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December 1, 2007 / Scott Oldford

T minus 13

The last 10 days at the house has been a beehive of activity. Here’s a run down of what has happened:
  • Interior doors and trim installed – November 21st and 22nd
  • Front porch completed – November – 22nd and 23rd
  • Priming and Painting – November 22nd through November 26th
  • Installation of ceramic floors – November 27th and 28th
  • Installation of weather stripping around Garage door – November ??
  • Installation of Hardwood Staircase – November 28th through xxx
  • Permanent Electrical Connection – November 22nd-ish
  • Installation of Kitchen Cabinets – November 29th?? (I wasn’t out today or yesterday afternoon, but that is when they were scheduled)

In our neighbourhood and the one across the street there are at least a hundred salt box houses so to make ours just a little different we ordered non-standard interior doors and hinges. We chose the Jeld-Wen Cambridge design for all interior doors with brushed nickle hinges and I must say a small detail like this made a huge difference in the look and it didn’t cost us a thing, we just had to make the decision far enough in advance for the builder to order the doors instead of taking them off the shelf at the local Hardware Store.

When Tracy and I decided to build we also decided that we would pay the painting company to paint the rooms as we’d like them instead of going with some basic color everywhere and re-paint each room ourselves over the years as so many other people do. It cost us a bit extra but it is totally worth it and the end result looks awesome. One of the painters is the brother of someone we know and she has told us that he’s given us the award for the most number of colors in one house… 6 to be exact (Naturally Calm in the Entry, Mudroom, Kitchen, Living Room, Family Room, Main Bath, 1/2 Bath, and Upstairs Hall; Mocha Treat – Dining Room; Morning Haze – Master Bedroom; Alluring Blue – Ensuite; Corn Silk – Bedroom #2 (Sophie); and Tahoe Blue – Bedroom #3 (Olivia)). The trim is Antique White and ceiling is a 1/2 tint of Antique White instead of flat white as recommeded by the main painter. Scott, thank you for the lovely award. 🙂

Last week I had to sign-off on a sample of the stain to be used for the stair case… I actually had to sign the stained stairtread as proof that I agreed to that sample… pretty novel idea! And since then they have started to install the risers and the skirting and it looks awesome. I can’t wait to see the finished product which may be done now as I wasn’t out to check on the house today.

The ceramic floors were installed this week as well, and man can they ever install them fast. The mudroom, 1/2 bath, and kitchen on the first level; and main bathroom and ensuite on the second level all received ceramic tile floors and they look great. We chose a 13" x 13" Ceratec tile called Arte Bianco Everest Straight Copper. The picture of the tile on the website does not look at all how it looks installed with the Sahara Beige grout. I love it and I’m looking forward to seeing our kitchen cabinets on it, which I should be able to see tomorrow.

Some of the activities that I know that are planned for next week are:

  • Measure kitchen base cabinets for countertop
  • Installation of heat pump
  • Receive kitchen appliances and washer/dryer
  • Installation of hardwood floors

We are now at T minus 13 days until we move in and there is still a lot to be done but I have all the confidence it will be done on time.


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