Friday, December 16, 2011
Larry Shelley, owner of Two Guys Painting, actually does have to leave work early today for a Santa gig. He is my favorite Santa.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
He was blessed to have Thad Nelson as his handy assistant for the project. Thad caringly cut the pieces and handed them in to Mike "in the hole". They worked from 8am until 8pm - and the insulation project is officially complete. It is a big house, and I am learning that a well insulated home will be much more energy efficient.
We also decided that this project might be one of the very few things that Mike's massive weight loss was good for... Could you crawl through that tiny little hole in the wall?
Friday, December 2, 2011
Yesterday, in a single day, I was asked to think about the following: Would I like the bathroom tile to have a bull nose edge or a deco edge? Would I like the tile setter to cut the slate into small pieces for the shower floor, or make another selection? Would I like an apron under the kitchen windows, or rather have the tile border there? Would I like the cabinets above the washer to be 18 inches deep as the architect recommended, or just 14 inches? Would you like to pick out spindle for the basement stairs banister?
This certainly is not the extent of the decisions for a day... but it is all that the ol' brain can retrieve at this moment to tell you. Please do not hear this as complaining. This is one of the most thrilling things that Mike and I have had the privilege to do. In fact, almost every time I enter this house I say to myself "I cannot believe this is really our house... " and I thank God and my dad for making it real.
This week Dave has been finishing out the mudroom addition. He matched and replaced the cedar siding, put in a bead board ceiling and put in the new porch floor. He also did the finishing trim around the doors and windows.
Love our new floor grates for the wood floors - the first of many.
We finally got to put the vintage looking Pottery Barn lockers into the mudroom!
Earlier in November Dave prepped our upstairs balcony for a new floor...
And basically he has been working to finish out the doors and windows throughout the house. It is looking beautiful!
We did have one 'situation' on two large exterior windows and two exterior closet walls with the primer not setting up (and running) down the walls due to the extreme temperatures outside on the uninsulated surfaces. It actually ran outside onto the new exterior paint job and shingles. Oops. But the good news is that everything cleaned up well.
The least I can do is bring them lunch every day.