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Monday, July 8, 2013

Day 82: Carpet Going In, Down Spouts and More

The carpet installers were in today and installed the tack strips, carpet pad and cut, staged and rolled out carpet in each room.  The installer said they would be done today (around 8pm tonight).

They measured for the runner on the stairs and will have to come back to install that.

The drywall guys were in and patched the holes made by the electricians and started working off the blue tape discrepancies.  20 Blue tapes down, 5,000 to go.

The painter was in and painted our exterior trim.  We had a few of the pieces for the trim around our front door, he went ahead and painted those pieces.

The gutter company was back and finished all the down spouts.

Our Mailbox was installed.

On the horizon:
Tomorrow (Tuesday, 9 July 2013)
 - Counter tops for Butler Pantry
 - Counter top for Laundry Cabinet
 - Supposed to pour the rest of our driveway, walkway and stoop

- Still no sign of the electricians to finish their job and the plumbers should be able to come back in once the laundry counter top is installed. I'm not sure if they plumbers install the gas cook top or not?

"I'm going to put the Punch List on the bottom of the pictures.  This is both for me and anyone who is interested...also, maybe it will prevent some carpal tunnel for those that might get cramps from their scrolling mouse."

Down spout

Down spout

Rain deflector

Front door trim painted

Another down spout

...and yet another down spout. There are more I
didn't even get pictures of.

Tack strips and padding installed upstairs

This is where our faux area rug will be

Carpet cut and staged in Master Bedroom

We have a mail number yet.

Carpet going in Study

Drywall patch from raising switch up on the wall

Drywall patch from moving register

Starting to work the blue tape discrepancies off

The carpet looks really light here but look at the next picture...

Same room in the closet it looks much darker and more warm

Basement carpet. Not the same quality but similar in color

Trim painted around garage doors

So what's left?

Counters (Supposed to be Tomorrow):
- Granite counter tops in Butler Pantry
- Formica in Laundry Room

Electricians (MIA):
 - Swap wrong fixture in the Formal Living Room
 - Missing parts to install electrical for double oven
 - Need to install under cabinet lighting (x5)
 - Need to install light in upstairs niche
 - Need to install all our ceiling fans (x4)
 - Missing 1 Smoke and CO2 detector in basement
 - Need can light for one of the bathrooms
 - Lights in basement (Storage areas) are all linked together are supposed to be on their own switches

- Interior Door Handles (They missed 1. Will probably be installed by Punch Out Guy)
- Replace cabinet back for cabinet above microwave (they were going to install the electrical outlet for the microwave in the glass front basically you would see the outlet and plug for the microwave)

- Kitchen faucet
- Set sink, faucet and drain in laundry room
- Basement Bathroom sink, faucet and drain
- Shower surrounds (x2)

- Do touch ups from future blue tape rounds (this will probably include all the painting from the repairs above)
- Exterior trim needs to be painted (Finish this once parts come in for trim around door)
- Paint front door (apparently the door that was painted in our house was not ours...but the same color)

- Install Microwave (Still need to cut vent for the hood portion of this appliance)
- Install Gas Cook Top

- Finish trim around front door and foyer palladium window

- Finishing pouring: Stoop, walk-way, sidewalk and bottom of driveway (Tomorrow)

- Finish grading the front yard after cement is poured

- Install carpet runner on stairs

- Everything (Trees, shrubs, bushes, sod, seed and straw)

- Work off blue tape discrepancies

Other Misc.
- Install permanent air vents on first floor
- Hang front door and install handle and lock set
- Caulk around the outside of the windows and in between the brick
- Put Address #'s on Mail Box
- Insulate Attic Stairs (They are going to do some sort of batting at the top of the scuttle)
- Paint Attic Stairs closure

- Energy Star Inspection and Certification (Can do now that carpet is installed)
- Water Inspection by Health Department (Can be done at any time now)
- Final County Inspection for Certificate of Occupancy (This is ready once electricians and plumbers are done...can be anytime between the end of this week and end of next)
- Quality Inspection by Third Party (This is a bigger deal to the PM than the above inspections. This is one of the things that effect their bonus...I suspect they will be preparing for this the next week or more).

- Need to run cable to the street (or the ugly box in front of my yard)
- Need to run telephone to the street

Home stretch:
- Clean house, garage, yard and get ready for closing


  1. I am always impressed with how detailed your blog is! You really are in touch with everything that is going on - good for you! Your house is turning out beautiful!

    1. Thank you so much. I think the attention to details might be my day job spilling over into this project. I'm a Naval Officer with over 20 years of service. We are expected to always have our heads on a swivel, see everything and be ready to act on a moments notice. This is one of the times, I don't mind having this disorder I've had to develop over the years.

    2. wow it looks great! My husband was an enlisted diver in the Navy and he is actually trying to get back in, in to the reserves as an officer now that he has a degree! very cool!

    3. I do a lot of diving, actually worked on an island and dove frequently. Unfortunately they don't have just Navy diving officers anymore. They are basically EOD that get assigned to diving thanks. I'll stick to recreational and tech diving. I've enjoyed taking my gear on the ship with me and diving in exotic ports, for pennies on the dollar compared to having to pay to fly there and pay for a hotel room.

  2. I can't believe your house is almost done. I have really enjoyed reading along these past months. We are hot on your heels and our house should be done in about 48 days.

    1. I know, I can feel you guys gaining ground on us. We're so excited for you guys. All the waiting and frustration starts to fade away the further you get in the build process.

  3. OMG I remember when your build started to think its almost finished wow the carpets are beautiful the whole house is lovely I cant wait to see the finished product congrats on everything.

    1. We seemed to have gotten stuck in some sort of weird time warp. It seems like it was months ago that we started yet just yesterday. Very weird.

  4. Everything is moving along so fast! I love the carpet color it does look so warm!

  5. The whole house is gorgeous. Like many here, I'm just so impressed with amount of detail to put in your posts! Very organized and informative. How do you even know all this stuff!

  6. Congrats on your progress!!! Can you tell me the name of the standard two-tone paint color Ryan Homes is using in your Highgrove? It appears to have alot of contrast and I'm hoping my builder can utilize the same color!


    1. We didn't do the Standard Paint color. We upgraded to the 3 Tone Paint Package and chose Sherwin Williams Pavillion Beige. The other 2 colors are variations of white.