My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 13
Our Loan and Closing Administrator, Kim, set my OFFICIAL Closing Date on my Brand New Energy Smart Jagoe Home for April 30th!
It’s been just over two months since Week 1 of my home building process. Last week, drywall was completed, and the first coat of paint was applied. This week, crews are installing my exterior vinyl, interior floor laminate and interior wood trim and doors. After that, it gets really fun, for me at least, when tile work begins, and my granite countertops are installed in the kitchen and owner’s bath!
So, this is what the interior of the kitchen and living area looked like after the first coat of paint:
Then things got serious. Just a few days later, the floor was installed, the cabinets were finished, AND they even started on my tile shower…
There were some Personalized Options that I really wanted in my home in Owensboro.
I’m obsessed with interior design. It’s so much more than colors and furniture. Amelia Laster, AKBD, Jagoe Homes’ Design & Merchandising Manager, does a fantastic job on our Model Homes! You can view all of our Model Homes on our Pinterest Page and pin ideas to your own board. You can also follow our Design Owensboro Facebook Page for fun polls, ideas and shared content from other design pages. If you’re a more visual person, or enjoy an interactive experience, you can even take Video Tours and Virtual Tours of Jagoe Home plans!
Before I started building this home in Bluegrass Commons, I was set on a gray pallet on the exterior. As you can see, my exterior selections reflect a brown pallet.
I completely changed my mind because I love the brick that I selected [Brampton Brick in Monroe], and when I decided to go with the brown colored mortar, that sealed the deal for me. I love it and think it looks great! As for the interior, I’ve been a fan of stark, white walls since I saw our 2018 Homearama Home. I own a lot of colorful artwork, so the white walls [Sherwin Williams in Extra White] will be a nice background for my paintings. I also decided that I did not want any carpet in my home, so I just went with the wood-look vinyl throughout. The vinyl [ArmorCore in Steel Wool] looks really nice, is easy to replace if damaged and is scratch resistant from my large dog. This is also an area that I chose to SAVE money on options.
Where I chose to spend more money on options was in my kitchen and owner’s bath! I splurged on granite countertops [Precision Stoneworks, 3 cm granite in Uba Tuba], black slate appliances [GE Appliances], subway tile backsplash [Emser Tile in 3″ X 16″ in white with black grout], Blanco kitchen sink, floating shelves and an extended kitchen island where I wanted to add an extra drawer for a trash can. I cannot tell you how excited I am to have a trash can in my island, since my home plan [Summit Craftsman] doesn’t have a large pantry to keep another one in. I also installed quiet-close drawers in the kitchen and owner’s bath and went with a tile shower instead of a tub/shower stall in the owner’s bath, as well as granite countertops and a double bowl vanity. My kitchen is DEFINITELY my favorite room in my home!
Other aspects of my home that I decided to add options such as; double-hung windows [Sun Windows], widened doors in a few areas, extended concrete patio off of the covered patio and extra storage space in the garage with pull-down stairs. Double-hung windows differ from single-hung in that they offer the homeowner the ability to open each sash, rather than just the bottom sash. This allows for better airflow and ventilation. The ability to open and tilt each sash makes cleaning easier, too. The widened, 3′ doors [Masonite, 5 panel] make the seemingly “tight” spaces in the home feel more open, specifically the garage-to-home door, laundry room door, and owner’s suite door. This will especially be handy when moving in! The 10′ extra concrete addition will allow more space for outdoor lounging and grilling, and the extra storage space in the garage will be useful for storing Holiday decorations and boxes of old t-shirts that I just didn’t have the heart to give away.
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Up Next: Paint, Fixtures & More
My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 10
Whoa… things are really starting to speed up around here… it’s getting more and more real every day!
We had our framing visit with Bernie, one of our Owensboro Superintendents. Bernie has been with Jagoe Homes for 33 years, since September of 1986, so I guess you could say he knows a thing or two! At a framing visit, Jagoe Homes invites the homeowners out to the home site with a Superintendent to take a look at the home after it is framed. There, the home owners also take a look at how the HVAC, electrical and plumbing is installed. During the visit, the Superintendent will walk through the entire home with the homeowner to provide a brief overview of what is installed and answer any questions.
Here are some photos from our Framing Visit:
After our Framing Visit, crews installed our roof and insulation.
Effective installation of insulation is very important for every Jagoe Homes’ high Energy Smart standard. In addition to the low-E insulated windows and doors, we also install highly efficient heating and cooling systems with programmable thermostats. All of the duct work must be properly insulated and sealed as well. When a home is at this stage in the building process, an inspector will come out and perform a Thermal Bypass to ensure that air sealing and insulation has been installed to this standard.
