Posted in Austin, Texas, House renovation

Delayed AGAIN

So much for our (almost) perfect on time, on budget reno – we are still waiting for the addition to be completed. The deadline was Sunday, but I reckon we’re another week away from everything being totally done (laundry room, porch, etc.). Initially the delay was down to the late arrival of the internal doors, but then something has changed about the floors.

Turns out the last phase was a little more complex than we initially thought – but that’s actually not a bad thing as we weren’t particularly pleased with them after the first treatment. We’re going for a super smooth, highly polished pale gray concrete, but the texture was awful and the concrete guy didn’t seem to think it could be fixed. Apparently it CAN be fixed, though, and they spent all day today working on them with a diamond grinder. Tomorrow they’ll apply two layers of gloss, and then we’re waiting on some very small details (door hardware, medicine cabinet), the laundry room and the porch. The laundry room has also been a little problematic, with some dodgy plumbing and an unexpected gas line, but our contractor says it should come together pretty quickly.

We’re so, so close now – although much like the last few weeks/days of pregnancy, time feels like it’s slowed to a standstill. I’m itching to get everything moved around and organized before baby gets here (34 weeks tomorrow!), but at least I’ll have something to keep my hands occupied while waiting for baby.

Pic: the evolution of a wall continues…




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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