June 12thWell, it is really starting to feel & look like home now. When Victor told me it
would be done in 16 weeks I didn't believe it. Every time he said it would be done the 2nd week of July I didn't believe it...now he's saying July 1st final walk through...WOW!
The exterior is just about done, we have a driveway. The tile is almost done & I'm ready to move in.
Victor told me that today the electrician & plumber will be there to install the AC, water heater & easy water (ionization system), fixtures & faucets. The garage door is also supposed to be installed today. Victor
had expected the door last week but because we ordered an insulated door it had to be ordered.
We drove by at lunch time today & saw that they had delivered the block to build the wall. I guess that is supposed to be done next week & then they can start grading & landscaping.
After the Friday BBQ & Pot luck we drove over to the house. It appeared that most of the light fixtures were installed & some of the light switches. They also installed the bathroom & kitchen faucets & connected
the plumbing. We didn't go around back to check out the AC but will do that tomorrow.
I knew we ordered all the faucets & fixtures to be in brushed Nickle but I didn't know what the ceiling fan & light fixtures would look like. The Dining Room light fixture is actually quite pleasant as is the one in the front entry way. The bedroom, office & other fixtures are nothing special but functional. The ceiling fan in the living room & master bedroom are wood & actually match the cabinets quite well. That was not something we planned!
Week of June 15thBusy day over at the house but a lot is getting finished. Victor is hoping that the house is finished next week but a lot depends on people showing up to do the
work & mother nature since there is a threat of a big storm.
Since a lot of the work this week will be stuff that won't be significant we are not going to go over every day & inspect & will wait until toward the end of the week & look at it.
Today they are doing the final coat of paint inside the house & putting up the wall on one side of the house.
Over the course of this week they will be doing a lot of things to finish off the inside including the pantry door framing, installing the light switches, plate
covers & lots of odds & ends.
The electrician will be running all the electric lines to the transformer & installing the AC.
The insulation will be blown in to the attic, the yard will be graded & then landscaped. The cedar fence & gate will be put up on the other side of the house. All the trees, plants & bushes that we are buying will be picked up or delivered by the end of the week.
Once the interior is finished then the kitchen appliances (all except the refrigerator which we bought) will be installed.
When the work is done Victor will go around the house & blue tape things that need to be fixed before we can do the final walk through.
June 18th - Week 11Jaime (CFO of Esperanza homes) is anxious to close on the 30th so I arranged to meet with Victor this morning to discuss what will be happening over the next
Victor is optimistic that he will be able to get everything done & be able to close on the 30th (2 weeks early).
The exterior of the house is finished except for adding the stucco to the front & back wall & then putting up the cedar fencing in the back. Yesterday they added the wooden Corbels (a structural piece of stone, wood or metal jutting from a wall to carry a super-incumbent weight, a type of bracket) under the eaves in
What was happening today: The ladies were in there today doing the 1st go around cleaning. They will do 2 more before closing. They sprayed the
What will happen between now & closing: The cable will be hooked up, the stucco will be applied to the walls, cedar fencing will be put in the back, The appliances will be installed, the yard will be graded, planter beds laid out & the trees & bushes put in. Victor will do more walk thru's checking for things that need fixing, the house will be cleaned 2 more times & I'm sure I'm missing something ;)
Are we getting excited....you better believe it!
June 23rd - Week 12Ok, we are really getting close now. Carol & I met with Victor this morning to talk about weep holes. She's have a bit of a problem with water in the back yard
so Victor is going to add more to her back yard & will make sure we have extra added our backyard so he doesn't have to come back & fix it later. We also talked about where to plant the trees. Carol has a palm that has to be put in that was removed when they started extending the wall & we are having an ash tree put in the front yard. So, we all decided it would look good to put her palm tree in front of where our 2 planter beds are going to meet & we will put our ash on the other side of the driveway. That will make everything look nice.
The stucco was being applied to the new wall as we were standing there & it is
starting to look nice. Right now the color looks different but that will start darkening as it dries.
