Remodel update

I’ve been pretty busy at work and home since Christmas, and I can’t find the USB cable for our camera. Both things have kept me from blogging as much as I would like, especially regarding our remodel. But a few things have happened recently that are definitely worth posting.

First, we’ve finished our new bathroom! (Why is this a big deal, you ask? Because I share this house with my wife and two teenage daughters. Having two bathrooms is HUGE news!) Our plumber was out about two weeks ago and finished hooking up the shower/bath and the toilet. And I finally got all the vanity outlets, lights and switches wired up, along with the exhaust fan. I still have one fluorescent can light in the ceiling that’s burned out two tubes within a few months, which I need to investigate.

Second, our cabinet maker got all the trim and touch-up work done on the cabinets and installed the foot rail under the bar. (Here’s where I’d really like to insert a few pictures. Why in the heck did Kodak have to use a proprietary cable on their camera?!?) He also got the under-cabinet lights working reliably–looks like they were drawing too much power, so he installed some lower wattage bulbs. The lights haven’t given us any trouble since.

Third, our big fancy stove is finally 100% operational. (The two “extra low” burners hadn’t worked since we installed it back in December.) It took the service company four visits (and 3 parts orders), but they finally got it working on Tuesday.

That’s all the big news. I also updated the punch list and got to mark two rooms (the new bathroom and the nook) as “complete”. There are also some rooms/areas that are very nearly finished: entry, great room, kitchen, laundry/utility room, bedroom hallway, and the kids’ bedrooms. We still have quite a bit of work to do in the game room (the old dining room), garage, attic, and the exterior of the house.

We still a lot of work ahead of us, but the house is getting more and more comfortable. :)

About Jim Vanderveen

I'm a bit of a Renaissance man, with far too many hobbies for my free time! But more important than any hobby is my family. My proudest accomplishment has been raising some great kids! And somehow convincing my wife to put up with me since 1988. ;)
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2 Responses to Remodel update

  1. Jay says:

    Isn’t it amazing how much a difference a second bathroom makes? I thought it was huge with just my wife and I… can’t imagine the relief you’re feeling with two daughters as well.

    Hopefully that USB cable turns up. Houses under construction have a tendency to “eat” things for awhile. You’ll probably rediscover it next Christmas.

  2. Hey do you have a professional electrician helping you? It might be an idea just to hire one to tell you where to make your changes and then you can do them yourself. You may have already thought of that… or you may even be an electrician. It just seems like you might be having more than your fair share of electrical difficulties… Not trying to overstep my boundaries, just trying to help. Congratulations on your progress so far though man… sounds like things are definitely getting better for you… Keep up the good work… Christine

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