Week nine is complete and we’re officially starting to get antsy to make the move! We sold the last of the “big stuff” we needed to sell this week, and made some major progress with packing. All that’s left are the basic pots and pans to cook a few more meals in our townhouse, our clothes for the next few weeks, and of course, our computers to keep making a buck to pay for the new digs. 😉 As you can see, our house is getting ready for the big move, too. This week they poured our driveway and front stoop, which we dedicated by etching “Smith 2011”!
The progress ’round back continued as the deck was finished up with railings and stairs – just in time for central Iowa’s first snow! (It got awfully muddy after it melted as you can see…) The patio was poured underneath. This part seems like it all came together smoothly – but there were many, many revisions and conversations between us, the realtors, the builders, and the contractor, trying to get this to all work out as we planned. Aside from expanding the original dimensions, we moved the stairs that would have come diagonally across the large window in the basement, so that they instead went out into the yard (so much happier with this) although that in turn became a hassle to pour the patio the dimensions we wanted (for a someday hot tub nook under the stairs) but still have adequate room to get all of the deck supports in place. It’s a long, pretty dull story…but let’s just say we’re high fiving that this part is over!
Inside, the walls turned “Mindful Gray” and I love how much the trim pops against it. Floors went in as well (they’ll be gorgeous when all that dust is cleared away!)
The bathrooms and laundry room now have tile, and mirrors and light fixtures have been installed throughout the house. The pedestal sink for the powder room finally arrived – love it!
Shelving has gone into all of the closets and all interior doors have been painted and hung. Some of the lights are hooked up and some aren’t – it was nice to get some lit photos especially now that it gets so dark so much earlier.
And my favorite part of this week…the granite and subway tile is in! It is so hard to envision when you pick from tiny sample squares – and granite naturally is so varied from one batch to the next, so I was really anxious to see it “in action” with all of our other selections. I’m totally happy with it! Now all that’s left is finishing up the tile and appliance delivery to complete the kitchen.
Now that all electrical is being finalized, Page got back in to add the volume control panels to the outlets he wired a few weeks back. Can’t wait to close so we – who am I kidding – PAGE can install the speakers and we can rock out throughout the house while we unpack the sea of boxes. 🙂 I don’t know how he just KNOWS how to do all this stuff – nice work, babe!
Until this last week, I’ve been operating in panic mode and nervously counting how many weekends we have left to get ready…so much progress has been made that I can now look ahead anxiously…and things are starting to accumulate that I’m excited to get into the house – like these baskets I found that fit like a GLOVE in the entry bench.Â Can you feel our anticipation?! Let’s move in already! 🙂