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Painters are finished – for now!

So our favorite painter and his helper finished caulking and spackling and painting all of the molding, touching up around the windows and doors, finishing up the walls where there were spots and then putting another coat on the ceiling where it needed it – especially in the kitchen where it just looked like crap no matter the fact that DB had already charged me for 3 coats on it.

I will have to call the painter back when the bathroom and floors are done – and I think, from what he was saying, that I will get a deal if I also make him a batch of my double chocolate chunk cookies that he liked so much when he painted Mom’s house! ūüėČ

We are almost there! I swear we are!

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The tile is in the house, in boxes, but it’s in the house (for the bathroom):

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I have also ordered tile for the backsplash and fireplace but the backsplash tile is backordered until next Friday. I decided against my idea to really wait until I’m in – after spending all of that money on ordering samples and staring at them, I decided to just wing it. I went to two local tile stores, the first of which was a definite no. Don’t get me wrong – they had a decent selection, prices were not bad, but they were, on average, $2.00 more a square foot than the second store, which is the same place I bought the tile for the den/laundry floors. Store No. 1’s biggest downfall was that I showed the sales lady the samples I had ordered, described to her what I was leaning towards and she then took that info (short list – marble, or a glass/stone blend, or a glass subway tile with a hint of blue/green) and said, “I really think this would be what you’re looking for” – and it was a 1/2″ by 2″ staggered pattern of a textured glass tile, tinted like a purple with a mica effect causing it to emit a rainbow of fruit flavors when the light hit it right.

And I said, “That’s not anything like what I was describing.”

And she said, “Well maybe it’s a bit much for a kitchen.”

And I was thinking, “You think? And where would you think it wasn’t too much?”

After that obvious clash in taste or whatever you want to call it, I went back to the place where I bought the floor tiles for the den and laundry rooms. Coincidentally or maybe it was a sign or fate or whatever – but I had, in my head, kind of settled on a marbley backsplash and had seen a pattern I liked that I saved on the iPad – but I thought it was too white. Store 2 had the exact pattern in a different marble that has more gray in it and it was slightly under $15/sf which is what I had decided I would be willing to pay for the backsplash. They also had a different pattern out of the same stone that I chose for the fireplace. I hope this ends up looking wonderful! I’m just SOOOOOOO happy that I am pretty much done making big decisions!

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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 Рis 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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There was a slight lull early in the week but we are back up and running again!

F moved this week so there was a halt in construction or at least a major slow down for a day or so.  I did make it by there to take a picture after the first tearing off the aluminum siding day.

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Now all of the siding is gone – here’s a picture from today:

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Wow!

Inside the house, some more electrical improvements that you can’t see, and most of the drywall is up now. Some lights are up in the living room but still bare. Also all of the windows are in except for the bathroom which is still just sitting there gutted.

Note – these aren’t the greatest pictures. I didn’t take my camera down there and had to use my iPod camera, but they’ll do.

Here is the living room earlier this week – at least the ceiling:

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Here is the dining room into the back den:

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Here is the kitchen – also earlier this week:

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Before I post the picture of the kitchen from today, I have to say that I did receive a couple of calls today from F that I couldn’t answer but called him back and he says, “Now don’t freak out but…” This had to do with putting up drywall in the kitchen without my specifications of the size and place of the doorway into the back den and with no cutout for the fridge to be inset a little bit. Freak out? Me?

Here is the dining room/kitchen with a little view of the doorway into the den:

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The new kitchen window:

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And the old window that has been closed in:

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Den and its new windows:

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New den windows and closed up hole where AC unit used to be:

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Laundry room/pantry:

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Whew! Hopefully tomorrow I will get some more information on the timeline for the projects. And write another check.

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Bathroom demo is done and there is a bathtub on the front porch!

Of course Jennifer couldn’t wait to call me to tell me that there is a bathtub on the front porch since I took a picture of her toilet in her front yard back during her bathroom renovation!

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And the bathroom still looks tiny even without the fixtures – well, the toilet is still in there, just for Kayleigh…

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Primer has been sprayed in some rooms which makes them look like, well, rooms.

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Kitchen picture below – the window facing the front has been walled in and we are just waiting on the final cabinet plan to replace the window with the bigger one:

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And the pantry/laundry closet is coming along – the floor wasn’t exactly sturdy so that is being fixed. Kayleigh¬†is convinced this is bad – that someone is going to crawl into the house through the closet and murder someone. She swears she went to see The Lorax yesterday but I’m thinking it was a horror movie.¬† Just in case, I’m going to tell F to watch his back.

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Windows! And less exciting but just as important – insulation!

Most of the new windows are in!

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Yesterday, fiberglass insulation was blown into the exterior walls where there was nothing. They cut holes in the drywall, blew it in, then F and the crew have been patching up the holes with the puzzle pieces. The picture above is of the new windows – that insulation was surprisingly in those walls. Below are some of the patched-up holes.

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I finally met with the kitchen cabinet lady again today – preliminary results – saving at least $2000 by going with a local company rather than HD or Lowes. I’m going to meet with her again in the a.m. and hopefully place the order.

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