Finishing Touches

These pictures are out of date, but I really needed to update our Dream Home Blog.  A couple of weeks before our open house, my dad came over to help us with the last minute fixes, installation, and “polish” on our house.  It was mstly touch up painting, painting doors, and odds and ends.

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While the three of us worked our tails off trying to get everything done, Emma was the official picture taker.  Obviously it wasn’t too difficult a task because she had plenty of time to work hard, too.  She worked hard at shooting targets on the Wii.  🙂

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It was a great weekend, and we got everything done!

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 13

Today we were able to scratch some items off The Punchlist.  We didn’t get to scratch very many off because there are a bunch of things in progress, but we didn’t add any new ones which is great!

Even though the siding was complete a couple of days ago, I had to post this picture of Tom nailing the very last piece up.  It was a monumental day!  AND, Dad and Tom got it finished just in time – yesterday was FRIGID, and today we have snow (we almost NEVER have snow). 

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Today, Tom made the plywood base for the kitchen counter top to sit on, so now we can actually “see” what our kitchen will look like with the counter top installed.  I also brought my plants from home so I could pack up the shelf they were sitting on.  They’re keeping our little Christmas Tree company.

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Also today, Tom installed the pendant lights above the island in the kitchen.  They look GREAT!  They are from the same collection as our Dining Room chandelier.

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While Tom was busy completing projects Dad, Aaron, and Jason got started laying the laminate flooring!  They completed the long hallway at the girls’ end of the house, and moved on into the Great Room.  Before we quit working for the evening, they had completed from the West wall of the Great Room through the East wall of the Foyer.  I am amazed what a difference the laminate makes – it is GORGEOUS!  Dad thinks they will finish the Great Room and Dining Room for sure Sunday.  The North side of the kitchen has a lot of funny angles and short pieces, so he’s not sure if they’ll get that hallway and the office done today or not (I’m betting they do, if not, they’ll be darn close!).

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My parents took their BBQ grill home a month or so ago.  When you don’t have a grill to cook on all the time anymore, you improvise.  Last night we had turkey noodle soup, and the office floor became our makeshift kitchen.  Reagan was Nana’s helper, and she did a great job, it was YUMMY!

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While the crew was hard at work at the new house, my mother-in-law, Susan, came over to our current house to help me pack.  After a little less than two hours, we were out of boxes and done for a the day!  We got a lot done, and I am so thankful for her help.

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I’m excited to see what progress is made today.

Progress – December 9

So much has happened in the past seven days, it’s incredible!  I was really trying hard to post daily, but life took over and we were too busy!  My dad has started playing a game with me every day now.  When I show up at the property, I have to try to figure out what he got done instead of him telling me.  This all started Sunday.  The laminate floor in the storage room was VERY obvious.  After I looked at it for a little bit, he told me there were two things that he got done, but they would take “careful observation”.  I remembered him talking about being ready to put in the doorbell, so I looked there first.  BINGO!  The other thing took me a while.  I wandered around looking and looking, but I was having trouble finding it.  I wandered into Harley’s room, turned on the light, and I was looking around.  It finally occured to me that there weren’t any open holes in the walls anymore – the phone jacks are installed in the girls’ end of the house!  It’s pretty fun to go there and try to guess what has been accomplished each day now.  It’s like our own little “Where’s Waldo” or “I Spy” game.

Other changes that have happened . . .  the kitchen tile is now complete, grouted, and waiting for the grout sealer.  The countertop should be here sometime this week.

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My dad’s friend, Steve (who is a contractor), came over Saturday to put in the concrete shower pan in our shower so we can get started tiling it.

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Like I said above, the laminate floor is installed in the storage room.  So is all the trim, nail holes are filled, and the touch-up painting is done.  See that funny little “nook” next to Aaron in the picture where he’s filling the nail holes?  It’s the end of the shower  in the girls bathroom, and creates a perfect spot to store our card table and chairs.

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Remember how I said that we should have waited to paint our room until AFTER we ordered our bedding, here?  Well, I finally managed to get the time to re-paint our room.  We decided to keep the chair-rail idea from the girls’ rooms going, and we split our walls and will install chair rail between the two colors.  The top half is a very pale gray, and the bottom is navy blue – called twilight.  It is very masculine looking for now.  Fortunately, the bedding has little flourishes of feminine embroidery, and between the bedding and the window treatments they will soften up this room.  We both liked the old color, but this room now just “feels” like us!  We love it!

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Aaron and Dad decided it would be a really good idea to hang our mounts on the walls of the Great Room before we installed the laminate so the ladders didn’t damage the flooring.  After helping Aaron unload Goliath, Jason stuck around and helped him hang our mounts.  The first one to go up was Aaron’s buck on the vaulted wall on the kitchen side of the Great Room.  His name is NanaNanaBooBoo, and he was named by Katelyn when she was really little.  On the opposite wall, from left to right, are my buck, Aaron’s bull – Heartbreaker (one arrow right through the heart), and my antelope (pronghorn) named Percy.  I know the girls named my buck, too, but I just can’t remember what they named him.

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Aaron has been working so hard to get this deck done, and he is so close!  We ran out of decking material, and he is waiting for the additional material to come in before he can finish it.

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I am excited to see the changes that happen tomorrow while I’m at work, and I can’t wait to play my dad’s game again!