Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Officially Counting Down...

Let the official countdown begin...

...but first...let me express to you that painting (something I thought I would love) is something I may actually hate dislike.  Between HGTV and you awesome DIY-ers, it seemed like such a fun thing to do.  Let me tell you...those edges...I can't 'cut in' an edge if I really tried.  And I am saying that because I really did try and failed to no end.  I even cheated with some sort of cutting in tool and still managed to mess up the darn ceiling!  LOL  We had to prime all (meaning two) the accent walls in our current apartment.  It was such a  disappointing job, I had to break it up over a 3-day period.  And to think I was about to paint our new place.  No way.  Not at all.  Not this gal.  Nope.  
You see the problem was I watched the (hired) guys do our accent wall without tape and it popped in my mind that I could do it too.  Ha...I was more than just wrong...I was all the way wrong!  Am I the only non-painting painter out there?  Please say no!  LOL  
Super kudos to you out there doing those fab paint jobs.  

Now on to some updates!  We met with our broker over the weekend, as he took on our 'first guest' title!  It was exciting to walk in, take shoes off and walk around like it was our home.  The heat temp was set just right, making it super nice and cozy.  I could have easily snuggled on the floor with my iPad and had a grand time.  Maybe that is why they lock people like me out...because I don't know how to act.  HAHAHA  

Seriously, it was nice to see the place pretty much finished.  Although there was blue tape everywhere (walls, ceilings, stairs and floors) I could appreciate them acknowledging all the marks and dings.  If you all remember, there was that issue of our dining room chandelier being in the wrong spot.  That was fixed...but only 50% complete.  They did move it, but now they need to fix the ceiling that was cut.  There was also the issue of the master shower tile being replaced where they placed the jets.  They took out the jets, which I am assuming was done to begin repairing the tiles.  They still have some detailing to do inside and outside.   

My last meeting with our PM will be this Friday before the holiday vacation.  It will be the last time I see the place before we have our pre-settlement and settlement meetings.  I have really enjoyed this process!  It went by soooo fast!  I remember thinking "Oh I can't wait to be where all the other bloggers are"!  I was there before I could turn around.  You all have made this process even better: bouncing ideas off each other, learning from our mistakes, laughing (and maybe crying) together!  You all are awesome and I thank you for everything!!! 

Here are just a few pics from the weekend!  Have a great rest of the week!

Painting those accent walls 

Staircase with lots of blue tape

Pantry with blue tape

Chandelier moved


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Updates, Blinds and More...

Well hello there!  It seems like it's been a little while since my last update, so here I am with a brief one for you.  We have been busy with priming our current apartment walls (because it's in the lease to do so if you changed the original color), packing, shopping for window treatment and upcoming holiday travel planning.  We will be closing once we return from our holiday travel, so getting things squared away in the next week is super important.

Every weekend, we still visit to see the progress because we are not locked out yet.  Yipppeee.  Our PM has warned us that the inevitable 'lock-out' period is approaching.  LOL!  Last weekend, we met some new neighbors and saw hardwood and carpet being installed.  Unfortunately, I was unable to get those pics because the men were busy working and I tried to stay out the way.

The cook-top and dishwasher has also installed.  I must admit that our kitchen was the one place I had the most joy 'designing'.  They installed our shower in the master suite as well.  There are still some things that need to be addressed (which I hope to be done this week).  There are some tiles that need to be replaced where the shower was installed and our dining room chandelier is not placed where we requested.  Our PM assured us this will be fixed so I am just waiting it out.  We also opted for them to omit the wire shelving in our master closets and the laundry room.  We will be placing Elfa systems in our closets and cabinets in the laundry room.

Oh...I almost forgot...we have been shopping for window blinds and boy-oh-boy, did I misjudge the price of those things AND how many choices you have!  We decided on cordless faux wood blinds in the color Textured Coconut (doesn't that sound fun), placed throughout the home.  We decided on faux wood because not only does it give us the look we want without the real wood price tag, but they are easy to care for (meaning the sun and water wont attack them like the real wood blinds).  Our installer and company is ready for us to say 'go', but that will not happen until we close.

I would love to know what window treatment are you going with?  

Here are a couple of pictures!
Carpet laid and covered


Master shower (you can see the broken tiles around the jets)

Blind selections


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy November || Updates + Pics

October was great, but November will be even better!  For us, November means our home will be ready for delivery.  Thinking back to when our search first started, it's hard to believe it's almost over.  
As promised, I made a visit today and I am posting TODAY!  I could not believe how much has been completed since last week.  Although our PM emailed an update yesterday (his Friday ritual), we still wanted to see it for ourselves.  I know pretty soon, we will be locked out (like others in our row), so we need to take full advantage of the 'free-time'!  There were so many surprises, I'm not sure where to begin!  For the 100th first time, I got a little sentimental about being in the space.  Here's a list of items installed this week:
  • Tile flooring
  • Granite 
  • Some recessed lighting 
  • Kitchen pendant lights
  • Tankless hot water tank 
  • Some electrical/low voltage covers
  • Shower/tub tiles (master and hall baths)
  • Outside lighting
  • Thermostat (we will be changing this out once we move in)
  • Outside sidewalk/driveway 
Out of everything listed, guess what was the most exciting surprise?  Electric!  Yes, we walked in to a place lit with electric.  From the kitchen to our closets...we could see everything without using our iPhone light! 

Our PM informed us that our hardwood and carpet will be in next week.  He also mentioned that all electrical, HVAC and low voltage items will be completed next week.  If the weather holds up (lets all cross our fingers), we will have sod laid as well.  SAY WHAAAAT???  

Here are a few pics that I managed to snap in between my screaming of excitement!  I'm really in love with the place and can't wait to make it ours.  I adore our kitchen (as you can probably tell as most of the pics reflect this space)!  Honestly, the small things excite me just as much as the larger items.  The Rev-A-Shelf additions are awesome because towels, sponges and SOS pads, etc can have a home without being just 'out' in plain sight.

Yes! We have lights (garage entrance)
The kitchen (but not our Monster)! 

Granite selection



Yep...the kitchen again

...and again

Kitchen island

More Rev-A-Shelf

Master bath

Master bath

Laundry room
Loving the tile selection at the main entrance (hubby selection)