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The Grand Remodel two years later: suggestions and advice

So. Two years have gone by since the completion of our Grand Remodel. Overall, I must say that while it was traumatic at times, we are both very relieved it is finished(*). I was going to have this post go over some suggestions on how to wrangle out the contract between you and you potential […]

The Grand Remodel: Remaining bits and bobs

Did you think we’d be finished finished? Ho, ho, ho, no, because tweaks and projects never really end for a home. We still have our own set of tasks we’d like to complete by, oh, sometime this year: Furniture. We need a sofa, a dining table, and MOAR chairs. Window blinds. Including one for the […]

The Grand Remodel: The Construction Phase, week 26

This week our remodeling project passed final inspection! Moreover, the general contractor hauled off the last of the debris, had the port-a-loo taken away, and removed their scary-big sign from our front yard. Yes, quite relieving. In terms of construction, the new bathroom is officially functional with its new shower door and medicine cabinet.

The Grand Remodel: The Construction Phase, week 25

The 25th week of construction included more carpentry, final cabinetry bits, hauling off of more debris, and finishing of the white oak flooring.

The Grand Remodel: The Construction Phase, week 24

Finally, we had a week full of construction progress. Not finished, but getting close. Plumbing work brought us sinks, faucets, bathroom fixtures and a dishwasher. It’s great to have more than one working sink now, especially with all the counter space we have. More ways to wash things! More space for stuff! More than one […]

The Grand Remodel: The Construction Phase, weeks 22 & 23

The delays keep pouring in. Like a curve approaching its asymptote, our project ever so slowly nears its goal, over the exasperating, longer than expected passage of time. But I best leave disappointed reflection for a later entry, once the renovations are complete. Week 22 saw only one day where construction work occurred: Some cabinetry […]

The Grand Remodel: The Construction Phase, week 21

Finally some progress! Bathroom tile was fixed, kitchen backsplash tile was installed, and gutter downspouts were installed.

The Grand Remodel: The Construction Phase, weeks 19 & 20

Not much progress over the last two weeks. The final stucco coat was at last applied, and several components of the HVAC system were put in place: heat pump, register covers, thermostat, lines tested with nitrogen gas and refrigerant (result: no leaks, yay!). But we still have no centralized heating, because the electrical work is […]

The Grand Remodel: The Construction Phase, weeks 17 & 18

There hasn’t been much remodeling activity, in part due to the rain-rain-rainy weather. However, a few key things were taken care of. We were happy to find a color for the living-dining room, then paint it ourselves. That just leaves the den-entryway, hallway and new bathroom — eventually. Also, we had two sun tubes installed […]

The Grand Remodel: The Construction Phase, week 16

This past week we got a couple of frosted glass doors for the kitchen cabinets.