After ten days of waiting around, the workers got busy at Bobcat again. We have been promised it will be ready for occupancy in two weeks. I don’t think that means “done,” just safe to live in.
The thing that thrilled me the most was seeing the big chandelier finally mounted in the stairway. They’d been waiting to get the medallion you see hanging from the ceiling. It still needs painting and attaching. That adds a nice touch. I think there will be one in the master bedroom, too. All the power was on (except the master bathroom, which irritated Ruben), so we could see the lighting in all the bathrooms and such. Now the paint can be touched up and the rooms will be rooms. I noticed they put one of those gigantic utility fixtures in the master closet (not pictured, since there’s no power), so it will be like daytime in there.
What a relief to also be able to verify that almost all the plumbing is done. It’s nice to see faucets in all the sinks. I’d forgotten what the kitchen faucet looked like! I knew all the others, since they are the same ones we used in the Villa Park house, which I am quite happy with.
Plus there are actual toilets in the bathrooms. There was a big of grumbling that they were too fancy and caused some challenges, but by gosh, they are beautiful and have flushing power. I’ve put more photos of faucets and toilets in the gallery at the end of the post.
The elephant in the room (or at least it appears to be the size of an elephant) is that the bathtub and its faucet are still in the living room. I can’t wait to see THAT installed. Then all the master bath will need is the shower glass.
It may seem like a small thing, but it was thrilling to see the kitchen backsplash getting its grout (the kind that blocks stains) and the cabinets getting their handles. Now they can be open and shut by humans! I’m using the same handles we have at the ranch house. They are simple and elegant, but with a (literal) twist. I just don’t get tired of looking at them.
There are still a few things to work on. For example, the vanity in the new downstairs bathroom arrived damaged. It was all scratched up, and there was a huge gash in the wood where someone had very hurriedly drilled the holes for the handles. Grr. We got a replacement, and there are no scratches, but still some wood filler and stain will be needed around the handles. The Lowe’s products look good, but apparently there are quality control issues.
We also got our ceiling light fixtures at Lowe’s, and one of them arrived with a broken bulb. They are those fancy old-fashioned looking kind, so it is not exactly cheap to replace it.
And boo hoo, one of the hanging pendants over the kitchen island has a crack! I sure hope THAT can be replaced. We got them when we first started work on the house, so there’s a chance they aren’t made anymore.
The To-Do List
Let’s see if all this can get done in two weeks:
- Finish island (cut hole for cooktop, and trim)–should happen this week
- Install major appliances–should happen this week
- Build shelves in office and new bedroom
- Build mantel and cabinets next to fireplace
- Build desk in office
- Install crown molding
- Paint exterior
- Make front door fit properly
- Add window trim throughout house, including old bedrooms
- Finish original bathroom repairs
- Add wood tops to stair rails
- Install glass in master shower
- Repair giant holes in drywall in garage
- And so on