Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Almost 2 weeks in our home!

We officially closed on January 6th, 2017 @ 10:00 am!  Our closing was easy and painless.  We were in and out within 30 mins.  NVR was great and we even received a $24 overage check!

As most know we had plans to tear out some flooring to replace with new on our first level.  That morning I received an email from the flooring company letting us know the trim pieces were not in. They asked if we wanted to continue or wait until 1/16.  I was not a happy camper!  I specifically asked them if everything would be in and ready to be installed that day.  I paid several weeks before that for the material and no mention of the back ordered trim came up.  I of course wanted to proceed because we had planned our whole weekend and move around the floors and painting.

The flooring crew did not arrive at noon as promised.  They arrived at 12:30 and asked to come back the next morning because they will have more people and can finish  by that evening.  I wasn't happy but as long as they could finish by Saturday it was going to be fine.  Well Saturday comes and TWO GUYS, I REPEAT TWO GUYS showed up.  They were super careless when they tossed around pieces of flooring in my home.  They cut terrible trim holes out for the flooring to fit in and they damaged my island.  I had a severe panic attack and had to leave my house to calm down.  Meanwhile, my husband was there helping the painter get the house painted in the main areas.

Fast forward to that evening.  The crew for the flooring didn't leave until 11 pm.  They did not finish the floor because they were short on the quarter round.  They also did not replace my island the way they found it.  The island had crowbar marks all over where they pulled off the trims.  We emailed and text the manager since it was so late to let him know our disappointment.  We are STILL waiting for our transition strips to be installed and for some areas to be fixed.  Thankfully the flooring company has contacted Ryan Homes (Our PM) and he is going to fix the island issues and send them a bill!    I am sure it is worse because we are tearing out and putting in, but they were super careless for our new home.  The flooring itself is BEAUTIFUL so I have no regrets there.  My issue is with the finished product.  They did not complete it and were going to act like my island was fixed.

On to more exciting things!  Our house has been great.  I love love love everything about it.  We are getting used to no grass and no driveway.  There is a ton of mud everywhere and it has rained almost everyday.  We are having to drive our dogs to green spaces for potty breaks.  Thankfully last night around 9 pm our PM sent a email saying he had contacted the landscaping crew and asked them to drop off bales of straw for our dogs to use.  That was incredibly kind of him to do without us asking.

We have successfully painted the whole first and second floor of our home.  We have a few areas that need a second coat but it all looks great.  I haven't been able to decorate like I wanted but I am getting there.  Blinds were installed the Tuesday after we closed and I am so thankful for those.  Especially in our powder room that has a huge window.

Here is a list of everything we have done so far since close.....

  • Replace flooring in foyer, mudroom, powder room, sitting room, kitchen and morning room.
  • Replace entry way light with a beautful flush mount Chandelier.
  • Painted the whole house (except basement) in Agreeable Gray (Sherwin Williams)
  • Painted our kids rooms the colors they picked
  • Unpacked most boxes
  • Installed Blinds
  • Ordered Window treatments for Morning Room
  • New light chandelier for morning room (I have it but haven't installed)
So much more to go!  Attached are a few photos from our move and installs......

Once I get everything kind of decorated I will share photos! Things have been crazy around my house.  Being off a week really didn't help me get things completed!

BEST BUY FYI: We purchased our fridge through them and was shocked to find out they will NOT deliver if you do not have steps at your front door.  We have a built up gravel space that is VERY sturdy but they wanted nothing to do with it.  The guy said they would come back when I had a driveway.  Um say what?!?! That would be April/May.  Thankfully our movers were there unloading us and were so kind to bring it in for us no issue.  

I also will make a post in the next week about my fixes and things you should look for right after you close.  We have found a decent list but nothing that needs attention at this very second.  All fixes are scheduled for next Friday.


  1. Congratulations! How frustrating about the floors, but they look gorgeous! Can't wait to see more!

  2. Congrats on the new house! That light fixture in the foyer is beautiful. It really shines. Hoping we can accomplish our goal to build with Ryan this year until then I am enjoying looking at everyone else's lovely homes:)

    1. Thank you! So exciting to hear you are building soon. I loved reading everyone's blogs before building. It helped me make a lot of decisions having others information and feedback!

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  4. I have a crazy question for you! We have been in a palermo since june 2016. I see that you have changed the light by the front door (LOVE IT!) Did you leave the other two lights as they were? I want to change the light by the door but i didn't know what to do with the other two.

    1. Hello!!! I was worried about the same thing and honestly you can't even tell they are there. Since they match it flows just fine. The light Ryan had there was different already so it helped give me a visual. It also spruces up that space a little as well. I picked my friends brain who is an interior designer and she said keeping them was fine. You could take the bulbs out of the ones if you were worried about too much light.

    2. Thanks for the response! The one light that is different made me think it would be ok but until I saw this post I wasn't sure. Your light looks great, so I think I can finally feel good about getting something I like better!