Our New House

We got our CO!

We got our CO!

We got the final bill for the sidewalk somebody else gets. As soon as we paid for that, the inspector came out for the final inspection. They wanted a couple of corrections. They had to add a strip of insulation on the pull-down attic stairs. […]

Finishing the HVAC

Finishing the HVAC

The HVAC guy started to hook up the heat pump, but the contractor caught him in time. The heat pump has to be higher. They had to build a platform to make sure the heat pump is (I think) six feet above flood plain. The […]

Grading Above Flood Plain, Gravel Driveway and Grass Seed

Grading Above Flood Plain, Gravel Driveway and Grass Seed

The grader has finished. The lot is above flood plane and everything angles away from the house. The grader pushed the dirt up to the edges of the new concrete. There was gravel everywhere.  The grader measured for where the gravel driveway was supposed to […]

Finishing the Plaster and Paint

Finishing the Plaster and Paint

This week they mostly finished the molding, touched up the plaster and gave the walls and ceiling another coat of paint. The contractor came by and wrote all over the walls. He was marking all of the places he wanted another coat of plaster. They […]

Plumbers Return Again

Plumbers Return Again

That night it poured. The trench filled up with water and the pipe pulled itself loose and floated to the top. The water backed up into the tub. While we watched, the rest of the pipe popped up. The contractor noticed before I did and […]

Plumbers Return

Plumbers Return

The plumbers came back. They connected our house to city water and sewer. They installed the dishwasher, put in the toilets and the bath and kitchen fixtures. They started out digging by hand close to the house, then used this digger. The gas and electric […]

Putting in the Driveway, Carport and Sidewalk Continues

Putting in the Driveway, Carport and Sidewalk Continues

It took three cement trucks to fill the whole driveway, carport and the sidewalk. It went very fast, with a lot of guys rushing around moving the cement before it could setup. The first post is here Putting in the Driveway, Carport and Sidewalk. This […]

Putting in the Driveway, Carport and Sidewalk

Putting in the Driveway, Carport and Sidewalk

We’ve been watching the weather forecast to try to schedule the pour for the driveway. They formed everything a week ago. We left a strip between the two driveways so that it won’t look so much like we paved the whole front yard. Ends up […]

Gel Stain on the Front Door

Gel Stain on the Front Door

Our door is made out of fiberglass. It is textured to look like wood. Minwax® Gel Stain lets you get the look of stained wood on fiberglass. Minwax® Gel Stain is specifically designed to give you full control over the staining process and help you […]

Cobalt Blue Corian Countertops

Cobalt Blue Corian Countertops

I did a lot of research on countertop material. I wanted something that was going to be durable and low maintenance. Years ago, someone gave me a Corian cutting board and I loved the material. When I visited the Schumacher Homes Design Studio and saw […]