Before I talk about progress, don’t forget that the Lakeland house is available. Lots of people are looking at it, but we are still hoping its new family will find it! Follow this link to the beautiful tour. The header image to this post is its updated master bath. Oooh.
And now on to progress.
A recent post told you how slow the summer has been for the casita or granny suite at Villa Park. This week it picked up some steam, thank goodness. The photos at right show most of what was worked on, but there’s some you can’t see, so I’ll outline it all here.
- The electrical is all complete, including a new thing required by code to let you know if there is an issue with the water pump. It has a flashing red light. I wish I knew more about these new-fangled devices.
- A whole lot of tree trimming and brush removal happened (thanks, Tony). Unfortunately, it needs to all get hauled away, so it’s sitting in the front yard. Also two very large steel beams and some very long PVC pipe. I assume it goes soon. I also assume I and my friends will finish the trimming. The tree was the part we couldn’t do ourselves! It’s a huge improvement.
- Speaking of parking at Villa Park, the big hole in the front still has a pile of dirt on it. Pavers are supposed to pave the way to smooth future parking.
- Inside the house the messed-up drywall around the electrical outlets has been fixed.
- New blinds are in all the windows (you can see them in the kitchen photo).
- Kitchen backsplash is done and is really pretty. The microwave is in. Now the tiny fridge still looks out of place, but I guess it will have to do. It was a bargain–we got the whole black appliance set for a great price from the man next door.
- The missing window sill in the master bath is installed.
- Trim has been painted and closet interiors, too!
- Doors have handles, for the most part. That helps.
- CARPET is installed in bedrooms and stairs. Wow, we got a good deal, because this is some fine carpet. My toes will enjoy it while I stay in this house for a short while!
- All sinks work. The bathroom vanities are attached to the walls. They are really cute vanities, too, even if they did come from a big box store!
- The attic access has a door now, as does the water heater closet.
Of course lots is still waiting. However a man told me in Spanish (meaning I didn’t get the details) that the inspector was supposed to come today. He’s also the one who explained what the thing with the flashing light is. Thus, I got the gist. I need to take Spanish for Construction. I’ll hear the details on the inspection tomorrow, I assume. We meed a certificate of occupancy!
- The really poor tile work in the downstairs bath is not fixed.
- The driveway does not drive.
- More work needs to be done to contour the yard for drainage.
- There’s still a hole in the patio ceiling.
- The downstairs toilet, while brand new, is already filthy. FLUSH, people!
- And of course, the tile floors need cleaning. They are covered in some white construction stuff.
- It would be nice to have the bushes and grass trimmed.
- The house number needs to go up.
- We need a mailbox for this unit.
There, a glimpse into a week in a construction project. Do you want to take on one of these? It’s what we do! And this one has taught us a lot! Soon we will be able to make some fine money renting out this lovely little gem.