Here is the (almost) finished project, and what we will move into. The stairs are still a bit more rustic than they will be, the balconies and rear facade need to be finished, but this is as done as it will be before we arrive with all of our stuff!
Dining and living room
Dining room, kitchen, and Jonathan
View up to the skylight
Third floor hall
Third floor bath
Tub and shower
Close up of the stairs… to be finished in the new year!
Our contractor (the cad) is not posting any more photos of the day. He is going for an HGTV impact where we all cry when we see the unveiling of what things look like.
The good news is that the stairs were begun today. The bad news is that I won’t see them until Saturday…
Our closet doors are going in…
These are the closets in our bedroom. You can see the lights inside the closet (special closet lights to ensure that if some fabric falls on them, they won’t go up in flames right away!) and the square-ish knobs that we chose that will be similar to the door pulls for our pocket doors…
The electrician came today to do the finish work (put in the plugs, install the lighting fixtures) and he installed my towel warmer.
I feel fairly confident that within my first few nights there, I will take a nice long bath followed by a warm towel…
These past few days have been filled with the anxiety of pre-move… a list of things that need to be done in our future home, those that need to be packed away in our current home, and some follow up about things that weren’t done in the process of construction. I am trying to take it all as easy as possible, trust in the professionals who are helping me, and focus on getting into our new place… We move on December 27th!
While we are anxiously looking forward to our new home, we are clearing out of our old one.
We rented a 50 box package from Polar Box; it costs about as much as cardboard, but we rent them, they get reused, and they have handles and stack well, so will theoretically be good for the movers.
But geez, when these are full they are heavy!
The steel part of the stairs will be put in on Monday, so in the meanwhile, the planks for the steps are being sanded and stained.
There is still a lot to be done for us to move in (12 days!), but our contractor assures us that the big stuff will all be ready. As long as the stairs go in and the finish work on the plumbing and electrical are done, I think we will be just fine.
Kitchen countertops are in! As well as the basic installation of our sink (still to be hooked up by the plumber when he does the finishing touches next week)!
I will post a review of my purchases later, but for now, just the photo…
The devil is in the details! Especially in every small nook of our home where mouldings are being installed.
Every bit of moulding gets its own custom cut; even that tiny bit tucked in there to the left of the photo. And given that we wanted to make the best use of every square foot, we have quite a few nooks!
No sooner did we install the floors than we covered them up!
To keep them nice while the final touches are happening, all of our floors have been covered. In fact, we are going to keep them covered through our move since I don’t want some errant rocks or salt crystals in the moving guys’ boots to nick up my lovely new floors! Plus, I am happy to do anything that will keep our final bill more reasonable… my bank account is groaning from our massive spending!
And on Saturday, the installers continued to the second and third floors to install the laminate flooring.
For now, it’s awfully dusty, but we will tend to that later…
Honestly, the look is a bit more rustic than I had imagined, but it fits relatively well with the wood on the ground floor (which will be the same we will use on the stair risers). The advice we got from our contractor, which makes a lot of sense, was to find something that looks good side by side, because they will be right next to each other where the floor meets the stairs, without trying to be too matchy-matchy about it, because there won’t be an exact match.
Here is a photo of the wood on top of the laminate, for comparison;
Why use laminate at all? It was one of our frugal compromises. First, we were impressed by the quality these days; it ain’t yo’ mama’s laminate! Second, it is about a third of the price ($6 per square foot for quality economical hardwood (although you could easily spend much more) vs $2 per square foot of quality laminate). Thirdly, it is super durable and low maintenance. And finally, it is on the upper levels, so less visible.