Life has been a whirlwind for the last few weeks. I landed in the hospital with a kidney infection roughly three weeks ago. The week after that I was out of state for a week-long work-related conference, and then following that my in-laws were in town for a good portion of the week helping us with the bathroom.
Lots of house-related happenings in the meantime, so where do things stand now?
The bathroom was completely demolished by the second Friday in May. Gordon largely gets credit for this (and a cousin, because we couldn’t have finished this without his help. Like literally could not have, thanks Noah!) because at this point I was in the hospital. Not the kind of vacation I envisioned having.
Gordon’s parents came and helped us hang cement board, build out walls, and tile the shower backing and the floor. Things actually look like a bathroom now. We finishing up the grouting, mudding, and painting ourselves.
We had kitchen cabinets delivered at the beginning of May. They are now 98% installed (the missing 2% is because we screwed up on a cabinet size and got a replacement but forgot to grab molding). We also picked out kitchen and laundry room flooring tile. We now just need appliances (delivery scheduled for June 11th) and countertop before the kitchen is done.
In addition to the kitchen and bathroom being worked on the hardwood floors have been finished. The upstairs was painted a horrible brown color.
Things are kind of quiet this week. We’re waiting to hear back about measurements for the kitchen and the status of the draw. We’ve also been busy with work/cat health problems.
Last Sunday we did manage to get the rest of the front garden area dug out and planted with some (birthday!) annuals. Loving the purple. We’re not all the way there yet but the front is looking nice. For the outside we still need to finish up the lattice work, add barriers behind the existing lattice, and add mulch. That will be this weekend’s goals, along with scraping paint from the porch.
So we’re at the point where we need to make the first draw. A draw is what happens when the 203k contractor has completed enough of the work, at cost to him, to get reimbursed from the bank/loan. The contractor submits an expense sheet, the 203k consultant inspects the work and signs off, and then the bank cuts a check.