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Friday, June 22, 2012

30-days...

Its great to be back on the scene, its been a whirlwind of activity--graduations, unpacking, cleaning, shopping, we even had two furniture deliveries where the items were damaged in shipping and so we had to re-order. We wont be driving to DC/Ikea for a few weeks and cant get fully into decorating until the house is fully furnished so...
 
We just had our 30-day inspection and it turned out to be pretty minor. We had already touched up the walls from moving, the list is basically:

- Move one irrigation head. We cut a rounded plot around the lamp post for bushes and had the head that was at that location moved over.
- install 3 ceiling fans
- one door isnt closing without real effort
- one burner on the gas range is low
- some seams in the garage are coming loose
- a few cabinet doors were misaligned
- repaint front door
- weather stripping @ front door is damaged

which is all being done this coming Monday.


Some bonuses...
- had the concrete company cut the joints of one of the slabs in the walkway to the front door so that we could bury the gutter drain pipe under the walkway and into the grass so it would stop pooling water in the mulch
- had the sump pump drain pipe connected to the sewer drain which is luckily right in front of our lot since the water was pooling at the sidewalk.
- concrete company is pouring the side door walkway for $600, we want a curved path so to be sure its how we want it, we will create the shape in the sod ourselves and they will make the forms and pour.
- deck is being extended another 8 feet to the end of the house for $500
- irrigation company is installing 10 heads and adding 2 zones in the backyard for $1000 (from what we understand is a great value) and we will put down sod next spring.
- crown  molding being done on the entire first floor for $500


For everyone who gets a fireplace...for some reason this info never made it to us until after the fact. the chemical that they coat the logs with needs time to burn off (about 4-6 hours) and will smell kind of foul and will smoke the house. I spoke directly to the fireplace guy and he said to open the windows, leave the house and let it run. He said it will automatically turn itself off after a set amount of hours for safety. Definitely do this before the winter or tell your PM to make sure it happens before you move in if youre closing in the fall.


Still a long way to go (and were in no hurry) but here are some assorted pics...while we wait on loads of furniture.




This is the 19" TV between the morning room and the kitchen on an articulating mount and this turned out to be a great choice for placement, its out of the way, convenient, and can be used by both rooms very easily





Built a dirty clothes pull out basket area in the laundry room nook, its turned out to be very helpful, Details here.


16 comments:

  1. Everything looks great! I love the laundry basket set-up! That sure looks handy! Where did you guys get your dining room set? It looks nice!

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    1. Thanks! The baskets work great and were a perfect use for that space. The set was from Sams Club and would you believe it was under $500! It shipped from Canada so it took a while to get here but yay! --Ericka

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    2. With the chairs too?!?!? That's an amazing price! Does it have a leaf in it? I want a table for 8.

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    3. Yes its an 8 seater, its called the Ester. Go get it! http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/product.jsp?productId=prod2411290

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    4. Is there a matching hutch? The set I've been looking at is $2500. You may have just saved me $2000!!!!!

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    5. I dont see a hutch in that collection, but it is a reddish walnut. Any hutch in a nice mission style will fit perfectly. Its not a hard color to match.

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  2. The house has turned into a home, very nice

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  3. Good idea about the gutter drain pipe. I was thinking about having them bury a PVC pipe for me to run the gutter pipe through if I needed/wanted to. I like those laundry basket holders in the Ravenna laundry room nook too!

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  4. Wow-I love seeing your "after" pics!! OK, did you make that setup for the laundry baskets? Because that is very handy. And What size is your deck? We want one that size (in the pics)-seems perfect for a grill and table/chairs. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, hubby built it, he said the hardest part was getting all the dimensions correct. He is posting some details this weekend I think. The deck is 12x14 and yes it is a good size, we have an additional 2 chairs and side table, small pedestal and beverage cooler in each corner so there is plenty of room and no crowding, it was hard to get a decent photo of how spacious it still is even with all that stuff.

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  5. Glad to see that you back....I like the modifications and sounds like you got some good deals on concrete and crown molding

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  6. Ok, Ericka, you wow'd me again! I love love the laundry room nook! And your deck is awesome! Too bad we don't have that option. The fireplace tip is so timely! Taking notes, thanks for sharing everything! Glad to see you back!!

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  7. Your house is looking like a model home--way to go. I love the kitchen set and the laundry baskets. Where did you get the baskets from ?

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    1. Thank you! this is our breakfast area, I just dressed it up for the pic but with a bunch of crazy kids it wont look this way for long, the dining room is another story altogether--off limits!

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  8. I LOVE the basket idea. What a multifunctional piece! AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME! I will copy this. THANK YOU!

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  9. Joining the chorus of praise for the basket idea. LOVE it! House looks amazing. Looks like you are really settling in to a beautiful and happy home. Congrats!

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