The file on our master bedroom fireplace was finished last week. Other than the decorative tile pattern, do you notice anything strange about the fireplace? If the answer is no, then that is good. When the fireplace contractors were installing the fire box, they ran into the exhaust stack from the fireplace below, which preventedRead more about Slightly askew[…]
The main stairwell is too tall for ladders. To allow the painters to paint the ceiling and skylight, we had to build a wooden scaffolding platform on the 2nd floor. But, before the electricians got around to hanging the chandelier, we had to take the platform down to allow the carpenters to build the stairRead more about Stairwell chandelier[…]
Now that the stain is done, and the painters masking has been removed, we can see the living room fireplace complete.
The painters have had the entire three story stairs in a giant paint booth all week. Yesterday morning, they removed all the masking and plastic and unveiled the stair railing,which looks amazind.
When we cleared out the bramble that was along our back property line, there was quite a bit of old fence in there, some of it flopped on the ground, some of it buried in the foliage. We saved any of the wood that was not too far gone. Even as bad as some ofRead more about More recycled wood[…]
We have a lot of exterior doors. Unfortunately, for 4 sets of French doors, we set the door thresholds right on the water proofing flashing underneath, not leaving much room for the aesthetic treatment above the flashing. At the time, our stone & tile contractor told us it wasn’t a problem, but that turned outRead more about Above the pain threshold[…]
The master tub is finally in! Because we didn’t plan on having an access hole from the bottom to attach the drain, it gave the plumber some difficulty doing it from the top. The first attempt leaked. I am always amazed at how much planning and thinking things through is required to build a house.
While the end is near, it sometimes feels like we are still miles away. The house is still filled with the byproducts of constuction, and I’ve got a detailed list a mile long of all the line items that need to be taken care of, including work for the following trades: Plumbing Electrical Cabinets PaintRead more about Getting nervous near the end[…]
We finally removed the office trailer we’ve been using for over a year to manage the construction. Like the roll-off containers, we had to wait until we could rebuild the ramp necessary to get them out. It was a tight squeeze getting it out the driveway. We now have a temporary office inside the basement.
The back property line had anywhere from 4-8 feet think of mixed growth, including an invasive bamboo-like species, and a red trumpet vine that kept invading our oak tree. Luckily, our neighbors on that side agreed with us that it all had to be taken out, to start from scratch, with a fence and someRead more about The jungle[…]