Sunday, November 20, 2011

It's Done!!

Actually, its been done for several days now.  The only thing left is a very few, nitpicky punchlist items.  ABD has been fabulous to work with, and we are VERY happy with everything we got.  Except for those holes in our master bath cabinet.  It will take me awhile to get over that one, but on the whole, I would absolutely recommend ABD to a friend.  I have no pictures because the instant the job was done enough, I filled the space with boxes that we've never unpacked.  It will be a long while before its clean and organized enough to want to share pictures.

The dishwasher saga with Appliance Factory Outlet is a completely different story.  Don't EVER shop there!!!  Our dishwasher was installed more than 3 weeks ago, leaked right out of the box, and has never been fixed, despite 3 visits by the repair guy.  The issue is still not resolved, as AFO keeps telling me over and over, they can't do anything, the manufacturer is responsible.  Bullcrap, I didn't pay Electrolux, I paid Appliance Factory Outlet.  I'm so sick of the 'pass the buck', 'I can't do anything' line of crap I just want to puke all over them.  Its a huge saga that I won't go into any further here, but suffice it to say, learn from my horrible experience, and don't give them a dime of your money.  I intend to file complaints with the BBB, Attorney General's office, and leave all of the complete reviews all over the internet that I can find.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Day 49

We got the vent covers installed finally, now it looks finished downstairs.  The last thing we need for final inspection is a step to go under the bedroom window.  The window is 4 inches too tall for the fire safety code.  The step was built and stained today.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Day 48

Big, big news - the kitchen is done!!  The range hood was the last big thing.  It didn't go in easily, but it is in.  I love, love, love how this project has turned out.  I really meant to get a photo in better light this weekend, but we were too busy trying to put stuff away and finish moving into it.

The laminate transition pieces finally came in and got installed, as well as the baseboards, and the corbels under the bar.

The bathroom mirrors were installed downstairs.  The painter also finished caulking all of the baseboards and trim, and finished touching up the paint.  It all looks great!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Day 47

This is the existing upstairs bathroom, where we had the shower doors installed.  There was a miscommunication somewhere, and see-thru doors were installed by mistake.  Today we got the translucent doors that we wanted.  Having lived with both, I know the translucent ones hide water spots much better, so I don't have to clean them as often.  Yes, I am that lazy.

The other big thing that happened today was getting new insulation blown into the attic.  What was there was in pitiful shape.  Between the new windows and insulation, we ought to be nice and toasty for a lot less money, which always makes me happy.  It doesn't make for exciting pictures though, so you'll have to take my word for it.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Day 46

Not a lot happened today, but what did happen was significant.

We got the top doors!!  We couldn't load up those shelves until the doors were on, so now there is nothing holding us back.

I can't remember if I've already posted about what's inside the cabinets and I'm too lazy to go back and look.  Those upper doors are for these two awesome pull out cabinets, accessible from both sides.

The lower unit has our pull-out spice rack, and 2 or 3 more adjustable shelves that go in there.  That square on the bottom is an access panel to the water valve for the refrigerator.

There are 2 lazy susans, one on each side of the stove.  It seemed to be the best use for those hard to reach corner areas.  This one has all the coffee stuff right under the coffee maker.

Next to the lazy susan are these 4 drawers.  I love that they pull completely out, so you can even dust the top of the back wall, if you are anal enough to care about that.  I'm not, but I like to see everything in the drawer.

This is the tidiest it will ever be under the sink.

Pull out drawer under the microwave to hold the microwave cooking stuff.

Pull out bins for trash and recycling.  This is the door that was up too high yesterday, fixed now.

The doors next to the trash hide two more pull out shelves.

Day 45

Backsplashes are now grouted and caulked.  I love them!

The flooring is almost done, we just need the trim.  That laundry room might be next on the project list after we finish getting unpacked.  For now I can just close the door, lol.

The toe kicks were installed today and look wonderful.  Yes, that door on the left is too high and will be repositioned.

Now that the tile is grouted, the shelves were installed!  Those are the new dishes we bought.  The old ones belonged in a cabinet, not out in view all the time.  We are finally to the point where we can move back into the kitchen.  Its so nice to have a fridge with water and ice in the door again!

Although the new fridge does freak me out a little, it looks like a giant eye back there, watching my every move...

Day 44

I didn't think anyone was going to come on Monday, but the tile guy showed up, which was great because I really needed to talk to him about the kitchen.

He got both of the downstairs backsplashes set and ready for grout.

Upstairs we needed to talk about how to finish off the inside of the window frames.  We did these little triangles so we could get the bullnose finish on both the top and front sides.  Now the kitchen is also ready for grout.