I thought I would be blogging more often as new things started happening quickly at the house, but it hasn’t ended up working that way. The good news is that a lot has happened – I just haven’t had much time or energy to blog about it! Those that know me well, know that I am very detail oriented. So I have been at the house every day, sometimes all day long! This is our “forever home”, so I want to make sure that everything is as perfect as possible. Needless to say I’m driving the builder and subcontractors a little crazy as I hand pick tiles, make them re-do sloppy work, etc.
We are loving how everything is turning out so far, but there’s still a lot to do. We were hoping to be moved in by the end of July, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. We have a few contractors that keep slipping their schedules. Mostly the stucco and stone contractor. At this rate the interior will be done way before the exterior, which is a little backwards from the norm.
I do have a lot of pictures to share of all the hardwood, tile, and cabinet work!
Almost all of the first floor will be hardwood. After visiting many flooring stores, we decided on hickory. We like its varied shading and hardness factor. We then had to decide between engineered wood or solid hardwood. After much research, we decided on solid hardwood that is sanded, stained, and sealed on site. The solid hardwood seemed to be the best long term solution, since it could be sanded down in the future and refinished if necessary. It also enabled us to use a custom stain. It surprised me that the floors are the first finish item to go in. They were only pretty for about one day until everyone started walking on them and getting tile dust and sawdust all over them! Evidently the last thing that happens before move in is that they come back and do a light sanding/buffing and apply the last sealer coat and then they’ll look beautiful again!
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Stacks of wood ready for installation
Unfinished living room floor
Sanding down the floor ready for stain
Living room floor after stain and first coat of poly finish
Working on the basketweave layout for the entry
After the wood floors were in they started working on the tile. We had a bit of a panic when the tile we had selected for the master bathroom, entry, and living room fireplace was discontinued. After trying to pick something else in a rush, we decided to pay extra to have the last remaining stock shipped in from California. So far I’m really happy with the tile. It’s a mexican limestone instead of travertine, so it has a little bit of a different look.
Each tile had to be individually trimmed to fit in the wood grid
The finished entry floor!
Custom designed keystone layout for living room fireplace
One poor tile layer spent 4 straight days in the master shower laying out my requested herringbone pattern!
The finished shower!
The master bath floor
You see a peek at the master bath cabinets in the picture above. The carpenter was working right behind the tile layers putting down the cabinets. A couple of cabinets are missing that will sit on the granite and the doors and drawer fronts will come later.
The tub surround will be topped by granite.
The upstairs bathrooms:
Bathroom #1 with brown shower tile
Bathroom #2 with gray shower tile
Floor tile in both bathrooms
More tile, cabinets and built-ins …
Tile in mudroom and laundry room
Cabinet and shelves next to living room fireplace.
The carpenter was also busy trimming out the view wall windows. This trim will be stained to complement the floors.Granite will be installed tomorrow! And the painter’s coming to show me samples. I guess it’s going to be another full day of “supervising”!