Saturday, February 21, 2009

Stained Concrete

The basement concrete floors got stained this week. It took 4 days, with a day for cleanup, 2 days to lay down the covering thin layer of high density concrete and stain it, and a day for clean up removing all the protective tape and plastic from the wood. It has a rich brown color. The pictures add some red that's not prominent with a live view.

This week, the wood floors should be stained. The painters will also come back in for final touch up.

In the dining room, a hearthstone was placed in front of the fireplace. Earlier, remote controls were put in for the fireplaces and the covers all finished. The remote controls have on off as expected, but also have a thermostat control. If the temp gets below a set level, the remotes will turn on the fireplace. This can work for spot heating and will turn up the heat faster than waiting for the radiant heat, or keep the house warm if the main heating should ever go out.

Other interesting stuff in the house:

Finished great room fireplace wall and cabinets.

Steam Shower seamless glass.

Powder Room. I'll need to get a better picture of the faucets and granite sink

Hallway Hutch

Sunday, February 15, 2009

We Own it Now

Yesterday, we signed the papers and got the long term loan. It was actually quite a good deal, at 5.6% for an interest only, non variable loan, with no origination. For a jumbo loan, that was quite a find and our banker was most helpful. I went to a couple other potential sources and nobody could touch it. I was sweating it out, with the situation with banks and credit I was afraid I'd be stuck getting something much higher, or struggling to get any loan. Now we just have to sell the current house.

The concrete floors are going to be acid stained this week, which will give a stone look to them. Lori and I spent yesterday and today taping off all the baseboards. That was a lot of bending and crawling on concrete, and tonight I'm sore, to put it mildly. We got pretty worn out, cleaning off the floors and with all the taping. No pics of the house, we were too tired by the time we finished.

Here I am in the recovery process. Max made sure I wasn't disturbed.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Ovens, Staining and Such

We checked out the house for new stuff. Almost done. The floors need to be stained, and more touch up. Appliances started going in, we'll wait for the floor to get finished.

Max and Teddy are ready to go. If they have to wait, they know where the driver's seat is. I hope they don't learn to honk the horn.

Remember this picture?

Here he is again, only bigger. He really likes the rides now.

But maybe doesn't like my driving!

Below, the Wolf Ovens and microwave drawer.

Touch up painting and staining was done. Some areas got their first coat, including the framing outside the front door. Finally, it looks finished off.
The lights are temporary, and after we get the outside lights these will go to Habitats for Humanity. There are about 19 in all.

I believe all the custom cabinet doors are now in and stained. The doors to the fireplace built in are here. The ones on the left are hideaway.

The doors on the bottom are open, with the plan for speakers to go behind and cloth will cover the opening.