|Building a Woodstock with Toll Brothers||
These are just random shots I took. I close this coming Friday, so if you'd like to see more pictures of the finished product, or of a specific room, let me know. Also, I will post pictures as I paint, decorate, and hang pendents in the kitchen and other projects under the "After Closing Projects" And yes, it's been 5 months since ground was broken on this house, but keep in mind I signed in June. So, it's about 7 months total form the time you sign and hand over your cash, to closing.
It's been two weeks since I've been inside the house, and things have really come together. Today for the first time, I broke my own rule and went inside while workers were there. There were about half a dozen guys and one of them complimented me on my fireplace choice and custom second floor layout. The hardwood floors have been installed, and the padding for the carpet has been laid down. The stairs and stair railing have already been stained to match the hardwood floors. Some of the guys were just about to start laying the carpet while I was there. The electrician was also there, installing light fixtures, sockets, switches and covers. Some of the lights were being turned on and off as he tested them. The light fixtures outside were installed too. Also, the correct kitchen island counter top has been installed.
There isn't too much left to do. I could see some areas on some walls that had a light yellow marking on them, and I assume that means they need touch up paint because when I took a closer look, the paint looked a bit thin in those areas. Also, some of the closet doors still haven't been hung, but I'm guessing they'll be hung after the carpet is installed since it's easier to install carpet without doors getting in the way. Of course, since the guys were there working, I didn't take as thorough of a look as I usually do.
I have my walk through to do my final punch list on Jan 14. I will try to visit the house on Jan 12 or 13 in order to take some final pre-closing pictures. I will not be taking pictures during my punch list walk through. Just like with all the previous walk throughs, my focus will be on the house and not on taking pictures. The punch list walk through is scheduled to take 2 1/2 hours, but I would like to make a "first draft" punch list prior to going to the actual walk through so I'll have an added incentive to visit the house to take those pictures. My realtor is coming to my punch list walk though, so hopefully between my own private walk through, and having her second set of eyes, we'll get everything.
The appliances are in! They've also done more of the tile backsplash, as well as the missing listeollo in the hall bathroom. The structured wiring guys have also been back and have installed the alarm panels and face plates for all the wiring I had done. Sorry about the pictures again, but these were taken completely in the dark with the flash being the only light source.
I just did a drive by today, so I don't have any interior pictures. I thought they might have laid down the sod, which is why I drove by late in the day, but instead I saw that they've painted my porch columns and trim.
Sorry about the picture quality. I managed to get to the house in the last remaining moments of daylight, so the basement pictures were practically taken in the dark. Speaking of basement, the tile in the bar area has been laid, and the bar cabinets are in. All of the toilets and sink faucets are in along with most of the shower heads and controls. The doors have door knobs, and the stair banisters and railing are in, but not yet stained to match the hardwood. Finally, most of the kitchen back splash has been installed, and there is finished drywall in the garage (left unpainted).
Most of the kitchen backsplash is in. I've got a stainless steel hood that will go in the gap between the cabinets. I can't wait until the protective blue film is removed from the counter top and I can see the complete picture. The wires still hanging down beneath the cabinets is for the under cabinet lighting.
The short days don't leave me with time to get out to the house after work and still have daylight left and unfortunately I was in a hurry because I had to be somewhere on Saturday, so I didn't take any inside pictures. I did go in the house Thursday evening with a flashlight, but I couldn't take any pictures due to the lack of light. They've put in the linoleum in the laundry area and they've installed the permanent stair railing and banisters, but they hadn't stained it yet. I'll try to get some daylight pictures of the inside soon.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I stopped by the house and I saw huge amounts of progress. About 75% of the tile work has been completed, with only the bar area, a listello in the hall bathroom and the kitchen backsplash remaining to be done. The kitchen sink and countertops have been installed, and the granite countertop in the master bath has also been installed.
Exciting stuff! The entire interior has been painted, and all the interior doors have been hung except for the sliding closet doors in the bedrooms. The interior molding/trim has also been installed. All of the cabinets except for the ones that will be behind the bar are in, and all of the sink tops except for the master bath's' which is granite are in. On the outside, the whole house has siding, and most of the shutters have been installed. I also now have garage doors. The project manager saw me taking these pictures and told me that next week they'll be doing the ceramic work, which means tiles in the bathrooms!
So, technically, the three month anniversary of my ground breaking will be on Tuesday, but due to day light savings time, and the fact that I don't want to get in the way of the work by going on site while the workers are there, these pictures will probably be the closest to the actual anniversary as I'll get. A lot has changed since the pre-drywall meeting just 5 days ago. All the dry wall has been hung, though from the heaters still going, I can tell that the compound still needs to dry in some places, so I didn't touch anything. My porch has been poured, and I have permanent columns to support it. Also, my garage is full of goodies, like doors and kitchen and bathroom cabinets, and just outside is a stack of siding and trim. If that's any indication, next week's pictures ought to be even more exciting.