Inching Toward the Finish Line

As anticipated the November 1 closing date has come and gone without the house being ready.  We’ve signed an amendment to extend the deadline, but it’s still going to be tight to get everything done.  The hubs and I went to sand the sub floor in preparation for installing the flooring on Saturday, but found painting and cabinet installation in full swing when we arrived, so we weren’t able to get anything done.  We did unload the half order of flooring the vendor had in stock so it could acclimate on site for the recommended two days.  The remainder should arrive tomorrow or Tuesday, so we’ll have to let that acclimate on site as well before installing it.

Flooring

We had a meeting with the foreman and the realtors today to go over the timeline for the new closing date of December 1.  We will work on the flooring every evening this week, and the master bathroom tile should be installed in the next few days so we can finish flooring around that at the end.  Then the following week all of the finish work will be done – trim, doors, electrical outlets, paint touch up, etc.  The should put us at 95% complete for the appraisal the week before Thanksgiving.

The power line has finally been installed, so there is electric to the house now.  They ended up having to take a few more trees out at the end of the driveway to run the line, but getting power to the house is worth it.

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You can see the small green box to the side of the house.  That’s our electrical pedestal.  That side of the house is getting pretty crowded with pips and utility features, so I’ll have to figure out some landscaping beyond my rain garden (which will have a retaining wall made from those tires) to hide them next season.

Inside, things are finally starting to look like the finished vision we’ve had all along.  The cabinets look great with the paint color and the tile coordinates perfectly as well.  Hopefully I’ll have pictures of that later this week, once it’s installed.

Kitchen

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Bath

The counter tops are on-site and ready to be installed once the final tweaks are done on the cabinets.

Counters

I tested out the flooring next to the cabinets just to get a feel for it, and I’m pretty happy – even with the dusty paw prints!  I plan to attempt documenting the install over the course of the week and share that, so stay tuned!

Floor

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The Home Stretch

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We made our weekly visit to the house yesterday to find it ready for paint, cabinets, flooring and finishing touches. It’s finally starting to look like the house we’ve been envisioning all this time!

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hallway

The texture is done with a minimal flat finish.

texture

And all of the corners are rounded for a smooth clean look.

Corner

Our builder wants to finish by November 5, but he hasn’t ordered the flooring yet – which takes 10 days to arrive from Seattle and then needs to sit on site for 2 days – so that’s not likely.  We’ve struck a deal with the builder that we will install the flooring ourselves to reduce cost, so that should happen the weekend before Veterans Day.

While we wait to hear from our builder about the flooring we’re anticipating that we won’t close and move until the end of November or early December.  Hopefully, some things can be scheduled simultaneously like the energy rating followed by the VA appraisal to speed things up, but we all know this isn’t a perfect world so we aren’t anticipating it will go that smoothly.

Here’s what’s still left to be done:

  • Paint
  • Cabinets
  • Flooring
  • Electrical outlets & switches
  • Light fixtures
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Stone work on the front porch and fireplace
  • Interior doors, trim and window ledges
  • Appliances
  • HVAC vents
  • Locks

It’s so close and yet so far away, which makes me crazy.  I’m a planner and not knowing when things will happen makes me crazy.  It doesn’t help that we have to coordinate dates with our current landlord, our lender, my job and the hubby’s new schooling schedule around these unknown dates.  It all has me wishing I could push fast forward and just zip right to moving day.  If things work out, I plan to take a week off for the move so I can unpack and get settled, but we’ll see how things line up with my work schedule. At least it looks like we’ll be done and living in our new home before 2014 arrives!

Visible Progress!

We did our weekly visit to check on the construction of the new house today and were happy to see that the roof is almost complete along with the drywall!  It looks so different seeing solid walls.  Luckily, all of the rooms seemed about the size I anticipated.  I know adding drywall can make rooms feel smaller, so if I like the space now I should really love it when it’s finished and painted!

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The roof is done on the front except for a small part on the garage and the edge caps.
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Inside the main living area from the laundry room door.
Main living area from back side of the kitchen.
Main living area from back side of the kitchen.
Kitchen and dining room from the front entry way.
Kitchen and dining room from the front entry way.
Corner pantry in the kitchen.
Corner pantry in the kitchen.
My future studio!!
My future studio!!
The corner of the entry way and hallway from the living room.
The junction of the studio, entry way and hallway from the living room.
Entry way hallway.
Entry way hallway.

The hallway from either end.
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Guest room #1.
Guest room #1, or “Foster” room.
Guest room #2
Guest room #2
Master Bedroom!
Master Bedroom!
Master Bathroom corner tub and edge of the shower; the doorway on the left leads to the toilet room.
Hallway bathroom.
Hallway/guest bathroom.
Garage.
Garage.
Back of the roof, about 2/3 done.
Back of the roof, about 2/3 done.

Now we’re just waiting to get the power line figured out with the electric company.  There’s been a bit of a snag in deciding where the line will come from and how it will be run, so hopefully that gets resolved this week which will finalize the electrical inspection and allow the crew to get mudding and taping can be done before the cabinets are installed and then flooring.  Stay tuned! 🙂