Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A New Year and a Look Back

We begun this journey of blogging about our new house almost one year ago. Officially our first post was on January 18th, 2011. Now we are getting very close to moving it to the house we have been pouring our energy in for so long.

I wanted to take a look back on how far we have come over the last year.

Memories of house building that we are ready to leave back in 2011...

1. Closing on the bank for the construction loan: We didn't close on our loan until about a month ago which means at that point we were about 80% done with the house and 4 months into construction. We did not intend on this happening. We started with one bank but they refused our appraisals on the house so we had to switch to a different bank. We ended up with a lower interest rate but it created several sleepless nights.

2. Overages and Busting the Budget: Pretty self explanatory with this one. We found our selves paying more than we agreed to in several areas on home building even when we didn't change anything. (exhale slowly and let it go...really let it go)

3. The sinking porch of Casa de Schafer: Well this one we are still dealing with unfortunately so we can't quite put it behind us. Yes our side porch and now our front porch, are sinking a little. The supports were not dug down deep enough and as a result the ground is settling and taking the porches with them. Don't fret my friend, its being taken care of.

Things we are most looking forward to in 2012...

1. Living in our dream home and everything that entails! Making dinners together again, having a home office that isn't our bed, and having all our family and friends over.

2. Decorating! I have so many ideas pinned on Pinterest and in my design boards in Picasa. Also all our photos and framed art are in storage and I am so excited to get them up on the walls.

3. Being homeowners. We have never owned a home, we have just rented for the last 4 years (and lived for free with Kyle's parents for the last 6 months). and so the adventure will continue...

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