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14
Oct

Move-in ready!

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Picked up the certificate of occupancy today – the house is ready for us!

But first, a few more pictures.

The living area:
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Master suite:
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Guest suite:
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Kitchen:
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Office:
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Mud room:
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29
Sep

More finishing work

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Here you will see pictures of the master bath shower, the kitchen cooktop area, the foyer chandeliers, the guest bath shower and sink, Laura’s edging work around the driveway and her firepit project.

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29
Sep

One of several cabinet f-ups

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The open space in the drawers (3) are there to surround a drain pipe for the vessel sinks (2) in the master bath and the vessel sink in the guest bath.

If we were using sewer pipes and not the standard 3″ drain pipes, the size of the openings would make sense.

Also, check out the jerry-rigged partition. Instead of using a single piece of wood, they screwed two pieces together.

Needless to say, they WILL correct this!

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Update: Old River Cabinets rebuilt the drawers to fit around the sink pipe. They did an excellent job as the picture below shows.

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29
Sep

Approaching the finish line

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These are some more pictures taken in August showing the progress of the outside and inside.

We had a great crew come in from a neighboring town to do the final clearing and grading of the pasture. Grass seed has been thrown and at the time of the pictures, we are starting our two-week drought.

The kitchen cabinets have arrived (more about that later) and are waiting to be installed.

The kitchen floor is near-black tile, which might be tricky to keep sparkling. Oh well.

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08
Aug

Drywall – rough-in

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Photos of drywall before taping and mudding.

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27
Apr

New York State of Mind

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The Empire State Building was actually completed ahead of schedule, taking only one year and 45 days to build.

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21
Apr

Fuzzy (Builder’s) Math

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When will the “cost plus builders margin” of 20% end up costing you “cost” plus 25%?

When it’s calculated by the builder as “cost divided by .80 minus the cost for a 20% job”.

Example: ($1000) + (20%) = $1200 in basic math vs ($1000 / .80) – ($1000) = $1250 in builder’s math.

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21
Apr

Big Box Hell

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For reasons that are too frustrating to relive in detail, we recommend that you avoid the “big box” stores for special order items.

In general, finding someone to help you is a problem. Finding someone who knows anything is a bigger problem. The products tend to be sub-standard and are ususlly made by a subsidiary of a subsidiary of the advertised manufacturer.

If you want a rake or a shovel, no problem. If you want a custom set of doors, shop at your local, independent dealer.

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