ONLY 17 MORE DAYS!
Then we can finally move in.
This week there was a lot of progress on the house, particularly the floors and the kitchen.
Remember when I was debating about what kind of cabinets to use and ultimately decided to go with Ikea?
I’m actually really glad that I did. We decided to go with the Ramsjo white Ikea cabinets and I have to say, I am really pleased so far.
The kitchen isn’t finished and there is a big learning curve, but once we figured out how to interpret the cartoon instructions, everything started going together very efficiently and we LOVE the soft-close hinge dampers. don’t worry, I will give you a full tour when it is finally finished, but for now this is what we are working with.
I didn’t think I was going to love the white washed look of the cabinets. I thought they were going to need to be painted, but now that I see them in the space, I think they are going to coordinate really well with the counters and light fixtures I chose. (I hope!) The doors are solid wood and wood veneer and the hinges are very good quality.
Other than the fact that we had to put them all together ourselves, I have no complaints at all about the Ikea cabinetry.
We did have a pretty major setback when we realized our kitchen sink had shattered inside the box it was delivered in. We had to take almost a whole day over the weekend to drive out of state to the nearest Ikea to exchange it. They were very nice, the exchange itself was easy, and the kids loved the Playland, but it ate up a lot of our time, so we are further behind with installing all of the drawers than we would like to be.
But the kitchen isn’t the only thing that happened this week.
Our siding is also finished.
Our hardwood floors are in!
(But they are covered with cardboard and dust right now, so they are a little hard to see.)
We chose a very dark floor and we can already tell it is going to take a lot of effort to keep clean, but I still love the way it looks.
There is still a lot of work to be done, but there are a lot of people working extra-long hours to get us in soon!
This week they are working on our trim, bathroom floors, and closet shelving and the electrician and plumber should be finishing up their jobs too.
The builder is scheduled to be finished by next Friday, then we have allowed an extra week for permits and bank transfers and all that not-so-fun legal stuff.
The important thing is that by all accounts it looks like we will be in and getting settled before Halloween.