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Friday, September 30, 2011

Time Flies!!!

It is hard to believe we have been the new owners of this beautiful home for 1 week now...time sure flies when you are crazy busy.  We keep pinching ourselves to make sure this is not some crazy dream we are having.  Let's see if I can remember everything that has gone on in this last week.  The day after settlement was crazy here.  We had torrential downpours most of the day.  We had our movers bring all our stuff that we had in storage....we had a delivery from Raymour & Flanagan(bedroom set, 2 love seats, and man cave furniture) and another from Jonny Janosik(master bedroom furniture and ottoman)...On Monday we had a table delivered that we had refinished and it looks fantastic...there are 2 more pieces being worked on that should be delivered this weekend.  The new and old furniture all looks great in the house and it was nice to see some of the pieces that have been in storage since May.  We have approval from HOA to install our fence and are in the process of getting approval for the sprinkler system.  We have made numerous trips back and forth to our old house.  Our Suburban is giving us problems so that has been slowing us down...it is currently in the shop to find out what the problem is.  It has been cloudy every day and at some point each day it has poured...that's actually a good thing since it is helping our grass get started, but getting the sprinkler system and fence installed is going to be a setback for the grass.  My wife finally beat Verizon into submission and they finally agreed that yes they could install phone, FIOS Internet and FIOS TV...that only took 5 weeks, hours and hours on the phone, until she finally got a manager who would take ownership and contact the Engineer we talked with back in February.  Anyway it is now resolved and installation will be on the 11th...btw...while we were working it from our end our RH sales rep was tracking down the RH Verizon contact person and at the same time we were getting our order finalized our sales rep sent an email saying that their contact said we should be able to get the Triple Play and if we still weren't getting anywhere to call that Verizon person directly.  I told our sales rep to save that contact name and that favor for the customer that has the same problem.  We have a punch list of 45 items which either weren't finished in time for settlement or we found during our 2 walkthrus.  Our two fireplaces don't work...one has a bad part which is ordered, the second one worked during walkthru, but didn't work the next day.  We have a huge hole in the ceiling of one bedroom and 2 more holes in the ceiling of the basement where the township inspector made our PM cut access holes...more on that at another time...they will be fixed.  I have been busy installing ceiling fans...7 installed so far...2 to go...the 2 left are the 15 ft. ceiling in the sunroom and the 12 ft ceiling in the morning room...guess why those 2 are left.  I have been promising to show pictures of the kitchen and while it is not quite finished yet and these pictures are at night I will share them anyway.

Under cabinet lighting on looking from family room.
The cover for the duct work above the vent is backordered till November.
The left cabinet is going to be glass too...that door just arrived and is awaiting installation.
The sink faucet is not the correct model and the soap dispenser has not yet arrived.
The refrigerator is not installed flush with the cabinets and there is more trim needed to finish that installation.
A piece of kickboard is the wrong color(can't see it in pictures)
 Next to Frig:  Avantium Oven, Trivection Wall Oven, and Warming Drawer
 Glass cabinets on the backside of the island
 Recessed Lighting now on too

 The 6 burner gas stove is on fire...just kidding...that's the glow from the warming light that is in the vent hood.  If you look close you can see the pot filler just to the right of the stove.
Just realized I forgot to upload the picture that shows the dishwasher and a closer view of the sink...oh well...will have to wait for another time.

Will add additional pictures as we get areas completed...

21 comments:

  1. The kitchen is absolutely gorgeous! Glad to hear that you finally got things worked out with Verizon. Thanks for sharing the pics and hope you are enjoying your beautiful home! Can't wait to see more of it.

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  2. Stunning! Enjoy! And thanks for sharing!

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  3. Hi BD!! Your kitchen is absolutely beautiful!! It's nice to see RH's options in a completed house! I love the cherry hardwood floors. I sometimes regret switching to the lighter color hardwood. Questions about your vent. Was that a custom order or was it included in RH's upgraded options? Is there normally cabinets above the hood? I'm asking because I had wanted something like that (without the cabinets above the hood). Was it a custom request to remove the cabinets? I did order an upgraded vent but it will be attached underneath the cabinets.

    Everything is so lovely!! Enjoy your new home! :)

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  4. Thanks everyone!!!

    @sw - the vent comes with the RH professional kitchen upgrade package. You can see it on the GE Monogram Appliance website. All of our appliances are from the Monogram collection. The only appliance we upgrade was the refrigerator and that was just to get the model that has water and ice in the door.

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  5. What a gorgeous kitchen!!

    Congrats again on settlement! It looks so beautiful!

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  6. Talk about a show stopper! I am in aww omgosh what a beautiful kitchen you both have. You did such a great job with everything I really mean it. You spared no expense and it shows. Great Job!

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  7. Your home is so beautiful, congratulations and have a ball decorating.

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous home! Congrats BD and family! You are right about time flying. I can't believe you guys already closed (and have been in the home a week). It seems like you just broke ground.

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  9. Congrats on closing!! :) Your kitchen looks SO beautiful!

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  10. Simply Beautiful! Everything looks great! I am soooo very happy everything turned out better than expected, except the few mishaps...

    Once your 30 day comes along, Every issues will be fixed and addressed. Our PM and every contractor you could think of at our home! Congrats and I waited MONTHS to see this Avalon unleashed once it was completed. It's all I imagined and more! Congrats again and enjoy!

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  11. Congratulations Your kitchen is one of the most beautiful Kitchen I have seen in recent days. The entire color combination is awesome. I wonder what granite and edge you have chosen. They both look great.

    We have also asked for a Ogee edge non-standard and they have given a cost estimate almost equal to standard granite cost. I wonder getting a Ogee edge is that costly. Any feed back will help us in deciding on this Ogee edge selection.

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  12. We have a few more days to pick colors for our Avalon and I keep looking at your kitchen. I want to go dark on dark, but I am scared! I have been in a few kitchens with Cherry Bordeaux cabinets and the combinations didn't do the cabinets any justice, but it looks like you found a great combination.

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  13. Did you have to pay to have the edges of your granite rounded?

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  14. Thanks....we love the combination and we too were very concerned about things being too dark. The granite we picked worked out perfect and with the morning room with additional windows and the fact that the kitchen is wide open to the family room plus the kitchen's 2 windows there is always tons of light flooding into the kitchen. Yes, we had to pay extra to add the Ogee edge to the kitchen countertops...wasn't cheap but it looks awesome.

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  15. Do you mind me asking how much the Ogee edge was? I don't want to have to pay $500 (new rule here) to RH just to get the price. I love it and think it makes the granite look awesome. You can e-mail me, if you don't want to post it.

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  16. I have to say this kitchen is pretty boss.

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  17. You're kitchen is amazing. We are building our first home and are putting a lot of money into our kitchen. Our colors closely match yours, but I was just wondering.... What kind of hardwood did you choose? I keep looking at the Cherry hardwood but for some reason the demo planks don't look as beautiful as they do in your kitchen. I'm having a hard time imagining it in the whole kitchen with our cherry bordeaux cabinets. Thanks!

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