For the last 2 months, I have been fielding the same question over and over again.
"Hey Steve: How is your house coming?"
At which point I say: "Well..........It's not. We haven't started the renovation because we are waiting on the building permit. Oh and we still don't have a closing date for our renovation loan. That's all. Just waiting on the legal permission to build and the money to pay for it."
And the next question is:
"Well....when do you think you will start?"
Great question! Then I say: "I think in 2 weeks. Yeah...probably 2 weeks."
And this kept going on.
I started to think that beginning construction was always going to be 2 weeks away.
But then, on Tuesday July 28th, I received two very important emails. Email 1 was from the City of Charleston. That email read that our building permit had been processed and was ready for pickup. Email 2 from our bank. It said that our loan had been cleared by the underwriters and we were ready to schedule a closing date.
And just like that, we were back in business!
In total, it took 6 weeks for the City of Charleston to process the building permit (on a 400sf addition). And our bank took 7 weeks to give us a closing date. We are set to close this Friday afternoon. Fingers crossed. I have a few things to button up with our contractor next week so I have set the breaking ground date for:
Monday, August 10th. That is when we will begin construction.
Cue the fireworks! The streamers! Pop the bubbly! Crank up the AC/DC! Tune up the air guitar! Cheers y'all!
But I need your help!
It turns out that the addition is going to cost way more than we initially thought. So we are starting a Kickstarter campaign to help pay for the addition.
Ha! JK! Had you there! We don't need your money fool!
But I do need your help with picking some colors.
Trying to figure out what color to paint the house, and the color of our brand new hurricane resistant windows. (That are way too f-ing expensive!)
Please leave a comment on what you like. Here are the options:
Gray walls with white windows:
Gray walls with black windows.
Cream walls with black windows.
Or we just keep what we have. That little brick box is the jam!
Please leave me a comment. Would love to hear your thoughts.