It sure was good to have Chris and Gary back on the job this week. Well, it wasn’t good news for ONE of our team. Joe the Cat does not like them or their dogs one bit, and they have never even seen him. This seems really weird to me and Mandi, since he always comes bounding out to say hello whenever we show up. He knows who feeds him!
There aren’t any empty gaping holes where windows should be anymore. While it’s true that they don’t exactly match, there ARE now windows everywhere. Some of the small ones still need to be replaced, but we’re really close to having a full complement of modern, functional windows. The upstairs ones look very nice, too. Those rooms will have plenty of light, but still be well insulated (other than that darned sliding glass door we can’t replace until later).
I am now imagining our future window cleaning party, because they are all dirty already. I noticed with the Bobcat house, window installers don’t go back and clean off their handprints when they are done. They’re probably just sick of the windows.
A house really starts to look like a house when texture goes up, so we were really happy to see the whole place textured and fancy looking. All the woodwork and existing windows are nicely covered, too.
Our hopes are really up that things like light fixtures and flooring may be going in next week.
The replacement for Mandi’s bathtub is still a sticking point. She could not order the right version of the tub she previously had (although we have slim hopes we can have Lowe’s call the manufacturer and beg), so we are back to square one, for the most part. The hope is that we can get to a store this weekend and find something in stock that works and is deep enough for the soaking Mandi envisions in her dreams. No more ordering if we can help it. This drama has gone on long enough! There always seems to be some aspect of a renovation that just doesn’t go right, and tubs are a prime candidate (let’s not forget the one installed backwards at Bobcat).
Next week the windows and walls should get finished, and perhaps painting will occur. Then I want to see light fixtures, vanities, and such. I do.
Here are some more photos of progress: