|Kids and, more importantly|
at this point, cabinets!
Before I start, I just wanted to marvel in my own awesomeness. Seriously, folks, I have 7,000 hits on this thing now; that's pretty awesome. :) Thanks for reading along.
Anyhow, it's February. Today marks our 20-month anniversary of Maryland homeownership. Twenty months of paying two mortgages. And we're not quite destitute yet. Actually, we got some good news today at the draw inspection: we're going to get a reimbursement check of just over $25,000 this week! Granted, it's not like the money we'll actually get back at the complete end of this process from the Historical people, because this is money we spent already and have been paying interest on for these past twenty months, but still, it will make my bank accounts look and feel so much better... at least until it's spent again all too soon.
Nothing else has gone in this week, which is slightly annoying, but things are being delivered like the dickens-- that is, if things can be delivered like the dickens. Earlier in the week it was the vanities and the cabinets, then the sconces for the kitchen and porch, then tiles. Yesterday, Abby went to Home Depot to pick up the toilets, and couldn't pick me up from work because every square inch of the car that wasn't filled with her or the kids was filled with toilet. While there, she found some clearance tile that she thought was perfect for the laundry room and storage room-- finally, something on clearance!-- so she put six boxes of the stuff on hold overnight and went back today to pick it up. That might be the first flooring that goes in, which'd be fine because it'd mean we could get the washer and dryer installed, and start moving stuff into the "basement attic." We've been watching this microwave online for a while at several different stores, and the price has fluctuated up and down from about $325 to $400. Finally when we're ready to buy it, pretty much everyone has a 3-week wait for it, whether we want it delivered or picked up at a store. But I found a Sears about 45 miles away that had a new floor model marked down 20% so I grabbed it, and hope to pick it up tomorrow. Sure, I've gotta drive all the way out to White Marsh Mall (which is the one where we discovered we didn't need to bundle Isaac up like all of our older female relatives were instructed during the winter, because he turns bright red and screams...), and I'll spend ten bucks on gas, but the price difference will be about $80, and we'll get the thing tomorrow instead of who-knows-when.
|Isaac's wall will be Bills colors.|
Let's Go, Buffalo!
Probably the most house-interesting time this week was Wednesday. Abby spent the day painting Isaac's room and taping the stripes onto his wall, and we came by after I picked the kids up from school. After hiking down to Purple Playground in the park, Abby picked us up and whisked us out to the flooring store in the driving rain. There, we finally bought our hardwood floors. I know, right?! So the floors are expensive, but we decided to go with them and abridge where they'll be. So at $10.25 a square foot, we'll have DuChateau flooring's Danube flooring, from their Riverside collection (all three terms sound totally douchebaggy, don't they?) in the kids' bedrooms, the guest room, and the family room. And the 99-cent clearance tile in the downstairs rooms that really don't need such fancy stuff. So the kids are running around in the store, the guy's writing up the order, and something truly weird happened: I noticed I was on my phone, texting, while Abby checked her voicemail and actually answered an incoming call. Seriously, folks, not only were both of our phones charged, but both of us were on then at the same time, of our own volition. It's times like that that make me understand that, yes, maybe we can get this darn project completed. Anything's possible!
From there, it seemed like a hop up Rockville Pike to the fireplace store. But it was rush hour in the driving rain, and an hour later we pulled into the parking lot of Acme Stove, which had closed nine minutes before we got there. Argh. No matter, though, because that would have been bonus points for the day, and the fireplace isn't a must-finish. (Gonna try again tomorrow anyhow.) So we went back to the house to meet up with Lee, the contractor for some of the neighboring houses. He wanted to take a look inside our place, and we had asked him for his ideas on what we could be doing. We're not going to drop our contractors, but anyone who has read any of my blog entries can tell that we're not confident in their ability to be proactive in letting us know what to expect next. It was nice to talk to him, because even though he brought up a bunch of issues I hadn't thought about-- like when we should be getting the trim, and why isn't there an obvious water service to the water heater?-- most of his comments were positive and constructive and not intimidating. Seeing that we've really taken control of the direction of things over the past ten days or so, I think we can steer this thing to a good place by the end of the loan period. (Remember, anything's possible!)
Granted, nothing's happening. Which is why I emailed the contractors tonight with a list of questions and information for them to use to get cracking. First off is the paint-- Abby's been picking out colors, and only priming is included in our contract, so if we are cleared to paint, we're going to go ahead and do that, partially by ourselves, and partially with painters. (I ain't getting up on a ladder to paint no 20-foot ceilings!) We'll get a quote from them, and from a couple other places, and go with the best quote and the best timing possible, which is cheap and now. And at this point, while I'd certainly have no problem with giving them the business, I'll have no issue with finding another outfit to do the work if it means it'll get done. So, until that stuff gets sorted out, I'll leave you with the letter and you can judge for yourselves as to whether I got my point across. Now to go chase a ground hog...
Hi guys: I wanted to follow up with you as to where we stand right now, based on what's been delivered to the house and what can get moving at the beginning of next week. We also have some questions for you, so if you could get back to us on all of this before the end of the weekend, that'd be great.
- The cabinets have hit a snag because of apparently faulty measuring. But it's okay with us, because it's either Home Depot's fault or the installer's fault, but not ours. So while they sort it out and possibly order one different cabinet-- on them, of course-- there are several kitchen-related things.
- Rory, we're going to pick up the microwave tomorrow. However, there's a kit to have it fit into the opening that is only sold online, so we'll have to wait for that to be delivered to be installed.
- At what point does the cut have to be made for the range hood vent? Would that need to happen once the exact placement of the range hood is certain after cabinet installation?
Thanks, and I hope to hear back from you shortly.