Jessica and Andrew during construction
Ten years ago today, Andrew and I signed our life away and got the keys to our very first home.
We built the house to our specifications and picked out everything in it from the floor plan to the vault orientation, the number of bedrooms, colors, carpeting, cabinets, counters, appliances, fixtures and even the location of every outlet and cable throughout the home. I don’t think I could ever move to a used home having been so spoiled with the ability to make such personal and specific choices!
We visited the home site during construction every day and took pictures of the entire process. Those pictures, over the years, have been absolutely priceless. We have used them to map out cables and piping, locate gas lines, change out air conditioners, fix electrical problems, and much more. I think Andrew’s family secretly wondered about my sanity because I took more than 2,500 pictures during the process with my brand new 1.2 megapixel digital camera.
Check out a time lapse view of our Home Progression (MPEG video).
Our home construction in progress
Here are a few fun facts about our first house:
- The final purchase price was $168,400 after we added on about $40k in upgrades to the Richmond American Kirkland model.
- Andrew didn’t have a job when we purchased this house. We had moved back from Boston about a month prior to buying it. He didn’t get a job until a week or so after we signed the papers to build it.
- We bought this house on April 29, 2001 which was just over 9 months before we got married.
- The house took exactly 5 months to build from the time we put our deposit down until the time we got the keys from the lender.
- Since purchasing the home, we have invested approximately $20,000 for front and back yard landscaping, $8,000 to upgrade the bathrooms and $10,000 in new and upgraded appliances.
The article below was in the East Valley Tribune, July 7, 2001 on page B1-B2. It talks about our experience in buying our first home in Gilbert, Arizona.
One of the things I love about genealogy is the ability to find information about our family members published in historical newspapers. I thought it would be useful for future generations of our family if I noted one local newspaper article that featured Andrew and me.
East Valley Tribune, July 7, 2001. Page B1
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East Valley Tribune, July 7, 2001. Page B2.