Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Week Thirteen

Finally, finally!! The kitchen cabinets are here. I was so anxious to see them. We have spent a good deal of money on them primarily because you can see them from every public place in the house. Here are some preliminary pictures:

This is looking back from the kitchen into the living room.

Here are the cabinets for the master bath:

Also note that we have electricity in the house now.

The back door has been hung.

And the front door, too.

The shower in the master bath is all done except for installation of shower control and shower head.

And the air conditioners are in place.

And here is one last look at the kitchen cabinets. Notice that the wall hung cabinets on the outside wall are not as tall as those on the other wall. That is because the beams come low enough to interfere with tall cabinets. I have gone with the extra tall wall hung cabinets on the other wall. We debated going with extra tall ones every where we could and putting up false fronts to make them all appear the same height but in the end, this seemed better. And actually, I do like it better, too. It looks cleaner. I really don't mind the difference in height.

The next things that need to happen are the completion of the rock on the fireplace, counter tops and plumbing. We are getting a littly antsy because the interest rate we negotiated is only good until the 24th of October. After that we will have to negotiate a new one and as everyone knows, they have gone up since we locked in this one. Hans and Chuck assure us that we will make the deadline. But we cannot help but worry a bit.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Week Twelve

Trenching has continued. It did turn out to be a hard job. Chuck first rented a backhoe kind of thing but the ground proved too hard. Then he went back for a trencher and the rock proved too hard. So back he went. This time for a rock saw. That did the trick. We have trenches everywhere. From the electric pole all the way out to the well.

The painters tried to paint the front and back doors with a paint brush but that did not work out too well. So they have removed the doors and are spray painging them. I said a little prayer when I saw this very expenseive front door hanging from the tree.

But one thing is certain, spraying them made for a much nicer finish. The back door windows are being taped and it will be the back door's turn to hang from the tree for a bit.


Saturday, September 10, 2005

Week Eleven

At last, the shower tile and the glass block wall are complete. The guy who put these in has been setting tile for 60 years. Imagine! I can hardly imagine doing anything for 60 years except maybe breathing. He did a great job. We went with all white tiles and had one row set with decorative tiles alternating between white ones. The decorative ones are of colorful tropical fishes.

And we have a little progress on the guest bath, as well. The faucet has been installed. And the beaded board painted. One little setback, though. The painters did not sand the beaded board before they painted so the paint is peeling. They will have to go back and strip, sand and paint.

The stove pipe is in. Note how it sets just away from the front porch roof. That is what the angled pipe was needed for.

Trenching has begun. Now this will be a chore. I recall how hard Pete Morales worked to put in our septic system. We have clay soil with pockets of caliche and some seriously big rocks buried in the soil.


Sunday, September 04, 2005

Week Ten+

Love the rockwork! Love the rockwork! Love the rockwork! This picture gives you a close up of the rock work around the windows. The rock guys will have to come back and take care of a few details still. Like, this one, of course. Notice that the window ledge is not quite cemented in place. This at least gives an impression of how it will look when complete.

Most of the rockwork, however, is done. It came out really nice didn't it?

We have a floor now for the back porch, too. We went with Trex. This was a big decision. I wanted to reduce the termite attractiveness of the house and wood composite was the way to go. The only decision was which brand. Since Trex came out a few years ago, the number of wood composites in the marketplace have multiplied enormously. There are bunches of choices and depending on who carries what, you can get any number of opinions about which is best. In the end, we went with Trex because it has been around the longest, it came in the colors I liked, and it has a good rep. I also like it that is is made of recycled material.

The bathtub is also in. This bathtub is cast iron by Kholer. Muchas Gracias to Morales Plumbing in Fredericksburg, for ordering it for me and give me a good price on it. I wanted an old fashioned feel to this bathroom. We have beaded board on the walls. It will be painted white. Eventually, we will also have a pedestal sink and porcelein door knob to round out that old fashioned look.

And here is the light is up in the kitchen. Again, we are going for a look that is a bit more old fashioned but in the kitchen, I wanted to make sure we had plenty of light. I am thinking that because of the high ceiling, this might be an issue. This is a nine light fixture.

And in the dining room, this light was hung. I am especially fond of this light. I purchased it when a good friend sold her business (Hill Country Design Center in Fredericksburg). At the time that I bought this fixture, I had no house or even an inclination of when it might be built. I just loved the fixture.

And the big honking, heavy wood stove insert is now in place. I bought this back when another friend closed his wood stove business in Fredericksburg. Again, I had no idea when we would be building but could not pass up a good deal. Every one tells me this is too much stove for the house. Okay. One thing is certain, we will be warm on those bitterly icy days we tend to have here in the Hill Country. Even though it looks the stove pipe is complete, it is not. Because of the way the roof for the porch goes over this spot, the stove pipe will need to be angled away from it abit. The angle is on order. Still more work here.

Of course, Phil wanted me to take a picture of the electric meter at 00000. I almost didn't make it.

Lots of progress and it is looking good. &:)