Since we had our final grading a few months ago, we were struggling to grow grass in a few areas due to the rain washing it away and rocks surfacing. We attempted to try and remove some of the rocks but ultimately they proved to be too big to removed by hand. I was able to remove 1 of 8 rocks in the yard with a hammer drill, 3 drill bits and a lot of patience. That patience was gone rather quick however we led me to file a service request online with RH. Typically they do not warrant anything on the exterior of the house but I thought it was worth a try. Our Service Manager Jeff is awesome. We called and met him the first time when we needed our exhaust vents repaired. He came out and took a look and agreed that we needed assistance and that he would have them removed for us. And thank goodness he did. The crew that came and removed the rocks were great and did it rather quick considering their size. The largest of the rocks ended up being approximately 6-7 feet long!They dug up each rock and replaced them all with dirt, fertilizer and seed. So now we have half a yard with grass and half a yard with some dirt. I'm excited to grow the grass again, just kidding! Another high water bill this month, but at least we will have grass! I also planned on de-thatching the yard prior to the rocks being removed, but that will have to wait until the grass comes in. That's all for now, some pics of the yard below.
Just about everything has been done with the house since our last blog update. Driveway was poured, landscaping was done, kitchen island was installed and we finished our garage(for the most part anyway). The driveway was poured about a month ago. They came and staked it out on a Friday and had it poured on Monday. We were supposed to originally have the driveway extended 1 foot on each side of the driveway, however they poured our walkway too long. So instead they added about 6 inches on the walkway side and 18 inches on the far side. This was not ideal but it works out and we still have the 2 feet we paid for through Ryan. Landscaping was installed about three weeks ago. They showed up randomly one day with a crew and went to work. They were out there working for about 7 hours or so as we have a huge yard. They gave us our "street tree" which is actually really mature and looks great. Along the front porch they gave us some shrubs and flowers along with trees on each side of the garage. They leveled out our yard with terrible top soil(filled with metal, rocks, glass etc.) and then covered it with straw. After that they then sprayed fertilizer on top and we were good to go. Then the fun part began on getting the grass to grow. We invested in two traveling sprinklers which really were life savers. It would be such a huge pain to continuously move the sprinklers every 10 minutes. Instead these hook directly up to the hose and uses it as a track to follow. It then sprays the water in a circle and the water pressure makes it move, around 37 feet per hour. So its really convenient and makes life easier. Our grass has come in pretty good. We do have some spots that the seeds were washed away or just didnt come in too well, so we will be re-seeding shortly. We are currently in the process of removing the straw from the yard which is a huge pain, but it is almost done. To tackle the grass cutting, we invested in a riding mower too. I was hoping to not have to make this purchase until perhaps the end of the season and get a deal, but the grass was seeded earlier than expected and has really come in well. So our new mower is all electric which is awesome as we do not need to deal with gas, oil, belts etc. The only thing we really need to do is sharpen the blades when needed. Mowing the grass may actually be an easy chore for a change. We also installed our kitchen island. We ordered it through 84 lumber as this is the company RH goes through for their purchases. It came in and we had to go and pick it up. It took us about 5hrs or so to install it but it looks great in the kitchen and fills in a bunch of the dead space. And it adds some storage as well. We got the exact same cabinets and countertops that we chose with the house so everything matches. Finally the garage is done!!! This was a huge pain to do, but im glad its done. It took weeks of mudding, sanding and painting to get it to its current state. I only did one coat of mud but it really could have used two as you can still see the seams. But hey, its the garage. It does need to be perfect. So the walls were painted White Metal by Behr which looks really good. We also applied Rust-Oleum Epoxy Shield to the garage floor. This took some preparation and was easily applied like a latex paint. It adds some nice protection to the floor and looks better than the plain concrete. We also bought some ceiling storage to free up some floor space. Ive only had time to install one with everything going on but the other will be done soon enough. We are also having our housewarming party next weekend so we have lots to clean and get prepped for the party as well. But thats about all for now, more projects coming in the future(most likely a fence). Below are some pics of the updates and of course, Let's Go Pens!
Well we have been in the house for about 7 weeks now and everything is going well for the most part. We are still waiting on a couple of fixed from our 30 day meeting. There is a bump in our roof outside of our loft window. Not sure how it got there but our PM stated it will be addressed. Also, we are waiting on Rite Rug to come in and fix our floors. A bunch of our planks are either scratched or lifting. Needless to say we have painter's tape all over the floor. It took forever to have Rite Rug come out to check out the flooring which only happened yesterday. The person said it could be another 1-2 weeks before we hear back as they have to investigate what the issue is(eye roll). Anyway, we have continued to do some improvements to the house ourselves. We bought a chair for our MBR sitting area. We still need to get an ottoman for it but its nice to have the chair out of the way. The wife spent a ton of time researching what chair to buy. She finally decided to go with one from Wayfair. We had a 10% off coupon so that helped out a bit. It came today and looks nice in the room as it takes up some of the dead space we had. I also started working on the garage. They leave the garage basically half completed and just doesn't look great. Considering this will be our main entrance to the house for many years to come, I want it to at least look put together. My final goal is to have all the walls painted, floor coated with epoxy and some nice storage areas to hold some items. Our garage has tall ceilings and a lot of seams, so its taking a while to get through all of the mud work. I'm currently about 50% done with that so I still have a while to go. My goal is to have it done around when our driveway is poured which will be about 5 weeks or so. I'll keep this updated with the progress. Finally, we ordered a kitchen island! We met with a local company to have it designed for us. They came out yesterday and measured it out for us so it will fit nicely into our kitchen/dining area. We are matching the cabinets and countertop to what we chose during the building process just to be consistent. They said it should be about 3-4 weeks for it to come in as well. Below are some pics of the chair and the island renderings. More updates to come.