It’s been two weeks since you have heard from me, and you might be wondering if I am still going to blog about our house project. There’s too much fun stuff happening to stop now! (We’ve only really just begun…) I pledge to get back to weekly updates, now that we have officially, albeit unceremoniously,
MOVED-IN!!! We finally made the move. It had been 7 months (to the day) since we moved from our previous home to the apartment. Those months were spent waiting to close on the new house (the first two), and then planning (the middle two) and beginning the renovation (the past three). The week before we moved was busy with wrapping up the things that were most important for habitation:
Yes, we have countertops, but my island top is really not okay. The middle piece was chipped in fabrication, and I was not made aware until it was installed. There was a two-hour attempt to make it better the next day, but it just doesn’t look right. They are making another top to replace it. Just a bit disappointed about all the wasted effort made to install a defective piece. But very happy the company is going to make this right in the end!
So, with the counter in, the plumber came to put in our kitchen faucet, and hook up the washing machine, a very necessary appliance for our family of 6. Laundry is the bane of my existence! At least I get a shiny newer front-loader to play with! That’s the good news. Unfortunately, like the counter-top install, all-is-not-well on the appliance front. Here’s the story behind that:
Back in November, John (the architect) and I went appliance shopping. We thought the Frigidaire Pro line of appliances had the right features and price-point for our project. Done! That was easy! Well, flash-forward a few months, and the range didn’t fit my 30″ opening, as planned. The Frigidaire range has a 31.5″ control panel that doesn’t allow it to be properly pushed back and blocks my drawers from opening. An important detail missed by all. Ugh. ugh. Ugh! This detail led to a hefty restock fee, and another shopping trip. In the end, I splurged on a Jenn-Air range that I love, and more important, it fits. It came with a free matching dishwasher, which left me with an extra that the appliance shop would not take back. So, if you or someone you know needs a dishwasher, it’s currently posted on craigslist! As we speak, the new range is in it’s spot but not connected, and my new dishwasher is to be hooked up tomorrow.
This past week, our house was a workman-free zone, but Oh! was there work to do! This is what the entry looked like the day after move-in:
Two days in the house…
It has been an incredible week in our new home. Love it to pieces. The windows allow light to saturate the spaces all day long! There is a really relaxing vibe here, but there’s still lots left to do. I will keep you posted! Off to paint the master bathroom walls…