|Our future home|
We have a contract on our house in New Mexico & will be returning the beginning of March to start packing & moving the remaining household items into a storage unit in Mission.
We have put a deposit on a new house in Retama with the contingency that the house in New Mexico is sold before we start construction.
The official floor plan has been finished by the
Our plan was to be back in Retama when they pour the foundation but we all decided once the contingency is removed from the contract they will pour the foundation & put in the exterior walls. That would be the point where we do the first walk through. We will be back by then so we will be able to see the rest of the construction process. Lori Rhodes (of Mike & Lori Rhodes - builder & developer) will take some photos when she does her weekly walk through & send them to me so I can post them here.
The photo on the top right is the sign that goes up in the Esperanza Homes
|Sage Elevation A|
When they start building a home the buyers have their photos taken (if buyers are there) with the "golden shovels" breaking ground. They did ours before we left along wit the new sign with our names on it.
Since there is no model or existing home built with this floor plan all that is currently available is the Architect's plan. When we chose this plan all we had was rough drawings so we were very excited to see the finished plan. We will be the guinea pigs for this house but they have built enough of the smaller courtyard homes I'm sure they have it down pat.
|Sage Floor Plan|
The living area & kitchen is open which makes the house look bigger. It has a
convert powder room
& closet to a large walk
We picked out a very nice lot that is bigger on one side as it goes towards the back like a slice of pie & deeper in the back. We flipped the house so that the courtyard will be protected from the heat of the day & it will open up to the side that is bigger so the dogs will have plenty of room to run around. We will have grass all around so Allie won't eat the rocks. There will be a stucco wall from the front all the way to the back so we have complete privacy in the courtyard.
Well, the hard part was finished (picking the floor plan we wanted & the lot we wanted). Now the fun begins...picking the options, upgrades & colors.
We met with Lori & I think we broke a record. We had everything picked out within 2 hours. We cheated because we had looked at the options before so I had already made some selections in my mind. Lori is very good at doing this & she made the process easier than I expected. We started with the tile for the floor, then we moved to the granite for the counters. Granite is standard in the kitchen & after we added up all the options we had we felt comfortable adding the granite to both bathrooms. Lori puts everything together as we go so we see how will things look.
|Color Options for|
floors, counters, cabinets, etc
During this process we occasionally ran back into the model (which is the smaller version of our house) to help make some decisions. When I was on the fence on a selection Lori helped me go one way or the other with questions like...do you like it or love it? She never forced her opinions on me but if I asked for it she was more than willing to offer her opinion. What I also liked is that she didn't push upgrades. She really encouraged us to go with the standards & as I told her I thought their standard options were better than many other builders upgrades. We also opted for tile throughout the house rather than carpeting in the bedrooms & closets. We added some pull out drawers in the kitchen, under cabinet lights, upgraded to a gas stove & stainless appliances & a few other things but overall we did pretty good sticking with standard options & didn't go over budget.
At first Al was going to enclose his "man cave" & run ducting into it but then he decided he'd rather leave it open & just have the garage & bonus room insulated. If he changed his mind he said he could do it himself.
All in all I have to say that Lori was good at her job, very organized & helped make the selection process painless.
Once that was done we met with Victor who orchestrates everything else including walk thru's during construction, picking out the plants & trees, etc. We reviewed the locations of outlets, water spigots, exterior walls, gates, planter beds, etc.
Building will start we can release the contingency ie; the appraisal price is ok & any repairs that need to be done are completed. In the meantime we will be packing up the house & Al will start moving it into storage in Texas. The closing on our house in NM is scheduled for 4/30 & we will drive back to Texas to watch the house be built. We will live in our motorhome until we move in.