One of the luring factors of the property we chose was the river behind us. Today, we went exploring and found a trail that leads to these awesome huge rocks on the river. I can just imagine having a little picnic on these rocks and watching Dozer swim around in the river on a summer day.
There are 42 total lots in our neighborhood.
The first house was built in 2001, followed by another in 2002, then two more in 2004.
Six more houses went up between 2005 and 2006.
Eight more houses were built in 2007. Then only one in 2008. Housing boom then bust. Nothing was built in 2009.
And recently, we’ve seen 2 new houses completed this year.
And of course, there are at least 7 more under construction right now.
And we’ll be number 8!
(Obviously not every house in our neighborhood is shown – too many pictures for one post!)
I took my dog, Dozer, on a walk to our future neighborhood yesterday. I met one of our soon-to-be neighbors who moved from California about 2 weeks ago.
I snapped a few photos of houses I liked as I walked.
There are tons of houses under construction in our neighborhood! It seems like every time we go by, another one has gotten started.
Speaking of which, our next door neighbors are roughed in!
Seeing all this construction work underway makes me anxious to get started. At least we have loads of dirt already delivered – that counts for something, right?
Soon enough…soon enough.
Everything revolves around the kitchen for us. It’s not just a place to pop a frozen meal into the microwave. Quite the opposite is true. Austin and I are very fond of cooking, and spend many hours there together creating, and of course, cleaning up!
So when it comes to the design of the kitchen, we aren’t messing around! I really like the look of window backsplashes, such as this example we saw in a model home recently. It is a great way of brightening up the kitchen with natural daylight.
In our current design, the kitchen sink sits directly in front of a window, flanked by millwork cabinets and backsplash windows on both sides.
We have an 8′ section of bar-height counter top with 4 stools shown. This spot will be great for entertaining guests, serving breakfast, or for people to sit and visit while the cooks prepare the meal.
The cooktop is facing towards the living room, with an island vent hood above. The refrigerator is to the right of the pantry. Additional milllwork cabinets are positioned to the right of the refrigerator. Across the hall from the kitchen is the “bar” – aka Alcohol Room.
The pantry, with its sliding barn door, is purposely oversized. We’ll install a work-height counter top for hefty appliances, such as a microwave or Ninja blender, to reside and be easily accessible but out of sight of the main kitchen area.