So after spending the last few months going through open houses and even having Sarah show us some houses one afternoon we have decided to buy a brand spanking new home directly from the builder. Sarah took the news very well, as we were very worried about telling her, as she doesn't earn any commission when we buy direct from the builder ourselves.
The reason we are going down the new home route is that we couldn't find anything we were totally happy with. Each one had an issue, some were minor, some weren't. So we bit the bullet and despite the fact that we swore we were never going through the new build saga again, we are.
This builder is different in the way he does things and is totally hands on. The finishes are very high quality and are to our liking. We haven't gone firm on it yet, as we can't until we have a firm offer on our house, but we have an appointment next week to go through what we do want and any extras we want to add.
When we finalized the price on Friday night, we even got to pick out the brick of the house, as it is all framed and windows are in etc. I will admit it is all going way faster than we anticipated and today (Saturday) we are having to go out and figure out what appliances I want to put in the kitchen as they need the specifications so they will fit in the kitchen.
It is my 50th birthday next month and dh keeps bugging me about what I would like. I don't want anything, but that's not good enough. So I told him I want top of the line appliances in this house and this will do for my birthday. I am very happy with that. I am looking at the Frigidaire Professional Series of appliances in stainless steel in the kitchen and the Maytag Maxima series in white for the washer and dryer. If anyone has any experience with either of these brands please share.
I will talk more and more about this as the months go on, but so far it's early days. I will share pictures and house plans etc, in the following weeks. Please say a few prayers that the folk who have the offer on our house sell theirs soon.