Friday, December 22, 2006
Merry Christmas to everyone and all the best in the New Year!
Sunday, December 03, 2006
The couch and accompanying boxes are in our living room, and this is our one spare bedroom:
And kitchen. Note the lovely countertop.
I have to say, though, I've never been so excited to do laundry! Like the fancy wine glass?
I'm posting this from our local Starbucks, as we still don't have a phone line (that comes Wednesday).
As for further updates, we unexpectedly had to get a new refrigerator because we opened our old one Wednesday night to find a lovely colony of mold. So off to Sears we went, but the earliest it could be delivered was today. So we moved Thursday, but the rental company was nice enough to let us keep our frozen food in the freezer until today. The delivery men showed up at about 8:20 this morning, woo hoo! and it's currently being installed. Our lighting in the dining room is also being installed today and tomorrow. Someone comes on Tuesday to measure for the countertop and we're told we can have that in a week. Let's hope so! And Anita, we took your advice and called Empire Direct. They're coming coming tomorrow night to show us samples, so hopefully we'll be able to move our bedroom upstairs this week--that would be quite a relief!
And thanks to everyone who hoped I could find my socks. They were, of course, buried way in the back in the living room, but I got them just in time--it's gotten cold!
Monday, November 27, 2006
Dad and Rob built the rest of the fence, so that the pooch doesn't escape once we move in.
Here's a view of the driveway side of the house. There will be one more wooden step on the concrete slab at some point.
Here's a view into the new room and through to the kitchen from outside--you can see the Mexican Tile Green and a bit of the Honey Dew in the kitchen. As I post, Rob is at the house making sure that the cabinets are all installed correctly.
And here is the opposite view, from the living room, through the kitchen to the new room. At this point, the walls are fully painted, no spackling in sight.
We won't have a kitchen sink or dishwasher for a couple weeks because those won't be installed until the countertop comes, which can't be ordered until measurements on the installed cabinets are made, which should happen in the next day or so. But things are coming together better than I expected last week at this time. Keep sending good thoughts!
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
I stopped by the house this afternoon and they were sanding away at the floors! They'll stain and varnish before they leave today! Yeah!
Of course, you never know what you'll find when you sand hardwood floors. What we found was a bunch of dog/cat pee marks, and I swear they weren't all from Abi and Emmy Lou. There were too many for them to bleach (read: they didn't want to and we didn't really want to slow them down so we bought their story. There were a lot of spots.), so we had to go with a slightly darker stain than we wanted, but it's still lighter than before.
They'll finish painting Friday and put the cabinets in over the weekend as well.
Now that there will be no more 4 am ruminations on my part about how they'd finish the floor while we were in the house, what ever in the world can I worry about now?
Monday, November 20, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
And here is the damage done to my vehicle by the contractor. He has admitted to it. He didn't realize he had hit it????? But he has said he will cover the damages. What will happen next, a lightening strike??? Bring it on Big Guy!!!!!!!! Guess I'm going to Hell with the rest of the republicans! Those F$#@$#$$ers"!!!!!!
Thursday, November 16, 2006
We met with our contractor last night at the house. Things are coming along, painting and trim are happening, but more on that later.
The contractor left and we were upstairs for awhile picking other paint colors. After finishing that, Rob was going to follow me in his car to Sears to get more paint, but he was taking a really long time to get in the car, fixing his side mirror and looking at the side of the car. He finally yelled to me to come look at something.
Long story short, our contractor backed into the side of Rob's jeep as he was leaving.
We couldn't make this stuff up if we tried.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
And a peek at the floor tiles in the downstairs bathroom:
And they painted the trim and siding on the outside of the house:
Note how I'm NOT giving you a peek at anyone working on the house on Sunday when we stopped by after being at my parents' for the weekend.
Keep in mind that they have always worked on Sunday throughout this entire project. Keep in mind that we need to move in by November 30 because we've given notice and there is a new renter moving in Dec. 1. And remember that our house is really not anywhere near a point where we can move in and be vaguely comfortable.
So you can imagine how high my blood pressure got at about 2:30 this afternoon when we pulled up to the house and there was NO ONE THERE.
And so I called our contractor, which I have only done once or twice before because I'm not always as diplomatic or as sweet or as patient as one might want in these situations.
He said the workers had taken the day off.
I refrained from blowing a gasket, but informed him that was inexcusable, that he'd better get his butt in gear because we needed to move in Thanksgiving weekend, and that we continued to be disappointed by the progress on this project. He said that he would start moving in fast forward, to which I said that he should have done that months ago.
I'm hoping that he feels good and guilty now. We shall see.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Can you believe it, they are actually getting more done! Here are some more shots of the drywall progress. The bamboo flooring is also being installed in the kitchen. Douglas fir has been purchased for the window trim and base. They have also been working on some of the outside landscaping issues. They bricked out an entry into the crawl space, and installed a french drain pipe at the garage. We have given notice to our property agent that we will move out of the rental by the end of Novemeber. The pressure is on the contractor, otherwise we will be living in our cars!!
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Did I mention that we have a fully accessible crawl space under the addition, from which the joists are fully visible?
Our contractor (thankfully) mentioned that the floor is all tongue-and-groove, so ripping up one section of it would threaten the structural integrity of the entire floor.
Upon which, the inspector happily went into the crawl space to look at the joists, right?
He told our contractor to take pictures of the joists and he'd be back on Monday to look at the pictures.
Could I make this up?
So on Monday he'll be back to look at photos of the joists and hopefully we'll be on our merry way. Or perhaps the inspector will want to see photos of our electric wiring as well. Stay tuned.
Friday, October 13, 2006
We passed our gas and water inspections, electric will hopefully be next week and will hopefully go well, since walls can't be put up until that is okayed.
Good-vibe-sending, crossed fingers, incantations and the like continue to be appreciated.
Monday, September 25, 2006
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Monday, September 04, 2006
Here's the first meal in the new dining room!
Soon they put the first slats on the fence...
By the end of Sunday, they were almost finished.
And what was I doing while all this was going on? I was culling. I ruthlessly went through things we had stored in the eaves, oh, since we first moved in. Ahhh...a clean slate!
And today, Monday, Carlos was there installing HVAC ducts. Yeah!
posted by Abi's mom from Abi's dad's computer
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Here are two views, one looking into the new addition from the living room. The other is looking through the kitchen into the living from the new space. Since the exterior doors are installed the space is completely opened between the old and new.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Here are the new windows in the upstairs bathroom, and the new exterior doors. We seem to be on our way! The projected substantial completion is september 30. I Think we won't be in until mid-October, but we'll see? Maybe in time for Erica's birthday?!?
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Talk about dragging out a task! The roof is 99% complete! They still have to cap the ridges, but at least the whole roof is covered! The best news is that our windows will be delivered monday! I'll believe it when I see it. We might actually get completely enclosed by the end of this coming week!
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Well as of yesterday they have about 50% of the shingles on. Doing the math, I think that translates to about 10 shingles per day?!? seems like it's been taking them forever on the roof! They've been going at it for over a week and it really only should have taken a day!!!!! I can't kill anyone because I'm supposed to be the good cop! Erica is the bad cop! Boy, will they be in for it if I let her loose!