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Posted by Lynnette in Orlando, FL on 10/3/2008 7:29:58 AM

As the summer was ending, my husband's work began to pick-up.  He had a pending project that was due to start in June, and once it began, the house had to wait.  Wait it has!  That is not to say absolutely nothing has happened, but not much.  By that time the floors were tiled and the upstairs and back staircase had the wood flooring installed as well.  We were able to finally design and order the railings for the staircases and balcony.  We also finalized all the cabinet selections and designs and got them ordered.  They would be 6-8 weeks for delivery, and half of them took about 12 to 13 weeks.  No worries, we couldn't be there to install them anyway.  As of today the cabinets are being installed as I type!  They look wonderful, and I could not be happier to see that something is happening. 

We did get most of our interior doors delivered, and all but one were installed downstairs.  The upstairs doors have not been installed since they had not been delivered when the initial installation began.  We did trim around the installed doors (some of them) and they look great!  In the master bedroom the base molding was started and it makes such a huge difference in the look.  It truly is one of the last things that is needed besides the granite window sills and they will get done when the counter tops get installed.  I am all too aware of the little things that need to be done, however, they will have to wait until my husband is able to be there on site to make sure they are done correctly. 

The railings cant get installed until the wood floors are sanded and finished and they cant get done until the front staircase gets the wood on the treads.  It is a vicious cycle right now but when these things are finally worked on, they will go very fast.  All our lighting and outlets and switchplates are installed, and the interior is done from the walls up to the ceiling.  The only things left to do besides finishing the cabinet install is the base molding and septic.  All the A/C is completely done and the electrical is as well.  Once the propane tank is buried and hooked-up to the house, the house can be "functional".  I have all my kitchen appliances just waiting to get put in their place, and as soon as the cabinets are complete they will be.  My cabinet installer says that he should be done by the end of next week.  We have a lot of molding and trim and decorative pieces that will take more time than the actual cabinet installation.  The guy that is installing my cabinets works for my husband and he installs cabinets alone.  He is not a very big guy, and I was leery of how it is possible for one small guy to install all these large and very heavy cabinets.  To my shock, he is doing it and quite well too.  What my cabinet designer told me would take a week, he said will only take 2 -3 days.  And she was counting on a couple of installers working together, he is doing this alone!  I do have some pictures of the cabinets so far, and I will post them here. 

Technically there are many things that could have been done without my husband being there.  He however, wants to be there for not only the quality of work, but the details and changes that could be made during this time.  We keep tweaking things here and there as we go along, and it has worked for us thus far.  We truly are not in any hurry, and though it would be nice to just get the house done, we keep our eye on the big picture.  I truly don't want to move into this house and have lots of little projects that are still left to do.  Primary reason being that they would probably never get done.  My husband is not big on being a honey-do lister.  He would rather find work where he actually gets paid.  So anything left to do after move-in will likely not get done.  Since we did not finance the build, we are paying as we go and right now, very little can go out until after the first of the year.  Then, we will likely get everything done at once.  I will try to stay current on the blog, but I have found it very difficult to do with my other responsibilities.  Keep checking though.



Tile in master bedroom.
Foyer chandelier.
Kitchen lighting.
Pavers in the courtyard.
Installing crown molding in front foyer.
Brazilian cherry on back staircase.
Built-ins for family room.
Laundry room.
Laundry room.
Master bath, missing the vanity cabinets to the right.
His sink on the right, hers on the left.

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