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House update: Carpet at last [Apr. 20th, 2004|07:39 pm]
Yesterday, today, or both, the carpet was laid down in our house. It's a little bit lighter than we were expecting based on the swatch. This isn't a bad thing -- in fact we think it's wonderful. There's a faint hint of blue in the carpet that goes really well with the tile, cabinets, and countertop. willowisp and I took off our shoes and went wandering around in the house in our socks for the first time. After a few minutes I pinned down what had been nagging at me since I walked in: with carpeted floors instead of bare cement, the house is very, very quiet. I like this development a lot. I took pictures of the entryway, study, dining room / great room, master bedroom, game room, stairs, kitchen, and one of the upstairs bedrooms. I also took another picture of the kitchen to give a better view of the countertop now that it's uncovered.

They've also installed the plumbing fixtures. The kitchen sink is in, as is the utility sink. The downstairs powder room has been mostly finished. Faucets are in the master bath. The tub itself has been cleaned up quite a lot. All of the johns are now installed. (Why do I hear Patrick Stewart in Robin Hood, Men in Tights whenever I say that?)

Last and not least, they've cleaned up the yard (also the courtyard) in preparation for landscaping. I don't know whether that will happen this week or next but I'm looking forward to it.

At this stage there's not a huge amount of work remaining. The biggest part is probably the landscaping in front. The tile backsplash still needs to go in -- I'm guessing that's an afternoon's work for two guys; one to cut the tiles, one to put them up on the walls. Vents still need to go on top of the ducts for the air conditioning and over the manifolds for the radiant heat. Door hardware needs to be installed. The cooktop, oven, microwave, and dishwasher need to come in. The gigantic pile of trash in the garage has to go. There's a little bit of trim work remaining, mostly baseboards around the tile and such. Then some general touch-up work to fix the dents in the wall where they hit it with something heavy, then another coat of paint, and then it's done.

It sounds like a lot when I write it out like that, but I'm thinking about it from the perspective of doing it all myself. For a decent-sized crew it really isn't too much.

17 days until closing.

[User Picture]From: tyee
2004-04-20 08:08 pm (UTC)
Yay house! I love your countertop. I'm a little confused; did it end up being the first one you picked out, or the one you went to the store to pick out after the first one was discontinued? (I remember that they tracked down some of the first one after you went to the store, I just don't remember which you ended up getting...)
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[User Picture]From: callicrates
2004-04-20 08:16 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's the countertop we originally picked out. Once I got herded back into the same price range, it was a choice between that one and a surface slightly darker than that one.

What a mess that was. I'm glad it turned out well.
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[User Picture]From: willowisp
2004-04-20 08:28 pm (UTC)
Why do I hear Patrick Stewart in Robin Hood, Men in Tights whenever I say that?

Because he has that kind of voice that you would listen to even if he was reading listings from a phone book?
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[User Picture]From: goldenlily
2004-04-20 08:29 pm (UTC)
It's very .. white? :)

I love the nekkid beams in the kitchens though. :)
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[User Picture]From: willowisp
2004-04-20 08:34 pm (UTC)
It's very .. white?

Our cooktop, dishwasher, microwave, and refrigerator are going to be black on black, though. Unless, of course, Centex gets shipped puce on mauve or something.

I love the nekkid beams in the kitchens though

I really wish they'd left the doors nekkid as well.
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[User Picture]From: callicrates
2004-04-21 05:33 am (UTC)
We didn't have a whole lot of choice about the whiteness. This, like the wire shelving, is one of those things that I'm not going to worry about because we can always change it if we want to.
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[User Picture]From: clubjuggler
2004-04-21 06:28 am (UTC)

Looking good!

It's really starting to take shape. Are you going to do a walkthrough and generate a punchlist before you sign on the house?
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[User Picture]From: callicrates
2004-04-21 06:43 am (UTC)

Re: Looking good!

Oh, definitely. We're paying close attention to things that still need attention every time we go, and Pam says there will already be a punchlist up by the time we do our walkthrough (which should be late next week).

I'll be interested to see how they handle one item in particular. Whoever framed the sliding closet doors upstairs got the height wrong. I'm guessing that he didn't account for the layer of concrete for the radiant heat. As a result, the doors are an inch (maybe an inch and a half) too low and don't clear the floor. My guess is that they'll simply take that inch and a half off the bottom of the doors, but we'll see.

There are plenty of relatively minor things like this. We're keeping track.
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