October 2019 - The Homeowner Pre-Build Orientation
Eric and I have exciting news to share – we have officially dug on our home! After months of planning, we have now entered the construction phase of the building process. To kick off construction, we met with our neighborhood builder, Ray, for our Homeowner Pre-Build Orientation (HPBO). First, Ray discussed our survey with us and explained the dimensions of our home site and how our home will fit in the area. After reviewing our survey, we went through our plans to make sure everyone was on the same page so Ray can ensure construction goes smoothly, and that our expectations of our home would be met throughout the construction phase of our home.
To stay updated during the build of our home, Ray let us know that him and the new home specialist would be calling on a weekly basis to share what was done in the previous week, what is scheduled for the upcoming week, and open up the floor for any questions that we may have for him. Besides the brief weekly phone call, we will be able to check our Buildertrend account to see photos posted periodically throughout our build.
The HPBO meeting was very informative, and was a great way to start off the construction phase of our build. We are beyond excited to watch our dream home be built, and we can’t wait to share photos with you throughout this journey!
September 2019 - Selections Sign-Off
Hi everyone! Eric and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our new baby boy, Ryder! The three of us are very excited to welcome you back to #OstlundsGetCreative!
We have officially wrapped up our selections in the design center, which is a great feeling. We really enjoyed designing our home with our Design Studio Specialist, Claire. She’s helping all of our dreams become reality in our brand-new home!
At this point, the planning period has concluded, and construction will begin soon enough! We are looking forward to meeting our Neighborhood Builder as we patiently wait for our upcoming dig date. Lace up your boots and get your hard hats on – next time we connect, we’ll be on our homesite beginning construction on our brand-new home!
Thanks again for staying updated on our blog and videos on our Creative Homes Instagram and Facebook page. We can’t wait to share the next step of our build with you!
August 2019 - The Design Studio
Welcome back to #OstlundsGetCreative for another update on our build! This past week, Eric and I visited the Design Studio at the Creative Homes office with our Design Studio Specialist, Claire.
Visiting the Design Studio was something that we've been looking forward to since the day we decided to build a home! After all, one of the main reasons we decided to build was so we could personalize our home exactly the way we want.
A few things we are most excited about include the selections we made in our kitchen and laundry room. In our kitchen, Claire recommended white painted cabinets to go with our gorgeous white quartz countertop that we will also use as our backsplash as it will provide a really fresh and clean look. In our laundry room, we wanted to add in a fun element, so Claire showed us a really cool navy floor design, along with navy cabinets to match, which we are deciding to implement in our laundry room.
Although the internet was an amazing resource for us to find ideas and inspiration for our home, we also visited quite a few of the Creative Homes models and brought in pictures that we wanted to mimic in our home. In fact, our laundry room (pictured below) is from one of our models in Lake Elmo at Legacy at North Star. Visiting the models really helped us to visualize what our options were and narrow down exactly what we wanted in our home.
While visiting the Design Center was fun, there were moments of frustration as we struggled to make decisions with all of the choices. Claire was incredible to help keep us focused while also listening to both what Eric and I envisioned for our home - even if we disagreed. In fact, deciding on the selections in our lower level wet bar was surprisingly our biggest frustration - we couldn't decide whether to have stained or painted cabinets and had trouble deciding on which backsplash we liked best. Claire did an awesome job providing her expertise and ideas to paint a picture for us to envision, while still considering both of our wants and keeping our budget in mind.
Eric and I can't wait to see how our design selections all come together throughout the course of our build! Thanks again for staying updated on our blog and our videos on Creative's Facebook and Instagram! We are so excited to share the next step of our build with you!
July 2019 - Choosing to Build
Hi everyone! Welcome to our blog #OstlundsGetCreative. My name is Steph, and Eric is my fiancé. We are both New Home Specialists at Creative Homes, and have made the decision to build a home in one of our brand new communities, Summit Ridge! We are very excited to share our home building journey with you and keep you updated on the decisions we’re making throughout the process - including the highs, the lows, and everything in between both in the videos we film with Austin and our blog! We are so excited that you are joining us during this exciting time of our lives!
The past couple weeks were super exciting for Eric and I. We can’t believe we signed a purchase agreement to build a home! We chose a community that fits our lifestyle, picked out a floor plan that will allow our family to grow, and made structural decisions that cross off a few of our “must-haves” in a new home. When we signed our purchase agreement, we secured our homesite so we can now begin our home building journey.
Eric and I are building the Lexington floor plan. The reason we chose this floor plan, is because we want main level living with two additional bedrooms on the main floor – one for guests and one for our baby due at the end of the month! We are planning to finish the lower level which adds a fourth bedroom to our home. We have also decided to add a wet bar, and an additional room for our portable sauna. We love to entertain and cannot wait for our lower level to be a great space to hang with our friends and family!
Although starting the process of building a home can seem overwhelming, we made a “must-have” list of rooms and various features that are most important to have in our new home, which will help guide us as we go through this process. We can't wait for what is to come and are so happy you're along for the ride! Stay tuned!