Hope you all had a lovely weekend. My friend from high school was in town so we just relaxed Friday night, ate at my fave vegan restaurant Darbster on Saturday and then yesterday the hubs and I spent probably 10 hours between the house and Home Depot trying to build a horizontal gate. Let’s just say the employees knew us by the end of the day.
Friday was the day of our kitchen counter installation, which took five hours and was painful to watch. The slabs weighed a total of 200lbs and parts had to be cut out to make everything fit perfectly especially that area of wall the counter wraps around. It is not at all how they show it on HGTV where they just carry it in and attach it then leave. I didn’t feel very prepared either as they asked for my kitchen faucet (in storage somewhere) and cooktop (also in storage). They didn’t prep me at all with what I needed so I was frustrated. This resulted in my rushing to our storage unit, moving boxes and a mattress to get to everything in the rain dressed in work clothes. Not fun, but ta-da! our kitchen counters came out amazing.
The painters have been working on the interior paint for three days now, they sprayed the ceilings, then primed the walls and on Saturday they painted the trim which came out fantastic. These are pictures of just the primer on the walls but the white is pretty close to the actual white we chose for the house so it will look very similar to this. This week they will touch up drywall in some spaces, then they roll the actual wall paint on. Once the paint is done the electrician can come in and set up all of the light fixtures and hook up the AC unit so we have air. Yay.
Here is the fence we built yesterday connecting the side of the fence to the house. We are going to cover the two black metal sides with hedges and bougainvillea so you won’t see them. The gate that you see will have horizontal wood pieces across it stained gray. Staining was a huge issue yesterday as we bought two colors of stain that were tagged on Pinterest and neither of them came out gray at all. Luckily I only bought samples so it wasn’t a huge loss but we can’t connect the cedar without some kind of stain on them so they don’t get ruined. Tonight’s project haha.
On Saturday the plumber comes in to hook up all the plumbing fixtures. We also get our garage door installed one of these days which will really add to the house. We are almost there – it is finally exciting feelings instead of crazy stressful feelings like this day may never come and we may die before ever living in this house that took us almost two years to build.
For those interested the next steps in the process are getting a 4 point inspection (if your home is over 30 years old) and wind mitigation report done so you can bind your homeowner’s insurance and have it reduced. We should have a fairly good rate as everything is brand new and we have impact glass and an impact garage door as well. Once the home is done we are also going to have it reappraised and look at refinancing to get our mortgage payment down. I will keep you posted on how that all works out.
// Final Punch List //
Garage Door Install (this week)
Interior Paint color rolled on (this week)
Electric Final (Thursday)
Plumbing Final (Saturday)
Tiling of master shower floor (by next weekend)
Appliance delivery & install (next weekend)