Next Victor let us come in & look around inside. The inside is just about done other than a few odds & ends & the last 2 times cleaning. Here's what we saw...the appliances (other than the refrigerator we buy) has been installed & is working. I wanted a gas stove & it is REALLY nice! Victor also had an extra hole drilled in the kitchen sink for our new RO unit.
The pantry door & frame are now finished & you would never know that they
installed a narrower door than it was framed for.
All electricity is done & we have lights. Now I can actually visualize the house filled with our furniture.
The photo on the right shows the front gate & wall leading into our courtyard. Because our lot is pie shaped it widens as it goes back so we have a really nice area behind the wall. Directly in front of the wall will be landscaping & behind it will have a long planter bed filled with all kinds of different flowering bushes & a queen palm.
Due to all the rain we have had it might cause a slight delay in closing but we are ahead of schedule so I'm not worried. Victor had planned to close the 2nd week of July so I'm not concerned but I would love to get in there sooner but frankly I hadn't planned on it so I won't be disappointed if we don't. We've had some rain the last few days & there's a lot of mud which will make it difficult to fill the ditch where the electric was run & then start grading. Victor said he'd let me know on Thursday if there will be any delay in closing.
June 25thNot a lot of progress due to rain but we are still moving along. The inside of the
house is just about done. The gas company has to come & turn on the gas so that we can do our final walk thru. The electrician has a couple of things to fix & the cabinet guy is coming over tomorrow. Victor is planning to have the 2nd cleaning done tomorrow & the final one the day before closing.
Today Julian was working on the front yard, grading it & laying out the planter beds. He did plant our very first tree today in the front yard. Tomorrow he will be installing the irrigation lines out front & then plant the bushes in the front planter beds.
The closing date is still up in the air because of the rains we have had. They are trying to remove the wet soil from the back & replace it with dry soil. Victor has to call the sod farm to see if he will have a problem cutting sod.
So, maybe we will have an answer tomorrow. The VP of the loan department called me to go over some things & he's trying to get everything done on his end.
The survey has been complete. The city has done the final inspection & declared that the house is ready to be lived in. The only hold
up is the landscaping. They will be doing the front landscaping but the back is the problem because it doesn't get much sun & it's not drying out. If Victor says they can't do the grading tomorrow but perhaps they can get it done on Saturday (before Sunday's threat of rain) then he will make sure they work on Saturday to get it finished.
Victor is confident we can close next week, which day is what is up in the air! So, everybody say some prayers to the sun gods so we can get the house closed on the 30th so we can start moving things in & arrange for the refrigerator & furniture to be delivered. I am going to work on my "sun dance" tonight...cross my fingers & toes that all goes well tomorrow!
My sun dance worked...no rain! They were able to put in the planter beds in
front & back & they spent all day hauling out wet dirt & hauling in dry dirty.
front & back & they spent all day hauling out wet dirt & hauling in dry dirty.
Jaime came over to look at the house & talk to Victor & I was there so we discussed closing & they both agreed that the house would be finished on Monday & ready for closing on Tuesday....2 weeks ahead of schedule.
Julian & I went over the planter beds before I left to run errands & they got the irrigation in to the beds & all the plants put in the ground & they look very happy to be in the ground.
I worked on all the final arrangements for closing & then we headed out to run errands for last minute things for the house. Lowes is delivering our refrigerator & upright freezer on the 3rd & on Monday I will call the furniture store to arrange for delivery of the furniture. Al is working out the arrangements to move the washer & dryer to the new house & hooking it so the freezer can be installed next to it.
This evening we went over to look at the yard before our Friday night Happy Hour, BBQ & pot luck. We had a great time! Now it's time to rest & recover from a very long week. Only a few more days & it will all be over & then we get to move again...LOL
Monday they will finish the grading & the sod will go in. Julian has to extend the planter bed in the courtyard area which was supposed to extend to the edge of the house & then I wanted it extended an extra 8 feet for things I might want to plant (like the pineapple I've been growing in posts)