Construction junction

I’m running out of "construction" titles. If you’re confused, check out the last installment, or start at the beginning.
 
By now, we’re in the middle of November, and we’re ready to finish this thing. First, we took the opportunity to change our entryway from a pale gray ceramic tile to a striking slate-look porcelain. We did this ourselves.
 
 
The sheetrock guy taped, textured, and primed the walls:
 
 
And we painted them ourselves.
 
 
As a part of this project, we chose to recarpet the whole house. The old carpets were the cheap "upgraded" stuff that came with the house 12 years ago. We picked out some fancy new space-age corn carpet or something. But first, we had to move all of our stuff out and rip up the old carpets. We really decluttered, donating a ton of stuff to Salvation Army and throwing a bunch away. It was also really strange living on bare floors for a couple of days.
 
 
The carpet guys came and laid down pads and carpet, and we’re done.
 
So that’s where we were at by mid-December. Furniture’s in, but we haven’t yet unpacked all the boxes.
 
Move on to see the final pictures.
 
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Construction continues

The remodel is moving along as we move into October. Structure is done (go here to see the last entry, and here to start over), time to finish out the inside.
 
The electricians were by and did the electrical rough-in.
 
 
This is the upstairs bathroom. The new room extends past it, so the window was removed. Also, they had to move our skylight because of the slope of the new roof.
 
 
We did the painting ourselves to save a little money.
 
 
The garage gets its first visitor…
 
 
What it looks like looking down at the new part:
 
 
Gutters go on, and it’s starting to look like a real house.
 
 
Oh… see that satellite dish on the pergola? Yeah. That used to be on the corner of the house, but the guys moved it to a handmade "sled" for the duration of the project. We adjusted the dish by poking the sled with a stick. :D
 
 

Bye bye blue

I took a week vacation with my husband two weeks ago. If you can call it a vacation. We took time off not to lounge around in the sun, but to toil and slave away painting our house. (Got a tan either way!) We returned to work last week, but we still had some trim to do. Finished that, on the front at least, and today I took some pictures.
 
We’d gotten a letter from the association that we needed to paint our trim, and we thought we might as well just change the color of the whole house. The blue it’s been for the last ten years since it was built has been, let’s just say, suboptimal. It was one of those colors that looked good on the little paint card you get and, well, way too blue when it’s all over the house. Now it’s dark gray with light gray trim ("Dark Ash" and "Pewter Mug" as Behr calls them).
 
So, here’s our house. Bye bye blue!
 
Front: before
 
Front: after
 
Detail: before
 
Detail: after
 
Note the new fixture. I can’t believe we didn’t change it before now. The old one was gross. We actually have some trim items and touchup to do in the back, but it’s mostly done. What a relief. It’s tons better now, no?
 
Edit: For those of you thinking I was saying bye bye to the blue in my hair, no, it’s still there! That blue is good. Baby puke blue all over the house is not. Sorry for the scare!