Not much has changed - we suspect that they're waiting for an inspection, so most of the work has been put on hold. They did finish the siding, soffits & facia on one whole side of the house, and it looks great! Now, if they would just get started on the front...
Due to my inability to hold onto my camera, we are without until the new one arrives in 7-10 business days. Since my parents are in NY visiting my sister, my in-laws were gracious enough to loan us theirs (didn't end up using it yet). It is at our disposal at their house whenever we need to use it, so I'm sure we'll take advantage of that this week. I'd hate to miss documenting anything in the house progress!
The spec home across the street with the same floor plan as ours is almost finished. We went in today and they have carpet & cabinets. The cabinets are the same color as ours and they look so pretty. Can't wait until our house is that far along!
I talked to the Lucas Homes lady today and she said they should do insulation & drywall very soon, and she would think we'd be in by the end of September. Celebrate!!
They also finally installed our back door, so now we're only missing the door leading from the garage inside the house. We went into the basement tonight (by climbing down a rickety ladder) and they have poured gravel everywhere, which means we should have a basement floor any day now! They also put in our rough-in for our basement bathroom.
It seems like it's going so fast!!
On a side note, we also walked through Cyndi & Todd's new house for the first time last night - it's going to be awesome! They're building an atrium ranch, so lots of windows! Can't wait to see the finished product. They are about as far along as us - it's weird because our builders are doing things in different order - we've had our brick for a bit, but they're just getting theirs, but they've had their garage & basement floors for awhile. Only time will tell - we just hope we don't all close on the same day - that would make for a rough weekend of moving!!
They also delivered all of our siding and started putting up all the siding trim yesterday. I'm guessing we'll have a fully-sided house in the next couple days (pending the weather).
Wires in kitchen wall:
Siding trim on back windows:
The house update is pretty short: we went last night and they've put all of the boxes for the light switches and outlets. I guess next is attaching all the wires - hopefully that took place today. It looked like there were a few lights missing in the kitchen, so we've got to call & ask about that.
And of course everyone is familiar with the famous Red Light District. We checked that out during the day and stumbled upon it again on our way home at night - it was quite a scene. There really are red lights in the windows, and the poor scantily clad girls waiting for their next customers looked so young. We saw "brown" cafes everywhere and the smell of pot was in the air. We even saw a Hemp & Hash Museum and several stores selling seeds. Definitely an eye-opening experience!
Then it was on to Singapore. We were busy with meetings, training sessions and group dinners, so we didn't explore a ton. The first night we were there, we went to the Chinatown market, and to the Clark Quey (pronounced "key"). It was a big open area with tons of restaurants - it was recently renovated, so every one of the restaurants was new and modern - very cool. Our last night there was Friday night so after dinner we checked out the Night Safari at the Singapore Zoo. It was really cool - we rode a tram through the zoo, and all of the animals were right up near the road - almost close enough to touch. No pictures though - the animals are nocturnal so you couldn't use your flash. I was brilliant and tried over & over again to take pictures anyway, and shockingly, they all came out black! We also went to the Raffles Hotel - the oldest hotel in Singapore and the supposed inventor of the Singapore Sling (a yummy fruity mystery drink).
Link to all of my pictures (Amsterdam = 1-51 & Singapore is the rest): http://www1.snapfish.com/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=159144527/a=8436422_8436422/t_=8436422
I'm planning to sleep a lot on the plane, and will probably sleep all night Saturday when I get home and most of Sunday. Gotta get back to normal before Melphis next weekend!!
Also Jason met some of the new neighbors while visiting the construction site the other night. He said they seemed very nice and probably about our age. He inquired about the experience they had with Lucas Homes and Carol. Apparently they had nothing but nice things to say about both. So that's very comforting. They are having a block party on July 20th. Let me know if anyone needs directions.
UPDATE: Jason changed the arch because he decided his first one was shitty and wouldn't work. Thanks to Merlin, the project is now done proper-like. No pictures, because I'm out of town and Jason is a lazy jerk who doesn't like to take pictures of 2x4's. But he does thoroughly enjoy watching paint dry. As do most people who actually enjoy looking at pictures of 2x4's.
They're also almost finished with the roof shingles:Looks like the next project is going to be brick, mortar & stone. The front will start to take shape:
We also got a little extra bonus that we didn't even have to pay for - a new baby bed! (OK, maybe new isn't the way to describe it):
Someone apparently thought our future front yard was a great place to dump their trash. Hopefully when we move in they'll realize it's not a junk yard.
I'm leaving tonight for Amsterdam & Singapore. I'm hoping to take pictures while I'm there and hopefully even post them to the blog this week, but no promises.
It's official!! Notice little Gracie cheering in the background - the flower girls (Gracie & Bina) are the little ones Alison moved to New York to nanny for, and they are ADORABLE! All the girls - together again!
Here's a link to the rest of the pictures - warning: there are hundreds of them!http://www1.snapfish.com/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=159054267/a=8436422_8436422/t_=8436422