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Oh man Chad, I get tired just looking at all the work done! Almost there and into the home stretch hopefully here! Looking wonderful.

 

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Frtiday evening and Saturday's work.  I'd not done tile before -- my nephew in law did the showers with the 24x48 tile.  This is 12x24.  Still need to clean up and grout which will be tomorrow.

 

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I had to go out of town for a work trip Tursday and Friday (one night trip to Kalamazoo).  Wednesday before I left I got the grouting done in the kitchen and the master bedroom shower.  Saturday my daughter cleaned up the kitchen from the grout haze and also the Japanese bath floor, which was tiled and grouted a few weeks ago but never cleaned up.

 

I and later in the day with the wife's help started putting down the LVP in the train room and where there are doors extending it into neighboring office or open loft area.  I had already done a few rows before the trip but kind of re-did them as I was closing up gaps abd figured out better how to do it.   It goes down fast but I spent some time figuring out how this particular brand works and working out the kinks.  Also had to cut some in-floor electrical outlet openings and around corners etc.

 

The masking tape on the LVP is just to keep it from slipping or coming out of alignment as we're working on it.  Since it just snaps together on the short and and then lays together on the long end (shallow depression and shallow insert) its easy to bump it...

 

Should speed up now that we know what we're doing...

 

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I'll post more pics this week but wanted to mention something unrelated to the house.

 

My son, who helped a lot wth the house, decided to be an LDS Missionary and was called to the Sapporo Japan Mission, which covers Sapporo and the top part of Tohoku.  (In July they will reconstitute the Sendai Mission, and the top part of Tohoku will be removed from the Sapporo Mission boundaries and be added (back) to Sendai.  (Sendai was a mission area through around 2019 when it was split and half added to Sapporo and half added to Tokyo North Mission.  Missions are administrative boundaries for missionaries and are named based on where the HQ for that mission is).  

 

He entered the missionary training center on Jan 10 and was there until March 8.  His visa had not come through yet (someone in the travel office who procures these dropped the ball but that is another story) so he was temporarily assigned to the Portland Oregon mission.  We learned on Mother's Day that he had gotten news the Friday before that his visa had come through, and a week later we learned he would fly to Japan on June 1.  So yesterday he flew from Portland to Seattle, and in Seattle met up with a group of missionaries who had traveled from Utah to Seattle and they flew to Haneda.  They got to Haneda around 11pm Utah time.  Some of the group stayed in Tokyo and some had a 5 hour or longer layover before the flight to Sapporo.  (So he got there Sunday afternoon Japan time around 2pm and ended up in Sapporo late in the evening.)


We're still waiting to hear from him.  He'll be issued a phone and will be able to communicate then.  My wife's two sisters met him at Haneda and hung out with him until he went through security again for the flight to Sapporo.  Unfortunately a "guide" had been arranged for the group to help them to know how to transfer to the ANA domestic terminal at Haneda and get to their new flight and they "rushed" them through so they were not able to hang for as long as the layover would have allowed if he'd been able go through security when he wanted instead of when the group he was with went...  

 

He'll be in Japan the rest of this year and pretty much all of next year.   We hope to make it over there to visit family and do our normal thing and also go up and see him but we'll see.  The house project has disrupted our schedule as we should be going this July or August per the original plans but I have no idea when we'll go again.

 

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House update.  

 

Over the last several weeks we finished the flooring in the upper bonus space (except alongs some edges where piece need to be ripped -- we'll do that when we're done and I see what sort of scrap we can use or whatever first.  The big room pic below is from the train room.

 

We've also started installing kitchen cabinet drawers and doors, though we're not done.  My daughter is helping drive that when she has a chance.  The pic below actually doesn't quite show all the ones we've done but it's close to the current config.  I think we've done a few drawers since.

 

I've also been putting a small "ledger" board in each bathroom to hold up the suspended vanity countertop so we can get those in and the sinks in.  Also putting the cabinets in the master bathroom (as they are one side of the 3 sides holding the vanity tops).  The tops are being made from 1.5" thick bamboo "plywood".

 

And the plumbers started yesterday (though they werent there today) doing some final finish plumbing.  They mostly got the valves installed for all the sinks and started on one of the wall mounted Toto toilets as well as hooking the incoming city water line in the basement into the house system (still ongoing) and also correcting one of the drain pipes in the basement ceiling (from the Ofuro above) where the drain was not placed in the rough plumbing correctly as they forgot we had an "infinity drain" on the side of the room instead of in the middle.

 

Also got some painting done in the changing-room side of the Ofuro.

 

The appliance guy should be here soon (he's waiting for some info from me that I keep forgetting to send him) and he'll get everything installed in the kitchen.  I've also been trying to get the driveway scheduled and done.  Hard to get people to move plus I found out we need a permit to move the city water connection location 12-15" further south so that its not in the middle of the driveway and I don't know all the technical details to put on the permit so I'm trying to get my home builder advisors and their guy who will actually do the work to get it done but it's slow...

 

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Chad I get tired just looking at the pictures! We’ve done a ton of house projects this year but they are a small fraction of all you have happening!

 

best of luck on the final lap here!

 

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8 hours ago, cteno4 said:

Chad I get tired just looking at the pictures! We’ve done a ton of house projects this year but they are a small fraction of all you have happening!

 

best of luck on the final lap here!

 

jeff

 

Tires me out too.  Been burned out for a while...

 

Tonight I grouted a shower that my nephew had installed the tile in in April.  Since the plumbers are trying to get finish work installed I needed to get it done.   I did an initial wipe down to get rid of the haze tonight but I'll have to do it again tomorr.w

 

Also built one cabinet for the pantry (of two) since there is a sink for them...

 

Appraiser came Monday.  I got notified that the appraisal came back today.  I haven't looked at it but it seems from the email from the bank that we hit the minimum we needed.  Exactly.  I was hoping for a small fudge factor but oh well.    At least it's not low.

 

Here is the shower.  (Yes we need to finish painting above it.  And the plumbers need to install the shower panel.

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Hopefully off the construction loan soon! 
 

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