Week Four Remodel Update: August 24-30

Progress: Monday is apparently a very busy day of the week at our new house. Our pool company and yard guy both make their visits on Mondays and they both make the pool and yard look great. Both men have been working at Casa Contour for 20+ years each and we are grateful for their expertise and historical perspective. I stopped by on Monday to see both of them, and to visit my Dad who was beautifying our courtyard. Yes, my Dad is the best and we are so lucky to have him helping us. While I was at the house, I couldn’t resist cleaning up downstairs. The previous owners left a considerable amount of plastic covering and boxes in the house and I did my best to organize it all. Mostly, this meant throwing things away.

On Tuesday, John and I visited DWR to order a few pieces of furniture. I’m glad we went in person because one of the fabrics we were interested in was no longer in stock and we had to make some new decisions in the store. Truthfully, it is much easier to make decisions when you can see color schemes in person, so this all worked out well.

dwr Collage

My Dad spent hours in the yard on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Dad is really helping us by clearing out excess landscaping and creating a new palate for us to build upon.

courtyard Collage

And on Thursday, Dad identified a leak in the office bathroom toilet that created this mess in our dining room.


Thank goodness we don’t have furniture (or a floor) in there right now.  Anyhow, Dad fixed the leak (!) and we will repair the damage as the rest of the house is worked on.

On Saturday, we had an AC company out to service the units to both the upper and lower floors. Both units are cooling much better now. Amen.

On Sunday, we spent hours at IKEA.  We went over to make sure we like the cabinet and counter choices we selected. We do. We also spent some time looking at wardrobe and cabinet solutions for various rooms in the new house. We also picked up a few things for George.


Details: I know it doesn’t seem like it, but we are making lots of decisions behind the scenes. These decisions are helping to form some of the designs that our architect is planning. Our biggest obstacle of the moment is figuring out the timeline of work, the development of the plans and balancing this with the ordering and delivering of materials and furniture.

Purchases: Bookcase for George’s playroom closet, a Poang kid’s chair and a bookcase for George’s bedroom, Bosch stainless steel appliances (cook-top, downward draft vent, double ovens and microwave drawer), and a bench, pillows, two theater chairs, and an ottoman from DWR.

purchases Collage

Challenges: Some idiot stole yard tools from our work shed (that was accidentally left unlocked). The shed isn’t easily accessible, so someone was intent on getting the tools.  Of course, the tools belonged to my Dad. Grrrr….

Wins: Our vision for the house is becoming clearer as time moves on.

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