Saturday, March 22, 2008

March update

Things have been moving fast at the new house the past 3 weeks. we now have all the interior walls drywalled and textured. The insulation was sprayed and the house was caulked and sealed. The brick and stone is about half the way done. Take a look at the pictures on the SteveNCindyHome yahoo group:

We spent the past two days driving all over the DFW area from north Fort Worth to the south side of the metro-plex to Richardson to the east and Denton to the north buying 920 square feet of ivory travertine tile. Home Depot had a clearance on 18 inch ivory travertine for $1.99 per sq ft. It normally is $5 to $8 per sq foot. We got 700 at one store then 9, 100 and 111 at another.

We are looking at hard wood flooring and I believe that we are going to use 3/8 inch solid pre-finished Brazilian cherry or mesquite. We only need 500 sq ft of that. We are getting the cabinets installed next week. They are being built right now. We have picked the granite for the kitchen and to downstairs baths plus the upstairs wet bar. We are using new venetian gold in the kitchen and tan brown in the other areas. We also have the kitchen back splash picked out and are now working on the master bath and Nanny and Poppy bath. We are close on those.

We have also settled on the plumbing fixtures and have the order ready for those. We have to pick the lights but think we know what we want there except for the ceiling fans. We will probably just look for fans on sale.

So, all is moving along well.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The house passed the plumbing, electrical and framing inspection

The house passed the plumbing, electrical and framing inspection so now we move on to insulation, drywall, brick and stone. Over the past two weekends I have set 4 external doors and the interior doors in the garage so that the walls that need to be insulated have all the doors. The only place this is not true in the patio sliding door for the deck. That door should arrive this week and I may be able to get is set before the insulation guys are done. All of the outside soffit and trim work is done and all of the interior framing is completed.


Cindy and I have the plans for the cabinets and for the most part have picked the tile for everywhere. We also ordered a 36 inch round tile medallion compass rose that will go in the entry foyer. Since our 8th anniversary is coming up and one of the gifts for number 8 is pottery, we decided that this medallion was sort of like pottery and it could be our 8th anniversary present to each other. Attached is a picture of the design but we changed the colors of the other half of the 8 center points to be black (like is show and a gold travertine instead of the light travertine shown.


The brick and stone were delivered yesterday and that should start going up in the next few days and the drywall should be delivered today or tomorrow and that will start by next week. So things are moving forward quickly again.


Cheers, Steve

Steve Aughinbaugh

Manager, Plano Engineering Sustaining
McAfee, MS 3S099
5000 Headquarters Drive
Plano, Texas 75024

972-963-7496 (office)

972-989-6770 (cell)