The entry continues
Work is trudging along on those front stairs. For the time being, we are still scaling posts and crevasses to get inside…
Kitchen’s coming along
The kitchen installation started this past week, and it’s sooooo exciting. Here’s a sneak peak (spoiler alert—there’s lots of grey):
The faucet is taped because we now have running water, too!
A 550lb. fridge is here now too
And one tired, dirty dog
Before and after! Flood gates at the bottom of the door are there for code, designed to let water in, not keep it out, when building in a flood zone.
Backtracking is a Bad Direction
We found an incident recently which required the walls (and sometimes the ceiling) to be opened near locations where a radiator will be installed. It was especially annoying to learn that the mistake could have been avoided, since the drawings from our engineers were correct all along, but it is what it is - and of course worth it considering our heat wouldn’t operate correctly without backtracking.
The floors began installation recently and they look totally amazing. I’m super happy with the quality of the wood and even the decision to fill the knots with white vs. black…although there are more than I envisioned, I think it helps them stay more on the contemporary side and less on the rustic side. Having floors really transforms a space into feeling like a home.
On a positive note…a bathroom has all of its fixtures! we have a front door! the upstairs got its first coat of paint!
It was recently brought to my attention that I used this expression a lot. I’m fairly certain that it’s also a favorite of my father’s, which would easily explain the subliminal adaptation, but none the less it appropriately describes the phase or little house is in. Some days it’s like time is standing still and materials are simply migrating from one pile to another, reforming and shape-shifting—and then suddenly—a bathroom has all of its fixtures, we have a front door, and the upstairs got its first coat of paint. However, the expression is also aptly used to describe the effect this project is having on our livelihood and financial state of affairs. It’s sucking us dry and we still can’t even squat in own own house if we wanted to…a depressing reality to say the least. The definition of what ‘finished’ means could be up for discussion soon, assuming we have running water and gas in the next 3-4 weeks…
Our utility room is pretty maxed out. But I think the engineering of it is also quite remarkable. Maybe we will want to show it off from time to time - it will be easy since it lives adjacent to the pantry.
The tile is almost done in the master bath, both on the floors and walls. In the image the floors looks a lot more like wood for some reason; they are a light limestone and I anticipate they will feel really nice on bare feet.
The stairs went in this past week and they look spectacular! Really. The floors are scheduled to go in next week and it feels like a major milestone that will really pull the house together.