After much red tape dealing with the City to re-plat the lot and rebuilding the alleyway so that we have alley-access to the garages, we've finally started building the first home. The garage and garage apartment has been framed and sided, and they're framing the main house. Progress should be made fairly quickly from this point on, and we should be completed by March. Woohoo!
The finish out will be different than our last home since that one we went with all stained wood before (doors, cabinets, all trimwork). That looks beautiful, but, as we learned after the fact, is incredibly expensive. Even though we're doing paint-grade trim this time around, I think the house will still look great since there are features we aren't sacrificing in the build-out - hardwood floors throughout, 3 and 5 piece crown molding, granite and marble counter-tops, 10+ ft ceilings, gourmet kitchen, designer fixtures, etc. Also, we have nice "extras" such as the wet bar and wine closet. I can't wait to get to the finish out stage where I can have fun with the interior design!