I have not abandon the site. Itís just been rough period of time. First, there was nothing going on with the house. Then my father went in the hospital with congestive heart failure. He has battled this for 20+ years. It turned out he had a serious infection in a graft where he had an aortic aneurism repaired 3 years ago, this was the caused the other problems. It was a 7 week roller coaster ride. He would get better and then a set back. He was in intensive care for 7 weeks until he passed away. Two weeks latter my wifeís Grandmother passed away. Needless to say the web site became very unimportant during all this time.
Now on to a brighter subject. Suddenly we had people crawling on top of each other and we have some progress on the house. At this point the only people we are waiting is someone to paint the exterior and a couple of minor cabinet and plumbing jobs. The rest are things we are going to do ourselves.
The counter tops are installed. The cabinets are finished, it is done! We didnít think we were ever going to get our granite for the countertops. It turned out that the fabricator ordered our granite and when it came in he rejected it. He didnít like the look of it. The hold up was waiting for new the new slabs to come in. Turns out there were on a boat from South America or some where. I thought this was a local granite but that was not the case.
Once they received the granite they jumped right on it. They called one morning and basically said we have the truck loaded and ready to head up. I had to scramble around and clean up the kitchen and remove all the temporary counter tops. I realized my wife had no idea they were being installed so I decided to just surprise her. I did too!
The counter tops turned out beautifully! I wasn't to sure about the color, I just couldn't picture it with the cabinets but I ... well we couldnít be any happier with them. It turned out beautifully! They were worth the wait.
We have the cabinets and mantle installed in the Living room. They are waiting on us to give them a coat of paint and to decide on what I want to do about trimming around the ceramic tile. Then we take the doors back to the cabinet maker and have the glass and grills installed in the doors.
In the Dining Room the cabinets are installed and complete. Well almost complete that is. I have my columns I built standing inplace but they need to a coat of finish on them. I have the material in the shop to build the beam that goes overhead. Once I get that complete I will make the tops for the columns and install them permanently.
The yellow wires are for the light switches. They will run down inside the columns and be mounted on the side of the cabinet. That will be the last thing that is done. If you look close you see that I still have to make the trim for the walls.
At the moment I am working on the outside of the house finishing up the last little bits of trim so that we can get the house painted. Plus we just signed a contact to have the swimming pools built! That won't happen till late summer but thats the hottest part of the year here. Plus I will have it all next summer!