Something is not the same.
The electricians and the painters were working at the house today putting in their finishing touches.
Appliances have been delivered, there are big cardboard boxes in both the kitchen and the laundry room just waiting to be installed. Fridge and freezer are evident, as is the dishwasher, not sure if the ovens have arrived yet. In the laundry room boxes we have washer, dryer, 2 pedestals and we think the 5th box in there might be the laundry sink.
Speaking of kitchen. I was thrilled to see this today:
Yes, I especially like the damaged drywall areas!
Why? Because yesterday it looked like this:
And I hated it. Those light mint green tiles made the whole backsplash look pixelated and the stark contrasts did not work for me at all. Especially not with the countertops, and those are not going anywhere.
If the light ones had been in a shade in between the dark and the middle colour, with more of a brown tone it would have been much closer to what I had envisioned.
Luckily, our head tile guy was installing the rubberized membrane on the dog tub in the basement. We happened upon him as we were checking out the basement while I was still whining about the kitchen.
We told him how we L-O-V-E how the shower turned out, but that the kitchen backsplash was atrocious (clearly no fault of his, that selection is all on me), and how I had read up on glass paint in different forums and been to craft stores earlier in the day to figure out how to paint the backsplash until we can have it replaced.
He said that since it wasn’t grouted yet, he could ‘just have his apprentice pop some of the light ones out’.
He double checked to make sure he had enough of the other two colours to be able to pull it off, and he was only 1 bullnose tile short.
So instead of having a grouted backsplash today, we have this, and I couldn’t be happier about it!
More changes, we have hardscaping!
The foundation plants are also in. There are 6 trees left to be planted in the front yard, you can glimpse them to the right of the trucks in the photo. Also 6 more trees for the west side, but we are waiting on more dirt before they finish off the front yard and put down grass seed.
Landscaping happened yesterday, and we had them take out one of the apple trees in the back yard that was a little mutilated during septic tank install.
I liked that tree, but it will be easier to get the fence in now.
The new stairs leading down the the backyard, they flipped those huge stone slabs around with a backhoe and scooted them into place after digging out their spots with hand shovels.
And here is the backyard, the disturbed areas here have been seeded. The septic mound in the very back has new grass peeking through the straw!
We will kill off the ground covers in the treed areas and either seed it or plant something that is less likely to be poison ivy.
Heading indoors again:
Lockers, with hangers.
The kids’ fans were all lit up.
So were the can lights.
Do you see it?
It is THE light. The one I gave up my DIY itch for.
It is right where it should be and I think it looks awesome.
Another happy room.
Powder room, with electricity.
I think I might not have to stencil these walls after all, those are some really cool shadows cast by the chandelier.
The mirror is the only thing missing in here.
The painters had stained a couple of lengths of baseboard, to replace these white ones on the stair landing. It just looked odd with stained baseboards flanking the actual stairs, then switch to white at the landing and continue with stained for the other half of the stairs.
Also, there is a safety light here for night time stair-strolls.
The LED hand rail lights are yet to be installed.
Rocker switches in the office.
Power and ethernet ports. The desktop powerhouses will be hardwired for speed.
Our cabinet maker is building the built in bookcases off site, but besides that small thing, the office is finished.
The great room looks like this.
Those surround sound speakers make me sad.
We have this beautifully finished, perfectly smooth expanse of wall, and then there are those -things-.
The painter will try to dilute the wall paint down and atomize spray them, but the holes in the mesh are so fine it might not work that well.
What on earth was he (as in the husband) thinking?
Oh well, maybe I should take up tapestry making and cover that whole wall.
On a happier note: fireplace stone is pretty much the only thing left in here.
The rack with the home automation system, waiting for more tech toys to move in.
Master bedroom with electrical outlets and TV installed.
The electricians and painters were doing their final work, and the rope light in the tray ceiling was going in as we watched.
This room is done!
The ball over the tub all lit up.
The tub filler and the shower faucets are still in boxes in here.
The sconces that will flank the mirrors over the vanities all work.
Master closet #2 gets to close this post.