can’t wait to see them in the house! And from what we understand from our construction peeps, we will not have to wait too much longer. Yippee!
If you’re getting ready for your pre-con meeting, here are my tips and tricks to making it a breeze.
ENJOY THE PROCESS
I know, I include this every time I write about our house. But I mean it! Construction is going to fly by so quickly that it’s important to savor every little detail along the way, and that includes the pre-con meeting. While it’s hard to believe we could be living in our house right this minute if we didn’t have to wait until October to move in, I will say that waiting has made us so much more grateful for all the steps along the way.
I can’t stress this one enough. Our team has been amazing with remembering every single thing about our house, but y’all, they build a lot of homes and it’s unrealistic to expect that they’ll remember everything all the time. So, take a few moments before every meeting to review your selections and bring something to take notes on (trust me, you’ll need to take notes at every meeting) so you’re always prepared. That way, when you get the questions: “Did y’all pick mushroom or round knobs? Silverpointe or Steely Gray here? Thumb latch or keypad entry?” you can respond with ease.
GET READY TO ROCK & ROLL
After the pre-con meeting, there were a few small details we had to finalize, but our team was pretty much ready to get started on construction right then. Granted, we didn’t have any changes made during the meeting, so that may delay you if you do need to make any changes then, but it only took three short little days for these beauties to be delivered to our lot:
In case you’re clueless about the process like I was, these are the slats that will hold the foundation in place while it sets up, which means these are the first crucial step to the rest of our construction. Which means it’s time to celebrate because we’ve officially broken ground!
Things are going to move pretty quickly from here on out as we’re told it will only take 140 days until we can move into the house. It’s Oklahoma, it’s storm season, and it’s a new plan, so I’m sure there will be a couple delays along the way, but you can rest assured that we will be ready to move in within the 140 day timeframe.
Of everything. Every little spec of dirt that’s on your lot. Whip out your phone and snap a pic every time you drive by. Having lived through the construction of my parents’ house, both sets of grandparents’ houses, and my aunt’s house, I can safely say that those photos are invaluable. When my family moved into their homes, they were some of the first people in their neighborhood, and that neighborhood was the first in that rural area. My family could see a hospital that was about five miles away from their front porch and the only sound at night was just the cattle across the street. Our family cherishes those photos and the memories that accompany them, and I’m hopeful our little family will cherish the photos we take now, too. So even if you don’t think you have the photography chops to take gorgeous construction pics, do it anyway. You won’t regret it!
And if you want to see our construction updates every day, we’ve established a hashtag to use on social media so you can always find out what’s new:
I hope you’re having a wonderful week! Stay tuned for more updates and some home tech I’m currently crushing on.