Saturday, March 21, 2015

Dreams do come true

  The end is rapidly approaching. We are so excited but can't believe this is it. This is our forever home! I have so much packing to do and so little motivation to do it. I know, I know-- I should be literally throwing crap into bags and boxes so they'd be ready to throw on the trailer and high-tail it to our new digs. Basically I can't pack because we are still packed from when we moved from Greenville TWO years ago! Everything that I need to pack is an every day item. Anyways, I've been slack on posting lately but here is the finished product. We are so happy and proud of this project. Our plan did a complete 180 from the beginning to end but we couldn't be happier that we chose Etheridge Custom Homes to build our forever/dream home. Willie, Margaret, and Tyler are top-notch. The work ethic, organization, and communication is unmatched. We prayed about this endeavor and prayed for the right contractor and we KNOW the good Lord put ECH in our path for a reason. We look forward to many years in our beautiful home and can't thank Etheridge Custom Homes enough for their beautiful work well done. Enjoy the pics!

"Showstopper" red door

I'm in love with my kitchen!

Master bath is beautiful

Master tub

Master shower

Kellen's bath

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Kellen's bath

Saturday, January 24, 2015

January 24, 2015 House Update

  Picking light fixtures, countertops, paint colors, and other craziness is making me feel like a mad-woman. I've decided the best thing for me to do is not to think about it for too long. Because then I over-analyze and change my mind a million times. I hope my theory works out in the end. Especially with paint colors. EEK!
  Check out the dry wall going up (actually it's plaster board. Plaster going on next week.)

Bonus Room

Kellen's Room... he picked it a few months ago.

Kellen's bathroom

Front bedroom

Kitchen to the left, dining area to the front-right

Looking into living room from dining area

Master... my closet door shrunk ;)

Master bathroom sink area

Master bedroom

Dining area and hallway to the right
   We have siding!! Only took 2.5 months to decide on a color.
SIDING finally! Spanish Olive... overcast day doesn't show its color very well.

Credit Card + Self Control = Gift Cards

  When we decided to go this "move home, build a house" gig, we began brainstorming the best ways to save money-- a little hobby of mine at the time since we only had one income for our family. Every single financial advisor/guru says not to use credit cards; only use cash, do the envelope system, whatever you need to do except use a credit card. Maybe this is wise advice for those with little self-control when it comes to money or those who indulge a little too heavily in retail therapy. I beg to differ with these "experts", though. We use our credit card more than anything else. Note: I said card; not cards.
  Our credit card company offers cash back each month for purchases you make using your credit card. Since my family has a pretty strict budget, here's what we do and it's simple:
  Use our credit card to make purchases we already have the money for. 
  Gas and groceries are items that have to be purchased each month. These are items we budget for so the money is there. When we purchase these items, we put it on our credit card because I know it will get paid off. In exchange for using their card, our company pays us back. Each quarter it's something different for the 5% cash back. For instance, this quarter it's groceries! All other purchases receive 1% cash back always.
  Our company allows us to exchange our points earned for either gift cards or actual money. The husb and I have two cards with two different accounts so each month we get two gift cards. Since we are building a house we have been requesting Lowe's gift cards. 
  This week we had to start selecting our lighting fixtures. Sure, we have an allowance with our contractor for him to pay us back but the less money we spend on fixtures, the more we'll get back from our payout. 
  Another money-saving tip: don't EVER shop online without Googling a coupon code. EVER! 

  Here's one example that I got pretty excited about last night:
  - We need 12 LED recessed lighting kits. Each kit costs $24.98 normally. I found them on sale online for $17.88 each. BUT if I bought them in packs of two, it made them $17.49 each. I'll take a $0.39 x 12 kits savings. Then I Googled a Lowe's coupon code. There was a 10% off your order or $20 off $100. I saved more with the latter coupon. But then I got even smarter, I split the order to make two. I was still able to get free shipping with both order since they were over $49. Plus, I got to use TWO $20 off $100 coupons. That knocked each order down to $90 and some change. After using $75 worth of my credit card's Lowe's gift cards, I paid $16 per order!! $32 for what should have cost me $300 in kits. 

  Saving money like a boss. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Month of December progress

Sometimes pictures say it best...

Bonus Room Above Garage... JK!! Living room

Windows and doors in

Beautiful to me

Kellen's bathroom

Back sliding door (loving the blinds in between the glass)

Living room

I LOVE my front door!

To the screen-in porch

Master bath on left and closet on right

Unexpected raised platform in bonus room will become a cushioned lounge area!

Back sliding door with blinds down and opened. So neat.

Trying to be patient about getting in this beauty. Working on cleaning on closets, selling off stuff and donating others. Less mess to pack in a few months!!
Say a prayer for me as I continue to pick out colors, fixtures, lighting, etc. So fun but definitely a little stressful!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

"Sticks in the Air"

  I love being stopped and told how great the house looks and how much progress is being made. I think I heard the best comment today, though. "I see you got some sticks in the air now". Right he is. Enjoy a few pics from the progress made this week. 

Before Thanksgiving
From living room looking into kitchen/dining area

Night visit

Thanksgiving Day
In the light

Looking like a house

Living room


Bonus room

Garage AKA Brad's shop until we can afford to build him one

  I love it when a plan comes together. :)

Shout out to Amanda Rose for stopping by with her sister Tracey while we were there. Glad we could give y'all the tour. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Don't even know what week it is anymore...

  Minor 3 week set back on the home building process. It's a good thing our framers were busy, busy bees but is it selfish to be pissed that they weren't busy with our house? Probably.
  They were able to get started on Friday and Saturday to make up for the Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday they will be off. Fair enough. The progress they made in two days is pretty phenomenal. Perhaps I'm just naive when it comes to the home building process and time frames but I'm pretty impressed. Our contractor says we will still be framed and roofed in by Christmas, even with the set back. We still have a sinking feeling that we won't be in for Valentine's Day like our first home we built 6 years ago but no matter, I reckon. 
  Here's the latest picture from "our spot": the driveway we won't be using. Trying to keep up the progress through pictures from the same spot each time. 

Floor box and some garage walls
  Now, if we could just get the next door landowners to sign permission to put a light pole on their property, we could get temporary power to our lot... *sigh* 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Weeks 2 and 3

  I'm being extremely lazy tonight and don't feel much like typing but Brad and I are so proud of the progress so far. Gotta love it when a plan comes together. We look forward to many more wonderful days working with Etheridge Custom Homes.

  For your viewing pleasure:
A selfie with the freshly dug footings

God's Country in the background, y'all.


Foundation coming together.

  Some of these pictures were taken by us and others were taking by Willie, our contractor. Check him our on Facebook-- Etheridge Custom Homes.