Posted to WeAreBuildingAgain by Ellen in Orlando, FL
Last week, I forgot to mention my craft area dilemma. All along, we had planned for my craft area to be in the utility room. There is a five-ft. area where a table and storage would fit nicely. While planning cabinets for this area, I was informed that it's a laundry room first, and then a crap area; he meant craft, I'm sure. While he was ranting, I did not say anything, but ladies, I did give him the look! So, I asked Art, where would he like my craft area to be? Art was quick on his feet to come up with another solution. Since we have so many closets, and I do mean a lot of closet, he suggested turning one of the bigger closets into my craft area. The closet is big enough for a long table, shelves and storage. When we have guest staying with us, they will still have room to hang their stuff. Art even "gave" me the hall closet for extra craft storage. I have already decided to use that extra closet for my bear supplies and fur.
Now when it comes to "work-related" things, like a shop bench, we seem to have all the room we need. Art was busy all weekend building a work bench for the garage. This bench is the entire length of our garage! Actually, he is really excited about having an area to work on stuff instead of a picnic table!
On Monday, our framers finished their work and we passed that inspection. Then another inspection on the dry-in on the roof and we passed. The shingles were delivered and they are sitting on our roof waiting.
Tuesday, the roofers began to work and the HVAC person came to start his work. The HVAC person is by himself, but he does not speak any English, so it has been very hard to communicate with him.
Wednesday, we called the HVAC company for some help and they asked us, "Do you speak any Spanish?" This little communication snag will work itself out. However, when I offered him something to drink, I learned he can say "No, thank you" very clearly. There are a lot of subcontractors stopping by to make bids on items. At one time, we had at least four different guys out here working on their bids for other projects.
Thursday, Tropical Plumbing started their rough-in work, HVAC person is still working, and 84 Lumber delivered our windows and doors. Let me back up, they attempted to deliver the doors, but they were the wrong ones. Lovelace Gas was also here inspecting our house. What a busy place this is! In the middle of all this, Art had a doctor's appointment, which leaves me in charge! This is me singing, 'I'm in charge, I'm in charge, I'm in charge!" That was the fastest doctor's appointment in history! Art was amused when I told him that I was asking questions from the plumbing guys. It is just like carrying your car to a mechanic, that's right ladies; I received a nice answer with lots of explanation and an award-winning smile to go with it.
Friday, the plumbers came back, and Matt, our window guy showed up. Actually, he will be installing our windows and outside doors.
We have been waiting on bids for our drywall and stucco. The first drywall guy is charging $49 per board; he said we would need 281 boards and his total price is $13,769 for drywall. The second guy, Steve, said we need 219 boards and his charge per board is $31, the cost would $6,789. With that price difference, we could go ahead and put our pool in! Moving on, the third guy has not given us the bid yet. The stucco bids are coming as well. The first gave us a price of $5,000. Ramon was our second bidder, he actually took us by two of his other homes in the area that he had done, but he has not given us his bid yet. More to follow on this subject.
Another group of bids that we have been waiting for is the insulation. The first bid was from Gale Insulation and their bid was $5,015. However, they use blown-in insulation. The second bid was $5,070; he uses batts with an R-30 in the ceiling and R-13 for the walls. We would prefer the batts instead of the blown type. Both prices also include a radiant barrier in the attic.
We have a friend that is a licensed interior designer. She is also certifiable, and yes, I mean certifiable. After all, she and another friend called us at 12:45 a.m. to talk about house plans! What were they drinking? Anyway, when we did talk, at a reasonable time of the day, she did come up with sound advice. Choose colors from the floor up; also, when selecting items that are permanent, it's best to stay with neutral colors. A good example of this is selecting granite for countertops. You may like Tropical Green or Midnight Blue, but how long would you like looking at a green or blue countertop! These items can not be changed on a whim; something to think about. This leads me to our selection of granite. We have chosen two fabricators, and went to their wholesaler for granite selections. We chose the same colors at both locations, so we can compare pebbles to pebbles. A lesson we have learned about granite selections for smaller areas, like the bathroom, is to look at remnants. You can really get great deals from these selections. In our search, we have learned that all remnants, regardless of their grade, can be sold at the same price as a grade A slab or lower.
Next week, we will be discussing paint. I do not have to tell our children what color their dad wants to paint the inside of our house. He has chosen antique white for every room with white trim. I will let you know the outcome of this topic.
Below is a sample of one of the weekly updates that Art sends to our subcontractors.
This coming week we will be doing a little of the old; a little of the new; and a whole lot of juggling.
What's new? I will start on low-voltage Monday, and Garry and Billy Lovelace will arrive to rough in the gas lines.
What's old? The tub set and shower pan will finish the plumbing rough-in.
What to juggle? Delair must return to do one last roof penetration (for the stove); this will allow the roofers to return and finish the roof. I would like the framer to return so the platform can be extended for the air handler. But he cannot return until the windows are in, since he has to frame the window tops. But we want to limit his return to one visit. That means this chain of projects starts with the windows.
The window installer can't get all the windows and doors installed; because we were short a set of windows, which are now on special order. Most of the doors will be here by Monday or Tuesday.
Did I mention the electrician is arriving on Wednesday? And trenching begins on Thursday (I hope).
So we are playing catch-up, but that does not stop us from forging ahead.
I am looking forward to a really great week!!