Big day today. We’re having our large window in the breakfast/dining area replaced since the original one had the sash in the wrong place. Difficult to visualize but there will be a few photos below to illustrate the process for our record as much as anything else.
Two guys have turned up and they seem to know what they are about. Building the scaffolding right now and will get to the cutting out directly. Joy!
I guess the cutting out is more like hammering out. They’ve been bashing the wall around the window for about an hour now and its raining stucco outside! At least the stucco is well attached and secure-given how hard it is to hammer off. Oh and a few bits of the old window are falling now–old flashing and such like.
Well after about three hours it looks like they have finally finished the window install. It looks great and we now have to look forward to getting the stucco repaired then external and internal painting and caulking. This should be done in the next day or day. Fingers crossed.
These guys actually were excellent. they even had a level with them and inured the window was square and plumb before finally fixing it to the wall. Thank goodness that’s done now we’ll get the stucco repaired and the painting taken care of and we’re done.
Its been a wee while since I last posted here. We’ve been flat-out since the New Year trying to get moved into our home here in Texas. Living with comparatively few possessions in the last couple of years we were suddenly faced with the shock of the delivery of all our “stuff” we had in storage in Phoenix. The delivery went off really smoothly (apart from the huge truck taking out part of the street outside our house–impossible to get a huge semi around a small roundabout:–) and as we waved off the removers we were excited to see some of our old possessions from a couple of years ago.
We brought little furniture from storage and have re equipped the house with items we bought here in Sugar Land. Its been a really good plan since not much of our old stuff would have fitted the new digs; not to mention lots of it was fairly aged in any case.
Its been a seemingly huge task to get ourselves organized in the house, manage the builder, keep up with work commitments, health appointments & still have some fun. I think what I’ve sacrificed most is my regular gym work and I’ll be addressing that in the near future. As they say, you can’t do everything.
The house is great and we love it. We started off with a punch list for the builder of about 115 items and are now down to about 5, and as late as yesterday discovered we were missing an electrical outlet we had ordered in the hall (only when I went to plug in a lamp was it seen to be missing!). The main one still to be taken car of is to replace a bay window in the dining room–they installed the wrong one if you can believe it. It might take another few weeks to get that taken care of.
The last thing we have to do is window coverings. One of the downsides of buying a new home is that you have to cover the windows. If you haven’t done this for some time you are in for a surprise. In AZ we did not need window coverings on our house so its been around 12 years since we had to buy them. Its a bit like the price of a small car when you have to cover 30 odd windows!
We should have this all taken care of before we leave on a trip in April. In the interim we have temporary blinds from Lowe’s which at $6 a pop look like fine to me. If you haven’t tried them they are great and can be found in the blinds area in Lowe’s.
Costco was our source for the window coverings and again as usual they have been great. Super benefit is that you get 10% cash back on a Costco card after instal and Costco backs a lifetime guarantee on the product. Also you don’t pay until after the instal–always nice.
I’ll try and post a bit more often in the future but ttfn (bit of British :“ta ta for now”)
I took the photo of the butterfly recently around Sugar Land and its a pleasant reminder that the sun can shine here even although we haven’t seen it for a couple of weeks. It cheers me on a cold and cloudy January day.
We moved into our new home here in Sugar Land about a couple of weeks ago and have been working with the builder to finish off a lengthy punch list ever since. Its been really great but exhausting having workers in most days. We’d been waiting for our LED bulbs for about 3 months and they were finally installed a couple of days ago. When evening fell we realized the builder had bought daylight bulbs which when you’ve got a bunch on feels like you’re in a football stadium. So we’re having them changed out for a warm white color instead. Jeez.
Our possessions from storage in Arizona (that sunny warm place in the winter) were due to come this week but have been delayed until next week. Figures. We’re not too disappointed since there has been so much work going on to have our stuff falling on top of it might have been a bit much.
The end is in sight and we hope to get properly settled by the end of the month when we’ll likely sleep for a while!