Saturday, July 19, 2008

Stairway to Heaven

The stairway to the guest suite was cut this week and the custom windows in the great room have been put in. The excavation is in full swing as you can see - foundation will soon be poured for the garage and breezeway and it will be ready for whenever we can afford to build them. The electric inspection is set for early next week and then insulation and sheet rocking can begin. And the propane tank has been delivered looking nice and shiny. Since there's more project than budget left, we're making some tough decisions - we're going to defer the tongue and groove for the ceilings and sheet rock them over to start much to my dismay. But that will allow us to do the deck now so it will look more finished and a nicer place to hang out. Jim has assured us that it's easy to add that later when we build back up the savings. We've finalized the design and material for the tile floor and the wood floor estimate is in. They will start as soon as the sheet rocking is finished. Time to pick lighting and fans and bathroom furniture and fixtures. One of the exciting things that happened was the discovery of the remnants of a fieldstone wall in the backyard which they are going to be able to use for our stone chimneys. That will save us big bucks as the stone we had initially chosen turned out to be very pricey. Using rock from our own land would have been our first choice anyway had we known it was possible so we're thrilled!

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