Hello everyone! So you’re probably wondering if we EVER finished the house. We have been so busy working on projects that I haven’t even had time to do posts about them or about the house. So without further delay, here we go. Where the heck did I leave off? Oh yes, my last post was April 25, 2014. I had posted what had been done up till March 14th. That was WELL over a year and a half ago!!! I seriously can’t believe it’s taken me this long to finish this post. I’m not really good at this, in case you didn’t already know it. This is going to be long, so sit back and enjoy the ride. So the outside brick and vinyl had been finished. The inside had HVAC done and electrical boxes were in. I didn’t get many pics of the actual wiring, which I really wish I had, but here is what happened after that. Nothing too exciting there. The access door to the HVAC system and the garage door openers were installed. They usually don’t install the openers until after the drywall is installed, but the drywallers were behind schedule, thanks to the weather. This is the central vac my husband and I installed. I had planned on doing a seperate post on how to install central vac, but I’m not sure I got enough pictures. I may re-visit this and draw a map and do a small tutorial on how to install it. It was like 30 degrees in the house and my poor husband had to get himself into some tight spots, but we got it done and I love it. We installed central vac in our last house, and I can’t say enough good things about it. If you’ve been contemplating it, you should definitely do it. Another project my husband and I took on was putting insulation in the garage. It wasn’t part of our package, but they let us do it ourselves, thank goodness. We don’t have insulated garage doors so it’s still cold in there, but hopefully we will eventually. The very next day the insulation guys came and started to insulate the house. I was so excited, because I knew the next thing was drywall. So this is the master and the eat-in kitchen. I don’t know what happened to the rest of my pictures, surely I took more than two pictures. On 4/2 they delivered the drywall, but that’s it! I was excited and beyond frustrated at this point. I just wanted to move into this house, so we could get settled and start on some fun projects. This is the very next day… The master ceiling. Not a tray, but I still like it. This is looking towards the dining room. The kitchen arch. One of the things we love about this house. This is, of course, the best room in the entire house! My craft room. To say I was excited at this point would be a mild understatement. They dry walled the entire house in ONE day! One day. I still can’t believe it. If they could have gotten in there on their regular schedule, we could have been in a lot sooner. Well, you all know how behind we got in the framing stage from this earlier post. They came in the next day and started mudding and taping. I don’t think they finished in one day. It’s a not a huge house, but it’s not small either. Here are a few pics of that process. The next thing to come was on 4/9. It was a biggie. Once the meter is installed, then they can regulate the temperature in the house and can really get moving. This didn’t happen until 4/15, but it passed inspection so it was a go! I thought this next picture was fun. It’s blurry, but it’s the only time I’ve seen a meter look like this. All zeros! Cool right?
We were supposed to close on April 30th, but I knew at this point it wasn’t going to happen. I was so frustrated. We were dealing with cramped quarters, one sick dog and a one year old puppy. I was so ready for this to be over. It took another seven days before the counter tops were installed.
Nothing fancy on the counter tops. We were keeping costs down, with a future plan to replace the cabinets and get some kind of solid surface tops. I’m not sure when that will be happening. I may end up working with these cabinets and just getting new counter tops.
So May finally arrived, with the promise that we would close at the end of the month. Quite a bit had to get done. There is no denying that it was getting really exciting. Somewhere between countertops and lights they painted the house. They use sprayers, so it goes really fast. We took the standard paint package, so ceiling, walls and trim were all the same color. We knew we would paint down the road. Anyway…check this out. Lights were installed.
Five days later, something very big happened. And when I say big, I mean massive. Our 3-car garage driveway! That’s a lot of shoveling of snow, people, ask my husband, this year we got a lot of snow. One storm was 18 inches!!!!!
Basically from this point on it was just little stuff to get us in. I’ll just share the pictures.
Well there she is! Can you believe it? We closed on May 30th, but didn’t move right in, but that’s another story for another time. I promise it won’t take me a year and half to tell you about that. We’ve had a ton of fun with projects and I can’t wait to show them to you.
Until next time…