So I have a confession, this post is a few months overdue. But this homebuilding process can get a little crazy sometimes, and I just haven't got around to sitting down and blogging about this process.
But the good news is, we found our perfect piece of Earth and the building is officially underway, so you can expect your feed to be flooded with lots of home building blogging in the next few weeks.
Admittedly, looking at the lot covered in snow and uneven dirt, it doesn't look like much. But oh do we have great plans for this little piece of dirt.
If you read my post on Our Ultimate Dream Home Wish List, you will know that I had a long laundry list of all the things that would make our perfect home. In searching for our home, I quickly learnt that ticking all the boxes on that list was somewhat unrealistic and would almost certainly involve me winning the lottery. And with that realization, we sat down and reassessed what was truly important to us in our new home.
I am happy to say that we are looking forward to turning this piece of dirt into a place that we can call home for many years to come.
So what separated this piece of dirt from all the other pieces of dirt (and the already standing homes that were move in ready)? Well here are few of my favorite reasons why this was the right place for us:
1. We could choose our own finishes
There is a lot of excitement that comes with building a new home. And while we are working with a builder in a new community where we will own just one of the many cookie cutter homes that we selected from their little portfolio, one of the most exciting parts (at least for me) is selecting all of the finishes for our new home. Of course, there is a price tag to everything that varies from the standards that come with these new home builds, but choosing color schemes, flooring and counter tops that I love from the get go is a dream come true.
2. The perfect neighborhood
Although we are moving into a new build community, we are one of the last homes to be built in the community. The new community project started about 3 years ago and our home will be one of the last ones built (at least by our builder). So, while new, it is actually already quite established (in a not so established new neighborhood kind of way). We loved that there were lots of young families and young professionals in the neighborhood. It's actually a little like Wisteria Lane, with perfectly manicured lawns and a sidewalk that wonders through the neighborhood. One of my favorite things about the neighborhood is that it was designed with the intention of encouraging neighborly interaction and community involvement, with pocket parks and big porches in the front. We also loved that we are surrounded by open space and shopping (all within walking distance).
3. The great outdoors
We love the great outdoors (living in Colorado this is an essential requirement), and being in an area that gives us quick and easy access to all things outdoor was a must. With mountain views (albeit slightly obscured) and quick access to major highways for camping, hiking and skiing, we couldn't have asked for a better location. I should also mention that our new home will let us ride our bikes (or take a run) straight out of our garage and onto an extensive bike path that heading North would lead us to Boulder and South to Downtown Denver - perfect for any outdoor enthusiast.
4. Location Location Location
At this point I realize items 2, 3 and 4 may seem pretty similar. But I promise there are slight differences and on our wish list, they were all separate items that called for their own consideration. Location was a major consideration for us. It was incredibly important for us to be close to family, who are spread throughout the Colorado area. Of equal importance was access to public transport, ease of commute to work and a good school district for our growing little family.
5. A spacious open kitchen
While I wouldn't say our new kitchen will be huge by any standard, it is most certainly bigger than any kitchen we have ever had. There will be lots of counter space and tons of cupboards (for all that stuff we inevitably collect). And since we get to choose all our finishes (well mostly), its a dream kitchen for me. Of course, the fact that its an open plan was a must for us, so the sightlines to the living area, dining area and outside makes me so happy.
6. A Finished basement
So a finished basement is likely not high on the priority request for most people, but with our big family that we hope will come for extended stays (South Africa is a long flight), having a separate space where our guests could feel comfortable is pretty exciting. Its an open invitation!!
7. All the little extras
Of course there were a few things on our lists that certainly wouldn't have been a make it or break it item for our home, but there were a few little things that I am so excited about. This includes the fact that its a double story (I know its little weird but it makes me happy), a covered outdoor area (although not a very big outdoor space, its still our own little private space), walk in closets (apparently this is pretty standard in the US) and a great bathroom (that has a sperate toilet - thank goodness).
And so, with the lot chosen for our new home and the contracts in place, the building can proceed. We anticipate that we will be settled into our new home before the end of the year. Make sure to check back for updates and pictures on our homes progress.