Putting all of the exciting news in the title of this blog post!
It has been awhile since we’ve shared a big update on our page but we are hopeful that now that we have gotten approval of our plans by the Architect Review Board and HOA that more updates will be rolling as the construction progress begins to take place on our lot.
February: Purchased our lot
March: Started the process of working with a builder and getting our initial layouts complete
April: Closed on our lot and had final edits with our first builder
May: Switched Builders
June: Worked with our builder on the initial layouts and specifications for each room
July: Revisions of all layouts and specifications
August: Electrical and finalizations of plans
September: Contracts/all final documents
October: Submitting our plans to the Architect Review Board + HOA – getting approvals before we break ground
The Process of Getting Approved
Our builder prepared a packet to present to the Architect Review Board with our signed floor plans with exterior, interior, electrical (etc), the specifications for each room, and additional supporting documents. We had to submit our exterior selections to be approved during this time as well which included: garage doors, roof color, front door, exterior siding color and color of brick.
The Architect Review Board (ARB) approved all of our plans but the HOA Board denied our garage initially. Thankfully our builder had warned us that this may happen and he worked hard to explain to the HOA Board that due to our corner lot, the angled garage makes the most sense for the construction of the home. Typically if the ARB approves the plan you don’t have push back from the HOA Board; however, this wasn’t our experience.
Thankfully after they met an additional time and with the help of our builder we got the approval needed to move forward. We are now able to stay on schedule with the timing for our lot clearing, estimated to be the last week of October or first week of November pending 2 lots before us.
While we were waiting on our approval we did a tree walk with our builder and marked our trees that we’re keeping. We were required to keep 9 but we decided to make the bold decision to keep the large oak tree for the front of the home to have in the center of our circle drive. We’re envisioning florals at the base of the tree with a bench for a welcoming outdoor space.
Getting County permits
Construction loan closing (November)