House Update…


It’s time for the biweekly update on our house.  There was lots of progress this week.  We had carpenters, plumbers and electricians all there at the same time.  I love it!!  Very few things at this point could make me happier!

The plumbers were there for all of the week.  The main part of the plumbing is done. They have moved on to the heating part now.

See the kitchen is all plumbed!!  The carpenters went in the kitchen and put extra boards in between the studs so there would be easy places to attach the cupboards.

The window over my sink is tiny but that’s okay…I am loving everything else though.

The carpenters built the stairs to go to the basement this week.

The stairs are AWESOME.  They are the perfect depth and height.  I am VERY impressed with them.  Every house we’ve ever lived in has had horrible steps.  These…WONDERFUL!!

We’ve had many discussions about the basement…with the plumbers, the carpenters and between ourselves.  We originally had a full basement put in rather than a crawl space because it’s easier to keep the floors warm and because we thought down the road if we ever have grand kids the extra room would be nice.  Growing up my parents redid the basement at the house we lived in and it was used a lot.  We don’t intend to finish it right now and we don’t need it to be anything fancy.

The plumbers were initially confused on how to run piping and heat ducts without making them intrusive into the head room of the ceiling.  With a little work, it’s turning out fine.

We did have to run a pipe in an odd place and initially I thought it was dumb…but I’m a girl and don’t even began to try to understand plumbing.  I was told that it had to be there and that a platform would be built at the bottom of the stairs.  I’ll be honest, there is some stuff I don’t fight anymore, I just go with it.  I figured it would all have to work out somehow.

I am pleasantly surprised that I actually like it.  The wall you see is between the old basement and new.  More wall will be built there and a door will go between the two sections.  All in all, I actually like it.

On the other side of the platform will be where the bathroom will go.

It is VERY small….just enough for the toilet and a sink.  We have a built in that is going to be built into the wall so we have a place for toilet paper and towels and such.

Where the plywood is holds a closet that will house all the plumbing panels and the piping along with the duct work for heating.  It’s turning out MUCH better that I anticipated.

I spent three hours there cleaning today.  We tell all the workers that come that we’ll clean up after them.  I just want them to keep working and do the things I can’t…I can clean, I know that much.

On tap for next week…the electricians will be working, the heating guys will be working and the carpenters will be putting on siding.  I am excited about that, the house will really come to life now.

For a bit when things were slow several blog readers suggested we just find someone else rather than the original workers we chose.  We didn’t consider that for a second.  We had the top of the line people and we wanted to stick with them.  I have to say, once everyone has been here, we don’t have a single complaint.  They are all wonderful workers.

As Hubby and I were at the house this afternoon I said, “You know, every day now I love the house even more.”  He said, “Me too!”  Both of us are so happy with how things are coming along.

Guess Who’s Joining Us??


Guess who is joining us for the Bonnie UFO Challenge?

Kelli is not one to finish a UFO.  Rarely if ever do I see her pick up an old project and start working on it again.  The other day she was here and visiting with Kalissa, Kayla and I.  I went in my sewing room and pulled out her Perkiomen Daydreams quilt.  Walked it out to the kitchen and handed it to her saying, “Why don’t you pin a couple rows and I’ll sew them?”

To my surprise, she started pinning.

Then she asked how far along were we on the quilt?  I showed her.

I said it looks like close to half.  She agreed.  She said, “We have all the blocks made, right?”  I said I sure thought so.

The next thing I knew she said, “I’m not going home until I have all the blocks pinned together in rows.  Then you’ll sew them right?”  I said I would and she did.

So now it looks like this UFO is getting tackled too!!  I am so happy.  This will be our FOURTH one these quilts!!  This one is Kelli’s quilt.   We made one for Kayla, one for Buck, and one for me!

Stayed friends…another UFO is going to bite the dust.  For those of you wondering…the pattern can be found in Bonnie Hunter’s Scraps and Shirttails book 1.  Bonnie sells the books on her site….This quilt is an all time favorite of mine!

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