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Feeling the drag

It’s like a truck stop here, with random folks still dropping by to tackle jobs both big and small. The plumbers turned up at 9am and turned off the water briefly, swung some hammers, then left for an hour and returned for another 20 minutes. Then at 12 the city inspector came by to look at the plumbing; he left within half an hour. Our contractor drove up and parked for literally 5 minutes while he did something with a tape measure out back; I barely clocked he was here before he left again. But hey, as long as the job gets done, right?

We had a meeting with our contractor yesterday to review some smaller details and also get an overview of what’s going to be happening between now and completion, which is looking like late Jan/early Feb. Generally he’s been excellent at project managing everything, but we find he’s occasionally forgetful with details about finish (yes, we did want internal blinds in the back door) and add-ons (also please do finish out the old laundry room like we requested; I’ve realized I don’t want a dirty space that smells like wet dog just off my brand new perfect bathroom). Yesterday’s meeting went through a list of small issues, but fortunately the big stuff still seems to be going smoothly.

Our two biggest disappointments/problems with the addition so far are that we’ve potentially not designed big enough windows in the master bedroom and that the concrete floors are looking slightly more industrial than we’d hoped for – however, it’s winter, so we may find that there’s more than enough light in our room once the hot Texas days set in again, and they still have to do one more coat and polish on the floors at the very end, so that may resolve our complaint about them.

Amazingly, the existing 900 sq ft house is functioning quite well with all of our possessions crammed in. It’s messy and a a bit tight, but it works and we can get on with our daily lives more or less. The rough timeline seems to be that today we’re waiting on an inspection (see earlier drop in), then tomorrow they are insulating the addition (which is a relief since the weather has been at or below freezing and our new pipes aren’t insulated!!), next it’s 3-5 days of drywall (I hear that’s messy, not looking forward to it) and then another inspection before the finishing touches are added (paint, trim, light fixtures, vanity, tub, tile, etc.). Right now it feels like we’ll be living I these 900 sq ft forever, but I think once the drywall is hung, it’s going to feel real! Extra space, yay!

Meanwhile, a shot of our temporary living room wall and the mud pit outside…




Texan, teacher, writer, reader: that’s me in a nutshell. Originally from Texas, I now live in London with my husband (he’s a Brit) and our two boys. I spend my time devouring books (especially young adult/middle grade fiction), baking cookies and generally going in ten directions at once. More than a decade ago, I moved to London for a teaching job, met my husband, stayed, and started a family. The last few years have been a whirlwind: in 2013, we moved to Austin, TX and I decided to stay at home with our son; in 2014, we bought and renovated a house in South Austin; in 2015, we welcomed our second son at a local birth center...and in 2016, we packed up and moved back to London! 2017 is set to see more changes as our eldest little starts school and I head back to the classroom. Read on for renovation info, book reviews, creative writing posts, and the general flotsam and jetsam of my life.

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