On Monday before we left, the blow-in insulation guys came to blow the ceiling full of insulation. What a difference an insulated ceiling makes in the temperature of the house. It is really comfortable in there with the temperature hovering around 16-17C. Remember, as of yet, we still have no heat in the house. And we have hardly used the fireplace since the insulation went in. When the heat stays trapped inside instead of leaving out the roof, it stays warmer much longer. Also before we left, Jason received numerous loads of large gravel to cover the driveway. Lately we have been receiving rain so the clay driveway is a mucky mess. The rocks certainly help. Now if only it would stop raining so the mucky mess of the yard can dry up (and I say that completely selfishly since I know the year has been dry and the farmers welcome this moisture. For their sake, I am truly thankful.). Plus, Mr.W put the last pieces of siding on the front of the house. It is looking so very fantastic! Do you see those little roof returns up by the peaked window? He also did those and they are perfect!
Also before we left Monday, I made a phone call to the same business from which I bought our full fridge/full freezer and asked to buy our stove!! I had found the stove last week Friday but since it is a business that specializes in scratch & dent, the stove doesn't have a door . . . yet. Once it is all back to new condition, it will be mine. It is an Electrolux Icon Dual Fuel 30" Range and I am super pumped to call it ours! It retails for about $4500-$4700 but because it is a scratch and dent, I will pay about 60% less! I call that a deal worth taking!
We also "installed" the garage doors! I say "installed" because it is a rough installation with all the track and hardware still needing to go on but for now they are in place and keeping the house safe and warm.
I stayed late on Friday night and finished up 2 bedrooms and 1 hall closet. It takes a bit of forethought to ensure all the flooring lines up in the hall but Mr.W is really good at helping us figure it out. We snapped a line in the hall and used it as a reference point so we would know how each bedroom and closet would relate to that line. RJ's bedroom is the room which determines the spacing just because of where her closet is in her room. So all the flooring needs to align with the flooring in her room and the chalk line helps us to adjust all the other rooms. It is working really well . . . so far. The flooring we are installing is a German-made product that we bought months ago and have had here in the garage since then. We brought it into the house last week to acclimate a bit. It is a grey color but in each room it looks so different depending on the color of the paint in the room. I have figured out exactly how to handle it so it doesn't break and exactly how it goes together so I will take upon myself to install all the laminate. On Saturday I continued installing and completed about 1/2 the master bedroom and then started on all the transitions from each room/closet to the hall. Agh. The transition from Pepe's room to the hall is perfect as is the hall closet. The transition from RJ's room to the hall is off by about 1/16" - that may seem tiny but with laminate flooring it is the difference between clicked together or not. I am not sure if I need to adjust the flooring in the hall closet or in RJ's room but I am sure we will get it all figured out on Monday. By midnight on Saturday I was done.
With all the rainy days we have been having, the installation of the Geo-thermal system and the septic system has been put on hold for a bit. I am okay with that. I am just glad to know we have people lined up to do both of those and they will get done. The unknown is the part that always bothers me - I can handle the waiting if I know it will happen.
Finally today I ordered the 3 different wallpapers I want in the house. Graham & Brown was having a 25% off sale so I made sure to order them now. I know they will transform the areas in which I want them and I am excited to see them up on the walls.
And that wraps up the week. With the painting (mostly) done and the flooring going in, it is really starting to feel like a house! :)