This is a lot of rock that used to be in my driveway.
All of our inspections have passed and now we have zero open permits on the house.
Officially, we can occupy it now. hahaha sigggghhhh.
We got keys on August 12, 2013. This was my general feeling then.
It was some seriously tough going along the way. Most of the time I felt more like this.
On August 1, 2014, we closed all inspections for installing/overhauling electrical throughout the house, fixing some serious plumbing issues, demolition and install of a complete kitchen, demolition and install of 2 complete bathrooms, rebuilding a few walls, refinishing/installing hardwood floors in all non-kitchen/bathrooms, replacing most windows, fixing landscaping for potential water damage hazards to our house and the neighbor’s house, putting in a new porch and patio, putting in several new doors, installing a new furnace and humidifier. Also a bunch of cosmetic things, painting and moldings and staining and sod and…
There’s still a crap ton to do before I can say we’re totally done, but you guys! That’s some serious business to get done in less than a year. And now I feel more like
I’m drinking on my patio and realized I never posted photos of grass and revised steps and the like.
Assume that means I’ve been enjoying the updates.
Nope. It’s drainage. Or so they are now convinced because they surveyed on the heels of a 500 year storm. So he won’t plant in it and there’s the berm behind which will get planted but god only knows how anything (mulch/rock/whatever) will stick to the side of that.
Landscaper also fighting not doing a border on the interior side fence too. I appreciate his desire for water conservation and ease of care, but if those things are minimal AND don’t fit my lifestyle, I’m not doing them.
I’m just accepting it’s the nail in the coffin for me and this house.
So this is the backyard I can’t do anything about. The closest “border” to the house is the patio form. The next border you see is the edging up to the giant trench that used to live there. The space in between is what will be grass in my backyard. Clearly the perfect and optimal amount of room for 2 80 plus pound dogs.
I am fighting tears once again.
So, a month behind schedule, the landscaper came out today. Basically to mark off the patio and utilities so they can start soon.
It sucks. We lost a good portion of our backyard because of a “drainage problem” that hadn’t really been a problem the first 40 years the house existed but now created a fat trench across our property.
At this point, per the original plan that has been completely jacked, there’s almost no grass for the dogs, which was the whole point of buying a house that needed SO MUCH WORK but was on a big corner lot.
Dude and I don’t agree on the potential alternative solution, which makes it even harder. We can’t really compromise on the backyard, since neither of us can change the trench. But I want the side yard to at least be as grassy as possible. He still prefers some perimeter inside the fence that takes away a bunch of yard.
The house itself, I can and have gotten over most issues. The yard being terribly screwed by overly cautious surveyors/landscapers who managed to survey during a 500 year flood and declare a need for this ridiculous ditch is absolutely killing any chance I had to enjoy it here, though.
As of Friday, I find myself to soon be unemployed. Working on making that not true just as soon as I can, but that’s the reality for the near term.
So, guess I have time to work on house stuff! On deck for today/tomorrow:
- Putty nail holes and sand mantel
- Start staining mantel (was going to use the floor stain but think I’ll SPLURGE on a new can since I don’t know if there’s enough)
- Touch up kitchen paint along corner bead (that is HARD to make look right for an OCD girl!)
- Cut the grass
- Clean clean clean clean
Going to try and get the master bedroom ceiling fan installation on Dude’s list this week since it’s going to be in the 80s after this cool snap ends. Means him going into the attic to change the fixture box and then the fun of the actual install.
All this may or may not change if a) Work decides they have other random tasks and don’t want me done this week, which I cannot imagine or b) this cold that hit yesterday afternoon/overnight get worse.
There are a few things that need to happen this weekend or I will be super duper irritated.
- Last two tiny pieces of trim to finish backsplash (you can’t even see they are missing but it’s a 2 minute job)
- Caulking same backsplash
- Finishing dumb dishwasher drain move required by inspectors
- Making new house number sign
- Staining mantel (or at least playing with stain to decide color)
- Same for pantry door
- Install drain pull on master sink
- Hang robe hook in bathroom
All of these are easy enough. I am the sign/stain/hook person. All need doing before I lose my gourd that we haven’t done them. I did my touch up painting this week already, time for little finishing things to get finished.