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Sat Feb 11, 2017, 12:06 PM

Home sweet home

Our builder is just about ready to pour the concrete slab that will be the foundation of our new home. The boards outlining the foundation of the house are mostly in place and the PVC pipes enclosing the plumbing and electrical wires are buried in the gravel. I estimate Wednesday will be pour date.

I have been regularly visiting the site to watch the preparations and to get a look at the unfinished homes near us. The two most important reasons for my frequent visits are to see the interior of the walls as the house is assembled and to check on the quality of the workmanship. So far, I like what I have seen in the houses that are nearing completion. The work looks solid and although the houses will be quickly completed the speed seems to better reflect the number of builders involved rather the quality of the construction. What I mean is a smaller company with fewer employees and quite possibly a lower priority for material deliveries seem to progress slower. At least they do on my current street where several days or even a week pass without anyone on site. At our new house, there seems to be a hive of activity almost everyday with people putting up siding, brick laying, drywall, electrical, etc... at the new homes of our neighbors.

We met the site manager a couple of days ago. He will be calling us every Wednesday with updates. The first meeting was to give as an expected completion date if the weather remains fairly good and lay out some important milestones at which time we will meet again to walk through the house. While we were there we looked at the footprint of the house and the property markers to see what size our backyard will be. It will be considerably smaller than our current yard. The most valued aspect of our yard, particularly for that hilly neighborhood, is it will be flat compared to many of our neighbors although the right corner as seen from the back of the house looking outward will be on a slight downhill slope. The elevation drop will not be significant and when the fence is up we will still only see the very top of some of our downhill neighbor's two story homes.



Our home will be a variation on this design including, but not limited to, brick sides rather than vinyl, the number of columns supporting the porch roof will be five instead of four, split windows on the front bedroom, the garage will be on the left side, and no bonus room upstairs. That was one of the important criteria in choosing this particular model and builder. It will all be on one level which is difficult to find in Nashville's home construction landscape. Much of the new construction is comprised of narrow, multi-level homes squeezed together onto lots formerly occupied by one house.

As we were leaving we met a half dozen wild turkeys at the end of our street. They seemed accustomed to being in proximity to humans as they mostly went about their foraging without much notice of us.

Today, I get back to work moving some of our stuff into temporary storage unit near the new house. I decided to splurge for the climate controlled unit since some of the things I will put in there will be somewhat susceptible to temperature. Most of our furniture will be donated, returned to owner (parents), or discarded including the dining room set, sofa, rollback chair, and dressers. I sure hope we get enough for our current house that we have some money left over because new furniture is expensive. Well, at least the furniture that we like best. Perhaps we can find some good antiques for less.

Now we need to decide, after consulting with our realtor, whether we will repair exterior portions of our existing house or leave it to the next owners. I am thinking many prospective buyers will be changing much of what we will do anyway, so let's set a lower price and sell the place as is rather than put a lot of effort and cash into work that won't return much on our investment. We will probably decide in which direction to go when we get the estimate from the painter/carpenter who looked the house over last week.

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Response to Agent_86 (Original post)

Sat Feb 11, 2017, 12:11 PM

1. Good luck, always exciting moving into a new place.

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Response to wisbadger (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 11, 2017, 12:25 PM

4. Thanks. I am more excited about the move than Agent 99.

She likes living in an old home closer to downtown. I would stay in this neighborhood if we could find an affordable alternative to this house.

I am excited about a garage for my motorcycle and more storage. The house we are in now is not a bad size for two people at 1500 square feet, it just doesn't have much closet space and is not nearly as energy efficient as the new home will be.

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Response to Agent_86 (Original post)

Sat Feb 11, 2017, 12:18 PM

2. Beautiful home! Exciting stuff!!

Good luck!

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 11, 2017, 12:28 PM

5. Thanks. I am excited. We will be closer to work, a hospital, and some of Agent 99 favorite stores.

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Response to Agent_86 (Original post)

Sat Feb 11, 2017, 12:21 PM

3. Exciting project !

Best of luck.

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Response to Agent_86 (Original post)

Sat Feb 11, 2017, 12:43 PM

6. My daughter lives in Tn. too..

A bit east of you in Cosby, and she has wild turkeys grazing in her back yard often....They seem to sense that we're no threat to them, and only slowly walk away when approached..

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Response to frankt8242 (Reply #6)

Sat Feb 11, 2017, 12:54 PM

7. Agent 99 likes animals...a lot.

Seeing those turkeys on our street was definitely a mark in the plus column for the new home.

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Response to Agent_86 (Original post)

Sat Feb 11, 2017, 02:24 PM

8. Thanks for sharing.

 

I really like the design you chose. When will it be done?

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Response to Slayer (Reply #8)

Sat Feb 11, 2017, 03:11 PM

9. The middle of May. Converting his day approximation, about 14 weeks to completion.

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