I made an unplanned stop at the house today. I just had to see what was going on! I had to park pretty far away because there were so many work vehicles there. Conveniently, I also ran into my PM and he walked around with me! I got to ask tons of questions! Much easier than trying to remember them all and sending him a text. There were so many people working inside and outside our house that I couldn't keep count. Even a guy from Guardian was there installing their stuff. I wish I could have seen the in-ceiling speakers but he was just about to start those when I was leaving. The house was just too hot for me to stick around! It was 87 degrees in there!
Starting with the outside: Our driveway and sidewalks were poured yesterday! I walked right past the mailbox without even noticing it! The PM had to point that out to me! In my last post, I mentioned that our PM placed a pipe under our driveway so that we can run our invisible fence through it. I have a picture of that below. We even bought some tool thingy that we will attach the wire to and then turn a reel to fish it through the pipe. And by "we" I mean my hubby. I asked my PM when our sod would be put in. I told him that we asked our last PM if we could wait a little bit after closing to have it installed. This would make it easier for us to bury our invisible fence and we wouldn't have to worry about watering it while dealing with the stress of moving. Our original PM said no. Our new PM said yes! I hope my old PM isn't reading this :) The two houses across the street close about a week and a half to two weeks after us and I asked him if it would be easier for him if we just got our sod when they got theirs. He said it would be helpful so that's the plan! We will have to walk our dog a little ways away from the house to an open field for a week or two but at least we won't have to worry about the yard. We are closing on a Monday but we aren't moving until the weekend. It would have been a pain to make the hour round-trip drive out every day to just water the lawn. Also, RH told us our lot is half an acre. My husband did the math and it turns out it is a little larger. It's more like 2/3 of an acre.
|The guys on the ladders were painting the trim.|
|Close-up of the drivway|
|This is the pipe we will run our invisible fence through under the driveway!|
(Left side of driveway)
|Pipe sticking out on the right side. I should have measured how far out it was....|
|Sidewalk leading to front door|
|This is where our lampost will be.|
|I LOVE the mailbox!|
|Light outside the morning room door.|
As for the inside: There were so many people working inside and outside our house that I couldn't keep count. Even a guy from Guardian was there installing their stuff. I wish I could have seen the in-ceiling speakers but he was just about to start those when I was leaving. The house was just too hot for me to stick around! They were installing light fixtures, outlets, switches, plumbing fixtures, toilets, and probably other stuff I couldn't keep track of!
I also made a request to my PM about our kitchen cabinets. The cabinet above the fridge is pushed back and doesn't sit flush with the cabinets to the left. I know this is usually pretty common but I will never be able to reach that, especially since our fridge will stick out even farther. I asked him if it could be pulled forward to be flush. Seems like a simple request. He said he would have to get back with me about it. Here is a picture of what I'm talking about:
|The fridge goes on the right and the double ovens on the left.|
|Love shape of this bathtub fixture!|
|Toilet in the master water closet. I was worried we would get the off-white toilets that I have seen on some other blogs. I really wanted my toilets to match the white of the sinks, shower, and bathtub. So glad they do!|
|The big hole is for a ceiling speaker. The white circle is our wireless router. Next to that is a smoke detector. Small hole will me a carbon monoxide detector. We got our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors wired through our security alarm.|
|I really wanted brushed nickel but RH over charges for that upgrade. I had planned on switching them out myself later but I kind of like these. The shape just makes it look so much better than I expected.|
|They can just leave the switches like that.... I kinda like it. Ha ha!|
|We got a wireless router installed in our ceiling from Guardian.|
|This is the siren for our security alarm.|
|So glad we get a thermostat in the master bedroom!|
|Chandelier in the formal dining room. I was hoping I could see the huge version of this that goes in the foyer but they hadn't installed it yet!|
|Thermostat on the first floor.|
|Motion detector from Guardian.|
|I clearly don't take very good pictures. I make everything look crooked!|
I wasn't so sure about the eyeball lights when we were making our selections but I'm glad we got them! I like them!
|Close-up of my eyeballs!|
|So glad RH installs energy savers!|
|This is the light in the laundry room. That will definitely need replaced. It's hideous!|
|Laundry room hook-ups|
|Accidentally free laundry sink rough-in!|
|Handles on the outside of the morning room door are ORB to match the outdoor light fixtures.|
|Handles on the inside of the morning room door are brushed nickel to match the indoor light fixtures.|
It's weird to me that these are different.
|Door bell chime thing on the inside|
|Guardian security alarm pad.|
|Recessed lights in the kitchen! There is an extra one on the left because it follows the curve of the gourmet island.|
The hole left over is where one of our in-ceiling speakers will be.
Our hardwoods should be installed tomorrow, carpet on Saturday, initial cleaning is on Sunday, and granite gets installed on Monday. Our PM is on vacation all next week. I'm going to try to challenge myself not visit again until the final walk-through. That's in 11 days. Can I make it?