It's a numbers game
It's the 9th inning and bases are loaded.
(Excuse the lame sports analogy). As I write this blog, searching for an appropriate header to sum up the enormity of what we are doing to get this house to market, I look at this image and realize that it really is a numbers game. Not only what you pay for a house and what you get for a house but every single step along the way, from a fiscal and logistical standpoint.
We are one week away from staging, which means all the interior (and ideally exterior) surfaces need to be complete. I've done my best to schedule all the logistics but daily I am reminded of something I forgot. For example, yesterday Lance asked about the mirrors in the bathrooms. I realized that we set the scones slightly closer than the width of the vanity so the mirror has to be custom. This means, the company has to come template and then go make the custom mirror and come back and install it. Within one week.
So I pulled off that miracle yesterday. But there are many more like that. The current stress is how to get all the workers out of the house (meaning finished) so the floors can get their final sealer coat. Which also means we lose that day in the house as the sealer dries. Oh, and when does the cleaning crew come in to do the deep clean before the furniture and blinds show up? Oh, and what about Thanksgiving? As thankful as I am for all of this, the holiday is just getting in the day this year.
Bar with Antique Glass
Once we realized that we had this space in the wall (which is behind the washing machine and drier), my lazy side wanted to just dry wall over it. But it is usable space. Its also a major thoroughfare and one of the first things seen as you walk in. Being that we love our cocktails, we decide to turn it into a bar. And what does every bar need? Antique glass!
I'm super proud of this. I love the look of mercury glass. Lance told me that we could make it so I looked it up. I was shocked at what a simple project it was. I got an estimate from a glass shop to make it for me. $1600. So I decided to do it myself. Super easy. Super immediate gratification. And the total cost was about $100. I'll probably do another blog on this one day. But in the meantime, here's what I followed to do it.
This is my first time being intimately involved in the stair making process. I should say the stair installation process. If you remember, all the components were sent to us but it is still a giant feat to install everything. What you see below is a rig that Lance designed so that the painter could spray all of these balusters with ease. Amazing right?
Antique dresser becomes bathroom vanity
One of the best decisions we made was to put in this black and white gravel in the front yard. I love it so much. It's simple, clean and gives that sort of Italian look. One of the worst decision are these trees which as supposed to be shrubs to give the house some privacy. But, at this point, I can't deal. So we'll talk to the new owners about it and see what they want to do once it sells.
I'd like to give another plug to my Landscape Designer, Audrey Newell, at The Foxy Garden in San Francisco. Audrey is ReScape California certified. She is also a APLD member (Association of Professional Landscape Designers). The Foxy Garden is a Bay Area landscape Design company using sustainable practices such as using climate appropriate plant palettes, improving soil health, lawn conversions, and much more. Contact her to talk about your next landscape design project.
For all you local folks, here's a plug for Ubaldo, our landscaper. He's hardworking and nice. Such a great guy. Always smiling!
THIS IS WHAT HALF OF 24 TONS LOOKS LIKE
Finish Paint Interior: Master Suite and Stairway
Finish Exterior Paint: Front window, garage door, touch-ups
Install hardscape: DG on driveway and path to cottage
Install vanities and mirrors
Install all fixtures: hardware, lighting and faucets
Construction clean (deep clean)
Open House (God willing)
Disaster of the Week
Too many to count (like the 24 tons of DG delivered was not enough). But none that will break us.
Many, many thanks
We are grateful to you for following us on this journey. And we hope that you'll stick with us through the end of this one and, hopefully, to the next one.
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