Finishes Take Forever

When I was a young girl my grandmother Alice Bell gave me a book entitled The Children’s Book of Virtues written by William J. Bennett. With this book, she introduced me to her Catholic faith and the Seven Heavenly Virtues: chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, and compassion – tenets that she religiously lived by. The virtue that remains most vivid in my memory is that of patience, probably because it is the one I most need to work on, and one in which The Bells are notoriously lacking (it’s genetic).

I don’t believe there is anything more trying of your patience (except for, perhaps, waiting to meet your unborn child) than the finishes at the end of a project. Each day going to the jobsite, anxious and excited, to discover what almost indiscernible progress had been made from the day before.

And then, oddly, all of a sudden it’s done.

I last posted at the end of October and now it is mid-December. In that excruciatingly long month-and-a-half, the following has happened:

  • Wood floors – finished installing.
  • Water pipe in master bathroom burst and flooded part of aforementioned wood floors – currently buckled but slowly laying back down – mistake covered by plumbers insurance.
  • Kitchen, island, hallway, and laundry – custom* cabinetry built and installed.

* I emphasize custom because this adds A LOT of time to a project, but if you ask me, totally worth it.

  • Cabinet hardware installed.
  • Light fixtures throughout house installed.
  • Final electrical inspection – passed.
  • Master bathroom, guest bathroom, and fireplace – tiled.
  • Interior paint – touched up.
  • Exterior pavers formed and poured.
  • Exterior gravel placed around perimeter of house – helps to winterize the stucco and creates a non-muddy pathway to the house.
  • Screens installed at all designated windows and doors.
  • Bathroom fixtures and hardware installed.
  • Studio casework made and utility sink installed.

Remainder to do before final building inspection:

  • Install appliances – range, refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave.
  • Install bathroom mirrors and glass wall at shower.
  • Install light fixtures that go over bathroom mirrors.
  • Install bathroom sinks.
  • Install countertops.
  • Wash windows.
  • Final deep cleaning

I will spare you the snails pace details, but I will impart you with these progress photos:

Exterior

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Outside on a snowy day.
GRAVEL BEFORE RAKING DIRT 11.14.15
3′ of gravel around perimeter.
LIGHT'S ON FRONT DOOR 12.7.15
Light at front door canopy.

 

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Formwork and poured pavers.
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Stripped and completed pavers.
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Landscape elements are critical for guiding circulation.

Studio

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Case work, countertops, and utility sink installed.
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Sliding barn door.
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Art stacks behind sliding door.

Kitchen / Dining / Livingroom

FRONT HALL STRIP LIGHTS 12.3.15
Entry beam lights.
KITCHEN VIEW HANDLES ON DOORS 12.8.15
Looking north toward kitchen.
ISLAND TO ROOM VIEW 12.6.15
Looking south towards fireplace.
FIREPLACE GROUTED & TOP SURFACE TILED 11.25.15
Fireplace up-close, clad in Brazil Black slate and black grout.
SCREEN INSTALLATION GUY 12.7.15
Screen doors installed.
TEMPLATE FOR ISLAND GRANITE 12.2.15
Countertops templated.

Hallway

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Shelving for Mexican Folk Art collection. Looking down hallway, towards bedrooms.

Laundry 

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Loads of laundry storage.

Guest Bathroom

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Hex tile for days.
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Custom vanity. Small drawers on the bottom for TP.

Master Bathroom

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Master bath vanity.  I am soooo jealous of that medicine cabinet.
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Look at the ceiling.  There will eventually be a light hanging from that plate.
TOILET & TUB 11.25.15
Tub and Toilet.

It has now been seven months since we broke ground. Thank you to all invested parties for your patience.

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