Final Touches to My Dream Home
I am happy to say that the final touches to my dream home are in progress. We have had some hiccups and bumps in the road but everything is coming together. The past couple of weeks my husband and I have worked our butts off trying to finish the things we have been responsible for like the flooring.
I would like to say that I took the past couple of weeks off so that I could just breathe and do nothing but..that has not been the case. Usually Christmas break is a time for relaxing and enjoying the time with family and friends. Unfortunately, this Christmas and New Year’s break was about 95% work and 5% play.
We literally worked the entire time. Yes, we attended family functions and social gatherings, and even a wedding, but we worked right up until it was time to attend all of those things. Oh, and we were completely exhausted at all of those events and some might even say we were party poopers.
Anyway, I hope all of YOU had a MERRY CHRISTMAS and wonderful New Year’s. I am excited to see what 2017 has in store for me, my family, and for DreamTurksandCaicos.com.
My husband chose to lay the tile and the wood flooring by himself. After all, doing this saved us lots of money. So, the past nearly three weeks the hubby has worked his day job all day and worked on flooring until midnight most nights.
During the process, friends would show up and help for a little while. But, that help did not usually last very long. So, he pretty much did the floor laying on his own. He did have a friend lay the tile in our laundry and he took it from there and finished the tile in both bathrooms and in the half bath. He chose to let our builders tackle the tile shower and tile behind the tub in the guest bathroom.
The wood flooring is my absolute favorite. I chose this particular wood flooring because I loved having the distressing and being able to see the knots and grains in the wood. We did use engineered wood flooring which is what was suggested. I also love the medium color of this wood. I love the look of super dark hardwood, but I have that now and know how hard it is to keep clean. So, I wanted something light but not too light.
Porcelain Tile Floor
The tile flooring took less time that the wood. Which, I guess when I think about it..it should have taken less time considering we have WAY more square footage in wood flooring than we do in tile flooring.
The tile flooring was not my first choice as I have mentioned before. But, I think it turned out okay. Finding tile flooring was difficult. When my first and second choices were not options and I had to opt to my third choice, well, it kind of sucked. When picking out my third choice I quickly realized that most everything else that I liked was not really in the budget.
Tile Shower & Tile Behind Guest Tub
The past week our guys have been working on finishing the tile in the shower and behind the bathtub in our guest bathroom. I chose to do diamond shape in both of those areas. I bought travertine bricks to use in soap dishes for both areas. But, our guys thought the travertine was only going in the master so they did regular tile in the soap dishes of the guest bathroom tub. It was not a biggie and I was certainly not going to make them redo it at this point.
So, our master shower has diamond shaped tile on the walls, brick shaped travertine in our soap and shampoo dishes, and is going to have white rocks in the floor. I hope it all comes together and looks okay.
Tile is one of my least favorite things and if I could, I would have put wood flooring in the bathrooms..but of course that is not recommended.
Crown Molding & Baseboards
Our crown molding is finished. I love the way it all turned out. In my kitchen, dining, living, foyer, office, and master bedroom, I chose to go with large crown molding. Because all of my ceilings are 10 foot, I chose a width that would stand out. We went with baseboards turned upside down and then crown molding. They put the two of those together and created the one large piece. The molding in those areas turned about to be approximately 8″ wide.
Everywhere else I just did the 5” molding. The 5” looks fine, but again, I wanted dramatic in my main rooms. I love how it turned out.
I chose to go with 5” baseboards which I think turned out fine. I was a little nervous at first because I thought I should have possible gone up since our ceilings are so tall.
Our electrician/cousin hung most of our exterior lights this past weekend. I chose lanterns pretty much everywhere. I went with three different size lanterns. I chose the largest size for each side of the front door. The next size down I put on each side of the garage. The smallest size I put right outside the back door for some extra lighting on the back porch (in addition to recessed lights).
We have some of our interior lights up. I chose to wait on the more expensive ones until I know the painters are finished. I would probably cry if something happened to one of my higher end light fixtures. So, as I said, I am waiting. Depending on how much the painters lack after Friday will determine if I am going to go ahead and hang the rest of my lights.
So, on the last blog post I ended with a check list. Today I am going to mark what is done and needs to be done.
- Tile Floor Installed – DONE
- Wood Flooring Installed – DONE
- Tile Shower in Master – 95% DONE
- Tile Behind Bathtub in Guest Bathroom – 95% DONE
- Cabinet Installation – IN PROGRESS
- Countertops – IN PROGRESS
- Crown Molding – DONE
- Baseboards – DONE
- Shutters – IN PROGRESS
- Move In – Completion date set at January 17!!
The last time I posted about my house I said that the next post would be at completion. Well, in the construction business things do not always happen as quickly as you think.
But, I am saying again, the next time I post about my house, it will be COMPLETED!!