With the finish line in sight, it’s tempting to sprint. Our final plans, variations and addenda arrived last week. Signing off on these is our last task before our house construction begins. We are so close to moving from paperwork to real-live tradespeople, concrete and bricks on our block.
I spent a couple of hours reviewing the 56 pages of plans and addenda and found a few minor errors. An incorrectly located outdoor shower was the most significant mistake. Nothing major, but still enough to need a fresh copy of most of the paperwork. The corrected documents were back the next day. I was just about ready to return the signed forms when I happened upon a photo of the Rubix kitchen, prompting a small voice in my head: “Check the kitchen bench again.” We altered the original kitchen island design to accommodate 5 pairs of legs sitting on stools. As a result, we ended up with a waterfall-edged bench and lost a couple of small cabinets. Somehow along the way the cabinets snuck back in and our bench top overhang disappeared. Note to self: Check and check again. I am the Chief in Charge of Checking in our family, which is all very well, but you know who’s going to be blamed if something is not right. It is an understatement to say that I would kick myself if we were to have a huge, stunning kitchen island and 5 beautiful wooden tractor stools, and were unable to sit at the bench.
On other matters this week, the outdoor tiles we had selected to surround our pool have been discontinued. We’ve had to pick a comparable replacement. How do you like these porcelain beauties?
Before you start to worry, the slip rating is suitable for outside.
I’ve also been thinking about the front yard again. We wanted to lock in the cobblestone driveway by paying a deposit, but as usual that triggered a chain of connected questions. The cobblestone driveway guy might need to know that we want a motorised gate across the driveway. Does a motorised gate need a track? What kind of gate do we want? And what about doing the front fence, driveway and gate altogether? Blah! I guess that will be next week’s research.
Does anyone have a motorised gate? Did you retrofit it? Can I forget about this until later? Please?