The end is in sight!

We’re nearing the end of our house build!  You have no idea how happy I am to be able to say those words.  We’ve had to deal with delays and unforeseen problems – two solid weeks of rain, preventing them from getting drywall delivered and hung  and a freak hail storm that necessitates putting a new roof on our house – but the finish line is in sight.

The painters have been at the house all week and the interior looks fabulous.  The granite counters are going in tomorrow, and the lights are being installed as well.  Our driveway is formed and ready to be poured (possibly as early as tomorrow).  The garage door was installed today.  The floors are scheduled to start on Monday.

Things are moving quickly now and I couldn’t be happier about it.  I’m ready to move into my house!

All that's left to do is install the counters and the backsplash and glaze the cabinets. (photo by me)

All that’s left to do is install the counters and the backsplash and glaze the cabinets. (photo by me)

Living room (photo by me)

Living room (photo by me)

Tomorrow I’m going to Home Depot to pick up the mirror I ordered online.  The matching vanity is due to arrive in a few days.

The vanity I ordered from Home Depot. (image from Home Depot's site)

The vanity I ordered from Home Depot. (image from Home Depot’s site)

I can’t wait for everything to be installed.  You have no idea how impatient I am for this project to be done.  If there’s one thing I’ve learned from this experience, it’s to expect delays.  You can’t control the weather and that is the biggest delaying factor I can think of.  Other delays come when items you need aren’t in stock and you have to wait on them to come in (like my kitchen sink!).  But seeing the final product makes it all worth it in the end.

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Moving right along!

Things are moving along on the house.  The kitchen cabinets are nearly all done.  They’ve started putting up the crown molding.  Baseboards are going in as well.  They’ve even hung a couple of the closet doors.  I cannot wait until everything is done.

Kitchen cabinets (image by me)

Kitchen cabinets (image by me)

(image by me)

(image by me)

I have a meeting with the insurance agent Thursday afternoon to get the insurance policy on the house squared away.  The lawyer for the closing has been chosen.  We’ve locked in our mortgage rate for the next 45 days – hopefully the house will be done before the 45 days are up!

 

Good one, Lowe’s!

Back at the end of December, I was in Lowe’s with the husband looking at the appliances.  We found a KitchenAid dishwasher, normally $849, that was on sale for $649.  We also found a range that was priced at $1099.  In addition, Lowe’s was running an additional 10% off on appliances through the end of the month.

I knew we were nowhere near ready for appliances, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to save some money on the appliances that we had to have, so I bought them on December 31.  I was happy because I saved almost $400 on my appliances.

Then began what I’ll call “delivery delay tactics” on my part.  I scheduled the original delivery date for three weeks from the purchase date.  The week before that date arrived, I went in and had the date pushed back two more weeks to February 4.  Then I went in and pushed it back again, to February 22, or so I thought.

This morning I got a phone call from the Lowe’s delivery guy.  He wanted to know if anyone would be there to take delivery.  I told him there must be a mistake, because I had both the range and dishwasher set to be delivered on Friday.  I was confused about why they thought delivery was today, so I went up to Lowe’s this afternoon.  I needed to go anyway, because I wanted to check on the status of the kitchen sink I ordered online February 2.

First I went to Customer Service to ask about the sink.  It’s still not in, but they had the deliver by date as February 26, so I’m not too concerned about that.  Then I decided to get to the bottom of the delivery call this morning, so I headed down to the Professional Services desk.

After waiting around for a few minutes for someone to come back to the desk and help me, the Pro desk girl came back.  I told her why I was there and she got on the computer to check.  Lo and behold, the computer was showing that the range was set up for delivery today, but the dishwasher is set up for Friday!  So then she had to find out if the range had been loaded on the truck or if it was sitting back in the delivery bay.  She was finally able to get in touch with the helper on the truck, who said that the range was on the truck, but would be returned to the store and re-entered in the system for delivery on Friday with the dishwasher.

After I got all that straight, I went out to the house.  The cabinet guy was over at the builder’s shop across the street, so I went over and asked if anyone would be around on Friday morning.  He said that they would be there and it was no problem to put the appliances in the shop until they were ready for them.  I came home much relieved on that score.

The things I have to deal with sometimes.

A little news

Went out to our construction site this afternoon.  The brick layer had finished the brick – the window sills are done and the brick around the outside of the front porch is done.  I was getting ready to leave and our builder came out of his house (have I mentioned before that he lives across the cul-de-sac from our lot?), so I asked him about the schedule.

According to our builder, the cabinet guy is working on the cabinets and once they are installed, then the painters will come in.  After the painters, he plans to get the tile floors done and set the toilets.  After that, the trim work will go in, along with the wood floors.  Light fixtures will be one of the last things installed.  Counter tops get installed somewhere in here as well.

Also on the agenda: getting the electric meter moved to its permanent spot on the side of the house.  Then the lot will get leveled off a bit and the septic system will be put in.  That’s pretty much all that’s left.

Not much longer now.

I drove out to the house today.  Nothing has changed since this weekend, which doesn’t surprise me, given that it has been raining since Sunday.  We’re getting into the stage where it’s all interior work from here on out.

Brick is on and nearly done.

Brick is on and nearly done. (image by me)

The brick guy still has to finish the window sills and the brick around the front porch.  Once the brick is done, they will be doing a stucco-like treatment on the brick under the front porch.  It will have a similar look to the other houses in the neighborhood.

This house has the stuccoed brick under the front porch.

This house has the stuccoed brick under the front porch. (image by me)

We have about another month to six weeks before our house will be ready to move into.  In the coming weeks, the trim carpenters will be installing crown molding, baseboards, and door and window casings.  The kitchen, bathroom and laundry room cabinets will be installed, and the painters will paint.  The kitchen sink, along with the granite counter tops, will be installed, the master shower will get tiled, and the flooring will get put in.  The outside of the house will get painted, the water heaters will be installed, and the light fixtures will go up.

The fireplace wall.

The fireplace wall. (image by me)

One day soon, our house will be finished.  Until then, I’ll keep wishing that they would move faster!