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Two weeks! (and my lighting is pretty)

Today was fun — only one panicked Super Bill text today (which way did we way the floor to run in the kids’ rooms — don’t care…)!  Met Rich at the house tonight to see the changes, and as a segue out to dinner for our 20th anniversary. Surprise!  He had smuggled our card table, china, silver and candlesticks to the house, ordered a beautiful dinner from Ike’s, and it was fabulous.  So fun to have our first meal in the new digs!

So all the kitchen appliances arrived today, but they aren’t installed yet.  Lighting is about 90% installed, plumbing is at the 70% mark.  Shoe molding is going in, landscaping grading has begun, and my closet is done.  The kids’ floor looks great, BTW!  

What will tomorrow bring?


Dusty laundry room counter and sink

Dusty laundry room counter and sink

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Making progress

What a whirlwind lately!  We’ve been busy making decisions, but I can’t rest too easy.  Every time I think I’ve got this project in hand, project superintendent Bill wants more.  We ordered the fireplace stone (great — do you want that arched or level? What type of gas logs? What do you want for the back of the fireplace box?).  Ordered all the lighting! (Nice!  Now you need to meet with the electrician to place everything — and do you want under-cabinet lighting? How far up should the soffits be in the kitchen? What type of doggy door are we installing?)  Picked out all the tile! (Awesome!  What do you want under the deck?  Getting bids on the low-voltage stuff! (Terrific — where are you storing the “command center?” Oh, where the wine is stored?  Then we need to find a way to keep the wine from over heating.  can I run duct work through the exercise room?

I am NOT complaining:  this has been an easy project so far (unless you count Mother Nature’s resistance.  Third week in May and today I froze my toes walking the site, as it was about 19 degrees!  But should hit 50 by this weekend!).  I just really find satisfaction crossing things off the list, and my lists have lists.  Some of my next tasks include picking all the hinges and hardware for the doors.  Will stop by Knob Hill or Brass Handle for that, maybe next week.  I am also going to design the front of the fireplace.  We picked our stone out at Hedberg.  I was thrilled because Rich picked the same one I did without me telling him my favorites — and it was one of the cheapest.  Score!  I want to create alcoves in the fireplace for candles, artwork, etc, so I am going to draw that plan up this week.  I want something like in this picture:

Picking out the light fixtures was tough — so far it has been the most exhausting, simply because there are so many options online!  Created an order today at Cartier Lighting with Susan, who really helped me out.  For example, we wanted some fun, flush-mounted lights covered with crystals in the master closet.  Susan pointed out that while they would put off good light, the kind of light (wavy) wouldn’t really be great for picking out clothes in the morning.  SO went with some basic, utilitarian lights instead.  There are a few key, funky lights that we found online, and Susan is checking to see if she can get them for me.  If not, I’ll order online.  One is for the master bedroom:

 Sputnik Chandelier - 12 Lt

Fun, huh? I still need to hit Ikea, Pier 1, and a few places like that for paper lanterns.  Hoping to string them up with lights inside for Frankie’s room, like this:

I think we are good to go on tile, too.  Submitting choices to the Kraemer & Sons tile guy, and he will get me numbers.  Goal was to stay under $10 per square foot, and I think we are close.  Still need to finalize vinyl flooring for kids bedrooms, pick out basement carpet, and choose stain for wood floors.  I think that will come after our cabinetry meeting, which should be coming up soon.

It is exciting to visit the site, as every day is different.  Windows go in in next week, and the roof will go on, too (still need to finalize shingle selection, but narrowed it down to two.  Waiting for samples so we can see it on site).  Thursday we meet with the landscaper to make preliminary plans.  This will probably be a multi-phase event, as we will probably be ating ramen for a few months after the actual construction is done!

Here are some new pictures of the project:


The garage





Frankie checking out the view from inside the garage


The big opening is the door to the deck from the dining room.

The big opening is the door to the deck from the dining room.





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The view of the back of the house. Upstairs, left to right: water closet window, master window, dining room doors opening. Downstairs, left to right: Frankie’s room, Frankie’s bath, the guest room (when will you come visit?), and Carter’s room.

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