The Kitchen – FINISHED!

I can finally say that one room is COMPLETELY UNPACKED and put away! 

Presenting the Tolar Kitchen:

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As we get each room completely put-together, I will post pictures of them.

The unpacking process has been very slow for many reasons – busy schedules, lack of motivation (on my part), the sorting and discarding process takes FOREVER, and just having SO much to unpack.  We are getting close to being completely done, and our yard sale pile is getting bigger and bigger!

I do plan on keeping this blog going for as long as we’re working on the house – inside and out.  This Spring, we’ll be painting the exterior, putting in a yard, and finishing the driveway.  Inside, though it looks completely finished, there are still a few things to be done – the bench in the nook, workspace counter in the office, and shelves in the office.  Aaron and I still haven’t made it to Portland to pick up our new bed.  Luckily, we’re patient, and we know this process will take a while, so we’re prepared for that.

Progress – December 22 to Almost Present

It’s amazing what has happened in the 20 days since we’ve had Internet Access.  We moved mattresses and packed enough clothing to celebrate Christmas in our new home.  I don’t beleive there is anything more fulfilling than being able to tuck our girls into their beds in their new rooms.  After the celebrations were over, the race was on to get as much as we possible could get moved done before the 29th when Aaron had foot surgery so that there would be very little left for my mom and me to do later that week.  With some AWESOME help from Jason and my dad (We really do have the greatest friends!), my mom and I managed to get the old house moved, cleaned, and ready for the landlord to pass it on to the next family who is going to live there.  It was really hard work, it was exhausting, and I hated it, but it was so completely worth it!

The tile in the kitchen is installed and grouted – it is simply FANTASTIC!  My dad built a little shelf in the corner behind the sink, that is adorable.  Right now I have a plant sitting on it, but I may add a picture or something else later on.

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Dad and Tom also finished installing the island eating bar.  We used the water jugs as weights to hold it down while the adhesive dried and the screws set.  I can’t wait to have stools so the girls can eat breakfast, do homework, and hang out there.

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We may have been sleeping at the new house on the 23rd, but we didn’t have carpet until the 30th.  The layers came and installed the carpet, Aaron vegged out after his surgery, and we were finally able to move dressers out of the dining room.  🙂  The carpet is so soft and so squishy, I love it!

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My parents went home for a few days after the New Year, and while they were gone, Tom was busy installing baseboards and door facings.  He also installed the shelves and hanging rods in all the closets except the Master.  It sure is great to have a place to hang all the clothes that hung out in our pick-up and car for four days!


The Tile Master was also busy in the Master Bathroom finishing the shower and trim.  It, like the kitchen, is now completely installed and grouted.  And, like every other bit of tilework in our house, it is absolutely STUNNING!  I am continuously amazed at just *how* good my dad really is.

The ceiling.

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The walls.

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The floor.

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The quality of craftsmanship we’ve gotten between Tom and my dad is just amazing, and we are so thankful for all their hard work.  This dream of ours would not be the reality it is without either of them, or the rest of our friends and families.  We are truly grateful.  Thank you Dad and Tom!

So much more has been finished, but those words and pictures will have to wait for another time.

Progress – December 18

Hey, guess what’s finished?  The Deck.  I’m not kidding, teasing, or telling a fib in any way – well okay maybe a little one.  Technically its not done because we still need railing and steps, but the decking is done.  Aaron worked really hard today to get it finished, and it looks great!

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Tom and Dad finished installing the range top and down-draft vent today.   At first they couldn’t figure out how to get the vent to turn on.  The could get it to raise and lower just fine, but the fan wouldn’t turn on. Finally, they resorted to reading the instructions (novel idea there, guys!  🙂 )  At any rate, after reading the instructions, they realized there is an ON/OFF switch on the side of the vent.  You have to actually turn it on to get it to work.  🙂

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The faucet and reverse osmosis drinking tap are both installed on the kitchen sink, and now it can be installed.  Tom learned from his experience with the range, and he’s reading the sink directions.

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Lots of nail holes have been filled, and they’re ready to be sanded tomorrow so we can touch up the paint.  The girls’ bathroom vanity hardware is installed.  The two outlets on the island bar are finished.  The neverending list seems to grow and grow and grow, but I know we will overtake it soon and it will shrink and shrink and shrink!

Progress – December 17

The girls’ bathroom vanity is now installed.  The countertop is in place, and the faucets are installed.  The toilet is installed and in place, it just needs a toilet seat and the water turned on to be functional!  🙂

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The long countertop in the kitchen is installed, too.  The cooktop and vent are in place in the island countertop, and they are ready to be permanently installed.

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A Christmas Fairy has visited the Tolar Dream Home again, this time instead of a miniature tree, she left some mistletoe hanging from the fan in the Great Room!  Does anyone need chapstick?


Progress – December 16

This is Gabe.  He was back again today.  All the interior doors are now installed, and the baseboards are installed in all the rooms that will have carpeting.  Door trim is also finished.  It’s been great having him here to help with this stuff so Dad and Tom could dedicate their time to other things.

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The kitchen countertop arrived yesterday, and Dad and Tom began the process of installing it today.  The first thing they had to do was attach the two separate pieces of countertop for the long counter together.  I’m not sure exactly what the process is for sticking the two pieces together, but they are together and setting up now.  This third picture below shows the metal pieces that hold the two pieces of countertop together.  It’s pretty cool!

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Dad and Tom installed the counter on the island today.  First they dry-fit it, then made the cut-outs for the cooktop and down-draft vent, and finally they threw down some glue and put it in place.  It’s being held down with some clamps and weighty items now, and by tomorrow it will be permanently in place!  When Dad was spreading the glue, he wrote our name with the glue – TOLARS will always be part of this house, no matter who the owners are (we plan on owning it until we die, by the way).  The countertop is absolutely GORGEOUS!  We loved the sample we chose from, but now that it is actually here and partially installed, I have fallen completley in love with it!

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Soon we will have a functioning toilet and sinks – thank goodness the honey house will be going away soon!  The carpet will be delivered to the installers tomorrow, so it should be installed soon!