Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Catching Up Again

It's been pretty busy the last few days, so I'll try to catch up here.  It may be a long post.
Friday 8/3
The plumber was at the house all day finishing the plumbing and installing the faucets.  The pedastal sink in the half bath and all the toilets aren't installed yet since flooring has to be done first.  We just kept all the standard fixtures except for the shower head in the master bath.
Hot water tank

Kohler rain shower head - Home Depot Clearance!!
 The water softener was installed too. It's supposed to only use 80 lbs. of salt a month, so about $10. Cheaper than city water.

Sunday 8/5 - OPEN HOUSE
The open house was a huge success!  I can't believe how many people came through, and only 4 were neighbors.  I'm not sure if any of you blog readers came because no one mentioned it to me.  While we were there, I made a to-do list for Doug of items that needed fixed.  Most were paint touch-ups.  Some were annoyances, like the silver ring at the bottom of the sink on the garbage disposal side is crooked.  Doug tried to limit me to the back of one note card, but it didn't work :).

We also noticed a leak in the office when we got to the house Sunday.  It had rained really hard earlier in the day and there was a little bit of water on the floor in front of the window.  Doug looked at it and thinks it's water getting in between the mortar and the window.  The stone on the outside is surrounding that window.  He's going to have the company come back out and caulk the area really well.

Monday 8/6
The cabinet guy came back to put the shelves in the pantry and install an end panel by the fridge that didn't come with the original shipment of materials.  I also talked to him about installing crown molding on the top of the cabinets.  Honestly, I never thought of it until the open house.  I think it will really give the kitchen a finished look.  I'm waiting for him to call me back with a price.

The flooring was started today.  They stayed until 9 pm and installed the tile in the entryway and the vinyl in the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room.
Half bath

Master bath

Laundry room

Close up of laundry room

You may remember an earlier post debating on whether or not to take the tile to the columns, as was in the standard plan.  We decided to stop it in line with the wall.  I'm very happy with our decision.  We paid for tile to the columns, which amounted to 3 extra boxes of tile.  We asked the flooring guys to leave the extras, but they only left 1 box, so we're waiting for them to bring back the other 2.

Kids, if you're going to paint the garage ceiling, safety glasses may be useful.  Otherwise, you may end up with a glob of paint in your eyeball, calling your wife at work, dropping the kid off at the parent's, and driving to the eye doctor's office for an impromptu visit where you'll get numbed, cleaned, and sent home with antibiotic eye drops. 
In addition to that excitement, Doug stopped by the house today and spackled wall dings from the flooring guys in preparation for the painter to come back Thursday.

Someone from the local flooring store that Wayne Homes uses stopped by to inspect the installer's work from Monday.  He noticed one very small bubble in the vinyl in the kitchen.  He's going to send the installers back to fix it.  We're impressed because we didn't even notice it, can you?

Tomorrow Friday the carpet will be installed.


  1. What type water softner did you go with? Does it have a filter also?

    1. The bill from the company calls it "48,000 grain twin softener." Because it has the 2 tanks, one will regenerate and the other will be able to be used so that you don't lose pressure on the days you're using a lot of water. It regenerates the water every 7 days instead of every 3, so it's more efficient and uses less salt than others.

  2. Excellent blog. I am glad I found it.

    My wife and I are just finishing up the final touches on our quote with Wayne Homes, we plan on beginning to build by November.

    One of the many things I really liked about your house was getting smooth ceilings. We didnt even think of that. Do you know how much the price was for changing from a textured ceiling to smooth ceilings?

    Thanks for the help