Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Day 293

Kitchen Pantry doors installed. Exterior door on the left is to a grilling balcony off the kitchen. Movers packing apartment stuff tomorrow, begin moving in early Friday. Today was crazy; about 8 trades onsite finishing; a few trades tomorrow while major cleaning effort begins.  

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Day 292

Cheers! FINAL VISIT BY COH INSPECTOR. While he happens to be filling out a red tag, its simply a request (subsequently fulfilled) to revise terminology on our Structural Engineer's Inspection Report.
A personal reward - being able to peel the miscellaneous green tags off the windows! Yippee!
I'm not sure what's the best early birthday present, the final sign-off by the inspector, or saying goodbye to the PortaJohn and Aztec's monthly hit on my credit card. Nice to have you visiting since Feb 28 - - BUT YOU GOTTA GO...
Totally exciting; seeing the final color feature being applied!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Day 290

Expecting to request my final inspection this week. Backyard gate and rear balcony railing completed.
Really shifting gears these days, getting practice cleaning glass as the messiness of construction is coming to an en end.
Installed the powder bath mirror frame and shelf unit this afternoon.
Two more green tags from late last week; the HVAC R ("refrigeration" for the wine cellar) and final electrical.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Day 288

Another excellent week of progress; hvac, hvacR, elevator & electrical inspection all passed this week. I think we're down to the final building and site inspection! A few punchlist items here and there - the only major effort remaining is final paint and clean-up. First coat of yellow applied today to the front doors.
Kitchen is almost done. Remaining items are only the two pantry doors!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Day 284

Monday update: Appliance installation complete. My installer, Byron Haney, put in a 13 hour day - I'm unbelievably grateful. Not only is he diligent, he possesses the eye of an artist/architect, making sure the multi-adjustable, minimal tolerance freezer & refrigerator doors were perfectly square (visually). Regarding move-in date, I dropped in the Houston Permitting Center today to inquire about personal effects and COO (Certificate of Occupancy). I'm seriously contemplating a date to schedule movers. The electrician is my wild card; today he advised me that he will request his final for Thursday. Cautious, I'll wait until I hear the result of that inspection before scheduling movers.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Day 283

Good week! Entry and stairway coming together with handrail/railings complete and stair treads being stained; plumber passed final inspection also. This coming week I expect final HVAC, electrical and elevator inspections. Also we will order the gas meter, install city water meter, and finish appliance installation. 
Looking up from the first floor. The painters should be painting all week, coming close to wrapping up! 
Small patio area off second guest room with orange stucco wall.