Sunday, March 30, 2014

Almost Ready For Final Inspections!

Electricians were here last week finishing up electrical and the driveway pavers are getting installed. Plumbers are finishing up this week and I hope to get "real" electric turned on so I can finish the pool.


Trying out a runner in the hallway

Outside lights are up.

Pavers Arriving

belgard toscana and mohave

 The color mix is Belgard's  Toscana blend and Mohave in a herringbone (zig-zag) pattern.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Ceiling Fans

I ended up picking Home Depot's Hampton Bay 52" for every room. I did get an extension rod for the living room fan because the ceiling in there is 12 feet, but the rest were attached without the downrods. I like them very much and most importantly, they are SILENT!!! I mean totally silent except for the sound of air moving. If your fan is noisy it may be hooked up wrong. My electricians had dimmable wall switches for the ceilings' electric hook-up (these fans say to NOT use a dimmer switch!!) and the motor was humming like crazy. Loud loud loud! When the wall switch was replaced with a regular non dimming switch the fans were silent.

I'm not big on fancy or unusual ceiling fans. I just like the classic ceiling fan without lights. So I don't have a lot of decisions here to make, except I did want a ceiling fan close to the ceiling for Rogan's room because he has a bunk bed and I don't want the fan too close to the upper bunk. The ceiling is 10 feet high in that room. I also don't want a ceiling fan that hums at every speed.

Here are some pictures in case anybody else out there is curious about fan depth.

The two Home Depot (Hampton Bay) fans are Hampton Bay. The flush mount is 42". The other two standard fans are 52". The Home Depot fans are high gloss white and the Lowe's (Harbor Breeze) fan is an eggshell finish.

ceiling fan depths, comparing ceiling fan depths, hampton bay ceiling fan compared to harbor breeze

The small living room has 12' ceiling and I thought I'd get a longer downrod (bought at Home Depot and is for Hunter fans, but it worked on this Hampton Bay) for that fan.
One thing I noticed with the Home Depot (Hampton Bay) fan is that the clips for the fan blades are BLACK and you can see them??????? Maybe I'm being overly picky, but my eyes went to it right away. You can't really tell in the pictures. I tried the shorter rod that comes with the fan, and you can still see the black clip. The Lowe's fan has clips that are cream colored. I don't have pictures of the Lowe's fan hanging yet.

hampton bay 52" ceiling fan with extension downrod, hampton bay 52" farmington ceiling fan

Home Depot's  Hampton Bay white ceiling fan, hampton bay farmington 52" ceiling fan

The Home Depot, Hampton Bay, and the Lowe's, Harbor Breeze, both get good reviews online. I don't have electricity yet so I'm not sure how well they run. They both get reviews that say they're quiet.

Friday, March 21, 2014

This and That

All that's left to do is electric, pool plaster, driveway, and landscaping. Almost finished!!!! Here are some pictures from the past couple of weeks.

Temporary junky mailbox :)

Grading all the dirt to get ready for driveway and landscape.

lot grading

lot grading

lot grading

 I had these chairs made for the dining room table.

black wingback chair, wingback chair

 The fabric is a black corduroy

 A mexican star light for the turret ceiling

mexican star light, hanging star light, moravian star light

 The gates are still continuing to rust nicely

rusting iron fence, acid wash rusted fence

 Had the dented gate fixed, now it's straight again!

 Thomas making cement pads for the two air conditioning units

Still trying out different wall lights...

The custom double doors for the master bedroom and office finally arrived and are waiting to be installed.

 I've been scrubbing the cement floors getting them ready for Thomas to install the wood flooring.

Have been looking at pavers for weeks. They are all starting to look the same. I was going to use a paver style called holland, which is basically a brick shaped 8x4 paver, but I've decided on 9x6 pavers in a herringbone pattern for the driveway.
This is the 9x6 below is some different colors that my paver guy dropped off.

 I went to a paver store to see some different choices

belgard paver colors

belgard paver colors

belgard paver colors

phoenix paver colors

phoenix paver colors

pavestone colors

pavestone colors

Finally I decided on a mix between a Belgard color called Mohave mixed with Toscana. This style is slightly tumbled and is from the Cambridge Cobble line. There were also some nice bricks (above) that I may use for the patios and walkways. ????? Not sure...