Day 17:  Paint.  Largely the element work at the moment, however nonetheless, it was a full day of portray:

It takes much more paint than I noticed to cowl a complete home.

The carpenters arrived within the afternoon to handle some extra millwork:

Cabinets for the espresso station are going up!
In fact I needed to give it a little bit take a look at run with a mug. 
Additionally they put in the half shelf contained in the nook cupboard – I knew we might talked about this, however by some means it did not present up when the cupboards had been put in.  This will likely be nice – I can retailer seldom-used objects (like my bundt pan and different bakeware) on the shelf, and match my Kitchen Assist mixer on the underside…out of the best way, however straightforward to get to once I want it.
They hung the laundry room cupboard at ceiling-height, as was the plan.

You understand how typically you possibly can’t actually see one thing till you really SEE it?  Such was the case with the laundry room cupboard.  We thought I might have the ability to attain the underside shelf, however because it turned out, not a lot:

Reaching for the invisible container of Tide – and that is nearer than I am going to really be, as a result of the washer and dryer are fairly giant.  What to do, what to do…

Day 18:  Paint.  I do know, what lots of paint!  He really completed up round 1:00 pm, and will not want to return again till the flooring has been put in – he’ll do the baseboard trim and contact ups then, in addition to portray the brand new back and front doorways.  We determined to carry off on that till after the vast majority of the work crew and provides had been completed passing by way of.

Jeremy got here by within the afternoon to debate the laundry room; I might come to the belief that the cupboard regarded out of proportion to the room.  It is solely 30 inches lengthy; I did some trying on-line at ready-made cupboards from Residence Depot and noticed that they’d 42 inch lengthy cupboards, which might give me a greater shot at reaching the underside shelf, plus we might have extra space for storing – and it might look higher, too.  We talked about this some extra and after getting a quote from Robert, the cupboard maker, I made a decision to go along with his wooden cupboards vs the particle-board cupboards from Residence Depot.  I’ll have a lot storage that I will not know what to do!  Jeff has already claimed the additional cupboard to hold over his workbench within the storage, so it is all good.

Day 19:  Electrical!  Rafael arrived to put in lighting fixtures, which was so enjoyable to see.  We changed fairly a number of of our outdated fixtures; you possibly can both spend a small fortune on a lightweight, or go the Lowe’s/Amazon/Houzz route, which is what we did.  I suppose if I used to be working with a decorator who discovered probably the most excellent mild fixture ever, I might need been swayed into selecting one thing dearer, however I am proud of what we ended up with, apart from one.  Here is what was put in:

That is over the eating desk – not a conventional chandelier, however we all the time dimmed the outdated six-bulb fixture that was there earlier than, so this felt like a good selection.  Gentle is from Lowe’s – click on right here for more information.
We acquired a elaborate Edison bulb for this fixture – do you know they arrive in LED now?  It has been a very long time since we have actually checked out mild bulbs!
I changed the uplight sconces in my workplace with these, one on both sides of the window.  I ordered them from Amazon – they do not appear to have the silver coloration in inventory, however this is a hyperlink to the brass, which can also be good (affiliate hyperlink).  It wasn’t till I began taking a look at sconces that I noticed, no surprise I am unable to see in my workplace…the sconces are projecting what little mild they produce upward!  This could assist immensely.
Hallway lights – these are a silver end, just like the eating room mild, however it’s arduous to get an image exhibiting that.  From Lowe’s – this was Jeff’s favourite, so we went with that.
Ceiling fan – the outdated one was antiqued brass and extra of a conventional type, so we had been pleased to get a extra fashionable trying fan.  The blades are black, which I used to be a little bit frightened could be too stark in opposition to the white ceiling, however it seems good.  In taking a look at ceiling followers, I got here to the conclusion which you can both spend $200 or $800 – there was little or no in-between.  I favored this one as a result of it got here with a distant management…and it was slightly below $200 (though we did want to purchase the silver downrod).  It is a Hunter model and I purchased it from Amazon – this is the fan hyperlink and the downrod hyperlink.

The one mild that we purchased that did not work out was one for the entry – I form of thought it could be too small for the realm, however truthfully, we had been uninterested in procuring and simply picked a smaller model of the eating room mild.  When the electrician took it out of the field, we nixed it fairly rapidly.  I went on-line taking a look at different choices, discovered a number of I favored, took observe of the measurements and in contrast it to what’s hanging there presently, and ordered one.  Fortunately the electrician nonetheless has one other day of labor right here towards the top of the renovation, so he will not be making one other go to only for that fixture.

Day 19:  I left for my volunteer job within the morning and got here residence within the afternoon to orange flooring:

That is the Schluter Ditra underlayment, which we’ve got to do to ensure that the tile to not crack.  All of the tile in our home cracked throughout the first six months once we first moved in, so we used this once we had our grasp lavatory retiled 5 years in the past and there is been zero cracks, so it was a no brainer to make use of it once more.  
The storage was loaded with tile and provides – however the crew made it so I might nonetheless pull my automotive inside at night time, which was thoughtful.  They perceive how I really feel concerning the Duchess…
Eating room

Day 20:  Extra ground tile – it is a massive job:

Getting a glimpse of getting the identical flooring all through the residing areas – so proud of it! 
Day 21:  Saturday tile.  Did I point out that this can be a actually massive job?  Getting nearer to being completed:

That is about so far as he can go proper now – the fridge is simply off to the fitting on this shot.
Household room, swoon.
As soon as it is grouted, the fridge may be moved again into place – and the range, too!  
Down the hallway – the 2 loos will get the identical tile, too.

That ends the fourth week of renovations.  I might hoped to be performed in about 4 weeks, however realistically I believe we’ll be fortunate to complete at six weeks.  It’s going to completely be price it…however proper now, we’re getting a little bit weary of residing in a renovation zone.

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