Monday, August 6, 2012

Our New House: Update #7

7/24/12: 27 weeks pregnant and hard at work
building a house and making a baby!

Hard to believe it's already August!  And even harder to believe that we'll be moving into our new house NEXT month!!  (#fingerscrossed)  We are sooo excited!  (And very ready to move out of our current house...)

Since my last update, I'm happy to report that things have been moving along rather quickly! We finished sheet rocking in record time and Nate tells me the crew did an excellent job!  (I 100% agree, but to be honest it would be hard for me to tell if it was a good or bad job since I've never seen an entire house get sheet rocked in less than a week!) Its is really starting to look like a real house, not just a construction site!  And I'm having even more dreams about cooking and entertaining in our kitchen, lazy Saturdays on the couch, BBQs on the deck...

Anyways, I haven't shared many details on the floor plan of our house yet but today is your lucky day - I'm giving you a virtual "tour" of our ~3,200 sq. ft 5 BR, 2 BA home in Ocean City!  Consider yourself warned - lots of pictures ahead! Enjoy!

First Floor
To maximize our view of the bay from our second and third floors, we decided to build more of an "upside-down beach house" vs. the more traditional "main living area on the first floor" house that we both grew up in... 

So, when you enter the front door of our house (imagine I am standing in the front door in the picture below), we have stairs to the second floor (main living area) to the left...

 ...and down the long hallway on the right are 3 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, a laundry room / mud room, coat closet and access to the garage!

Second Floor

In this picture, I am standing at the front of the house (in the living room) taking a photo of our soon-to-be kitchen.  The cabinets and island will be on the right, and our dining table on the left.

Now I am standing in that doorway above in the kitchen (which is a hallway that leads to our walk-in pantry, half bath and junior master suite) taking a picture of the living room.  God I love that huge sliding glass door!

The junior master (down the little hallway) is perhaps my favorite bedroom in the house (yes, even more than our master) - it is a 12' x 16' room complete with its own walk in closet and bathroom.  AKA, Baby Torok's nursery!  (Now do you know why it's my favorite?!)

(Stay tuned for an upcoming post "On Pregnancy And...Designing the Nursery"!!)

Third Floor

The third floor (which is 60% the size of the second floor - yes, that is some weird Ocean City zoning law) is our master suite which includes our bedroom, sitting room, private front and back decks, his / her walk-in closets and master bathroom!  Here is a view from the front of the house - we plan on putting our bed underneath the windows (see second picture) on the right, and the sitting area on the left.

Here, I am standing about 10 steps to the left in the corner (sitting area), trying to capture where our bed will be.

A sneak peak at our master bath - shower straight ahead, toilet on the left, and missing from the photo is our double sink vanity and my dressing / make up table.

Why is there a door in out bathroom?  Well, Nate hasn't taken an indoor shower (okay, mayyyybe one) since we moved to Ocean we just had to build him his very own outdoor shower off the back deck!

Last week, the interior doors, trim and crown molding was installed.  I'll be honest, I left all three of those decisions completely up to Nate.  A. because I didn't even know there was more than one choice for doors or trim (me: "White. I wantwhite doors and white trim, please!"); B. beacuse I really am not that observant to know the difference between them; and C. if there is anything I learned from choosing our cabinets - I like more decorative wood working, and he is a minimalist...and we'd waste too much time making the decision together!

Anyways, best idea ever because he made up his mind in less than an hour, there was no debating / mind changing / compromising and it looks fabulous

Whats up next?  The painter started today and our tiles, kitchen cabinets and appliances will all be delivered next week!  Might we perhaps be in by Sept 15th?!  I think it's doable! 

Also something to look forward to?  Our garage door will be installed on Wednesday, as in two days from now, which should hopefully keep out both noisy neighbors and other trespassers...

Can you believe that on Sunday morning, while giving my dad (who hadn't seen the house since it was a vacant lot!!!) the grand tour, we walked upstairs to find that someone had apparently broken in and had a little fun with our leftover paint samples on Saturday night?!

My reaction: "what the f&#* happened?!"  (I told you I don't deal with surprises very well!)

Luckily, there was no major damage, nothing was stolen and no one was hurt.  :)


1 comment:

  1. This looks amazing!!! And the outdoor shower is awesome!!! :)