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Model Homes

Do you like to tour model homes?  Being a licensed real estate agent in the State of Arizona, I regularly take classes to keep my license current. Recently, the classes have been in some beautiful model homes.

Let me say a little about the builder.  The company is Meritage Homes in Arizona.  Meritage also builds communities elsewhere, but I am familiar with only the homes built in the Phoenix area.

I know you are all aware that the Phoenix area can get warm…okay, HOT! These homes are the only homes in the area built with spray-on, insulating foam.  The rafters in the attic are all sprayed with foam which keeps the attic temperature within ten degrees of the home’s interior temperature. A 3000 square foot home has an electric bill commensurate with a 1500 square foot conventionally built home.  In other words, the utility bills are cut in half.  They have documentation that verifies this.

At each community that I have been to, one model home is usually built with a wall left open to view it’s interior.  Also, the ceiling is open so that you can see the attic and how it is insulated. This room also contains props showing how their homes are built.  They use Low E2 windows throughout, and some homes have solar panels.

Another plus of Meritage is that they partner with Operation Homefront, an organization that supports families of service members and wounded warriors.  If you are interested in knowing more about Meritage Homes, please click their name to visit their website.

However, that is not what this post is about.  What I want to show you, is some of the interior designing that I have enjoyed in a few of the homes.  Sorry for the photo quality – cell phone!

Isn’t this a fun idea for a boy’s room?  Chalk paint is on the wall behind the bed for artistic expression.

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This is a boy’s nursery with a barn-like theme.  Those are red bandana squares sewn onto the curtains.

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This is in the alcove to a master bedroom.  I really like the unique wall hanging and the mirrored chest.

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I am looking for ideas for our master bedroom.  This design is very pleasing to me.  The side lights go well with the overall arrangement and keep a lamp off of the table, which could be nice if your side tables are small.

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My last picture is of the master bathroom.  Garden tubs are not something that I desire, but I do like the arrangement of mirrors on the wall above this tub.  I have a thing for mirrored finishes!

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Unless you contacted me to refer you as a buyer, I do not receive any compensation for touting Meritage Homes.  This is just for your personal information.

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Pocket Door

Currently, our kitchen looks like this!  I neglected to keep you updated with the progress.

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My husband and son are preparing to install a pocket door.  The door will replace this section of removed wall.

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The door will lead from the kitchen into my future studio.  This is how my studio looks today. It’s basically a storage area!

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This morning, my husband ordered the counter tops. We can continue to work on the kitchen while we wait for the counter tops to be built.  Not all upper cabinets are installed, yet.

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Not My Husband’s Favorite

Plumbing is not my husband’s favorite thing to do.  It tends to lead to more work.  Pipes get corroded and sometimes break while you work on them.  Or other miscellaneous problems occur.  That was not the case this time as he moved our pipes from the floor to the wall.

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As usual, when he took the drywall off of the wall, he discovered something.  We are always discovering ‘something’.  This time, it was a good thing!  We found that our exterior walls are built with 2×6’s.  Since we live in Phoenix, that is a good thing.

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This means that our walls are R-19 for insulation.  You can never have too much insulation, right?

My husband cut a hole in the floor so he wouldn’t have to go under the house to do the plumbing change.  You can see where the pipes used to be and where they are now.  When he cut the hole in the floor he discovered gray pipes that went nowhere.  They are what is left of the original plumbing which has all been replaced with CPVC pipe.  Remember, this is a manufactured home built in 1985.

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Our son showed up again, which made for some quick work. Yes, those windows are on a list to be replaced!

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Doesn’t my husband do a nice, tidy job?  The kitchen is getting closer to the mud stage.  I hate that part.  Dust EVERYWHERE!

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I am looking forward to the finished product.  Am I being patient?  Not really.

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South and West Walls

Now that we have caught up considerably, let me show you what we are currently doing.  A few days ago, my son came over and helped to demolish the south and west walls of our kitchen.

I emptied all of the cabinets and put the items who knows where?  Anywhere that I could find space, that’s where!  Then the cabinets came out.

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My husband and son work well together and had the cabinets out in a very short time!

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Our city has a wonderful free program.  Once every three months they have a bulk pick up of any large items that you want to get rid of.  We were able to get our kitchen broken up and at the street for the next day’s pick up.  20140805cabinetsAtCurb

The trash is gone and we are on to the next project – moving the indoor plumbing from the floor to the wall.  Stay tuned, folks, MacGyver lives here.

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More Kitchen Work

The guest room work got put on hold as soon as the kitchen cabinets were delivered.  The guest room was the only space that we had room for storing all of the cabinets!  I should have been blogging all of this, but I just didn’t.  No excuses.  This will be a quick catch up post.

These are the old cabinets that were removed.  I see by this picture that I am really behind!  The wood floors have all been removed, also.

Old Cabinets. North wall.

Old Cabinets. North wall.

My husband added some electrical outlets and moved others.  He patched all the holes and also removed the laminate flooring which had two layers of tile below it.

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These are the IKEA cabinets installed on the north wall.  Later will come trim and molding.

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Cabinets installed.

He built out a table for eating in the kitchen.  The wood top is temporary until the counter tops are installed when the entire kitchen is done.

