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Posted by Jeff in Hartland, WI on 3/28/2009

This time it's been almost two months since my last post. I do a little bit better maintaining my other blog. If you're interested, take a look at mackayhouse.blogspot.com/. The project has been progressing, slowly but surely. Since that last post, I finished laying the hardwood floor (cumaru), sanded it, and put a couple coats of finish on to protect it. My tile guys are almost done with the tile--shower floor in the master bath, and then the only thing left will be the tub deck--which they can't install until the plumber sets the tub. Cabinets were delivered this week, and the cabinetmaker is almost done installing them. We tiled the fireplace surround and hearth, and have begun staining windows. The roofers installed gutters (and repaired a few shingles that blew off the roof in a windstorm). The electrician installed outlets, switches, and lights. 

I did hit a snag in the budget/schedule. I didn't think about the cost of finishing the stairs when I prepared the budget and plan. It turns out that to get the stairs finished like we want, materials would cost about $11K. So I decided to mill all the stair trim myself. That cost me 10 days and about $1K in lumber. I also hired a finish carpenter to do the stair work. And he's doing a fantastic job. He also brought his son in to help hang interior doors. But now I'm two weeks behind on the trim. I'm taking vacation for the next two weeks, so hopefully I'll make some progress. And I might even be able to do some cleanup--the place is looking pretty messy now. I have three major tasks ahead of me: the rest of the finish carpentry, masonry on the exterior, and exterior painting. We may break down and hire a mason.

In terms of the to do list, it's getting shorter. The granite guys come on Monday to measure for countertops. They should be ready to install next Monday (or maybe even sooner). After that comes the finish plumbing, finish tile, and finish electrical. Appliances get delivered on Tuesday. Lighting has been ordered (except for the ceiling fans, which are discontinued). We're trying to find a good replacement. The only major purchases left are the driveway & landscaping, shower doors, door hardware, carpet, audio/video equipment, storm doors, and garage-door openers (I hope). Oh yeah, we also have to get the driveway and patio poured and the landscaping done. 

Our lease on the current rental house is up in June. And it looks like we'll be able to move in by then. Actually, I may be ready for an occupancy permit by the end of April (although the end of May is more likely). That's about it for now. 


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Family-room floor
A closeup of the flooring
Tile in the guest bath
The fireplace. Just need a mantle.
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