Here we are a year later and we've had the best first year and look forward to many more until we move on to our forever home.
All that is missing is some decoration in the laundry room, one table in the basement, two clocks and a wall hanging for above our bed. Not too bad in my book considering that most of the decorating wasn't done until this past January. Painting, furnishing and some little touches were done last July and August but we were pretty focused on our wedding at that point to do much else. We closed just under two months before the big day - much later than schedule and I was a giddy bride picking out window treatments and paint colors while furnishing a full house at the same time I was attending last minute appointments, hair and make up trials, dress fittings, etc. Can you see why I keep saying how much I'm enjoying being able to enjoy summer this summer? Life was a little hectic back then.
I thought today we could take a little peek into the past to this time last year as well as our building project in addition to taking a look at the current time.
putting up our sold sign on our lot - spring 2014
Let's start with the past - In August of 2013 we were just two kids dating and vacationing and on a boat cruise from San Francisco to Sausalito when we got noticed that we were approved for our house - we were about to be homeowners. We knew that building wasn't slated to start until closer to the end of the year and that was fine by us - it's what we wanted. Our original closing date was in February of 2014 and because of weather and other such building delays didn't end up happening until July 2014 (we we're hoping for May/June because we weren't planning on living together before the wedding but wanted enough time to get the house set up enough before the wedding so just in time we got July!)
On the ferry from San Francisco to Sausalito just after we found out we were about to build a house
When construction started on our house, Derek wasn't even living in PA yet - we used to go to the lot and check it every time he was here. Then in January '14 he moved in at my parents house and as things got rolling our trips over to the new house became more and more frequent.. we LOVED seeing the change.
Checking out a pile of dirt in October 2013 and a bunch of building supplies about to start in December 2013
Checking out some major progress in April 2013 (upper left) Then adventuring through to see some major steps to being close to being finished on Memorial Day Weekend in May.
We ended up with four visits to the design center, a handful of construction meetings, an actual closing date (after all the weather delays) that got pushed back three times and we finally closed one year ago. Of course the night we closed we have to make a trip - Derek's car full, my parents car full and my car full of things we had purchased for the house (after a almost a year of waiting we had time to slowly start getting things) and celebrate.
Our first steps into the house as the owners
My first car ride over with a full load, celebratory champs and a very empty new house.
Waiting for things such as washers/dryers, refrigerators, furniture, etc. all on separate deliveries can get kind of boring - but worth it.
By early mid August our house was finally ready for an overnight stay - my Mom too the photo above of us having our first dinner in the house before my family left from helping us all day. The photo is a funny memory to us because not too long after I ended up in tears at the table - excited for the new chapter in my life, but already a little homesick, ha! The funny part was I still had a few weeks to still live at home.
A year later and I can't believe we've finally turned this house into a home. Since last year we've gotten married, added a puppy to our family, hosted so many of our family & friends, created so many memories and had the best time being newlyweds. It's not our forever home but it's a wonderful place to start!
On our way out to have dinner with the family at one of our favorite restaurants in the new neighborhood with our "first home" bottle of wine from the wine basket my bridesmaids gave us at my bridal shower.
I said above part of this post was going to be a look into the current house but I don't want to make this post too long and I think that I will save the second part for next week or the following week. At this time I'm not sure how I feel about sharing our entire home on the blog but I am sure that I feel okay about sharing a few of my favorite parts, so - check back for a sneak peak into the furnished and decorated current Casa de Sotherden.
Posts on the building process: