Wednesday, November 28, 2012

We CLOSED Today!!!

It took exactly 84 days from a hole in the ground to keys in our hands (pretty impressive really). We got the call at 12:30pm that the funds were transferred and the home was ours. So, of course I headed over as soon as I could (an hour later) and the local phone company was already there hooking up our phone and Internet. Yay!

Our PM and handy man were there doing last minute detail work. But I wasted no time slapping up some sample strips of paint colors to make sure they looked how I wanted in each room. Tomorrow the painter comes to paint the kids rooms, entry, and great room.
These are the two colors I'm deciding on for around fireplace. It was already dark out so it's hard to tell but kids like the darker "pavestone" color. I keep thinking the lighter "amazing gray" will let the fireplace pop. Thoughts? I'll see how it looks in the morning light.
While the painter does his thing, I will be painting the office and sealing granite and grout. Should be a fun day hanging out in our HOME!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Gift for PM ideas please

Ok, my husband and I want to get our PM a nice gift for all his hard work, and frankly, for putting up with me....Trust me, he deserves an award for that!
We have been brainstorming ideas from gift certificates for dinner for he and his wife to GC for hardware store. We even thought about tics for Cleveland Browns game but we don't know if he likes football. We haven't come up with one that feels right.
So, I would love some ideas from fellow RH bloggers.


Walk through: CHECK Sign paperwork: CHECK....We just need those keys!

Oh my gosh!!!! I am crawling out of my skin with excitement! I just want tomorrow afternoon to come NOW! (Sorry for all the exclamation marks....I can't help it!)
The front without all the debris. Unfortunately, it's too late to get a yard put in or our driveway and sidewalk so we have to wait until spring. 

Yesterday was a big day. We had to go to the bank and get that big downpayment certified check. Goodbye money!
Then to the house for our final walk through. That was a great experience. It took 3 hours and our PM showed us ALL about our home. He showed us how to turn off the water from every faucet, the mainline and the hose lines. They actually have locations inside the house to access the hose lines so we can shut them off during the winter. I did not know this but I like it. We were also given a very thick notebook with all the details, warranties, and recommendations for our home. It will be nice to have all that info in one location.
 As we walked the house, our PM had a notepad and any tiny flaw that he saw, he wrote it down so they can fix it by Wednesday. By the time we were done, there were 27 items on his list. He was incredibly picky, which I like, so if there was a tiny scuff mark on a wall, he wrote it down to make sure it got touched up. Most everything was just minor. The only major issue was the half moon shaped window that is up above all the other windows in the morning room. There is water inside that window (Dan and I did not even see it, our PM did) so he is getting that replaced.
Older photo but that top window is the problem. No big deal, they are replacing it.

It may not be done by Wednesday, but it will be done as soon as he gets the window. Oh, and because we have the cottage elevation, the windows only have the one longer strip down the middle (not the 6 or 9 panel look), they are having a hard time replacing the front window that is cracked. Our PM said he may have to go to another county to get one, but it will get done.

On Sunday, we went by the house to check on it and the 'handy man' was there, touching up paint and cleaning. He must have stayed all day because when we walked in this morning, it was totally shiny and ready for me to move in!!! I so appreciate his hard work.  I am excited to show you our kitchen. It turned out so great. I took a walk through video of the whole house but it's 6 minutes long so it won't let me insert it here...hmmmm... I may have to make it a youtube video and insert the link. Not sure about that though.
Here are some pics in the meantime.

I forgot to take a close up of the granite but it looks beautiful. Most people seem to choose the Venetian color (which is beautiful, my mom has it) but I love gray tones so I want with Pearl Gray (but we found out from the granite company that they call it New Caldonia). RH should probably change that name on their end.
Here is a pic off the internet.

 I think the colors from the fireplace and kitchen are a nice combo.
Also, we found hardware for our cabinets and will probably get those installed next week sometime. I think that will make a huge difference in the look of the kitchen. They are also stainless, so it should complement the appliances and counters nicely.
I counted 41 cabinets total so that's alot of hardware!!!
We get the keys tomorrow. Today I am purchasing concrete sealer so we can seal the garage floor Wednesday night (weather permitting), before we fill it with crap our beautiful things:) The painter comes on Thursday to paint the bedrooms before furniture arrives on Friday.
Oh, and we were issued our new home number yesterday by the phone company....for some reason, that really got me excited!!!
Chat later, gotta go pack this apartment up!!!!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Keys in 3 days!!!

I can't believe we are finally at the end of this home building journey. We do our final walk through and sign paperwork tomorrow. We get our keys in Wednesday. Movers arrive Friday!!
I'm not sure if Dan and I are more excited about having a big kitchen or having our mattress back. We sure have missed that thing!

Today we went by so I could see our granite (home from California) and our "handy man" was there touching up paint, patching and sanding spots that weren't perfect, and adjusting doors. He said he wanted to have it looking perfect before our walkthrough. The handy man is basically the guy who is in charge of the final touches on each house. He has a long punch list and goes through everything, adjusting, replacing, repairing, whatever needs to be done.
We asked him about installing the cabinet hardware and he said he could do it after a price I can't complain about, especially because he already has the proper tool to do this and the knowledge to do it quickly. He also said he installs ceiling fans, lights, etc. So, RH bloggers, ask your "handy man" about what he/she can do after you close. The price may be just right!

Oh, and I LOVE my granite! I do not have a pic tonight...forgot my phone but tomorrow I plan on taking video and pics to give a virtual long as most of the clean up is done. If not, I will do it on Wednesday.

One final note regarding appliances through RH....DO NOT pay the upgrade fee for the stainless. I really wish that we did not do this. I am underwhelmed by the appliances that we have. The fridge is not all stainless, it has black sides, the dishwasher feels cheap, and the stove basically only has a stainless door and a panel on the top. Otherwise, it's black. I'm sure they will cook, clean, and store everything just fine but for the price, I wish we would have taken the standard and sold them on Craigslist, then bought what we wanted. From the beginning, my gut told me to do this but my husband didn't want to deal with selling stuff and replacing so I gave in. Next time, I will go with my gut.

Update on bathroom tile: Because the edge tiles do not have the same undertone, RH has offered to replace all of the tiles after we close or cut us a check for the cost. It's up to us. Either way, I am satisfied with their resolution. But it will be settled after Wednesday so it doesn't delay our closing.

Oh my gosh! I can't wait for tomorrow....and Wednesday....and Friday (when we can actually sleep in our new home)!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bathroom Tile: Advice please

At this point, I am a bit disappointed with our options with the tile issue in our master bathroom. Our PM and the flooring manager both agree that the edging tiles have a different undertone than the main parts of the tile. They ordered about 30 new ones but they too are the same reddish undertone. Here is the problem, when the lights are on in the bathroom, the difference is not noticeable but as soon as the lights are turned off, you can see the difference. Our PM called last night to ask me what I wanted to do about it. I think he wants me to say that it's all fine but we spend $1195 on that upgrade and I just can't swallow that cost, knowing it doesn't match. If we tell them to rip out the tile and pick a new one, we will not close on time so that is not an option. We close in 8 days! I asked about getting a credit for the tile but our PM said he will have to ask his manager about that. I don't love this resolution because it still doesn't get us matching tile but at this point, I just don't know what to do.
PLEASE, any suggestions?

We've been blue taped! Warning: lots of photos

I have so much floating around in my brain that I don't know where to begin. So, my awesome husband bought me a ticket to California so I could be with my family for Thanksgiving. Let's just say that there may have been a minor melt down (depends on your definition of minor) right after we sold our Illinois home and he knew I needed a dose of mom and dad. He's a good man! So right now I am enjoying 70+ weather for a few days before we get the keys to our house and crazy begins. The problem is that my body thinks I'm on Ohio time and I woke up at 4:40 this's the price I pay so I will take it.
Ok, Ok, I'll move on to the THE HOUSE!
We are down to the nitty gritty now. Once the blue tape hits the walls, you know you are getting close. I met the "handy man" last week and he said he goes through every inch of the house, marking any imperfection in blue tape. The last week is spent having all the contractors come back through fixing stuff. So in all the pics, you will see blue tape but it's a good thing. ..
The next time I see the house, we will be doing our Pre-settlement walk through (which is on Monday). We get the keys on Wednesday. How is it that the time has gone so slow yet flown by all at the same time?

The house has carpet!
Kayt is enjoying her soft, comfy floor. She says she may just sleep on the floor...So I guess I get to return her new bed we bought her.....Yay for us!
 Leland laying on our master bedroom floor. He was trying to make snow angels. Lol. It kind of worked, with the new carpet fluff.
Our least favorite thing about this floor plan is this bathroom. This is between the kids rooms so they will have to share it and according to my 14 year old, that counter is NOT enough room! I admit that she is right. We tried to get them to extend this out but RH does not offer an extension on this side of the house. According to RH, this one-story floor plan has such a huge footprint (2100 sq ft on one level) and it is 50+feet wide so that they cannot always fit this plan in some communities. They don't want to extend the side of the house anymore because it would make it even harder to fit on many lots. Our lot would have been able to handle it but they won't offer that option. When I get my handy dandy survey, you can bet I am going to address this.
 Basement carpet....I LOVE this color. It's perfect for the basement.
Upstairs carpet: Great carpet for the bedrooms but I am not sure I love it in the great room. For fellow RH bloggers, these are level 3 upgrade carpets with 8 lb upgrade pad. The bottom is called Sand Swept. I can't remember the top color right now but if anyone is interested, I will look it up when I get home. For some reason, the top is softer and more plush, even though they were supposed to be the same type. The upstairs just doesn't feel as thick. But it will be fine for now.
Our Rapid Recovery water heater. In order for RH to get the Energy Star rating, they have to have specific types of water heaters (according to our PM) and this one supposedly only costs $260 a year to run....My concern is if it can handle the size of the big bathtub I plan on using regularly. PM says that the rapid recovery means it heats water quickly. I will let you know how true that is!
This is supposed to be our "laundry room". We decided to add additional laundry hook ups in the basement and use this room as a mud/school bag/winter coat room. With the right storage set up (we have some research to do on this), this room will function perfectly as the after school, winter wear drop spot. Of course, it would be awesome to have our laundry room on the main level but having two hook ups gives us the option to move it upstairs in a few years if we want. Notice the big, dedicated electric dryer outlet on the right side?
Well they forgot to put that in the basement. I noticed this on Sunday afternoon. But no worried, Dan called our PM and he said they would get that in before we close. A small oversight.....glad I caught it now instead of when the delivery guys were here trying to install the dryer.
Speaking of basement, someone left us a nice gift......
I sure hope it's not what I think it is...but I think it is! SO GROSS!!!
 I really love the windows. They are 6 feet tall all along the back of the house and the cottage elevation has this picture window look, as opposed to the 9 grate window look. And the grates are in the window so you don't have to clean between the grates (our Eham home had grates on the outside and it was a major pain to clean). This makes me SO happy!
For RH bloggers, someone posted about how the windows are only single hung...and you are correct. Only the bottom part moves. That is a bummer because you can tilt the bottom part in to clean the outside of it, but not the top part of the window. For our one-story, not a major deal, but for all the two-story owners, this will be a problem. Maybe if enough of us complain about this, they will consider double hung windows.
Stairs down to the basement. Did I mention how much I love my railing?
LOL! Superman is currently playing in our media room!
Master bathtub fixtures. They are so pretty.

These next photos were taken by Dan yesterday.  He stopped by midday to check everything out since he's been hunting for 10 days. They painted our front door. I think it's beautiful.
The granite was being installed as he was there. I can't wait to see this in person! I've been imagining how it was going to look for 3 months now. Oh, and I guess the appliances were going in too. I am excited to pick out a backsplash and hardware to finish off the details.
Dan said they had the fireplace going. They told him that they run it all day to burn off the new smell. Good idea! Dan said it was really toasty warm in the great room.
Our PM said they will be doing the initial grading today and getting the enormous pile of dirt off our lot. Unfortunately, he also told us that they will not be able to pour our driveway until spring. I could write a whole post about this...not sure if I want to. Maybe I will.
I will update on bathroom tile later. I am supposed to hear back later today on that issue.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Update on Guardian and Tile issues

Starting off with good stuff!

I really like our carriage lights. The camear didn't pic it up, but there are some suble details in the glass that are pretty.
Oh, and they prepped the floor today for carpet tomorrow! I went in tonight and walked the entire floor again to make sure the squeaks were gone and they were. Yay!

