There has been so much visible progress in the last week, I'm not even sure which pun to go with for the title!
...one hour later...
Well, since I'm struggling where to start, let's go through the week!
All of the freshly mudded drywall was sanded smooth as can be when we stopped by the house Monday night. I had an email from our project manager outlining that the walls would be textured yet that night with schedule for paint the next day if the texture material was dry enough by the next day. If we were going to do any custom painting, we would need to do so sometimes between Tuesday evening and tonight, Sunday.
What "custom painting" you ask? When we drafted our construction contract, we weren't decided on what paint colors to put in each room (how could we?—it was a mere idea then)...thus, it never went into the contract. We were told that we could add the work later if we paid for it out of pocket (instead of adding it to the loan total). As it stands, our construction loan covered the cost of one paint color throughout the house, and any other painting in other rooms could be completed at a certain cost per linear square foot. When I had our PM quote a price to paint the master bedroom and hallway a different color, it wasn't a figure Nick could stomach.
Paint has been a point of contention for a few weeks. I wanted to stick with one color all over until inspiration hit for the different rooms. Honestly, by this point, I've made so many decisions and our stuff has been in storage so long that I don't even remember what half our stuff (past and present) looks like anymore. Even so, I went with Nick to Home Depot that night to look through paint swatches. You see, the logical side of Nick was prodding him to paint before flooring and trim just because it's easier (not because it actually makes sense).
After almost an hour at Home Depot, we were further away from consensus than ever (I drift toward muted while he jumps to vibrant). After another 12 hours, Nick conceded that paint could wait until we both fell in love with the same color. I quickly notified the PM so that he could speed up the schedule without waiting for us to paint (and so Nick couldn't change his mind).
The texture material was too damp on Tuesday to paint, but a tent-like structure was set up with heaters around the front of the house for the mason (humorously, his name is Rocky) to set stone in the right temperature. Meanwhile, serious progress was made on the screened porch in back!
Paint! Kilim Beige everywhere!
Hard surface flooring materials were delivered and stacked in several rooms, full of promise for the days ahead. Work on the stone outside continued, and we continue to peek behind the curtain to see the magic unraveling before our eyes.
Thursday was more of the same...a bit anti-climatic to be truthful.
Our floor designer contacted us to gain our okay on a late change to the shower tile design. At this point in the process, I've become blasť about these types of changes. Trust the professionals, choose your battles, blah blah blah. It's the difference in a design with an expected 18" square tile to work with a 17¼" actual tile. Nick went to the house to meet with her and grant final sign off, but I think we're both in the same boat with the whole "just don't make it sucky" attitude. I'm glad I went through a lot of the selection process early-on when caring about ¾" would have mattered more to me.
Anyway, I had more going on Friday—mostly, getting the fluffy gray one we call Sophie to a vet appointment. A shot of antibiotics later, she's a new feline ready to take on the world. Luckily, she only had an upper respiratory infection (she's prone to them...they say she was likely exposed to something as a baby so it just is what it is), and her lungs were clear (which is what I worried about). That was a hyper run-on sentence, sorry. I'm just so relieved she'll be okay!
The unveiling! In more ways than one, because while it was the first time I saw the exterior stone driving up, it was also my first glimpse of the inlaid rug pattern in the foyer. And FYI? It's gorgeous.
The flooring design in the foyer and laundry room took a bit longer than anticipated on Saturday, so the work extended to Sunday. We stopped by the house before the basketball game to look around, and the men working on the floor graciously stopped what they were doing to clear debris and lift paper for us to take some pictures when they saw that we had a camera. They still need to be cleaned and oiled, so ignore the dust and pretend they're shiny and perfect!