Yesterday evening we finalized the selection of all of the lighting fixtures that we had not chosen yet. It took quite a while (there are a LOT of lights!). My wife sent the information to the builder’s office this morning. We planned to leave work early today and drive out to the lot.
I talked to the builder at mid-day. I wanted to coordinate a time when I could start to install the bookcases in the loft. He told me that the kitchen cabinets would take longer to be delivered than planned, so the house completion date would now be in November. That will delay our move, and also took some of the pressure off for getting the bookcases done. I plan to go out one afternoon next week to install the base; that way the carpet can be put in any time after that.
In spite of getting a good start, we still hit a slowdown before the Severn River bridge, and did not get to the house until after six. We still had some daylight left. The painter had finished all of the interior walls. The colors we chose looked great! The kitchen with the accent wall is very striking.
The warm shade of grey we used for the great room and hallway looks really good with the brick wall.
We were also pleased with the bedrooms. Here is the master bedroom.
In addition to the paint, the tile floors had been installed in the bathrooms.
Afterward we went to Sam’s and got sandwiches. They were also serving wine, and I had a glass of organic Cote de Rhone. There was still a fair-sized crowd when we arrived, including some groups at the tables outside. The town in general was lively on a Friday evening.
One of my co-workers wanted to see the house. We arranged to meet him and his wife for brunch at the Imperial Hotel this morning.
Also, the painter had called my wife and told her he would leave paint samples in each room for us to approve the final selections, in time for the weekend.
After brunch, we went out to the site. The painter had primed all of the walls, and all of the windows and floors were still covered, which made the place look sort of ghostly inside.
The painter had taken all of the interior doors off and lined them up in the master bedroom to paint them, which looked kind of cool.
A couple of colors were on the wrong walls, so we left sticky-notes. Also, we decided the color we picked for most of the kitchen was too bright, so we chose a lighter shade.
After our visitors left, I took measurements in the loft for the bookshelves I’m going to build. The timing is kind of tricky; at least the base of the shelves needs to be in before the carpet is installed, but the baseboard is already in and some of it will need to be removed. I also want the wall behind the shelves to be painted first. I need to call the builder next week to coordinate this. Tomorrow is Columbus Day, which I have off, so I’m planning to buy the wood and start cutting it to size.
The builder was behind on the progress for the fourth draw. One of the main items to be completed for this draw was the exterior finishing. The problem was, with all of the bad weather, the stucco contractor was behind on his jobs and had not started yet. All of the other items for the draw — drywall, windows and doors — were done.
A few weeks ago the builder had asked about a partial payment on the draw. The loan officer sent an inspector. The amount they approved at that time was small, and the builder decided not to pursue it.
Last week he decided to try again. Even though the stucco was not started yet, he had made progress on a number of items for the fifth draw. He sent another draw request with an itemized list of all completed items for both draws.
The loan officer sent the inspector again. Today I got the response: the payment would be about half of the total for the two draws. I passed this along to the builder, who was of course very pleased!
We needed to arrange for the kitchen appliances to be delivered so they could be installed with the cabinets. We had chosen the cooktop, oven, refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave several weeks ago. We went to Bray and Scarff this evening to make the final payment and schedule the delivery. We also picked out the washer and dryer and paid for them at the same time. Amazingly, we were still within budget for the appliances.