Building Our House

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I’ve only briefly mentioned that we are having a house built here in Colorado. I’ve meant to share more and now I will. Back before we even moved here, we came here to meet with a realtor. We walked through the four available houses he could show us and none of them fit our needs or was something we wanted to invest money into. He had mentioned there was an option to build and after not seeing what we were looking for in a home, we asked to see plans for houses for a subdivision going in about 19 miles away from where Scott would end up working. We looked at a few different floor plans and stood in a few lots that day and thought we wanted one lot but ended up choosing a different one after going back to the site before we hit the road back to Arizona. We decided to stand in each lot to see what the view would be after homes were built on it and we decided on a lot with the best mountain view. Later we will find out we were glad to have chosen the lot we did after almost settling on a spot right next to it.

We headed back to Flagstaff and finished packing our home for the biggest move of our lives. My heart was not ready for it yet but the days until we moved were steadily counting down, whether I liked it or not. After standing in that lot, I’m glad I took a photo.

About a week after moving to a rental house here, we were able to meet with the contractor to finalize the floor plan. Our floor plan allowed us to have a basement that also included a guest bedroom and bath. We were excited to have a guest room considering we were moving so far away from friends and family that we hoped would visit us. 

We also got to explore some of the granite countertop samples they had along with cabinets and carpeting to give us an idea of how we wanted to design things. There’s something neat about being able to put all your own ideas into the home you’ll live in and no one else before you will have lived in it.  

I’ve decided to include a little week by week time line below of the pictures we’ve taken. Our home is supposed to be ready to move into after 17 weeks from when the builders get their permit. But as anyone familiar with construction knows, sometimes construction with homes are delayed by weather, the ordering of materials, being short-staffed on labor or waiting for building permits or building inspectors, so a thirty-day window is put in to allow for such things. 

(July 1st is when the builders got the Building Permit and the grading of our lot began.)

Moving the dirt!

(2nd Week)

Flattened out, but will soon be digging for the basement. 

(3rd Week)

Basement being dug out, footers being put in on the sides.

(4th Week)

More leveling and soon concrete.

This was also the week we were able to meet with one of the builders to re-ponder ideas on cabinet color, granite, carpet, and tile. The builder also took us down to the build site so we could tour it and we had a chance to view it from the back yard looking toward our street. The builder also revealed that he was able to give us a walk-out basement. We talked about it originally with the contractor who said they wouldn’t be able to do that, so it was a nice surprise to see that it had been made to give us one. 


I’ll post another building update in another four weeks. Have you ever had a house built? Would you ever consider building? 

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6 thoughts on “Building Our House

  1. I can’t wait to see more of your updates! I think it would be so exciting to see your house as it is being built. I love that you also get to choose everything you want as you go. We are renovating, and it is such a pain because one project seems to into 20. And something always goes awry. The spot you chose looks beautiful! I can’t wait to see what the house looks like.

  2. I’d love to have a home no one had lived in but me, especially if I had the say so on the design. Thing is though where I live SO much land is being cleared for houses that I don’t think I could do it. Seriously there’s so much development in my state it makes me worried (like Lorax worried) sometimes, lol!! Congrats to you on your upcoming home!

  3. Congratulations on your new home. I agree with you that it would be great to live in a house that no one has ever lived in except you. And to have a say on the floor plan and the materials to use – awesome!

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