I’m starting to count down instead of up because;
- we actually do close on Aug 13 and since it is July 13 so it seemed like fate
- we finally have toilets (and other plumbing fixtures!)
other countdowns of note;
12 days until we are 100% out of this house
2 full days the kids will have in the house they were born in
Pictures first! (All photos in this post are taken by Niamh)
We have reached the phase of the project where things are getting complicated and annoying. I’ve never built a house, who knew all the little things?!? My complaints seem petty overall but this is not going to be an inexpensive venture – I’m compromising in my head by imagining if something would bother me if I walked into an existing house and just saw it that way – would it bother me then?
Yesterday in the middle of trying to pack for a camping trip I got the text that our patio was marked and since it would be made of cement and is of a pretty custom design, would we like to see it first. Yes, yes we would! One of the most hard things is figuring out size when out of context. The patio looks teeny tiny, but, I measured and the 10×10 thing I need to accommodate fits just fine with room to spare on the *half* of the patio that it is intended to go. Comparing the cement to the giant outside is unfair and makes my head hurt.
The nice surprise was seeing all the plumbing in. I had actually forgotten what I choose it was so long ago. The rain head shower is not as we imagined, we have to talk about that to the builders, and there is another odd issue with where they plan to put something in our yard. With a quarter mile of empty space, I do NOT need our septic field directly behind our house. “honey, look at our view from our upgraded windows! It is a septic field! Ooh la la so fancy” I was under the impression it would be in the side yard, you know, the place that does not have 11 windows facing it. It is a part-time job following the builders around, attempting to figure out what they are doing.
It is nice that all the things we were responsible for getting are now in. More than half the lights are up even. The appliances are paid for, the knobs and pulls are all labeled and waiting for install, and the lights… well, they are all there. The 3 I got for the kids’ rooms are incredibly dim, so dim they are not lights, they are ceiling ornaments. I got a refund yesterday at least but that does not really solve my problem. I think I can fix it… just need a ladder and some time. The pendants I ordered look great except somehow they don’t perfectly cover the hole in the ceiling where they electric comes in. Finally, the kid bath has MASSIVE electric boxes to cover with their lights and the ones I got are normal sized. Something about code and outside wall…. whatever, they really should have told me this in advance – I dragged the family out to get 2 new ones to cover, it will be fine I’m sure. They also bounced my choice of light for the closet. Be warned, you can’t have ‘exposed light bulbs’ in a closet per code. Code that every designer ever seems to ignore in the pretty pictures. Fine, the pretty light will be installed right AFTER we move in :). If I sound a tad frustrated I am because while they seem to make all the decisions they feel like about where to put septic fields without consulting they are calling me constantly about minor things that have easy fixes?
And like I need another thing going on – last week someone reported our car in a hit and run. The police called, it wasn’t us at all since the car in question was sitting in the driveway, and we thought it was over until yesterday we get a letter about ‘our accident’. No, I wasn’t packing for a camping trip, and didn’t already detour an hour for cement review, sure I can spend an hour disputing the insurance claim against us. A hit and run is a big deal, I don’t want that on our record. I sent pictures of every angle of our car that is perfectly fine. I hope that does it because I don’t have time for this.
So yeah, it is morning, I did manage to pack but now it is raining. I’m not keen on rushing out to set up in the rain but we will be on our way soon. I’ll have fun once I’m there and when we get back it is time for the packing phase. 12 days is not all that long, send good thoughts that we can get it done with sanity intact. If you are local and feel like coming to help you will have my perpetual gratitude.