According to Energy Star, the checklist requires visual inspection of framing areas where air barriers are commonly missed and inspection of insulation to ensure proper alignment with air barriers, thus serving as an extra check that the air and thermal barriers are continuous and complete. So basically, it is an inspection of the wall and cavity insulation of a home. This must be done while the insulation is still exposed, and does not encompass the attic insulation, which is inspected later when a Blower Door Test is conducted.
A Thermal Bypass is important because it makes sure the insulation is installed properly so that heat transfers out of your home more slowly in the winter, and heat transfers into your home more slowly in the summer, thus saving the homeowner money on monthly energy bills. It also makes sure the home is sealed properly to prevent air exchange with the outside, which can also contribute to heat exchange.
In short, a Thermal Bypass is the second step in determining a home’s HERS Rating. Around the time a home is permitted, the HERS rater will “project” the HERS rating in a software that accurately builds the home and environment’s heat dynamics. That’s step one. Step two is the thermal bypass. Step three is the blower door and duct blaster air testing, which measures the leakiness of the duct work and the home overall. The HERS rating for a home is similar to the miles per gallon rating for an automobile.
Once my home passed it’s Thermal Bypass, it was time for Drywall!
And… they started installing my brick yesterday!!
This is by Brampton Brick, in their “Monroe” color, with brown mortar.
Up Next: Wood Trim & Doors
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Magnolia Hills, Bowling Green, KY – Plat NOW AVAILABLE
The Magnolia Hills plat is now available for the public to view online! Last night’s VIP Preview Event was a HUGE SUCCESS!
On Saturday, April 13th, Jagoe Homes will host the Grand Release Event at our Model Home in The Vinings! This is when members of the VIP List can reserve their new home site! All sites will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis.
You MUST sign up for the VIP List and set an appointment with a Jagoe New Home Sales Consultant as soon as possible! Our Preview Event was a huge success last night – at the Grand Release Event, VIP Members will be able to secure their home site on a first come, first serve basis. If you are even considering building in this community, you’ll want to have this information ready before April 13th to ensure you don’t miss out on the best home site for YOU!
Magnolia Hills, featuring gorgeous single family homes, reflects the Southern charm and beauty of our beloved Bowling Green. Resident will love the Community Pool, Clubhouse, and Basketball Courts. Magnolia Hills also offers the desirability today’s buyer prefer – its excellent location includes a great school system, plus quick access to the Natcher Parkway, Interstate 65 and Scottsville Road.
If you are interested in Magnolia Hills, please Sign Up for the VIP List and Make an Appointment with a Jagoe New Home Sales Consultant in Bowling Green today!
My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 8
And just like that… my new, Jagoe Home is framed!
There is an actual HOME on that giant slab of concrete!!
After my slab foundation was complete, framing my home was the very next step. It could have been framed the next day if our framing crews weren’t already busy with other Jagoe Homes that were in the construction pipeline before mine! Sometimes it can take up to two weeks for the framing crew to get to your job site, depending on how busy they are. Framers will also not complete a job if it is raining or we are experiencing other types of inclement weather. Of course, it rained the day that my framers were originally scheduled to come, but luckily there was no rain the next day, and VOILA!
It’s hard for some people to fully visualize what the home will look like when it is completed.
However, this is normally where our customers get pretty excited in their building process!
Most Jagoe Homes are Framed by the Amish.
Amish framers are some of the best in the business because this particular trade has been passed down through the men in their families for generations. Their attention to detail is incomparable and they take immense pride in their work. The Amish travel to our Jagoe Homes communities from Southern Indiana and Central Kentucky. On the way to the job site, the 2-12 man crew reviews and studies the home plans so that when they arrive on the site, they can easily hit the ground running. One crew can frame a home the size of mine (about 1500 square feet) in only one day. We estimate that the Amish have framed over 5,000 Jagoe Homes.
Jagoe Homes also utilizes engineered roof trusses, meaning they are already put together, which increases quality of workmanship and timeliness when framing a home. We also use certain grades of lumber of better quality in all Jagoe Homes. As we learn and grow as a home builder, we look separately at structural issues and insulation issues due to framing. This reduces thermal bridging, which is a fancy way of saying that the wood that your home is framed with, believe it or not, contributes to your homes’ energy efficiency.
There’s more to the framing stage than wood!
You can also see that all of my Sun Windows have been installed! In fact, we proudly install Sun Windows in every Jagoe Home! Sun products are designed to maximize your home’s energy efficiency. The insulated glass systems use the latest advances in energy performance technology. This includes new generation Low-E glass, Argon gas filled air spaces, and Duralite™, the most advanced warm-edge insulated glass spacer system available.
At this point in my process with FBC Mortgage, my loan has reached the underwriting stage. I’ve received a couple emails from my loan officer regarding where my loan is in the process. I also needed to present him with some recent bank statements, a copy of my driver’s license and a few other documents to help the underwriters. I’m also watching interest rates fall, which is great news for me!