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The tile that you see on the floor, now, is there for leveling.  The home is not level.  We had a company come out to level it which they did.  However, he told us that the home has settled over the years and cannot get any more level.  So, my husband used layers of tile on the floor in an area that bothered him in particular.  The tiles won’t be visible once the flooring is installed over it.  He is very resourceful.

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Guest Room Demo

The guest room demo has begun.  My husband didn’t want to do any more dry wall mudding until our home was leveled.  So, while waiting for the man to come level it, he began the demo on our guest room.

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He removed the old carpet.  The corners of the room had textured drywall which was different from the rest of the room.  I guess for accent, but he removed them.  We want all the walls the same texture.

When he was removing these drywall panels he found that one was not even attached properly.  The drywall was attached to a stud.  But, the stud was  not attached to the board at the ceiling joint.  It was about eight inches short!

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My husband will fix it.  I have big plans for this little guest room.

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The men did come and level our home.  But the demo of this room was not wasted.  It is now out of the way, and ready for the storage of our new kitchen cabinets.  They are set to arrive in two weeks.  We took advantage of the 20% off sale at IKEA and bought them before we are actually ready to install them.  But this empty room is the perfect place to store them.

We are now back to working on the kitchen demo.  Slowly, but surely we will get it done.

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What’s New?

What’s new?  Well, I finally added the curtain in the laundry room.  I made it to hide the ugly faucets and drain.  I picked a cheerful pattern of fabric from my local Hobby Lobby.  Don’t you LOVE that store?

Here is how it looks now.

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I also hung the small bulletin board on the wall.  That’s where we keep our name tags and visitor tags.  It keeps them handy to grab on our way out the door.  We live in a gated community and they like us to wear them when in the community club house or other community areas. We have a lot of visitor tags, because we have a lot of grandchildren!  They feel special when they wear them over to play tennis with us.

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New Mailbox

I wrote this post on February 27th.  And just today noticed that it never posted.  It was still in the ‘drafts’ folder.  So, better late than never!  :)

This was the mailbox at our new home.  It looks fine from the outside.  On the inside the bottom was loose and didn’t sit in the mailbox straight.  You could lift the bottom and expose a hole into the brick pillar.

mailbox replacementWhile at the hardware store, we picked out a new, simple mailbox of a larger size.   My husband removed the old one. Now you can actually see the hole in the brick pillar.

mailbox replacementThese are the two mailboxes, side by side.  From past experience, we have decided that a larger mailbox works better for most mail.

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The larger mailbox looks better on the brick pillar, also.

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We think, possibly, a past owner had the mailman drop the mail under the false bottom in the mailbox, perhaps while on vacation.  Then, when they returned, they got their mail out of the pillar in the door hidden on the back side.

secret doorAs a child, I would have loved that hidden compartment.  Maybe I still do!

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Game Table Cover

Canned lights are complete and working!

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On our screened porch we have an air hockey table that the grandkids all love.  Being on a screened porch can be dangerous to the table.  Rain blowing could potentially damage it.  So, I went to Walmart and bought an inexpensive fleece backed vinyl table cloth and threw it over it.  The wind just blew it right off!  I put cute little birdy tablecloth weights on the corners.  They weren’t much help. Plus, my husband said, even with a cover, water would just pool on the top of it if it rained in hard enough.

After a trip to Home Depot for a sheet of styrofoam insulation, my husband cut it to just the right size for the table.

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See how it fits nicely?

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Then I laid the tablecloth upside down on the table and measured where to sew on elastic. You can see the marks I made with a black marker.

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I proceeded to stretch and sew the elastic onto the tablecloth.  It’s really simple.  You just pull the elastic taught while sewing it on.  It causes the fabric to gather.

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Now, the tablecloth is more form fitting and perhaps the wind will not be able to blow it off so easily.  I hope not anyway.

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What’s next?  A past due mailbox post!

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Canned Lights

While we are waiting for the very busy man to come and re-level our home, we are doing things that won’t be affected by that process.  He told us re-leveling could cause the new drywall patches to crack, so we are not doing anymore on the walls.

When we bought the home, these were the lights that illuminated the kitchen. You can see part of them in this photo of the fan that we removed. The lights were fluorescent lights in wooden boxes.  We removed them.  Remember, in January, I posted how they just about fell off of the ceiling?

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This is how it has looked for the past couple of months.  My husband had started to prepare the holes for track lighting, but we changed our minds (we have two of them to change).  We thought canned lights might work better.

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He made short work of the job, even adding a third canned light.  Today the last 4 rooms of ceiling are being painted, then the lighting can be completed.

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I am planning on finding something unique to replace the one single light above the sink.  I haven’t found the right one, yet.

You can see the vent with insulation stuffed into it.  There is one in each room and they are left from when the home was cooled by evaporative coolers on the roof. Now there is a refrigeration unit in the backyard and the cooling comes through floor vents.  We are leaving the ducting and vents, because you just never know.  If we ever installed gas packs on the roof, the ducting could be used.

On another note, my son just sent this picture to us.  It is a 360 degree view series that he took from the roof of the home we just moved from.  Yes, I do miss that view!

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