Monthly Archives: June 2012

Cabinets finished!

The right parts came in to finish them a few weeks ago and were installed yesterday after the counters – it’s so exciting!  All these movable parts and soft-close drawers and secret compartments!

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And the cabinet molding is all done!

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Waiting on first estimate for finishing the floors since that job was abandoned halfway through, contract be damned. If I can remember, I’ll call another company about those tomorrow to see about an estimate. Meanwhile, I think it’s back to writing checks tomorrow – at least for the counters – and that means I get to check on the possibility of using leftover materials for the fireplace. The new guy said I don’t have to pay him anything until the work is done! We are meeting up tomorrow to go over the bathroom plans, I hope, though, plus my “other list”.

Meanwhile, there’s a rip in a screen that I’ve been eyeing for a couple months that has been pissing me off since it’s a brand new window – plus some vinyl siding that’s gone wonky that I’ve been eyeing for a week now. I’ll photograph those tomorrow.

I have now ordered all of the appliances that are tentatively scheduled to be delivered on July 4 – now since I know that’s not going to happen, I’ll shoot for next Friday, July 6. That’s exciting, though!  What is probably most exciting about that is that I don’t have to continually research appliances and scour Consumer Reports every day!

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More progress on the house!

The tile was grouted and some of the trim put up in that room.  Doors were hung – is that like hanging a person and it should be hanged?  No, probably just hung.  Anyway, drywall was patched around the windows where there were gaping ugly holes.  The ceiling was patched where it needed it and the fireplace was mended where the mantle was trying to run away from the wall!  Plus, some finishing touches were made to the step from the dining room to the den whereas before the hardwood just stopped and fell off into the next room and the doorway there was finished off.  Just a lot of stuff for a Friday!

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Shh – don’t tell the guys that the toy poodle pranced around on the tile while it is drying!  Certainly a 12 pound dog won’t ruin it!  If so, I suppose I assumed that risk, huh?

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I just can’t even wait until next week!

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Shock and Awe: A New Application

I am now applying this phrase to my reaction to the work done at the house in the past two days.  Somehow, some way, a whole shit-load of stuff was accomplished all the while I was saving money.   I was, of course, most in awe of the counters that were installed, just because I’ve been waiting on those to be shipped here for a really long time.  The molding was installed everywhere but the bathroom and den and the tile was laid in the den with grouting to be done tomorrow, I believe.  I was so busy getting pictures of the counters and tile that I neglected to get pics of the molding but you can see at least the crown molding in the kitchen pictures.  I honestly don’t know how these guys got all of this stuff finished so quickly based on the timeframes I was used to before.  Plus, old-timey drywall tape?  Apparently useless and creates more work while giving a less than stellar finished product.  My brother told me that a few months ago, but I just chose to not listen to him.  I was told that twice today by two different people. Let me move on – at least for this post. And now that the tile’s being done, I can’t even go into that closet to stare at the little square holes of that crappy drywall tape, so I can pretend it’s not there. Ha.

On the bright side:

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Back to work!

Well, scheduling problems have started to dissipate with the new guys.  They are starting today I think, but I haven’t been down to check yet.  I had to get the nephew to camp and now have to try to get the niece up and running!

The counters were polished yesterday and are being installed tomorrow!  Hopefully I will have some pictures soon!

Meanwhile, the savings meter is running and is up, up, up.  I am not going to post the actual number that goes before the 3 zeros that I have saved so far in case some of the new guys see and decide to gouge me!  🙂

The niece painted some drywall patching yesterday from where the light switches had to be moved to the “right” side of the door since the door that the last guy ordered opened the opposite way from the light switches that he put in and mudded already.  Wait, have I complained about creating work to do before?  Probably.  Anyway, on the downside, that was more $ for more mudding and patching.  On the upside, the niece gets to say she painted.

The nephew pounded in the stand for the mailbox and now I think we put it too close to the street.  Maybe we’ll catch the mail lady today and get her to tell us if it is in a good spot.  That will make her happy since she is going crazy with nowhere to put all of the mail addressed to Resident.

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Progress on the porch!

I’m assuming they are pretty much finished, but no one has called asking for $ so there must be something else to do.

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Here’s the stump of the tree(s) Pedro cut down last week:

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The roofers are behind schedule due to the rain but will hopefully be catching up. The contractor with whom I met most recently has gotten a partial estimate to me for my list and the numbers are looking really good. We are meeting Monday at his office to figure out the rest. I think I’m supposed to be ordering the tile I have picked out tomorrow or Monday! Yay! This might really be done before I have to renew my construction insurance policy again!

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Rain, rain, go away!

The concrete guy managed to put the frame together for the steps this a.m. but has to wait to pour the concrete until after the rain goes away.  Darn!  I guess this pushes the roofers back, too.

Hoping to have the second meeting wtih a contractor tomorrow who is giving me an estimate on – get this – the actual grand total to finish the house – all at one time!  Who knew?  I gave him my list of what needs to be done but still need to add a few items that need to be fixed.

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