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And just like that, the house is done

So there it is. It’s over. Bring up the lights and roll the credits. The house is done! I’m stunned to even say such a thing. Not only did I never think to start remodeling a house, I thought it just as likely the project would never end. But we did it! The house is done and I have to say, I’m pretty damn impressed with the work we’ve put into it.

Well, complete is a relative term, but for now, we’re going to say this house is done. All the painting is finished, the bathroom has been remodeled, the kitchen has new appliances and tile, and the floors have been stripped, sanded and stained. That was the original plan – mostly, but there were a couple of side projects along the way.

In addition to the above, it was decided to add gutters and rain barrels to help control some of the drainage and give an easily collectable water supply for the lawn.

Next, a deck was added to make a better entrance and what house doesn’t benefit from a deck?

Since the house didn’t have a dishwasher, we thought it good measure to add one. It’s not quite in the usual place, but a spot was created, enclosed and all the plumbing run to put it in full working order.

If you’re going to cook, you need a disposal. Always a good idea and this needed was to an outlet to a switch. Oh yeah, and jam a giant Insinkerator into the plumbing.

And let us not forget the project that made me think I broke the bloody house, the attic. With a few power tools, a bit of time and some determination, you too can cut a giant hole in your ceiling and turn it into usable storage space.

But there it is. It’s all done. There are some odd and ends to deal with, but we are not only going to call this project done, but we’re going to call it a success! The goal was to fix up the place to make it better. To make it livable again and by that criteria, we have exceeded the mark admirably.

I have to say, this wasn’t an easy or cheap project, but results were worth it. The new hardwood floors are quite stunning, the deck is fantastic and the attic is going to be a huge help since the house doesn’t really have any storage. Instead of a deck, I would have preferred to add a proper laundry room, but the estimates on that were as much as buying another house in the same neighborhood.

Next year there will be a focus on some landscaping as well as removing the interior doors to have them completely stripped to remove the old paint and all the marker that still shows through. The front porch will also be repainted and sealed. I also need to get at least one more set of rain barrels as the first two filled up almost immediately. Even with a light rain, the amount of water collected is huge. At this rate I should be able to get a soaker hose and take care of the lawn for months.

So is there anything that should have been done differently? To be honest, no. I would have preferred a laundry room, but the deck is fantastic and I’m thrilled it’s there. I can’t really think of anything that should have been done differently. Just to take another shot at them, I certainly wouldn’t buy appliances from BestBuy and would instead get them from Lowe’s.

As I step back and look, this house has features you wouldn’t find in a home 5 times more expensive. It has a huge front porch, it has extremely high ceilings, it has hardwood floors, it has a fenced in back yard, and now appliances that would make most home chefs jealous. It may have cost a few dollars to get this far, but I think it was worth it.

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Living room furniture gets delivered on time – Pay attention BestBuy

It may be Halloween, but there is an interesting treat about to be delivered – the living room set. As mentioned, the trip to Ashley furniture started off in one direction, but by the end, a completely different living room set had been picked out. I originally wanted something brown, perhaps "leatherish" to go with the hardwood floors. They were nice, but not really the right look. Plus, some clearly wouldn’t fit in the space of the living room.

After scanning through just about everything they had to offer, we found a fabric set that actually used the same colors as we had chosen for the house. Not only was it a good color match, it was extremely comfortable. It was also a sectional set so we could mix and match pieces around to fit how the room would go together. It had a chaise at one end, a big comfy corner piece and small couch pieces that would fit perfectly.

We had agreed to have the furniture delivered on Halloween as it was a Saturday and it gave plenty of time for the floors to dry and cure after being sanded and stained. Ashley Furniture had no problem holding the delivery even though it’s their desire to deliver within 7 days.

The window for delivery was set between 12 -3 and right at 11:30 I got a call saying they were on their way. Hey look, they’re actually going to show up when they said they would – BestBuy should try and emulate that.

Almost at the stroke of noon the truck pulled up and the furniture was unloaded. They checked to make sure they had the right pieces, checked to make sure they would fit and then within minutes they were in the living room being uncovered. They even brought pads to put on the legs so they wouldn’t scratch the new floors. They also put the furniture close to, but not touching the walls so they wouldn’t scratch or mark those either.

Within 30 minutes the furniture was in place and the delivery guys were done. All the pieces were correct and it looked perfect. Again, BestBuy should pay attention to these little details. It’s amazing how excited people get when the things they order show up on time and are correct.

And just like that, a room full of furniture. It looks great! We also got an excellent deal on the price and financing. There were other pieces I wanted, but I wanted to make sure they could handle the first purchase before going in for more. I’m completely sold on getting a kitchen table and chairs as well as bedroom set from them. They have those fantastic Tempur-pedic memory foam mattresses I want so almost without a doubt it will come from them.

So that really is the last piece. The last thing we needed to get done. Living room furniture is now in place so I guess I will bring the TV in and set it up. It will be coupled with a small streaming media computer I got just to handle movies. This may not be a media room on intent, but that’s almost exactly what it’s turning into. This room is going to be great!

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Just kidding, time for another project – Garbage Disposal

This place is starting to feel like the Winchester House. If construction stops we’re doomed!

There is in fact, one last project. It’s a relatively simple one, but again, I think it’s a good idea. Cue the dramatic music because that’s when the problems start.

When Brent and I last talked before making the final install for the appliances, the idea of a disposal was brought up. The house doesn’t have one, but it seems like a good idea. Can something like that be done?

It appears that it can. It will take a bit of work and a tile or two might need to be removed, but we are on board for making it happen. It seems silly to have all these new appliances, all this capability of making food stuff and then be stymied by a lack of disposal. These are absolute must haves for a kitchen, but clearly it’s better to have one than not.

Brent is going to get a 3/4 horsepower Insinkerator model and hook it up to a space that’s available. This too will take a bit of trickery to make work as he has to cut through the cabinets and snake some wire up the wall. Again, I have full confidence Brent can pull this off. He has yet to be stumped or slowed by the hurdles of this house.

He says the Insinkerator is the best model to get and will last years. We’re going with the higher end model with more power since I have really came to adhere to the mantra that it’s better to spend the money now, do it right, do it once and forget about it.

This truly will be the last project for the house. No more things to install. No more wires to run. No more holes to be cut or holes to be patched. No more plumbing. No more tiling. No more painting. This is it! We’re done! The movie’s over!

At this point, it’s time to clean, scrub and get ready for furniture. In fact, the living room set I bought will be here on Saturday – barring any blundering BestBuy sort of idiocy. Yes, BestBuy is my benchmark for how bad a company can be.

So that’s it! After a few months of sanding, painting, caulking, tiling and cutting, the house is done!

Ok, in reality there is a bit more to be done, like sanding and stripping the interior doors and painting the porch as well as some other odds and ends, but no more construction projects.

Of course, I’ve said that sort of thing before…

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