Friday, April 9, 2010

A Quick Update

Just a quick update at the moment. Wouldn’t want anyone to think we’ve spent the last few days just sitting on our duffs. ; )

Tuesday we had a welcome lift from my Aunt J. She met us at the house with a huge home cooked supper (we finished the leftovers last night – yum!!!) After reviving our spirits with good food, Aunt J stayed and helped my mom scrub down the bathroom. After work on Wednesday Charles and my mom got the bathroom walls primed. My own accomplishments at the house this week include completing the first coat of finish on the dining room woodwork and putting shellac and finish on a collection of miscellaneous trim pieces. There has also been much discussion this past week on the choice of paint color for the living room.

This week also included three renovation milestones. First, the HVAC crew swarmed the house one last time. For three days in a row they had three vans parked in the drive. We now have the permanent furnace, heat pump, and air purification system installed and working. I know we'll appreciate the air conditioning in a few weeks, but at the moment I’m thrilled simply by the fact that our new thermostat includes a reading of the outside temperature.

A second milestone reached this week was the exit of our general contractor. I’m sure he’ll be around again for an odd job here and there, but there’s nothing on the books at the moment. His ladders, work lights and most other accoutrements were gone early in the week and he was going to pick up his scaffolding this morning. (I predict Cecilia will be quite disappointed when we get to the house this afternoon.) We’ll be giving our masonry contractor a call sometime this spring, but for the moment we have work at the house to ourselves.

Finally, April 7th marked six months since closing. It seems hard to believe it’s been that long. Sometime soon, I’m hoping to put together a picture-heavy post showing how far we’ve come in the past six months. (Hopefully that will make up for the picture-less post today!)

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