A setback, but it’s okay

Another view of the family room kitchen

Another view of the family room kitchen

First the good news.

We met with the contractor this last week and went over all the things that haven’t been done or that have not been dealt with yet…like the unfinished post and beam in the above room.  It was good to go over all those things because there were some things that I thought the contractor was going to do, but it wasn’t on the plans.  Cha-ching.

One of the things we want to replace is the ratty old back door.

Back door

Back door

The door is not even solid core and it is pretty beat up.  It leads to the carport and is the door everyone uses (mostly because people don’t know that there is a front door, but that’s another story.)  Plus you can see daylight thru the door jamb.

Next, the bathroom tile is all grouted and done.

The tile is grouted and done.

The tile is grouted and done.

You can also see the cool tile baseboard.  I like the tile look much more than wood in a bathroom.  The heating pads are also under the tile and I’ve been told they work, but I have not tested them myself.

This bathroom entrance is in the main hallway.

This bathroom entrance is in the main hallway.

This bathroom is the main bath and it’s entrance is from the hallway that leads to the Master Bedroom (to the left), the kitchen and the rest of the house (to the right.)  You can see we have a lot of work to do in the hallway.

We’ve now gone to three different places to find someone to do our floors. I think we’ve finally settled on someone.  We try to use local people wherever we can and this company blew our socks off with the amount of work he did in preparation for an estimate.  The name of the company is Dick’s Carpets and it is located in Placerville.  We were quite impressed.

Hardwood floor and carpet choices.

Hardwood floor and carpet choices.

We are probably going to go with the wider hardwood (on the right) because I don’t really like the grain on the thinner sample.  The carpet is shaggy but won’t have to be raked like the one my parents had originally installed. The carpet will go in the bedrooms and the Front Room.  It will be perfect with the wood ceiling and the bright white walls.

More great news:  the cabinets are supposed to go in on Monday.  I say “supposed to” because last night it snowed pretty hard and Placerville even got quite a bit of snow.  I’m hoping this won’t put the schedule back.

The bad news:  we can’t find anyone who can install countertops until after the new year.  Blech.  We picked a local countertop guy but he is absolutely booked.  Seems everyone wants new countertops for the holidays.

So, we will sit back and relax.  We won’t be in such a hurry to get the painting done and maybe we can even pick out the closet system before the new year.

Our back yard

Our back yard

Our present house is quite a bit higher in elevation than the Placerville house, so we got about 8-10 inches last night.

Meanwhile, our house elf, Edmond, is full of good cheer and mischief.

Edmond Elf, our house elf

Edmond Elf, our house elf

He would say we are his house people, but that’s just elf talk.

a rough and tumble, but fun snowball fight.

a rough and tumble, but fun snowball fight.

 

Edmond leads the other elves in Christmas Caroling

Edmond leads the other elves in Christmas Caroling

Trying to keep it Mid Century…

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