I heard from NVR yesterday. Actually, my rep has been out of town these past few days but her boss has called me on his way home from work to update me on the Guardian issue. He said that they are trying to get us homeowners "grandfathered in" who already had contracts signed before the new policy took affect. He says they are waiting to hear back from underwriting by tomorrow. If they do not accept this than RH and Guardian will have to do something to eliminate us paying this cost out of pocket. Most likely they will lower the cost of the home to reflect the cost without the "walk away" items and either RH or Guardian or both eat the cost. I will definitely keep you posted.
Of course, just when I think I am impressed with communication, I get a phone call today from our SR telling me that we need to come in and sign a change order form to state that the Guardian items are not being rolled into our mortgage, except he has not heard from NVR, he just assumed that we were going to pay this all out of pocket. Well I'm not signing anything until I have an answer from NVR in writing!
As for the master bath tile, Rite Rug has ordered more tile and we (Rite rug mgr, our PM and me) will meet at the house tomorrow to see if it matches. I have no idea what will happen after that but, again, I will let you know. My biggest concern is that one of these two issues will hold up our settlement, which would really be bad because we have to move out of this apartment by the end of the month.

I really have been impressed with our PM, minus one frustrating day, and I appreciate how quickly he responds to my concerns. Last night when he called to update me regarding the tile, I told him a few cabinets had been dinged by the painters and he said he would go over first thing in the morning to look and order new doors if necessary.... Below is a pic of one of the cabinets. I think a new one will need to be ordered.  He had no problem with taking care of it.
I meet with our PM tomorrow afternoon regarding the tile. I will be taking more pics (big surprise) now that lighting is in.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Winter warm up!

It is hard to believe that only 70 days ago RH dug a hole for our basement. Fast forward to today and we are picking out paint colors and calling cable/satellite companies for pricing.Two weeks left and we have the KEYS!
I stopped by the house this morning and was SO excited to see the fireplace done!!! This was the major selling point for Dan and me because we love having a fire going during the winter. Of course, we may change our mind after the first utility bill comes.  We really wish it was wood burning but I am a little excited to not have to clean up ashes anymore.
The stones were still drying but I had to sit and enjoy for a minute! I just love it!!!!!! Our ceilings are 10 ft high so I think it's a beautiful focal point. I can't wait to paint and get our new comfy couch in here:)

And they stained our railing. It am very pleased with the color but they left a huge mess on the wall. A family friend asked me to double check that the railings were at least 4in apart for child safety purposes (GREAT advice and I did check). They are just over 3 inches so hopefully no little heads will squeeze through that. Besides the mess, the railing is a bit loose so I will have to have them tighten those up before we move in.
 And a couple pics of us creating our own art for our home.
 What our family believes....
Kayt isn't done with hers yet but they are looking good so far! I have another three or four panel piece in my head that I want to do (thank you Pinterest) but I may wait until we are moved in to make sure I get the right sizes.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Tidbits of advice....

Sorry for a 3rd blog today but I'm on a roll!
For any of you shopping mortgage companies, I highly recommend getting two rates and then bringing them to NVR. We had an awesome rate from Wells Fargo of 3.125 and NVR matched it, and waived the normal fee to get this rate. Plus, a credit of $1,300 at closing. As much as I have not loved our NVR rep, we couldn't pass up this rate and credit. Before we brought them this offer, their "best rate" was 3.375. So, shop around!
Oh, and one more piece of advice: Walk the ENTIRE square footage of your home before the floors are installed. Listen for squeaks. We did this and found a couple, including a very loud squeak in the master bedroom, right next to where our bed will go. That would have driven me nuts, hearing that everytime I got in or out of bed! Our PM wrote in huge letters on those particular boards to have them fixed.

Floors and cabinets and railing, oh my!...

I am SO excited about all that has happened this week. Dan was in Ecuador all week but after talking, he called our PM on Tuesday night to express our concern that things were going a bit slowly. All that had been done at that point was the tile in bathroom and kitchen. Well on Wednesday, the hardwood was installed and on Thursday.......the day of miracle work.....!!!! Serioulsy, with approval from our PM, I met a Sherwin Williams color expert at the house at 1pm (more on this in a bit) and there was 6 guys there. Here are some pics.

Not all of the cabinets are in yet. To the right will be the sink area that overlooks the family room. Our PM said there was a piece that didn't match so he has to reorder that but they need to measure for the granite so he is installing the bad piece just for now. He said he didn't want me to freak out...Hahaha! He already gets me!

Stove and Microwave area

And the beautiful upgrade of hutch (the four cabs with glass and bottom cabs).Fridge will go in that ladder spot.
Our 18x18 tiles in kitchen. There is a bunch of sawdust on the tile but you get the picture... I LOVE it! With a dog, I did not want hardwood in the kitchen and personally, I like the mixture of materials.

