Monday, December 18, 2006

Getting Closer...

Lots of progress to report over the last three days! We're really closing in on that most elusive of house adjectives: finished. Just 5 working days left, counting today, until the final inspection.

So, in no particular order, here's what's happened since my last update:

Plumbing finish: On Friday the plumbers came and installed the sinks and toilets, and hooked up most of the faucets. We've got running water! The clawfoot tub hasn't been installed, but the feet and faucet have been assembled and the whole unit is in the living room ready to move into place. There are few other things that need to be hooked up as well, so they're coming back today to finish up.

Hot water: The Rinnai on-demand propane water heating unit was hooked up on Friday also, so y'know that running water I mentioned? It comes in cold AND hot. Wow!

Tile Grout:
Robin grouted the slate tile in both the front entry and the sunporch on Saturday, and both spaces look really great. She also did the grout for the upstairs bathroom tile backsplash (that's the one with the multi-colored tiles) which also looks beautiful.

Hearth: The slate for the hearth backing has been mounted to the hardybacker on the walls. We had originally been going to mix some China Multi slate in with the Brazilian Black but didn't have enough of it and so went with just the Black alone, and I think that was a good decision. It really looks great, and I think the Multi might have made it too busy. As it is, the black slate should set of the wood stove very nicely without drawing too much attention to itself.

Trim: More trim! Always more trim.

Appliances: The stove has been set back into its space, and connected up at least partially to all its hook-ups. This doesn't sound like much, but I gather that it is a tricky and time-consuming thing to do. I think the electrical hookup will still have to be done later this week, but the downdraft vent is connected. Also, the exterior outlet vent opening has been flashed and finished.

There are no pictures today because I forgot to take my camera with me when we went out to the house on Saturday to deliver the house numbers and toilet paper holders which we purchased. D'oh! But don't worry - I'll make it up to you tomorrow, internets!

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