Building the House…Episode 2

The last post left off with our lot issues. Need some background? Here you go.

So long story short..stay with me.

Lot 29 ended up becoming available for us to move to. We were ecstatic until we were broken the news that utilities would not be run on that side of the development until later so they were turning what was once Phase 1 into Phase 4.

Stop the press.

So, the issue with this is when a development is built with the opening of each phase the base price of the home increases which means that the price of our home would’ve increased by nearly $30K by the time we were able to build on lot 29.


After I slightly showed out they came to an agreement to put us on the front lot 47 with the promise to actively sell that lot to another buyer and once they were cleared to start selling lots in Phase 4 they would move us.


Phase 4 couldn’t start being built until over half of the development was sold. While there will only be 77 homes in the community we are entering slow sale season and there was no guarantee as to when enough lots would be sold. We were given a tentative date of May 2013 *Mimi wept*

Just as I grasped the idea of this being our move in date God worked it out.

So basically the short and dirty of it is we decided to go with a third story in lieu of a basement so that we could secure a better lot in the back of Phase 1. So instead of a basement our home will go up by another story. The third story will have a media room, two additional bedrooms and a bathroom.

This option was a bit cheaper and the third floor comes finished. Kind of a no brainer but the Mr. initially was sold on a basement, and I was indifferent either way. The odd thing is this change just feels completely right. I think we finally have the perfect lot, and floor plan.

Now to get this house sold. We are starting to really get into the dirty of the short selling process. All of our paperwork has been submitted. Please pray.

Saturday I we were able to select the interior finishes to include cabinet, flooring and counter colors.

This is the makings of my new kitchen. I am really nervous about how it is going to look, but I got approval from my bestie Erika. If you’ve been by her blog and seen her work….I think, better yet I know we’re good. She gave it the thumbs up via text.

Right picture shows the flooring option

We have been given a date range for completion of 01/31/2013-02/15/2013. Ground should be breaking in the next few weeks.

I’m just so thankful. SO THANKFUL.

GOD is good.


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    August 23, 2012 at 1:58 am

    That’s wonderful! I am following you 100%. Buying/building has been on our minds a lot lately so just hearing about your experience is interesting and motivating for my own(ership) future. I hope everything goes as well as possible.

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    August 23, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Congrats and hoping that things go smoothly from here on out for you.

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    Jasmine Hardaway
    August 23, 2012 at 9:12 am

    That’s awesome! I love the cabinet, floor, counter choice. What area of town are you moving to if you don’t mind me asking?

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      August 23, 2012 at 9:52 am

      We’re staying on this side of town. Deal was too sweet to pass up! Wanted to come in closer but not much further than we are now.

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    this cookn mom
    August 23, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Y’alls house is going to be beautiful! God was just leading you to the right home with a 3rd floor with some little bumps along the way! This will show us to never give up.

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    August 23, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I’m glad to hear everything is going well! Your finish choices are gorgeous!

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    August 23, 2012 at 10:34 am

    That’s awesome! Really like the kitchen choices. Congrats!

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    August 23, 2012 at 11:33 am

    This is a splendid update! It’s about the destination, but the journey!

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    Dr. Reginia; The Social Mistress
    August 23, 2012 at 11:36 am

    I am so happy for you guys. This is a wonderful opportunity.

    Promise that you’ll hold my hand through this process when I return.

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    Monica J
    August 23, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I wish you the best of luck with the new house, but I think that’s going to be great. Your kitchen choices look fabulous. Your kitchen is going to be gorgeous. And you are so right, you are good on your choices because I stopped by Erika’s site, she’s on point with her decor. I have a new blog to follow now. Thanks. But, I’ll say a pray for you and just have faith with the short sale. I’m going through that process right now.

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      Erika at BluLabel Bungalow
      August 23, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      Thanks Monica J for stopping by the blog. Mimi has been one of my best friends for 20 years now. So proud of her, her family, and the life they have created for themselves!

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      August 27, 2012 at 12:22 am

      Thank you so much. They say the road to a short sale is long. I say God is able!

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    August 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    YAY! I’m glad GOD worked that one out for you guys! I love that counter! We are just getting ready to start on our moving/selling/buying process, so I’ll be following you closely on this one!

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    Erika at BluLabel Bungalow
    August 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    You know I’m grinning from ear to ear watching all of your hope and dreams unfold. It goes beyond this beautiful home you are building. I’m glad you decided to share your life with your readers so they can get to know the woman I know. Such an inspiration and a wonderful friend 🙂 *kisses*

    BTW, thanks for the shoutout! Your readers have already showed some love today!

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    dayka robinson designs
    August 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    love to hear this, mimi! will be great to look back on this process once the house is built & you guys are moved in. you’ll be so glad you documented it!

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    August 23, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Your kitchen choices look fabulous. Your kitchen is going to be gorgeous. And you are so right, you are good on your choices because I stopped by Erika’s site, she’s on point with her decor.

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    Dani @ okdani.com
    August 23, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Wow!! This is all so exciting and I love how things just work out so well for you. You’re blessed!! Can’t wait to see things unfold.

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    August 23, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Wow! So glad it all worked out. Congrats!

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    Mrs. Pancakes
    August 23, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    God is amazing….I can’t wait to see everything come together!

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    August 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Congratulations on your new home. Enjoy the journey!

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      August 27, 2012 at 12:21 am

      Thank you so much!

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    August 24, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Congratulations, everything will be perfect. I can’t wait to read about you selling the house and moving into your brand new home.

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    August 24, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I could just imagine the emotional roller coaster this has been, but I am glad it worked out for your good in the end. Especially since you have a peace in your spirit. Congrats again Mimi!

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    Mrs. Delightful
    August 27, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Congrats! I know your new home will be FAB!

    Mrs. Delightful

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