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All done

OK, so the house is finished; no more (probably) blog entries. I’ll be adding some golly-it’s-finished pictures on a new page at some point, along with some discussion of the problems we had and ways to avoid them.
Take a look at the other house related pages (see the sidebar on the left) and maybe even the other subject area pages on the site!
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Chained down and beaten

With all the rain chains made, installed and working... Read More...

Gutted by guttering

By mid-October it had become clear the contractor wasn’t being serious... Read More...

Mudroom bench

A bench is a useful thing to have in a mudroom, something to help with putting on boots Read More...

Finishing off the shower

The bathroom had a gap next to the shower Read More...

A place for table linens

The last piece of the dining room sideboard gets installed Read More...

Doorsteps and patios

You can now enter the house without stepping on a block of polystyrene Read More...

Little bits

There’s always little bits to do... Read More...

Finished foundation

Foundation protection complete Read More...

Protecting the foundations

The ICF foundation blocks need long term protection where ground and siding collide Read More...

Completion of major combat operations

The Commander of Combat Operations, Ashling Rd Interior Theatre Sector, has declared “Mission Accomplished” Read More...

Basement ceilings, part 3

With panels installed the lights had to be reinstalled Read More...

Basement ceilings, part 2

Lots of wood stuck up Read More...

Basement ceilings, part 1 of a probably large number

It’s time to start the big, scary, job of making ceilings for the lower floor rooms Read More...

Cooker backsplash

After a long job, time for a small one Read More...

Trimming up around the doors

With doors installed, final trimm can go in place Read More...

Closet doors pt.2

With the doors built, time to install Read More...

Closet doors

The closets downstairs need doors Read More...

Last tiles on the fire

A final row of tiles to finish it Read More...

Broom cupboard door

In the mudroom there is a broom closet. It needs a door. Read More...

Mantel shelves

Big chunks of wood on the fire Read More...

Doors trimmed

All those doors are now equipped with actual handles… Read More...

Doors done

The doors are in Read More...

Downstairs doors again

Spray it again Read More...

Downstairs doors

We picked up the doors for downstairs last week Read More...

Second Birthday for the House

Another anniversary comes and goes. How time flies… Read More...

The very last windows get trimmed out

It’s two years since we broke ground, one year since we moved in Read More...

Trimmed up cabinets everywhere you look

Small details take time. But make a difference eventually... Read More...

Kitchen drawer fronts

After lots of too slow progress on painting etc... Read More...

Kitchen drawers

Just a year after I built the kitchen cabinets, drawers Read More...

Some higher quality pics around the place

I took some higher quality pictures just for the fun of it Read More...

Wherever you hang your hat...

… that’s your home Read More...

Views of a bedroom

Correcting the lack of any pictures of the bedroom... Read More...

Fireplace topped

The fireplace bookshelf tops get done Read More...

Fireplace tiled

Fireplace surround is now tiled and grouted Read More...

Light my fire

Lights are now wired and installed in the chimney niches Read More...

Chimney complete

Drywall done and painted Read More...

Chimney drywalling

Time to get some drywall on the chimney Read More...

Shelves and niches

Fireplace shelving emplaced Read More...

Chimney boxing

The fireplace has been around for a year; time to make a chimney Read More...

Rewiring joys

I finally get around to wiring in the bedroom hall lights and a Wi-Fi node in the living room Read More...

Shower doors

Glass shower doors replace the curtain. You can have it back now, Wizard Read More...

Sideboard done

Edged and installed tops complete that sideboard Read More...

More stair trimming - and stairwell lights

There’s always more when it comes to trim work Read More...

Stair trimming

Fitting the upper bannister and completing the sideboard/wall Read More...

Stair installation

Muscle arrived, stairs got installed, built-ins got built Read More...

Patio door trims finished

The patio doors get trimmed Read More...

Arrival of the stairs

With the floors all finished, we can deal with the stairs Read More...

A Living room

With a finished floor, the living room can be properly organised Read More...

Floor, at last (pt4)

Finish finished Read More...

