Thursday, April 03, 2008

2 Weeks Later

2 weeks ago, this was all there was. A big pile of dirt and a concrete foundation. Our realtor sent us this picture she took when she passed by the place today. In just under 2 weeks, now lies:
It's pretty amazing, how fast things move here. Unlike Malaysia, houses are not made of concrete/bricks, only the foundation. Eventually, we hope it would look something like this:
It's great fun, I must say, getting a house that is still being constructed. You're able to work with the builders and tell them what you want and what you don't. The red marks were my comments for the builder. For the most part, the floorplan is fixed, but we're able to change cosmetic aspects of the house. In fact, our place will have a stone arch around the main door and a large window above the entrance which should put a lot of light on the staircase. That part was our own idea, something Kristin and I had seen on another house.
We also made some minor changes with the master bath, to have glass-block windows against the jacuzzi tub, and to have the shower stall be lined by stone tiles. I had wanted a skylight window for the master bathroom (I thought it would be neat to take a dump on the toilet and to have sunlight shining down on you like you had achieved enlightenment), but Kristin quickly put her foot down on that. That would add precious $$ to our already overbudget home, and would probably affect the insulation of the house. Also, when I asked the builder if they could put in a dance pole Kristin gave me a look that would have killed King Kong. Thank heavens we have our women to keep us on the ground!
The construction is expected to be completed by the end of June. We can't wait, really. It's not going to be a mansion, that's for sure, but for someone used to staying in crappy little places, that's going to be as close to a dreamhome as I'll get for now.

The next question is, which garage stall will house my new Mercedes SLK?
(Answer: Dream on, unless I get lucky with the lottery)


Blogger PaulOS said...

that's really fast lah.. was the foundation laid a long time ago...

was thinking about the exact same things about the toilet.. but i remembered.. the thing about having a glass window in the toilet means.. the toilet seat & floor's gonna be cold..

Anyways.. hope to see more updates.. btw.. u have a room for your games/gym/toys etc etc

9:43 PM  
Blogger spinosum said...

wow, that kind of speed! u better make sure the piling and foundation are done properly! ;)

12:13 AM  
Anonymous ront said...

IT IS a mansion in contrast to my tiny little place......looks good though...plenty of space.....

4:47 AM  
Anonymous ront said...

i mean your place looks good with plenty of space to fiddle with.....i'd second that dance pole...

4:47 AM  
Blogger Martin said...

Where is this new house of yours, TK? Somewhere in West Des Moines, or Clive?

Also, forget about the SLK- the Cayman S is probably a better car for the money. Seriously, the bonnet on the SLK looks like a dong.

8:17 PM  

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