I got back last night from another trip to Austin. I really feel for the buyers who have to buy a home from out of town. It's a brain-fry! There is so much to do and so little time. Here's a picture of our lot. Look at all the trees... many will be chopped down, but the back trees will remain as a buffer.
We were supposed to have our design meeting on Monday morning from 8:30-11:30. We were there until 4:30 and then went back on Tuesday morning. We thought Tuesday morning would be "fast and easy", but we were there until after 1pm. They're supposed to charge if you take more than 4 hours, but they were very accommodating with the extra time.
We had to drive some neighborhoods to find brick colors that we liked, as the samples they keep are so tiny, it's ridiculous, but since I always tell my buyers to drive around and write down addresses in a builders' known community, that's what we did.
First, I went to the brick website to start narrowing down. I also asked the design person for addresses of darker red and brown bricks. We got that list, and didn't like a single one she sent us to. So, we continued through the neighborhood and wrote down not just two or three addresses to check on, but 12 addresses. Out of 12 addresses, there had to be something available... umm, no... Every single address had a brick color that was discontinued, and we're looking in "new" communities. How is this right? We did the same thing on Tuesday, but we finally found a brick that we think might work. It's such a new brick color, there were only three houses the brick rep could send us to look at it, one in Round Rock, one in Cedar Park, and one in Leander... you would think they would be closer in proximity than they were, but nope. AND, the design person had no clue how to get to the Cedar Park or Leander ones and the streets were so new, they weren't on Mapquest or Google Maps, so it was fun trying to find them. We gave up on the Leander one, and decided it was an ok brick just from seeing the other two homes, though it looked completely different on both houses. We're taking a risk.
Anyway, we're one step closer to getting things completed on our selections. We did decide to add the Balcony. We're the first ones to add a Balcony to this floorplan, and this is also a brand new floorplan for Austin, as you remember we drove to Houston just to see the plan... Well, they're making several changes to it from what we saw in Houston, so once again, I'm a guinea pig! I always seem to do things the hard way and people get to test things out on me. Hopefully, everything will turn out just fine, even with all the changes made.
Relocating is NOT fun, and I feel for all the people who have to relocate to new and different places, and feel even more for those who have to do it every couple of years!
Here is a picture of the view from the neighbor's house. Being right next door, our view should be about the same, though we're a little higher, so the view should be better. Oh, and here's a cactus in the backyard that will probably stay. I've never had a cactus before. I've seem them grow to be ridiculous sizes... how much maintenance will be needed to keep this cactus trimmed down? And will Oscar and Alyssa make us get rid of it all together if they are temped to touch it? We'll see. More Relocation stories to come...