Thursday, April 16, 2009

More Interior Progress

The interior work is progressing, but pretty slowly. The details take a lot more time than other tasks. Scott is just about done with the stairs, and I think they look fantastic:

The loft is a bit safer with the guard rail up now:

Countertops and appliances are in now. Here's the kitchen:

We went with a GE Profile french door refrigerator with the freezer on the bottom. Here's one of the ovens, the Advantium microwave, and Electrolux dishwasher:

The Advantium is a combination microwave and convection oven. It looks like it has a setting for everything. No more need to look at the recipe...

Here's the cooktop and the other oven. We went with a 36" cooktop that is essentially the same as the cooktop we had in the last house, and put the bigger built-in oven beneath it:

We had a problem with the hood we selected. Because we chose to put the cooktop in at a 45 degree angle, a big hood prevents us from opening the adjacent cabinet doors all the way. This was a miss by me, the architect, the cabinetmaker, and the guy he had do CAD designs on the cabinets. Anyway, we returned the hood (they're picking it up tomorrow). We found a curved hood that will work with some 90 degree hinges. It will be a few weeks before that is installed because it will require a change to the cabinets.

I've been working on trim for the last three weeks, and I think I'm about 30% done. I have most of the doors and about half of the windows trimmed on the first floor. Here's the fireplace framed by some columns, doorways, and a passthru:

I'll post more pictures of the trim after I finish some more (some day real soon now).

I stained the front door, sidelights, and transom. The exterior side of the door looks pretty good. The interior side, not so good. I guess we'll have to just keep the door open all the time.

And finally, the plumber came and installed the master tub:

We lucked out with the border. It's a pretty good match for the countertops, so it ties the granite with the travertine with the tub. It looks pretty good.

I'll continue working on the trim for the next few weeks. I guess I probably have at least a month or six weeks of finish work left. The driveway will be poured around the end of April or beginning of May. Light fixtures are ordered, and should arrive in the next week or so. Plumbing can be finished as soon as I finish setting the tile on the master tub. We still have to order interior door knobs, garage door openers, carpets, and shower doors.

It looks like it is still possible to move in at the end of June (knock on wood).

That's it for now. I'll post more progress pictures in a few days.