Thursday, May 22, 2014

30 Day Inspection and updates

It can't be! 30 days already?? It's insane! It's like you pine and moan and whine to get into the house and then poof, there goes 30 days.

Nothing too major to fix, some sticky sliders, a door that needed adjusted, filled in a crack in the garage, a few patches of drywall mud fixed, some funky nails on the outside by the garage, fixed drywall in the bedroom closet where they rocked over our guardian box so the guy had to "hunt" for it and there were a ton of spots where the adhesive from laying the floor was on the floor itself. FYI- don't bother trying to get that off yourself. The two big things were a corner on the outside of the pantry was, um wavy, is the best way I can say it. They tried to float it and it looks better. If I'm not happy with it at the 11 month drywall touch up, I can have the corner bead ripped out and a new one put in. The other was that we noticed in the basement TONS of the floor nails were missing the joist for the main level. We don't have a squeak or a creak. So my PM marked it down now so if we have future issues, even beyond the warranty, it's covered. He promised that they went back through and put more nails in, they just don't take the old out. He said it happens all the time. So one little squeak and 1-800- RYAN HOMES I shall call (OK that's not the number but you get the point).

We have been busy! So busy actually that we are gonna take a few weeks to just enjoy a bit, then back to it! We have put up a nice bit of decorations/pictures/etc, put the pulls on the kitchen and bathroom cabinets, hung curtains, got new office furniture, re-potted all our house plants, re-seeded the lawn (3 times now), pulled up the straw mats on the side of the house and placed them in the front, built a nice stone border for the flower bed, planted a red bud tree in the front yard, pussy willow on the side, magnolia to block out neighbors from the deck (OK, OK in 10 years, ha!) and washed our car in the driveway for the first time to name a few, woo hoo!

The neighborhood is just amazing. It's quiet and quaint, but not so much that you want to lose your mind. All the neighbors we have met so far are just super nice. We even had a welcome to the neighborhood goodie bag in our mailbox the other day!

Oh and remember that rain storm with the 4 inches? The basement DID leak! It was coming in around where the municipal water supply enters the house. Concrete guys came out and fixed that followed by the insulation guys to put up new insulation. Problem fixed! And we have had another good rain storm since and she is dry as a bone.

Here's a few pics. I've been really bad with taking pictures when the house is clean! I think about it the second it looks like a gorilla invited her friends over for a romp! I will get better, I promise!

 The morning room with curtains up, what a HUGE difference! Next project, get that table black!
 The cabinet and drawer pulls. I love them, they are modern yet elegant yet classic. Good combo! Made a big difference in the kitchen.
This is about 2 seconds after we moved the straw mats and watered. So she will be a bloomin beauty in a few weeks!
Here is another pic from a different angle- filled with perennials an annuals for color
 Family Room! We love it! Still have projects on the list for this room but it looks great and is super cozy. On the left, still need to get a color to put in the candle holders and as bad as I wanted a gallery wall- that's a lot of commitment for this girl! So I found this idea on Pinterest- "gallery shelves"- GENIUS! The look without the commitment
 We picked these up at Kirkland's. Adorable. I have NEVER decorated my bedroom, never really had something big enough to decorate, so this room will be a very large project!

Again, apologies for not many pics, will get better!! I need to get some of the yard, we have a TON of grass. Our PM said people who can't get their yards going- he's gonna send em our way because we have the best starter yard he has seen. YES! I'm so competitive, I love it!

And last thing and I will zip it.... I read about Kirkland's on someone's blog here, I forget who and apologies! OH EM GEE! Best store ever for decorating! We have been there now 3 times since we moved, it's just a great place to get some decor for rather cheap.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Big thanks to all of you who have or are currently serving, you rock!


  1. Chrissie, your house looks amazing! And you've gotten so much work done. I can't even think about doing so much so quick. I think we'll probably work hard for ten days and then take a month to relax!

    1. Thank you so much! I have pulled motivation from places motivation just does not exist! And now let there be rest :) Pretty soon for you guys!

  2. Your morning room is stunning. There is something about it that is warm and cozy but sunny and open at the same time. Been here 2 years and my morning room still looks like we just moved in. Love the way it is decorated, and love the floor! You've done a LOT in 30 days!! Congratulations!

    1. Thank you SOOOOO much! It's nice to hear cozy comes across, that's my theme! Grab a blanket and get cozy!

  3. Everything is looking great! You have done a beautiful job decorating and landscaping!! :)

  4. Your home is beautiful! I have a random question for you since it looks like your ceilings downstairs are 9 ft high. What length curtains did you get? I just bought some 84" curtains because I had a really hard time finding cute 96" ones but I'm not sure if 84" will be too short! The curtains in your morning room look so nice so I'm hoping they're 84" and your ceilings are 9 ft too!

    1. Hi LaurLew! Yes, our ceilings are 9ft on the main level and the curtains on the main level are 84"! I wanted 96" to be able to hang them higher to give that "old world" feel and make the windows appear larger, but I just couldn't find anything in 96" that I liked. I measured the brackets 4" up and the curtains hang right at the baseboards.

    2. Awesome! Thanks! I felt the same way. I found a couple 96" but none that I loved and I definitely didn't love the price! haha! I kept checking HomeGoods every week for a few months and eventually gave up and bought 84". So nice to see that they work and look nice in your home!

  5. Thirty days of inspection is quite long! But I think it’s better that way and make sure everything is settled; rather than do it quickly, only to find many unresolved problems later on. Anyway, your house looks great! Thanks for sharing!

    Steve Beliveau @ First Class Inspections