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Posted by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 11/18/2017

The past week has been spent with Sandra powerwashing the stone and decks the former having gotten seriously dirty from dirt splashing before the landscape was done and the latter from foot traffic bringing in not only dirt, but sheetrock and thinset dust, neither of which we can completely get rid of inside the house after repeated vacuumings.  But scrubbing with detergent and powerwashing has gotten the decks respectfully clean.  The manufacturer suggests we use a vinegar rinse as well to help dissolve any calcium film left.  That’ll be done next Spring.  Right now they look pretty darn good.


A week ago, we emptied the storage unit into the garage.  It might have been a mistake as now, even with all the room we had in there, it looks like many other garages in America - filled with STUFF!  And we have a LOT of things ariving over the next few weeks that I was planning on staging in the garage!  We have bathroom vanities coming Monday, one of the kitchen stoves any day, all of the cabinets and the wood floors. Hmmm, it’s going to be interesting.  One good thing was I have been able to get to a number of tools that had been packed away and will be useful going forward.  

I’ve been finishing plugs and switches on the electric, and the huge pile of them that I had bought has disappeared.  Ran short of a few specialties and will get them in as they arrive.

We installed all of the vanity lights but have had trouble trying to find bulbs that have the correct shape, color temp and brightness.  We ordered some, and they were way too yellow and dim.  I ordered some more that are much brighter and some additional that have a very cool white color, trying to see what will work best.  They should be in next week. We started setting the shower bases using a Kerdi knockoff and I’ll finish the last one today.  I can start running the wall membrane after that, but first - I’m setting tile in one of the baths so we can put in a toilet!!!!  Ordered one from HD and it’ll be in after Thanksgiving. Can’t wait!

And lastly, we finally made a trip over to Durango, CO on Monday/Tuesday to pick up the corrugated roofing for the interior ceiling in the great room.  It’s been sitting there since July, but with all the subs, with all we had going on, we just never had the time to get it.  It was a beautiful drive up over the Continental Divide and into southern Colorado.  I think we’ll repeat the drive next fall when the aspens change.  It’ll be spectacular.  Talked to our local fellow that knows how to treat the material for a rusted effect.  He’ll be here on Monday and we’ll get that done.  Then get that installed after Thanksgiving.

Speaking of which, we have a lot to be thankful for this year.  The house has proceeded well, with all of the major subs finished and the end in sight.  Our health continues to be good, something that at our age, you don’t take for granted, and we have had lots of visitors in the past year to share time with us. We hope all that read this blog have had a good year as well and continue to do so in the next.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

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Final pic of the front with the railings installed.
Terracing of the backside
Steps heading up the terraced section to the patio. The blank wall of the end of the house will change as we add an outdoor fireplace next year
The back patio
Steps heading down, what used to be the access drive to the back, down the the front of the house
Setting a foam shower base. They are already pre-sloped, lightweight and are trimmed to size during the installation.
The decoupling membrane for a tile floor. Takes the place of Hardi backer, but better protection against movement in the supporting structure, such as pier and beam systems, or especially on direct contact with a concrete floor. Any crack that develops in concrete will directly translate into the tile above. This material prevents that. This is a flexible membrane that is attached with thinset to the subfloor. Tile is set directly on top in standard fashion with thinset.


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Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for sharing your journey! Your home is looking gorgeous.
Posted by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 11/21/2017

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Amanda, Thank you for the compliment.  It's been a long journey, even after we broke ground.  I've been a bit jealous, reading your blog and seeing how fast you are proceeding!  You'll be finished long before us, I think! :-). You have a great house started and I can't wait to see it unfold.

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