Monday, November 29, 2010

Move In Condition

We hit a major milestone last week when we got the final signoff from the building inspector and we celebrated by moving the boys into their new rooms over the long weekend. I can't tell if it's the simple fascination of it being new or if the boys are genuinely relieved to finally have their own space, but they have been spending lots of time in their new rooms already. Tim especially enjoys that we put a lock on their bedroom doors and that they are allowed to lock it with the understanding that mom and dad have a key and can come in whenever they need to.

So you may note that I still haven't called this project "Done". There's still a few minor things needed from the contractor and more than a few things that I need to do myself. Obviously none of it is holding us up from living in the new space, but we do need to get a couple of them resolved quickly. Hopefully this week will see those getting knocked off and then we'll be on our way. We're still planning to have an open house when it's actually done, but it may need to be after the holidays now.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Every day we finish half

Think about any project and trying to finish half of what you have left every day. Mathematically, you'll never be done. That's sort of what I feel like right now. There is some good news in that we have 2 of the 3 final inspections complete. There were some minor issues on the third though that are just enough to throw in another delay in calling everything done and moving in. I fixed about 2.5 out of 4 things that needed to be addressed this weekend and hopefully the rest can be knocked off quickly. Oh so close, yet oh so far...

Once we get the mirrors up in the bathroom, the carpet runner on the stairs, and the shutters on the outside there'll be more pictures. We'll see if any of that happens this week.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Finished House

And you thought I wouldn't come through with some pictures. More to come... check back when you can.

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A promise that will hopefully not be broken

Hi again to the few people checking in here. Last night I took a whole pile of pictures of each new room because the carpeting is starting today. I figured before and after of each would be fun... asusming I post them. I am going to try super hard to not work on the house tonight but get some of the pictures loaded instead. So in words (as usual), here's the most recent accomplishments:

- Plumbing = done. All the fixtures are in, and the couple things in the basement they broke along the way are fixed.

- Tiling = done. I finished the grout on the utility room floor last night.

- Gutters = done. Still waiting on the drain/drywell though.

- General cleanup upstairs = done. Carpeting is going in as I type so everything had to be emptied out. There will be a final cleaning before we move in.

- Master bedroom: on hold until we do upstairs move-in. Half of it is done except for the extra stuff that needs to be moved out. The other half has too much stuff lingering in it to do more work. Most of it is Sam's so it's waiting for upstairs.

I think that's about it. There's a laundry list of odds and ends too and hopefully I can start checking those off. Check back soon for pictures (hopefully).