Category Archives: House & Home

Model Home Photos

Arkell Springs Master Bedroom

I’ve been talking so much about the house process that I haven’t elaborated on any of the photos I’ve been posting!

This is the exterior of the townhome, ours will look exactly like the 2nd unit in:

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This is our floorplan (I didn’t include the basement since it won’t be finished anyway). We’re getting the Glass Shower part of the luxury ensuite, but not the bathtub. This way I get a huge walk-in closet:

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This is the kitchen, and you can see the hall out to the front door. We will have that little breakfast bar which is perfect for entertaining:

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Here’s the great room, I think my favourite part is the double doors and windows. We back on to a little “community area” which is essentially a tiny little park. Just means I won’t have to stare directly into anyone’s house.

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These are the stairs leading to the 2nd floor – check out the sweet plant shelf! I can’t wait to decorate it with pony paraphernalia.

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This right here is the reason we loved this house. The Master Bedroom. Check out that ceiling!

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And last but not least, here is what our house currently looks like (it’s the 2nd one in both photos).

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I’m going to try my best to get construction photos along the way!

Pulling the Trigger

Arkell Springs Townhome Construction Progress

Well, we did it! Today we officially signed the agreement to purchase the townhome. Since it’s a condominium townhome we have 10 days to meet with our lawyer, get our financing together and provide the builder with a big fat cheque.

My mom came up to see the model home today and she also loved it. We sat with the Sales Agent for almost two hours going over everything, and talking about options, upgrades and timing questions. My mom is awesome at asking for things for free, so it was great to have her there (just don’t tell her I said so. HI MOM!).

Here’s our final list of upgrades (this is mostly structural stuff, we make final cosmetic decisions when we meet with the interior decorator):

  • Central Air
  • Central Vac Rough In (4)
  • Hardwood Stairs (1st to 2nd Floor)
  • Hardwood in the Great Room
  • Granite Countertops
  • Tile Stairs (1st to Basement Powder Room)
  • Glass Railings
  • Hardwood in the 2nd Floor Hallway
  • Glass Shower

This week we’ll be meeting with our lawyer to go over the mass amounts of paper work and to ensure they’re not taking our first born child in the deal.

To Upgrade or Not to Upgrade…

Arkell Springs Plant Shelf

We meet with the Sales Agent on Sunday to talk about the house price and possibly sign an agreement, so this week has been all about choosing our upgrades and figuring out just how much we want to spend on this house.

K and I have pretty much agreed on every single upgrade (thankfully no domestics required). He is set on upgrading our master bath to have a glass shower, and I don’t want to give up the beautiful glass railings.

We’re still trying to decide whether or not we want hardwood stairs to the basement. Our thoughts are that the basement will end up being carpeted anyway, so it makes sense to save that money and spend it on Appliance upgrades, or something else.

Hardwood floors in the great room and in the upstairs hallway are a must, as well as granite countertops. Central air is another upgrade and so are central vac rough in’s throughout the house.

The house comes with standard stainless steel appliances, but we are thinking of upgrading those because they’re kind of ugly (my mom refers to me as Paris Hilton because of this haha). I want a fridge with a bottom freezer and a convection oven. We’d also like to have an over the range microwave. The biggest appliance cost will come in the form of a washer/dryer since those aren’t included in the price.

Right now we’re waiting for final pricing on the upgrades so we can make a more informed decision, but hopefully we’ll get those soon because I’m getting antsy!

We also decided to do our pre-approval this week. We have a number in our head that we don’t want to go over, so we wanted to make sure we’d be able to get the funding before bothering with all the hefty paperwork. Thankfully everything came through, so all we have to do is pull the trigger!

Choosing Our First Home

Arkell Springs Kitchen & Dining Room

Well one full day later, we basically made a decision on which house we wanted. The Terra View home was our favourite by far. Not only was it the best looking, but the quality far surpassed any other builder. We sent the Sales Woman an email about the questions we had on the unit we were looking at, and she quickly responded letting us know that she could meet with us next weekend to help us out.

Last night we took K’s parents over to the model home so they could take a look as well. They also loved it, which was nice. The model home is also their sales office and where you meet with the interior decorator, so all of the upgrades and swatches are there for you to see.

While we were there we got to quickly meet the Sales Woman and she answered a few of our questions regarding upgrade pricing, and the renovations we wanted to do to the home. Some of the upgrades we were looking at required them to stop construction, so the Sales Woman set up a meeting with us this weekend to make sure we would be able to get everything we wanted. She also asked us to send her a list of upgrades we were thinking about so she could give us pricing before we met with her to sign an Agreement.

This week we’ll talk about upgrades and figure out just how much we’re willing to spend on this first little house of ours.

House Hunting

Granite Homes Townhome

I wish I could remember why we decided we were going to buy a house…I’m sure it had something to do with K having to drive an hour to work every morning from Toronto, and the ungodly amount of money I pay for rent…

Either way, we were planning to move in September when my lease was up. I spent a lot of time browsing MLS for homes just to see what was available and nothing really caught my eye that was in our price range.

I started making a list of all the new build Townhomes in the Guelph area for us to check out. They were relatively inexpensive, and we liked the idea of a new house where we’d be able to choose all the interior finishes.

So we took a little road trip to Guelph and visited about 5 different model homes.

First we stopped in at a Terra View build, where we were greeted by a very nice sales woman. She gave us tons of information and let us walk through the two beautiful model homes. The place was pretty busy so we looked in, took the information and moved on to the next one.

Next, we went to visit another sales centre by Fusion Homes but their current phase was sold out. The sales woman there was very nice as well.

Just down the street we went to a Great Gulf Homes model (One of our friends just bought there too!). We weren’t greeted by anyone there, until we helped ourselves to some information. She basically looked at us and said “Our model home is down the street if you want to go look. It’s open.” Reaaaallllll helpful. Needless to say we turned around and walked out of there fairly quickly.

The fourth home we saw was by Granite homes, and they were semi detached homes and a little out of our price range. They were nice, but they also weren’t going to be ready by the time we needed to move.

The last place we saw was a new development by Reid Homes called Carriage Condos. They were split level townhomes (aka someone lived either above or below you). They were nice, but if I was going to pay for a home I didn’t want to live above or below anyone. Plus the lower level condo looked too much like a dungeon for my liking.

Those 5 places were more than enough model home galavanting for my liking, so we headed home.