We met with our contractor at Urban Homeworks this morning and we left not knowing much more but feeling 100% better.
Urban Homeworks is an organization that is non-profit and receives funds and grants from sources that require a lot of governments OK's. We are still waiting for an OK from the city on the plan that's been put together. Our state has OK'd the modifications but have now submitted them to the budget department. Hope there's no hold up there.
The closing on the construction loan is Thursday. Hopefully demo can start then or on Friday. We were told that once demo and construction actually starts, it should really only take 3 (4 at the most) months to complete. So we are super hopeful that an Oct 1st or 15th close is in the works. We are going to lease our apartment month to month in hopes that we will only be here 3 more months.
We talked about some fun stuff like colors, carpet, cabinets, etc. At this point it's just talk since we're not really ready to put the new stuff in. Still, it's fun to plan that kind of thing. They should us light, medium, and dark cabinets and I liked the dark alot. We were told if dark cabinets go in, our appliances will most likely be black which I favor as well. Also, I requested a semi-gloss paint because Bob uses his hands on the walls alot and leaves lots of dirty marks that are hard to clean up on our currently flat-painted walls. I was told that it could be done! Also, my kitchen desk area seems like it's a go too! Score!
I told our contractor of my hope for a red kitchen. He kept asking about one wall being red and I said that I wanted them all red. He wasn't really getting it so when I got home I emailed him the photos I uploaded from the Sherwin-Williams website. He called me soon after to ask me how I got those photos. I explained that SW had a website where you can upload a photo of a room and then virtually paint it in their colors to see how it looked. He was impressed:-)
Now there is some work involved. I have to submit some financials to our realtor for a grant we may qualify for. We also have to meet with a financial counselor at Lutheran Social Services in order to put together a budget that will pay off most of our debt in the next 3 years. (I know it's necessary and I know we need the help but I am scared of this particular part/meeting.)
So after waiting. And waiting. And more waiting...it seems as though we are poised to finally take off. Oh, I hope so.