Floor, at last (pt3)

Time to sand upstairs Read More...

Floor, at last (pt2)

Fill and sand, sand, sand…. Read More...

Floor, at last (pt1)

The last bits of floor get done Read More...

A kitchen table

The kitchen table top now has its very own legs Read More...

Doorways trimmed

Doors and doorways get trimmed Read More...

Bathroom trim progress

Trim is a slow job sometimes Read More...

It's been raining

This time last year it was scorching hot, this year it’s pouring rain Read More...

Mudroom doorway trimmed up

Another one bites the dust Read More...

So that's where that header should have gone...

When building the stud walls for the lower floor I appear to have left out a doorway header Read More...

Final window trims

The last upstairs window trims get done Read More...

Mirror, mirror

Mirrors for the bathrooms Read More...

Door trim, laundry trimmed

Slow progress due to actual paid work, but the laundry is trimmed Read More...

Actually final electrical

A short visit today from the electrician to finish up. Read More...

Painted & organised shop

The workshop gets a bit more organised, and even painted Read More...

Diggers in action again

Near final grading of the yard improves the outdoor view Read More...

More pantry trim, more windows

Carrying on with the prior theme Read More...

Window & Pantry trim

A batch of windows and the pantry get trimmed up Read More...

Wow, floors

The upstairs living room floor gets laid Read More...

Kitchen table lit

Lights. Over the kitchen table. Read More...

Final electricals (almost)

Electricians visit for the last bits of wiring Read More...

Mudroom loo fan

Making holes in the wall is always fun, for some odd definition of ‘fun’. Read More...

More lights

Hall & dining room lights plus living fan/light get installed Read More...

Kitchen lights

Time to make the light fittings for the kitchen Read More...

Back on the net

Off the air for a few days, back at last Read More...

Moving Day Dawns

After a year, we get to move in Read More...

Closet preparation

Before clothes can be moved we need storage for them; time for closet shelving Read More...

Shiny floors

A couple of days hard work and the floors are all shiny Read More...

Floors

Time to put some finish on the floors, even though we haven’t got it all installed Read More...

Bathing Beauties

Just to prove the bathroom is done.. Read More...

Plumbing done

The plumbing guys were on-site this morning to do the last few hook-ups. Read More...

More kitchen stuff

Finally got the kitchen sink fully installed - all is ready for the plumbers Read More...

Lights! Hot water! Sanded floors!

Electricians electrify the kitchen and floors are all sanded Read More...

Sanding Floors & drywalling the mudroom

Drum sanding the floors is scary, drywall on the mudroom loo is good Read More...

Lights!

Light fittings purchased Read More...

Kitchen stuff

A couple of days work on kitchen cabinets and cleaning up Read More...

Shower walls installed (Updated - pictures)

Master bathroom shower walls got installed Read More...

(Nearly) Finished plumbing

A nice surprise today as the plumbing guys returned to (almost) finish Read More...

Reworking the shower wall

I had to rework one end wall of the shower Read More...

Bedroom flooring started

Despite snow (!) the master bedroom flooring got started Read More...

Counter intelligence

We laminate the counter tops. Oh, and it snowed. Read More...

Snow. Kitchen fittings.

It snowed. Kitchen appliance installing started. Read More...

More floors and a fixed tub

Bathtub fixes and office floors Read More...

Floors and doors (Updated - pictures)

Lots of flooring and two doors done Read More...

Plumbing in the pot

Plumbers arrived and plumbed. Flooring was laid. Read More...

Kitchen Appliances, Doors, Snow

Lots of stuff arrived this week; a couple of doors and the kitchen stuff Read More...

Power and light and floors

Work on the wooden floor started and power was fed to sockets and lights at last Read More...

Counter tops

Now the cabinets can be put in place it’s time to top them off. Read More...

Kitchen progress

Before the cabinets can be installed, the end wall has to be trimmed Read More...

Window work

Time to varnish the windows on the inside Read More...

Mudroom vanity fitted

After finally finishing the paint on the master bathroom vanity table (twice), the mudroom vanity gets installed Read More...