Building a home in Kalispell MT - All Done

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with 406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty RRE-BRO-LIC-75443

In August 2019, work began in earnest on the building of our new home in Kalispell, Montana. While the ground had been cleared for our custom home prior to then, no actual building had been done. There was no well, septic or electric. So in mid-August the footings were installed and from that moment on, work sped along. On December 21, 2019, we moved into our home!

 

How did it happen so fast?

Building in Kalispell MT

Stories abound about how custom homes can take years to build. Contractors might not show up. Material doesn't arrive as expected. Weather necessitates long delays. And on and on. So we thought our home would probably not be done until the Springtime, especially since we are in Montana where winters can be cold, snowy and long.

 

We lucked out. We had an amazing building contractor who dealt with issues quickly (more on our contractor in another post). Also, the weather held out. There was not a lot of snow or ice and the construction teams were able to get up our hill to the house to do the work they needed to do. Also, the trades were scheduled one right after the other, and sometimes the house was full of different contractors working all at the same time. Because of that, our home was built in less than four months and we were able to get in before the end of year holidays. We are very grateful.

 

So what happened in the last month of the build?

A month ago, as seen in the following photo, we had most of the outside of a home complete. The septic was installed and well was dug. Inside the home was insulation, sheetrock, electrical work, plumbing and an installed heating system. The well pump was dropped into the well.

Building a home in Kalispell MT

 

In the final month, a lot of work occurred. The garage door was installed, as were all the inside doors. The interior was painted. Fixtures and light switches were purchased and installed. The custom cabinets were delivered and put in place. Countertops arrived as well. The flooring and carpets were installed. Appliances were delivered and hooked up. Painting on the outside was completed. The outdoor heating unit and wood stove were set into place. And then the house was cleaned and prepared for our move-in.

 

And what is the end result?

We are thrilled with the home that was delivered to us. Everything is perfect. Not only that, but we found there are benefits we didn't expect. For example, our windows allow us to see the night sky. Because we are located out of town on a mountainside, the stars are just amazing. If (when) northern lights come this way, we'll have a great view. We may be able to see the fourth of July fireworks from our perch as well. We are living in the home with no furniture at the moment, but we celebrated Christmas with a 3 foot Charlie Brown Christmas tree from our property, a few stools purchased this week, a few camp chairs, small camping plates and a couple of cups and glasses and pots and pans. Those items are more than enough to keep us fed and happy. And they were enough to allow us to host a dinner with new friends on Christmas night.

 

In a few more days, furniture and clothing will arrive, and we will be "back to (our new) normal."  2019 proved to be an amazing and life-changing year, and I look forward to whatever 2020 will bring.

If you are considering building a new home in the Flathead Valley, feel free to contact me for suggestions on builders, locations, and more. I can be reached at 406-270-3667 or via email at kat@thehousekat.com.

 

For more information on building in Kalispell, see here.

 

Originally posted at thehousekat.com.

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Broker, CBR®

 

Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp

P.O. Box 10458

Kalispell, MT 59904

 

eXp Realty - New York

 

email: kat@thehousekat.com

www.thehousekat.com

 

406-270-3667 (MT) and 914-419-0270 (NY)

 

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Nina Hollander
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How wonderful that your new home is ready just in time for the new year. Now you can start your new life in Montana in earnest, Kat. May your new home be filled with laughter and love as well as be a foundation for many, many happy memories. 

 

Dec 26, 2019 07:23 AM #3
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Will Hamm
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Hello Kat,  So happy that the plan came together and you had a 3 foot christmas tree also.  

Dec 26, 2019 07:28 AM #4
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Kat Palmiotti - wow.  I love it and congratulations.  This is a great new lifestyle for you.  One which you love near nature.  I hope we will continue to see updates.

Dec 26, 2019 08:28 AM #5
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Kat, Your high ceilings and walls of windows are outstanding! Good luck in your new home where you will celebrate and create many happy memories!

Dec 26, 2019 08:59 AM #6
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Kat- Congratulations. What an awesome way to end one year and begin a new one. 

Dec 26, 2019 12:43 PM #7
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Kat,

Triple Wow to you.  I love that your home was built in a mere 4 months and that you were able to host a dinner.  What a wonderful Christmas present! What a way to end the year and begin a new one.  A

Dec 26, 2019 01:38 PM #8
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Wow! That's fast work, and the result looks gorgeous. So happy you're in for the holidays and to ring in the new year.

Dec 26, 2019 07:18 PM #9
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Kat- I saw this on Facebook and I'm so happy to see even more of your lovely new home. What a view you have!!!! May you have many years in your new home and may they be filled with love and happiness. 

Dec 26, 2019 07:25 PM #10
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Kat wow congratulations and this makes it truly a Merry Christmas.... now if you were in Los Angeles just the approval process would have taken at least two years:))Endre

Dec 26, 2019 09:09 PM #11
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Kat Palmiotti
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Thank you Nina Hollander for your kind wishes. We already are making memories... and today we can do them with someplace to sit! (furniture scheduled for today).

Will Hamm - our little 3 foot tree worked perfectly. Next year though we're going to be using a much bigger one!

Dec 27, 2019 05:52 AM #12
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Kat Palmiotti
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Grant Schneider - updates will definitely keep coming about my new area. One thing I love about the house is that every room has tons of huge windows, so I do feel one with nature.

Thank you Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 ! The memories have already started! :-)

Dec 27, 2019 05:53 AM #13
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Kat Palmiotti
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Yes, Sharon Lee - this was truly a year for gratitude and new experiences!

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - our completed new home was truly a gift and we are so happy. Thank you!

Me too Lottie Kendall - we were invited to join a neighbor for a bonfire on New Year's Eve. If we can stay up, we just might do that!

 

 

Dec 27, 2019 05:55 AM #14
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Kat Palmiotti
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Thank you Kathy Streib - I hope we have many years here as well!

Endre Barath, Jr. - Want to hear something even crazier? We only needed a permit for the septic system. There were only two inspections from the town - one for septic and one for electric (but no electric permit needed up front). I'm sure that saved us a LOT of time! No building permit required.

Dec 27, 2019 05:57 AM #15
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That is a great looking home and I am glad that you are pleased with it.  The only thing that I don't like about it is seeing the snow on the ground around it, haha.

Dec 27, 2019 07:19 AM #16
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Kat Palmiotti
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Ahh, Brian England , but it's just a dusting! :-)

Dec 28, 2019 04:58 AM #17
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I'm so excited for you. And the view is such a wonderful bonus. Speaking of bonuses. You are now an extremely valuable resource to others who want to build their own custom dream home.  I read your comment to Endre - wow. We have to jump through many hoops to get the proper permits here - and for the build - it gets inspected throughout the build-out and often results in delays. 

Dec 29, 2019 09:04 AM #18
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That is so cool you were able to move in before Christmas!  What a great and fast job your contractor did.  Congrats on the new home and I hope you'll spend many happy years enjoying it.

Jan 05, 2020 05:42 PM #19
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Kat Palmiotti
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - In NY, we had a bazillion checkpoints and delay possibilities as well - permits and inspections were needed for everything!

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 - We were so happy to be able to move in. We don't have all our furniture yet, but our new home is definitely starting to feel like home!

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I'm glad to see all your preparation worked out so well while building your new home. Of course there's always something that might've been better but it looks like you had everything well in hand. Congratulations Kat Palmiotti 

Jan 21, 2020 06:07 AM #21
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Thank you Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - Everything worked out very well!

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