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Jan 15, 2020 - Settling in

Well, we’ve finally moved in! The movers had us moved in on January 2nd and were able to stay our first night. An area rug was arriving the 3rd so we were unable to stay in the master bedroom and we slept in the lower level. It’s been a busy 10 days. We’ve had to sign off our other house which closed on Jan 10th. Monday I had surgery on my hip so the timing of it all has worked out well. We are now putting things back together and hanging pictures etc. So the 4 month project has come to an end. I will try to piece together a “before/after”...

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Jan 1, 2020 - Happy New Year

Ann and I would like to wish you a belated Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! I am sorry I didn’t get the cards out this year...heck, I don’t even know where they are. We are so disorganized now with all the moving of things that I pretty much wear the same close daily. Ah, no, not the undies or socks...I know you were thinking it. Well, tomorrow is our big move. After I finish this segment of the journal, we will crawl in bed for the last time in the bedroom we’ve been in for 27 years. I guess we should be feeling sad about it. But...

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Dec 19, 2019 - So close, so close and yet so far

There’s not a ton of new things to report. Mostly we have all the painting and baseboard back on in the lower level so we are now ready for the carpet. We were able to move our install to December 26-27. We’ve also spent the past couple of days cleaning rooms and installing all the appliances. The gas cooktop was the trickiest but with a little help from my friend Mark and a few trips to Home Depot and Menards, we were able to make it work. The electrician is nearing completion. He has most of the major items done and just has a few...

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Dec 13, 2019 - Countertops and appliances have arrived

We’ve had a very good week! The cabinets are now finished. The countertops and sinks are now in. The appliances have arrived. The plumber finished all of his work. And, the lower level is nearing completion to be ready for carpet install. Ann and I have worked hard to get the lower level ready for carpet. The installation is scheduled for 12/30 & 31. In one week we were able to complete all the painting. I am just finishing the re-install of the baseboard and the caulk and paint. Carpet will be welcome down there for warmth and...

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Dec 3, 2019 - Happy Thanksgiving

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving! We spent five nights in Las Vegas - Sunday through Friday. We were there to meet our daughter Lisa and her husband Bob. They came up from San Diego Wednesday night. It was a short visit but we had a blast. Three hours and fifteen minutes spent at the Bellagio buffet was definitely a great feast. Ann and Lisa called it grazing. For me... I just feast. Our get away from the remodel was a welcome break. Good news... our house has sold on Monday December 2nd. Big load off our shoulders. We will move out on January...

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Nov 15, 2019 - Cabinets Have Arrived!

Exciting week for us when the kitchen cabinets arrived Wednesday. The install began that day and more was completed on Thursday along with the master bath vanities and the lower entertainment center. It’s a nice step forward even though it may be another week or two for them to be completed. This allows counter top installer to come in and do their laser layout. It also makes it available now for the plumber to come in to finish his lines under the bath vanities. I’m finally nearing the end of the baseboard trim install. I’ve finished the...

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Nov 9, 2019 - Two months in

Friday, Nov. 7th, marked the two month period since our start date on the renovation. We’ve accomplished a lot in that time and it feels good to see final touches coming to an end. The kitchen cabinets would be the last major project and should be installed soon. I’ve continued the baseboard install. The sunroom took quite a bit of time with all the angles that needed caulking. It did turn out very nice and pretty sure we will spend a lot of time there in the future. Ann has been working on the stained pillars, fireplace surrounds and half...

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Nov 5, 2019 - Quick Update

A quick update as Ann and I keep plugging along. Ann continues to add her touches on the fireplace surrounds, the wood on the half wall by basement steps, and the pillars that lead from dinning room to sunroom. I continue laying the baseboard trim. Ann has also been helping to keep up on painting baseboard - a lot of linear feet of it. After I nail it on it gets caulked along the top, ends, and nail holes and then a light cover paint to finish. Word has it our kitchen cabinets may be finished next week... we were surprised to hear that so...

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Nov 1, 2019 - Winter wonderland :(

Yikes! On Tuesday we woke to a cotton pickin’ winter wonderland. 4” of the dang white stuff and it’s still October. It’s pretty and all but October! Didn’t really need to shovel the stuff as it melted fast and a good thing too... I have no idea where the shovels are buried in the storage unit. And then on Thursday another 2”. Sheepishly I had to ask my neighbor for one of my shovels back I gave him as we will have little need for more than one. Snow removal is included in the association fee ;) As I had mentioned earlier, there will be a...

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Oct 26, 2019 - Flooring in

Friday, Joe V was in very early to finish grouting the foyer, hallway, pantry, and laundry room. He also finished laying all the kitchen LVT and the remaining LVP. He and I also hung the interior doors. Ann has finished painting the porch door and the foyer entry door. I started painting the baseboard and was able to put in the laundry room baseboard so they could get the washer and dryer in... first room done! May be a bit of a lull while we wait for kitchen cabinets to be completed and the bath shower tile. In the meantime we continue to...

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Oct 21, 2019 - Flooring moving along nicely

We’ve been very busy these past few days so it’s time to do a little catch up on the journal. We’ve spent some time out and about shopping for bath faucets, sinks, and catching up finalizing our kitchen cabinets. We met with Brittany, our kitchen designer, last Thursday evening to go over everything and give the go ahead. It should be about five weeks to see the finished product. Contractor Joe V has been hard at work laying our flooring. (Just an FYI... when I mention LVP that would be Luxury Vinyl Planking which is a wood floor look. When...

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Oct 16, 2019 - Inch by inch

The last couple of days seemed slow going as we continued painting the walls in the dining area, great room, foyer, and staircase. I’ve also painted the ProPlaster Paint to all the drywall plaster now that it has dried. That needs to be painted first before final paint color is rolled. Now that the drywall finishers are packed up and out Joe V finished laying the IronPly subfloor and the flooring has begun in the craft room as we were leaving. So the whole area has cleaned up nicely. Hats off to Robin and his son Tony who had done the...

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