I so want to be done with this almost 20 year project. Ugh!!

I haven’t posted in about 3 weeks as I have been having very little movement on the part of the contractors.  This project, for them, is winding down and they have moved on with other projects.  As much as I try to focus on the positive and I love my contractors, I am beginning to get a little anxious.  So in some of this post you will sense my frustration with the process and how long it is taking.  But there are still things that have to be done before the final inspection.

The plumbers have got to hook up all the vanities, tubs, drains, kitchen sink, dishwasher and shower.  We ran into a snag when the tub was unpacked, it had a crack so it went back and we are waiting for its replacement which I hope will be in this week.  They worked last Saturday, but I had purchased 3 wrong faucets and had to return them and get new ones which I did immediately.  Tho they were able to get some of the other faucets and the water heater installed, they still need to finish.  Now I have the new faucets and am chomping at the bit to get done already.  They are supposed to be here on Monday.

Also the floor contractor has almost finished putting in all the carpet except the living room.  He has to also finish grouting the shower.  He will be here on Monday, also, and will be focusing on the living room carpet which is a floral design which will make matching seams a challenge.

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Shower almost finished

Living room carpet, and this carpet will be used as the carpet runner
Living room carpet, and this carpet will be used as the carpet runner
The carpet used in the rest of the house.
The carpet used in the rest of the house.

S & K Mountain Construction and Hays Electric have been wonderful, but some of the subcontractors are being a little challenging.  There was obviously some miscommunication with reference to the stair parts that were supplied.  The staircase is very complicated and now a question with reference to whether the full stair will be supplied or whether there will be carpet put there instead.  I thought when you purchased stairs, that meant the complete riser and bull-nose step.  They are telling me that they understood that I was going to put a runner down the steps and only furnished the end caps and that the rest would be carpeted.  This is where the misunderstanding needs to be ironed out.  But first we have to have a meeting to go over this, and the supplier cancelled (or was a no-show) to the meeting that was scheduled last Wednesday.

The key being the runner.  The runner I had in mind was bound along the sides and went over the steps leaving about 6″ on each side exposed.  But nothing can be decided until we meet so that is going to be my focus beginning Monday.  I will let you know how it turns out.  Here is where we stand now.

Stair treads.  Note the flooring guy was told to put those tack strips down, but they will be coming up.
Stair treads. Note the flooring guy was told to put those tack strips down, but they will be coming up.

In the mean time, I worked for about 3 hours today staining the railings that I didn’t get to before it was assembled.  That takes more prep work than I like, but it has to be done, so there you go!  Tomorrow I hope to finish at least that project.

Other things that are going on is building a fence for the back yard so Kenzie can be secured safely.  That requires post holes being dug.  Lucky me I have a well-able-bodied-post-hole-digger, Steven.  It brings back memories of when he was a teen, and the never-ending post holes that he had to dig.  He almost has it down to an art form.  We are talking big post holes for railroad ties.  I believe he has 3 or 4 left to dig, then muscling the posts into the holes.  I think that will be a two person project.  Then the 4 rails to match the front pasture.

I will post more pictures of the claw-foot tub faucets and the post holes and fence as it progresses.

That all for now.

Annie, the project sub-manager & stair-fighter.

 

 

 

Mirror Mirror On The Wall

Its Sunday evening after a productive but tiring weekend.  Needed to put up the medicine cabinets and the mirrors and get the vanities ready for the plumber to install.

We decided to tackle the biggest tasks first.  Moving the 370 pound vanity.  That actually was the easiest thing we did.  Hanging the corner medicine cabinets and mirrors turned out to be a challenge.  But the biggest challenge was the small medicine cabinet in the upstairs main bath which eluded all easy ways to hang-it in drywall.  Went through a couple of toggle and molly bolts before we finally just decided to drill a hole and toggle it through the nailer in the back.  Sometimes 3 heads are just too many to try to do something simple.  We all over-thought it.  But we had muscle with my baby boy Steven.  He also became the gopher making several trips to the hardware store.  He’s learning a lot from Lynn as long as one is the teacher and one is the student.

Unfortunately, Steven is seeing our limitations.  But it definitely helped having some help, I couldn’t have done it myself.  Lynn is very hesitant to take any help so that is one obstacle I have a hard time working around.  He also saw his limitations this weekend.  He got really tired after about 3 hours in the house yesterday.  Today he just spent a little time when Steven and I needed a third set of eyes to figure out what we were doing wrong.

In the meantime I found time to stain some of the upstairs bottom railings and top railings.  The masking and protecting the walls and climbing up and down the ladders really did this poor-old-body in.  It will definitely be an Excedrin night.

Now for the pictures.

The stairs are progressing.  Forgot to take pictures of the railings.  Next time.

The stairs are progressing. Forgot to take pictures of the railings. Next time.

Chandelier in the master bath.  Who has those?  Lynn insisted so we have 2.
Chandelier in the master bath. Who has those? Lynn insisted so we have 2.
Here is one near the shower.
Here is one near the shower.
Vanity with corner medicine cabinets and mirrors.
Vanity with corner medicine cabinets and mirrors.
another shot that is a little dark
another shot that is a little dark
Another shot.  Not exactly how I visualized it.  I order the corner medicine cabinets by mistake and decided to get creative.
Another shot. Not exactly how I visualized it. I order the corner medicine cabinets by mistake and decided to get creative.
That little baby medicine cabinet was tone we spent 3 hours trying to hang.
That little baby medicine cabinet was tone we spent 3 hours trying to hang.
Vanity in the guest suite.
Vanity in the guest suite.
Another shot with the lights off.
Another shot with the lights off.

Mirror mirror on the wall, whose the tiredest of the them all.

Annie, the mirror hanger.