Floors

Floors are done!

They said we could walk on them Saturday, probably, but no workers tromping over them until at least Monday. I think that we will not walk on them until at least Sunday and check with the new guys to see if they think I should put anything on top of the floors like old carpet pieces or something to protect them while they finish the bathroom and kitchen.

I really hope these aren’t too shiny. I had thought I wanted a satin finish since I’m not a big fan of super shiny, but the floor guy, when he put the sample stain on the floor, said a semi-gloss wasn’t shiny-shiny and I didn’t want to go too flat. They are still sticky, or were when I took the picture so maybe they will tone down a bit after a while.

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In other news, the upholsterer picked up my couch and the chair that matches it that we found up in the attic at Dad’s office. He said he’ll be done by Wednesday or Thursday! Not a lot of time there, huh? I knew he was fast, but not that fast!

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More bathroom progress and a nice surprise!

I called the new guys today to tell them that there was a problem with one of the tiles in the bathroom. Before I did that, though, I made Jennifer come over and look at the tile to make sure I wasn’t being ridiculous. Nope, she agreed, that would be the ONLY thing I would see when I went into the bathroom, and now that she knows it’s there, she would always see it, too. So, since I can’t have my friends coming over and staring at my wacky tile, I called. No problem, they’ll fix it. Will they charge me by the hour to fix their screw up like other people? Nope.

So, not only did they fix the tile, I also asked about the vanity and toilet. Since I got an open vanity, they think Mr. White needs to paint before it is installed. I agree but what about when the floor guys come? Doesn’t it need to be moved? They agreed. And, he adds, “They’re over there right now.” So today after work I expected to see beadboard up and the vanity and toilet at least sitting in the bathroom. I had already asked my sister-in-law about hiring the s-nephew this weekend to help me get the old toilet out, moving around the stuff that is on the floors and getting the paper up that is protecting the sanded floors, as well as vacuuming or sweeping. She said he would love to! Then I did go down the street after work and that’s when I found my surprise!

The s-nephew is out of a job because the new guys cleaned up everything! I may still sweep or take the vacuum down there, just so the floor guys have one less thing to do before they start.

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P.S.  Somebody please clean the lens of my camera!  It is filthy and no matter what I do – spots!  Ugh!

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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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Progress on floors…

First, the heating and air guys came back to put in the vent covers and stuff – they came yesterday and apparently got into some sort of a tiff with DB or he got in a tiff with them and they left. I’m not sure. What I am sure about, though, is that there are vent covers up today and there are also giant gaping holes around the vents and I’m not happy about that at all. I won’t post pictures, although I have taken them, since I will assume that they will be fixed, but I will have to have a conversation about this in the very near future.

And don’t get me started on the countertops.  I never believe anyone when they say “I have called her every day for two weeks and emailed her every day and she just won’t return my calls or emails.”  Unless they owe you money, they’ll call back.  Especially when you are trying to buy something from them.

Enough bitching.  I’ll go fix a drink and take a deep breath and be back…

So the big news this week is the sanding.

Here are some floor pictures and they are looking great:

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It looks like I can pick any stain I want since you can barely tell the difference between the old and new floors – the big question is which one?

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Little by little…

The floors are still going in – due to the unevenness of the dining/kitchen floors, more had to be replaced so now we’ve run out and have to buy more – BUT we bought all of the hardwoods at the first lumber yard at the ridiculously (probably mistaken) cheap prices so now have to either wait a week and pay more from that place, or buy them right now and pay more from the other lumber yard. See how “pay more” is the repetitive phrase here?

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My tub came in!

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And I got Alan’s yard guys to take out two trees in the front yard – the tree that was halfway in the driveway that I told DB I needed to get rid of since I fully expected to hit it and rip off my rear view mirror in the near future and he replied with, “Oh, yeah, that one? I already hit it.” Then the other one I had them take out was in the front yard near the street and had about a 10 foot section that had nearly been knocked down by the wind storm the other night, but it was still hanging on by a thread, just waiting to fall and stab someone through the head so I figured it would be good to get that one out now. I inquired about cutting down some others, mainly the one outside the kitchen window, but that one apparently will require a crane and billions of dollars to remove. Well, maybe not billions, but I figure once DB and the crew are gone, I can get estimates from a bunch of people.

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Here’s a close up of the guy in the tree:

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He said the tree was rotten and hollow from about 50-60 feet and on up – he put his arm in the holes to prove it to me.

DB put up about three little pieces of the vinyl siding today so we could see it and I will get pictures of that and the porch progress Sunday afternoon. The kitchen cabinets are in and at the store just waiting to be installed!

Here’s my niece mugging for the camera in front of the boxes of siding:

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Porch construction continues…

Plus a little progress on the floors inside.  Let’s take a look at the porch first:

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The damaged floor in the bigger bedroom has been taken up:

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And prepping for the hall floor is in progress:

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My mom and my brother believe that the board in the roof of the porch means that someone – not me – is planning on putting the fan dead center in the ceiling of the porch, which obviously wouldn’t make sense because the seating area is to the right, centered underneath the big window. Why would you put the fan to the left of the seating area?

Update: That was the plan but it has been fixed – problem avoided.

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The porch construction has begun!

Now it’s starting to look like something! Almost.

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I believe we have a problem in the bathroom but I was told to just wait – that’s what I’m always told when I say there is a problem that we need to fix or do something different to avoid a problem. Since I’m always right, this ends up with either my backing down and accepting the washer and dryer in the exact wrong place – I have been told I said to put them in the “short corner” – actually, I asked how tall the “short corner” was since if the short corner is tall enough to accept them, the tall corner is definitely tall enough for a stackable washer and dryer.  The short corner was measured and is about 74 inches tall, meaning the tall corner is probably 80 inches tall, so the 36 inch tall w/d set will fit in either corner.  But the 38-inch tall set will only fit in the tall corner.  Most of them are 38 inches or taller.  It is hard to find a set that is 36 inches tall, each.  Now I can only buy one random Maytag washer and dryer.  They just have to last long enough for me to get tired of this place and leave and then someone else can move the w/d connections around in the closet.

Anyway, here’s the bathroom now:

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Here’s the floor at the front door:

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And here’s the progress on the kitchen floor:

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My sister-in-law said today, “They’ll be finished by Christmas, right?” Does it look THAT hopeless???

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The front porch demo is done… plus one attempt at sanding the floors is done

The front porch concrete demo is complete.

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The floor in the hall has been torn out, along with the shelf that was a built-in feature in the hall. The heater vent is out, the heater, I believe, is gone, too.

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I couldn’t get to the bathroom to take a picture of the new drywall but I tried:

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I managed to forget to take a picture of the floor that has been torn up at the front door including part of the entry closet, but did take a picture of the dining/kitchen area where portions of the boards have been removed to blend in better when we extend the hardwood into the kitchen.

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Now there is of course a thunderstorm going on so who knows if the siding will show up tomorrow or if anything will get done but we will see!

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