 And my gorgeous railing!!! The wood will be stained later but I just love it! Dan and I watched the guys install this...literally only took about 45 minutes! It would have taken us 3 months...
As I promised, here is info on a great offer from Sherwin Williams.. If you buy a $75 gift card, their home color expert will come to your home and help you with paint colors. Any of you who know me, know I am a paint freak, and probably do not need help but I really loved her help. These are not final color selections but I will probably end up using many of them. I love warm and soft colors because I
am digging on grays right now. She helped me find color family's that worked well together. She was there for about an hour and a half.  I recomment bringing pillows or samples of colors that you are using in particular rooms as a starting point.
Top: Morning room (Not sure about this yet)
Right: Office and bathrooms (pic doesn't show well but it's a bit more earthy than the other gray)
Bottom: Entry and maybe accent wall in great room
Left: Great room and kitchen
Lelands Room
Gray walls with one large orange stripe around top and skinnier navy stripe below it. (I love doing stripes!)
Kayt's room
Same gray as her bro but red on one wall and accent on another wall
Master bedroom and bathroom:
Not sure about these yet. I love the beachy feel and these colors remind me of that...I am a California girl, after all!
I really want a fun, vibrant basement. A place for the kids. The purple doesn't show well but it's called Plummy. That will go on two walls with the lighter gray on the other walls. The red will either go on a small wall or just use as an accent color. The dark gray is for the media room.
OK, thoughts and opinions please!

Update on Rant and a Warning!

This is the recurring sump pump mess!

Ok, update on my rant about the sump pump alarm: After my frustration with not getting details on the issue, I must say, I feel much better now. Yesterday was just all-around stressful, besides worrying about this, we got a call from Guardian that really was the straw that put me over the edge (more on that later). And, I do have a teenage daughter that may have stressed me out yesterday. Needless to say, by 9am, I was a mess!!! But, the good news, our PM is really great. He called me at about 9:30 and said he was at the house. He said that every night the Handy Man comes around to all the houses to close up. He is supposed to check that all the cords are unplugged that the workers used all day. The workers keep unplugging our sump pump and so the battery backup kicks in. With all the water we've had here, it keeps dumping water out. In addition, the plumber hadn't attached the 5ft ground pipe that will take the water away from the house. SO, PM called the plumber, he is coming out today to do that and the Handy Man is now aware to check the sump pump so this issue should be resolved now.
As for the tile in our bathroom: Here is a pic of the discoloration.

The pics don't show the obvious difference very well but in person, it is. The inside color is different than the trim color. The trim has more red/pink tone and it is like this all through the bathroom. Our PM also looked at it and called RiteRug. Their manager is coming out later today to look at it. I'm not sure how it will be resolved but I will keep you posted.

Now for the WARNING: So, I got a call from Guardian yesterday morning (Guardian is who Ryan Homes uses for security systems, surround sound, and some other things). He was in freak-out mode telling me that he just heard from NVR (our lender through Ryan) and they just had this policy change stating that anything that is not permanently attached to the home cannot be included in the mortgage. Well we chose to have Guardian do the complete surround sound wiring for our media room, which included a receiver, fancy remote, and sub woofer. We initially tried to pay for these items out of pocket so they were not part of our mortgage but were told it all had to be included. Now, NVR will not include these 3 items so at closing we have to pay for these. Frankly, we are just fine with it BUT, we did not budget for this. It just came as a shock because we close in 3 weeks! The Guardian rep felt terrible and was told that NVR would contact us to tell us about this...which they did not, so he was a bit frustrated. I called our NVR agent and it was all news to her...Boy, I sure love the communication here:(.  She immediately called her manager who told her that this info is correct but that we should have been told about this months ago. She is not negotiating with Ryan Homes to see how this will be settled, without us having to pay for this unexpectedly. We will see how it goes.
So, any of you who used Guardian for such items, you may want to make sure where everything stands. Our Guardian rep said he was making multiple calls today to break the bad news to people. Part of me wonders if this was an oversight on his part from the beginning but I'm not sure. Just check with your lender!
Next post will be all about the amazing work that has been done this week!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Not a RANT...maybe just a lower case rant..

