If I've learned anything at all from this process, it's that I should always expect the unexpected. My phone usually begins ringing around 7:00am each morning. Just in case you don't know, I AM NOT a morning person. At all. I never have been, and I've decided I never will be. At first, I answered every call. But then I decided those 7:00am phone calls really weren't all that necessary. So I stopped answering them and returned calls around 9:00 or so. I guess my builder finally figured this out because I noticed his calls began coming closer to 8:30 instead. I plan ahead . . . WAY ahead . . . and I expect things to happen when they're supposed to and when I've scheduled them to. Having said that, this is what happened this week:
The inspector arrived Monday morning. He spent a few minutes nosing around and then left. His comment was, "Keep up the good work. It looks great, and yall are doing a good job." And that was it! All of the horror stories I'd heard about the inspections just haven't been our experience. So all of a sudden we were ready for insulation, but the guys weren't scheduled to come until Thursday. So I called them and told them we were ready if they could start sooner. They were able to come on Tuesday. They finished on Friday morning. So then I called the sheetrock guy. He said the rock would be delivered on Friday at 3:30, and they would begin hanging it on Saturday.
We went to the house at 4:30 on Friday afternoon to meet the cabinet guy. It was pouring down rain and had been nearly all day. Needless to say, the sheetrock wasn't delivered. I was going to call the sheetrock guy to follow-up, but I later decided I just didn't feel like dealing with it. I figured the sheetrock wouldn't be delivered until Monday so they'd just get started then. We'd still be ahead of schedule.
Saturday morning I went to a meeting at church. Seth was taking the kids to see a movie. The meeting got started at 10:00. I didn't have my cell phone with me. At 10:15, my father-in-law took a call and then looked at me and said the sheetrock was delivered, and the guys were at the house. I panicked. We weren't ready . . . we had to move one of the electrical boxes to accommodate the cabinets in the mudroom. We still had to build the hearth out because I'd forgotten about that. And we also had to put some plywood up above the fireplace so we'd have a sturdy place to hang the TV. I hadn't told these "minor" details to the sheetrock guy yet. We couldn't exactly leave, but we figured it would take the guys awhile anyway so we didn't expect they'd get very far by the time we could get there.
Well, we got there around 1:30 . . . and they were halfway done! Seriously. Seth's dad began working on the "minor" details, and Seth met him when the movie was over. They got home about 5:30 and told me the sheetrock was done. Yes, DONE. Those guys finished the entire job in about six hours. The finishers will come tomorrow. So as of right now, we are nearly TWO WEEKS AHEAD of schedule. Now, you would think that would be a good thing. Except that I'm supposed to leave tomorrow to go to Georgia. Based on our original timeline, I had plenty of time to go, and then I could pick up when I left off when I get back around March 8 or so. But as of right now, we need the interior doors. I haven't even ordered those yet because I'm waiting on one more estimate. Not to mention baseboards and mouldings . . . and the absolute worst . . . the thing I've been putting off and refusing to deal with as if it will go away . . . PAINT COLORS! I have decided that this is going to be the hardest decision of the whole process (as if I even want to make anymore decisions at this point anyway!). I mean, we could start painting this upcoming weekend . . . but I haven't picked out paint colors! Yes, I am just a little stressed out right now.
ANYWAY. During the past two weeks . . .
The shingles are finished all except those around the dormer. Bricks will outline the face of the dormer, and those shingles can't be done until the bricks are laid.The stucco is finished except for a few places that need "touching up." The first picture is the first coat of stucco. The following pictures are the finished stucco.The frames for the pocket doors were installed. You'll come to realize that I'm addicted to pocket doors! I love them! I mean, why waste perfectly usable space with regular doors? And I would've actually had MORE pocket doors besides the three that I have, but my builder finally had to stop the madness. He doesn't appreciate them as much as I do!