Sunday, March 24, 2013

SO close!

So much got done this weekend!  Everything is finally starting to really pull together.

Matt and I drove up on Friday night because the appliances were scheduled to be delivered on Saturday morning.  How were we able to spend 2 nights up in Acton, when we've only spent 1 night at a time before?  We have a shower - and that includes hot water!

Here's a preview of how the oil-rubbed bronze hardware is going to look on the doors:

Our carpenter has been super busy.  He started putting all the baseboard trim back on, and is finishing up putting the kitchen together (I'll get to that more in a bit).

Here's my office:

It's so exciting!  It really looks so much more finished now.  Saturday we got the appliances.
Yes, there's still a LOT of snow up in Maine.

The previous owners tiled over the dryer vent for some reason, so only the washer is installed at the moment.  They dryer is hanging out in the hallway.

The fridge is all hooked up - water and everything!
I have to keep mopping up the drool.
Here is where we were on Saturday afternoon.

The countertops can't be installed until we got the sink set in the base, so we had Jay (the carpenter) make the opening a little bit bigger.
Here's how that will look with the faucet.

And now a sneak peek at the pot filler faucet that will go in above the stove!
Pasta, here we come!
Sunday I left Acton early to run to Ikea to pick up a shelving until for the master bathroom - and I got the next few pictures texted to me from Matt.

Now the glass-door cabinet is up on the wall, with cubbies underneath... and the panels and baseboard are in place.

Everything is my favorite part, but I think my FAVORITE favorite part is the little feet at the end of the peninsula...

...and underneath the sink!

Up this week: countertops, backsplash, finishing the master bath, final coat of poly on the floors... and then MOVING ON SATURDAY!!!  We're both so incredibly excited!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Slowly, slowly

HUGE news - the hot water heater is in!  We have just a little bbq-sized propane tank hooked up for the moment, but the big tank will be installed this week.  Hooray for showers!

Next, the french door from the master bedroom out to the (future) deck got replaced.

Old door:

New door:
so pretty

And the light on the ceiling fan in the living room finally works!  The light was wired, and the wire ran down the wall and stopped next to the switch box, but wasn't actually connected to any switches.  So the electrician did his thing and now we have a fan AND a light!

The tile guy set the tiles in the master bath last week.  I set up the vanities temporarily to make sure everything was looking the way we wanted it to.

Now for some grout!  That will be happening this week, and he'll also lay and grout the hall bath.

This week is going to be busy up at the house.  Aside from the tile guy and the painter working away, the kitchen sink should be delivered and installed, and then the countertop template can be finished, and the marble can be installed.  The floors are getting their final coats of poly, and then they'll be done.  Oh, and the appliances are coming on Saturday too!  We'll be busy busy this weekend.

PS isn't Onyx adorable?  He likes to make nests in the blankets.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Not really an update

So this isn't really an update. The tile guy was laying the tiles in both bathroom floors, so late last week Matt pulled out the toilet and vanity in the hall bath that we had been using when we stayed there. So since we didn't have a bathroom for the weekend, we couldn't go up.

But the good news is that next week there will be lots of pictures! And we ordered the appliances!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Hole-y walls, Batman!

This post is mainly about why you should always have gutters on your house.  Seriously, who doesn't put gutters on a house??  And if your gutter falls off, who doesn't replace it?!

Look ma, no gutter!

So anyway, long story short - the back of our house doesn't have gutters.  It did have a little tiny porch off of the master bedroom that looked a little old and rickety, which we were going to tear off anyway when we built the big, house-spanning deck this summer.

Flashback: back of the house last fall.
The little porch is on the left there.

We knew going in that we were going to knock off the porch and replace the door from the master bedroom, because everybody could tell there was water damage to the door, especially from the outside. Here is the door in question.

And when we got up to Acton on Saturday, our carpenter had this to show us:

Why yes, that IS a hand-sized hole in the back of the house!  And everybody knows that to fix a small hole, sometimes you need to make the hole bigger...
That's not supposed to be a window.  It's supposed to be a wall.

And then he covered it back up again with some new, water-resistant boards.

It can be a little hard to figure out what windows go where, so here's a pretty graphic for you:

Oh, and on Saturday night we went out in Sanford with some friends, and had margaritas that were SMOKIN.  Like, literally.