Remember on Saturday when I posted pics of the crazy water pouring out of the pipe on the side of our house and the sump pump alarm going off? Well I stayed calm and pleasant about it, calling our SR because our PM was on vacation. She called another PM and said he will come out and look. So on Sunday evening, still have alarm going off and water pouring out. Monday, evening at 6:30 this other PM calls me to let me know that the sump pump had gotten disconnected somehow and that caused the problem. Said it was fixed but that the pipe coming out of the house needed to be directed farther away from the home so the water would not run back in. He was going to have our PM call me on Tuesday to let me know what they were going to do. OK, well I'm fairly patient. I wait all day Tuesday, figuring he has lots to catch up on. No call. Wednesday, I go to the house at 5pm to meet with a window treatment company (more on that in another post) and guess what....the alarm is going off again and the water is pouring out again. Still not call from PM. So much water has been pouring out that it is causing water cavities in the mud (like underground streams) so I am worried that this is compromising the foundation and will make the house settle unevenly on this side.
AND.. supposedly the flooring was to be done by Monday, the stone fireplace was to be done, and the trim done by end of the week. Tile guys came Monday and Tuesday, but ran out of tile for kitchen so they can't finish yet and the it appears that the trim pieces around my tub and shower are not from the same lot at the larger pieces because they are not the exact same color...more pink. I am hoping that maybe it was the low light and haze from the grout that makes it just appear this way, but my gut is telling me the colors are wrong. Hardwood was done today. No sign of masonry guys or trim guys but we literally are supposed to close in 3 weeks and I cannot see how that is possible while still doing quality work.
Also, saw a couple nails popping up on the roofline, the ceiling pattern looks rushed, uneven, and too textured, the egress window well was installed crooked and it has to be leveled. I pointed that out at our drywall meeting but it hasn't been fixed yet. And here's a good one, the huge mound of dirt that they shoveled to the back of our small lot now has straw on it, as if it's going to get seeded. Does someone really think we want half our lot to be a hill the size of the house in our backyard? Umm NO!
Tomorrow morning, there will be a bright and early call to our PM. I gave him plenty of time to "catch up" on all his other homes. Now he needs to come to mine.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Dirty water.... Not a pretty sight!

After spending 5 hours taking my Ohio State Boards (that was fun), I grabbed my daughter and drove by the house....and when we got out of the car, our neighbor pointed to the side of our house and said it just started gushing water.... This is what we see...

It would pour out for a couple minutes, stop for a minute, and start again. I was scared to walk in the house, but I did and all I could hear was the sump pump alarm going off... Ok, now I'm really nervous! Well the light switches aren't installed yet so I couldn't see anything in the storage room. Used my phone flash to see what was going on and to my relief, there was NO water down there!!!

 So the good news is, the pump works, alarm works, and back up works... But I did call PM right away. Got his voicemail, apparently he's in Vegas:( but the sales office called another PM and they are going to take care of it. My husband came by to make sure it wasn't an emergency and thankfully it wasn't... I just hope they figure out how best to deal with all that water. We think it is draining out of the sump, just to fill up again, and repeat. But seriously, that is alot of water and I hope they work it out Monday.
Ok, scare over... Now time to look around. The painters came in and did two coats of primer on walls and one on ceiling. It's looking like a house now!!
Standing in the morning room, looking into the kitchen and living room.
The big beam, which is annoying, is there because we added the morning room and 4 ft extention in the living room. Hopefully, It will be a good way to define the spaces...we'll see. 
All the homes we looked at out here texture their ceilings like this. Not just Ryan homes, but all the newer builds have it. It is very weird to us but we were not given an option to have flat or knock down texture (my preference). I know it's not popcorn's a veiny like pattern. Here is our master bedroom with the trey ceiling. The inside is flat, which looks way better. I really wish we had an option to eliminate the texture but I am sure the builders love it to hide imperfections...Heck, that's why I like makeup!
The stone is drying and I still like it...Yay!
Like I mentioned before, our PM is in Vegas. I guess he deserves a vacation too, but he did call Dan on Friday to give him the agenda for next week. The plan is:finish painting, installing trim, hardwood floors, stone fireplace, and tile kitchen. That's a big punch list but we are supposed to close in 3 and a half weeks so they need to crank it up now!
On a fun note, many of the NE Ohio cities rescheduled Trick or Treating until this weekend. Our city is tomorrow and we planned on bringing candy and sitting in our non-existent driveway to pass out candy....BUT, even better, our almost neighbor invited us over to their driveway to sit around their firepit and pass out candy...PERFECT!