Friday, December 31, 2010


We've got it!

Thursday, December 30, 2010


We've passed the framing inspection! Looks like insulation will begin soon, as early as today or as late as Monday. 

Brian & I will be spending the next 3 days working on the shed. We hope to get the door installed (with lock) so we can start storing things in there temporarily. We also need to paint. It would be great to possibly finish it up this weekend, although I'm not sure that is possible! Especially with all the bowl games and New Years' celebrations.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Let's see. Seems nothing is happening. I guess I'm a scrooge, but you would think that after 3 days in the work week this week, something would have gotten done. Nope. Nothing in over a week now.

When we stopped by last night, there was a notice posted on the door, that there were issues with the plumbing inspection. I did a drive-by today to see if it was still there, and yes it was. I spoke with the contractor this afternoon, just to keep him up-to-date on my continuing concerns, and he assured me that the plumbing was fine, and that the inspector was 'new', and didn't know what he was doing. Interesting. 

According to A, the plumbing is fine, and the insulation will be done this week (remember this was supposed to be done this past Monday?). Once that has been inspected/approved, the drywall will start and things will move 'quickly'. Should be smooth sailing according to him. 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


One little glimmer of hope today came from our electrician, Javier. Brian mentioned to him the other day that we would like to have electricity in our shed that we've been working on, and lo and behold he came by in the last few days and wired the shed! There are switches, outlets, and wiring for the lights on the interior and exterior!

[photo to be posted soon]


Holiday update: So, I spoke with Paul (the contractor) over lunch, and here's the latest.
Phone call with contractor at 12:30pm: 
1. He says: electrical inspection should have been completed Tuesday pm. 
2. He says: plumbing inspection should have been completed this morning (Wednesday).
3. He says: framing inspection will happen upon approval of all other inspections.
4. He says: once framing inspection approved, insulation will begin, “most likely Monday”.
5. He says: things are going to fly by once the sheetrock goes up… once the sheetrock goes up, the painter’s will need about two weeks, so you have 3 weeks from now to get all the finishes purchased.
6. I said: We need to be out of our apartment on January 31st, so that we don't have to pay February rent, to which the contractor says "oh definitely, we'd like to have the whole project completed by then. But you will definitely have a few rooms to live in." 
7. I expressed my concern over the fact that we expected the exterior of the house to be done a month ago, and then a cold snap hit and they could no longer paint unless it is warmer than 50º. Aaron said the other day that the exterior paint 'won't hold up the project', and we'll get to it when we can. The problem is that I want it painted now. If the interior is going to be in shambles, then at least the exterior can look nice! Contractor says this will be a top priority, and will be done early next week.

Reality confirmed at house at 1:30pm:
1. Electrical inspector has not been by.
2. Plumbing inspector has not been by.
3. No other inspections have been done! (with the exception of mechanical, which passed).
4. Um, not holding my breath.
5. I'll believe it when I see it.  
6. That is 5 weeks from now.
7. There's a lot more that needs to be done before paint can go up. Like the backyard needs to be level, getting rid of that big pile of dirt that's back there now. Otherwise, we'll have to paint again before it's all over. Also, the windows need to be installed/repaired.

Sunday, December 19, 2010


Remember that terrible closet constructed of panelling that had been added in the front bedroom of the house? Well, if not, this should remind you:

Well the major issue with it was the fact that it never really 'fit' in the room. Our original plan was to cover it with drywall, and at least try to make it look like part of the house, but in the end we chose to tear it out! There is a small closet (as you can see in the photo) to the left of it, that has built-in shelving. My mom has bought us an antique wardrobe to go in this room for proper storage! An anniversary & Christmas gift wrapped in to one. We are quite excited, and will post photos once we retrieve it from Walterboro.

In the meantime, here's a picture of the room sans closet...

Sorry for that stove and washing machine in the way, things are still a little out of sorts.

Friday, December 17, 2010


We have stairs to our back porch! Along with a handrail, and ceiling!

In other news, the electrician has been installing light switches, outlets, light sockets, etc. And the plumber has been working hard too.

Plumbing & Electrical in kitchen

All the blue boxes are outlets & switches!
And the last minute decision to add "can lights" in the master bedroom. 

Sunday, December 12, 2010


The electrician has been working for days on getting new wiring through the house, installing electrical box, outlets, switches, light sockets, etc. Electrical & plumbing inspections should happen this week. We passed the mechanical inspection. After all pass, the insulation will be installed, and we will hopefully start seeing drywall by Friday! Progress!

And Happy 1st Anniversary to Brian! We had a wonderful weekend at Middleton Inn. Check out the gingerbread house we designed/built during our stay. The broccoli was our 'green roof'.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

protec[tion] ~part 2

The shingles were completed on the roof for the addition. One step closer on the exterior.


Over the fact that zero has been done lately. As in nothing, nada, zilch!

In case you were wondering what's been going on at our house the past week (or more), there's your answer. I'm quite frustrated. We met with the contractor on Saturday to do a walk-through of the electrical work, letting him know where outlets, switches, and fixtures will be placed. He made several big promises for the beginning of the week, including electrical, plumbing, roofing, and demo of the wall between the kitchen & dining. Also, the paint on the exterior was to have been completed almost a month ago, along with the rest of the exterior. But no, it is too cold for the paint to be applied, so we must wait until the warmth returns (I've been told that 50º is the minimum). Saturday is supposed to be 60º,  so we'll see if they are out there! "They" BETTER be.  

I was quite convinced that our house was a top-priority after this meeting, but now after 3½ business days of NOTHING, I'm not so sure. I wish they would either work, or at the very least be honest about when they are going to work. False promises are not working for me.

Sorry I haven't been writing, but that's why!

* 50th post alert*

Monday, December 6, 2010


As most of you know, we are living in an apartment while our house is being renovated. We have no outdoor storage space, and because we enjoy riding our bikes around this beautiful city, we had to come up with a creative way to store them. Hence the photo below:

Yes, they are front and center when you walk in the front door. It's a frame that leans against the wall, and holds two bikes, and it stands in our living room. Since space is tight and funds are low, we needed a creative way to decorate for the holidays, and decided to use what we already had! Here is our "artificial Christmas tree"...

Brian had concerns over the fact that we can't actually ride our bikes now, but it is COLD. And we haven't ridden them a whole lot lately anyway, unfortunately. No time. But we won't be riding them til at least January now! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!