Thursday, June 19, 2008

The stone goes up!

No pun intended, but our stone ROCKS!!!! I love, love, love it. The stone on the fireplace will have to be cleaned up a bit because when they were taping and floating they got a little "goo" on my cool stone, but other than that it looks awesome.

Every day I get a little more excited about moving into our NEW house with all the neat features like a fireplace, a laundry room, storage space, a big master closet and bathroom. I'm not sure if I will miss the whole family being in our old 4' x 6' bathroom - even the dog used to try to get in while everyone was in there. Yeah - I'm pretty sure that will be one thing I do not miss!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

The Walls Go Up – Happy Father's Day!

Last week was a big week. We finished MEP (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing) and have started a number of things. The house now has the following:
  • All power and electrical
  • All Plumbing
  • Gas (don't laugh)
  • Low power for AV and Alarm
  • Sprinkler system (the neighborhood requires it)
  • Sheetrock is up and the first pass of tape and float is done!
We've picked paint colors, tile and most of the finishes. I think I'm picking the pavers tonight.

So the newest additions to the house are the stone around the chimney (they will do the outside of the house next week) and the cover on the roof of our cool front porch, we get a lot of compliments on the porch. BTW, we put a TV outlet on the front and back porch! We'll be in during college football season, man I can't wait. We are still on schedule for September, if the rain will hold for three more days the house will be water tight... we hope!

Front of the house so far

Here's the front porch!

Front porch ceiling, if you look close you can see where my speakers will go!

Hank, the neighbor, from our front porch. Fellow Red Raider!

My daughter and her friend in her bedroom

View of the living room from the entry

View for the living room from the landing

Stone on the chimney from the back door

The kitchen from the playroom

Beams and sheetrock in progress

What's under all the sheetrock, we're going for efficiency.

Monday, June 2, 2008

It's summer - already!

Whew, we've finally made it to SUMMER - yippee! I haven't posted in a while because of all the normal things the happen in May - birthdays, end of school parties, programs, awards ceremonies, recitals, Mother's Day, and on and on and on.

Anyway, things have been moving fast, as far as I can tell.
*Fireplace has been installed
*Low voltage wiring (alarm, sound system, etc)
*Shingles on the roof

We got red-tagged again for electrical. The city inspector thinks we need ONE more outlet in the house. The electrical outlets are supposed to be every 6 feet. As far as I'm concerned we've got about 112 more than we did in the old house so I'm thinking that one more is not really going to make much difference but whatever the city wants - the city gets, like a fire sprinkler system and one more electrical outlet! Wahoo!

Sheetrocking (or as my oldest calls it Shamrocking) is supposed to start late this week. And, we need to go pick out our ceramic tile for the laundry room, bathrooms and the kitchen backsplash. It's so exciting.