The night we handed over our cheque, we also spent some time looking at the model homes because I wanted to plan out lighting fixtures.
If you’re ever buying a house, make sure you ask about lighting fixtures. I was so surprised to learn that half of the light locations in the model homes were not standard. I’m not even talking about the fixtures themselves, but the wiring.
The great room didn’t have any lights in it, so we opted to add in 6 pot lights.
The kitchen also didn’t come with anything, so we’re putting in 4 pot lights there, as well as a fixture over our breakfast bar (I’m saving my pennies for this mason jar pendant from Pottery Barn).
The dining area comes standard with a decent looking chandelier, but I’ll swap that out eventually for something that goes with the jars.
All the other rooms have some sort of fixture in them, which is nice. We added in 2 more pot lights to the window seat in the master bedroom, and 1 pot light in our master shower, and 1 in the upper bathtub.
We really liked the look of the pot lights compared to having a million fixtures in such a confined area.
In the next month we’ll be meeting with the interior decorator to make all of our colour selections, and we also get to do a pre-drywall inspection of the house!
6 more months!!
We just dropped off our big, fat cheque and they put a lovely red dot on our house in the sales center (with a special addition of the heart for Valentines Day)
I’m going to start this post of by telling you that if you’re buying a home and you don’t have a lawyer, you need to find one. Like yesterday.
I don’t know what we would have done without ours. Thankfully he was easy to find because he’s a friend of K’s dad, and he graciously made the call for us.
He sat with us for almost 2 hours going through every single line of our agreement to make sure we understood all the closing costs and all the things we’d need to do when we finally got our home. I had done a ton of googling and there was just sooooo much information I was incredibly overwhelmed. He answered all of our questions, told us what to try and get for free, and made us a nice little chart of all the fees we should expect come closing.
Since our place is a townhome condominium we also have an 80 page condo doc to read. He skimmed through that for us to make sure there wasn’t any crazy restrictions, and I have to admit I have yet to get through page 1. I think I might start a new business writing Coles Notes Condo Docs. I’d make a killing!
We have until February 14th to close the deal – so we’re waiting on an appointment time with he Sales Agent to drop off our cheque and book our appointments with the Interior Decorator!
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
This right here is the reason we loved this house. The Master Bedroom. Check out that ceiling!
And last but not least, here is what our house currently looks like (it’s the 2nd one in both photos).
I’m going to try my best to get construction photos along the way!
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.