When I was a young girl my grandmother Alice Bell gave me a book entitled The Children’s Book of Virtues written by William J. Bennett. With this book, she introduced me to her Catholic faith and the Seven Heavenly Virtues: chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, and compassion – tenets that she religiously lived by. The virtue that remains most vivid in my memory is that of patience, probably because it is the one I most need to work on, and one in which The Bells are notoriously lacking (it’s genetic).
I don’t believe there is anything more trying of your patience (except for, perhaps, waiting to meet your unborn child) than the finishes at the end of a project. Each day going to the jobsite, anxious and excited, to discover what almost indiscernible progress had been made from the day before.
And then, oddly, all of a sudden it’s done.
I last posted at the end of October and now it is mid-December. In that excruciatingly long month-and-a-half, the following has happened:
- Wood floors – finished installing.
- Water pipe in master bathroom burst and flooded part of aforementioned wood floors – currently buckled but slowly laying back down – mistake covered by plumbers insurance.
- Kitchen, island, hallway, and laundry – custom* cabinetry built and installed.
* I emphasize custom because this adds A LOT of time to a project, but if you ask me, totally worth it.
- Cabinet hardware installed.
- Light fixtures throughout house installed.
- Final electrical inspection – passed.
- Master bathroom, guest bathroom, and fireplace – tiled.
- Interior paint – touched up.
- Exterior pavers formed and poured.
- Exterior gravel placed around perimeter of house – helps to winterize the stucco and creates a non-muddy pathway to the house.
- Screens installed at all designated windows and doors.
- Bathroom fixtures and hardware installed.
- Studio casework made and utility sink installed.
Remainder to do before final building inspection:
- Install appliances – range, refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave.
- Install bathroom mirrors and glass wall at shower.
- Install light fixtures that go over bathroom mirrors.
- Install bathroom sinks.
- Install countertops.
- Wash windows.
- Final deep cleaning
I will spare you the snails pace details, but I will impart you with these progress photos:
Kitchen / Dining / Livingroom
It has now been seven months since we broke ground. Thank you to all invested parties for your patience.