Monday, September 28, 2009

We're done now

We really are! It's been more than three months since the last blog, but it's not just because I was too lazy to write. We moved in at the end of June, almost 9 months to the day after we started the project. But we still had a bunch of work to do before we could finish off the loan, and stick a fork in the house.

The main tasks that we had to finish were installing the audio system, completing some additional finish carpentry (shoe molding on the baseboards, and a couple windows), and closets. Unfortunately that took almost two months, despite getting help from Melanie and from Megan's family. Her brother Will helped with the closets and did some more varnishing, her father Peter painted our garage doors, and her mother Cindy and Will's fiance Esperanza did most of our unpacking.

Anyway, the mandatory work was done about a month ago. Since then, we've been doing some of the million things we have on our punch list: painted most of the first floor walls, put crown molding up in the kitchen, tiled the kitchen backsplash, installed 2 of the 3 garage door openers, had a play set installed, irrigation system installed, and the lawn planted. We've also had a few parties...

Anyway, we're done now. At least that's what we're saying. All that's left is the 999,994 items on the punch list. Here are some pictures to prove it:

First, we have some furniture in the family room now:

Clothes hanging in the home-made closet units:

A multi-room audio system that actually works:

Toys in the loft:

Crown molding on the cabinets, and a tiled backsplash:

A hood over the cooktop:

An irrigation system:

And now a lawn!

Anyway, that's all folks. I might post some updates once in a while to show progress on our to do list. But for now, this blog is on vacation.

Thanks for listening to me whine for the last year. Hopefully, it will be easier next time around.


1 comment:

  1. Hi Jeff,

    My wife and I have both read “The New Mackay House” blog and appreciate all of the information you’ve shared.

    We also live in South East Wisconsin and are looking to be the GC in building our new energy efficient home. We have got to the point where our plans are finalized and we are now living in a furnished rental house. I know you mentioned a couple of the vendors you used during the building process but I was wondering if you would be willing to share additional information? Like you, I am looking to save on the labor side and would like to tackle the tile work, finish carpentry, structured wiring installation, painting & staining, and wood floor installation.


    Chad Ries