So what's new on the construction site?
Well, we have bathrooms...
a laundry room that really looks the part,
countertops on both sides of the kitchen,
a ladder in the bunk room,
some stair railings inside,
Almost all the porch railings outside,
100% of the flooring,
... and lots of space that’s messy and/or missing tiny details, but otherwise strongly resembling a real home.
I've decided to stop using words like 'almost done' or 'so close' and just focus on all the big accomplishments of the moment. So, on that note, we have 5 tasks left (all but one related to railings) in order to obtain the occupancy certificate. Then there are several pages of small tasks we'd like to get done before/during the trip down in May. In fact, as I hinted in my last post, my brother (the South American) and his family are all going to fly up and stay in the house along with my parents and me. A whole family reunion! I am very excited about the possibility. So obviously we now have tons of motivation to get anything/everything - but especially the safety related things - done as soon as humanly possible. No doubt the house will still be less than 100% perfect when they arrive but we want it to be basically livable. That gives us just shy of one month.
On the list of 'little but necessary' things: install the last few doorknobs, install the stair risers and treads, finish the trim in one last room, put mirrors in all the bathrooms, outfit the kitchen and make up all the bedrooms, install screens in the windows, finally cover those outlets, buy some last furniture items (especially a couch!), put rods and shelves in all the closets... well, let's just say it's a long list. We're probably sending one more team down in the meantime to get the occupancy certificate done. Then my mom and I will go down before the big reunion for a few days and just try to cram in as much as we possibly can. And I'm sure the visit itself will be part family vacation, part old-fashioned 'barn raising'. That's what family is for, right?