Posted to DreamHome by Lynnette in Orlando, FL
As the heading says, there is lots of progress. I know it has been a while since the last post, and that does not mean not much has happened. Due to kids in school, work commitments, and the house of course, I have been so busy lately. I still get out to the house almost daily to check in, and sometimes twice a day. It makes it difficult when I have two kids who get out of school at different times of the day and I have to run back and forth constantly. My husband has been working at the house for the last two weeks and that is a good thing, because it is keeping things moving along faster and smoother. Up to this point the following has been done:
HVAC ducts have begun to be installed and are almost complete.
Stucco has begun in earnest, but the stucco guy is only working on evenings and weekends since he is someone who has a business relationship with my husband and he is cutting him a great price.
Rough plumbing complete! The lines are pressurized and have water in them. The shower pans are in and my husband has been installing the DUROCK in all the wet areas since yesterday.
Electrical has begun, and even though we had someone "try" to steal our wiring after the first weekend, (they cut almost all the wires to try to take them, but left most of it behind, must have gotten spooked by a neighbor) the electrician has wired up most of the house.
Rounded staircase has been constructed and is in the rough stage.
Window installation has begun, and all are in except for a custom window that we are still waiting to get a price on. A couple of the rounded windows are sized wrong and don't make the arch correctly, so they will need to be corrected and brought out.
Roof is dried-in and the flashing and tar is put down; the fascia is on, and so is the drip edge. We are not installing the shingles at the request of the stucco guy, so that they don't get any of the stucco material on them, since some of the roof actually has stucco above it.
Fireplaces are set in place.
Exterior doors have been ordered, along with the garage doors.
I think that could be all since the last update. We had some custom windows that we decided to incorporate into the design of the house and made a special place for them in the back wall of the garage. To date, these windows have gotten the most compliments of anything in the house. They really do look very nice, and add a really special touch to the look of the house. The progress is slow and steady, but is moving along at a pace I am comfortable with. We should be ready for insulation in about another week or two, I would guess. At about that time, the doors will be in as well and the house can be closed up and locked up when we leave. This will be a great relief to me.
I do have some photos, but since so much has happened since the last post, there are very few interior photos. I will save them for when the drywall starts to go in, that will make it more interesting to look at. I will definitely try to be more vigilant about keeping the posts current. Bear with me; I have a lot on my plate these days.