Week Twenty Remodel Update: December 14-20

Progress: We have officially been remodeling for 5 months. 5 months! Time has really flown by.

The crew is still making great progress on the floor. As I mentioned last week, the tile we chose is difficult to install because of its size (32 x 32) and the type of grout that we are using (epoxy). In addition to the second floor (complete), we now have floor tile in the dining room (complete), kitchen (complete), breakfast room (complete), master bath and bedroom (complete) and living/family room (in the beginning phase).


The crew spent the majority of the week prepping the downstairs for painting. With all of the sanding that was happening at the house, there was dust everywhere. Piles of it. Literally.


The crew is also almost done building out the boxes for our kitchen cabinets and pantries.

China Pantry

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kitchen full

We also made great progress on our door situation. We are having custom doors designed for our front courtyard and entryway, our front door, and our side/garage entry door. I am so excited by the sketches of the doors and can’t wait to see them in person. The doors are now in production – I will update you once they arrive.

The crew is still working 7 days a week to get everything done, but I wish there were more hours in the day and more days in the week.

Meanwhile, we are in the background picking out remaining items for the home and focusing intensely on certain areas of the house. We met on Monday with our contractor to make sure we are all on the same page, and naturally, we left with a long list of “to-dos.”

Details: The tension between our contractor and architect is still there, but it has lessened. Amen. There are a lot of details and decisions that still need to be made, and it’s great to have all players at the table, working together.

Purchases: None

Challenges: Time — there still isn’t enough. Our old home is still packed in boxes and in storage and our new home still isn’t livable yet. This is a very stressful situation, but we are making it work.

We have also been living at a hotel for a week already.  I will write a post about our hotel adventures later, but this situation definitely has its benefits and challenges. Naturally, we are trying to look for the silver lining in everything – let’s start with housekeeping, room service, valet, access to the Galleria, lots of food options, etc…

Wins: We are still living the dream and realize how fortunate we are to be in this situation.

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