Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Last night in the "old" house

Feels very strange. Seven long and fruitful years. I can't wrap my mind around leaving. You spend all this time so intimately tied up with this structure. Its shape and appearance dictate so much of what you do and feel. Then abruptly you're gone. Not only do you leave, but you can never even go back. The most you can do is drive by and look in from the outside. The door to that part of your life closes and can't be opened again.


Friday, March 19, 2010

A smaller house update

Not as much has happened since the last update as we near the end.

They finally put the garage door windows in.


Nice that they insulate the exterior faucets.

Some pipes sticking out of the walls for some reason.

More gutters. Hey, what's that wooden thing there?

Rear steps.

More gutters.

Close-up of the steps.

Kitchen backsplash, faucet, and appliances are in.

Utility room plumbing. Down at the end is the plumbing for a sink. We're not having them put it in because they charged $1000 just for the sink and installation.

Utility lighting in the utility room.

Powder room. Just so you know for when you come to visit.

Still have our hole in the floor.

Master shower is just about done.

Crown molding over master bedroom door. Also shows the extra high ceiling.

Upstairs small bathroom finishes up.

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Closing in on closing

We've got a tentative closing date of March 30. I don't expect it to slip much, both based on the condition of the house and the fact that March 31 is the last day of the quarter. On with the show.

Not much new on the outside.



Things that keep water from coming in the vents!

Flood lights.

Mostly the same from the back, but for one subtle detail: they graded it. The drop-off from the house isn't so severe now.

More flood lights.

The stoop was there before, but the light wasn't.

Garage is painted now, with light switches, outlets, and so forth. The yellow wire is for the garage door openers, so there's no visible wire.

There's the other end of the garage door opener wiring.

Tile is in. I'm not super excited about this tile, but I'm not super excited about any floor tile.

The "valet" area is painted now. Also there's blonde hair.

Tiled powder bathroom.

Unexpected floor hole (in the rear study).

Looking out from the rear study with the painted doors.

Light fixtures are in. That kind of light fixture always looks like a breast to me. It's going to be replaced by a ceiling fan/light eventually.

Master bedroom wall sconces. Jessica likes lots of light to read, so we'll probably still have table lamps. This was from the standard lighting line. I expected uglier.

Painted closet door.

Master shower tile work-in-progress.

One of the vanities. The other one is basically the same, but the picture was blurry.

Linen closet/children's hidey hole.

Painted living room.

Ceiling fan.

Countertops are in, though hidden.

Here's a closeup, plus the 60/40 undermount sink.

Tile in the breakfast room.


Fireplace hearth. Can't fall very far from that.

Dining room. That chandelier wouldn't have been my top choice, but I think it's okay. I'm not planning on replacing everything anymore.

Doors at the front study.

Crown molding at the entry.

Entry lighting, very similar to, if not the same as, the dining room.

Railings have been stained and revealed.

Small bathroom vanity.

Fourth bedroom closet.

What I'm calling the "long bathroom."

Uma's room, and part of the view out.

Future home of electric car charger.

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