Marking our territory

Sorry for the lack of posting, it's been a busy week, but there's much to report. It's finally starting to look like we're (slowly) making this place our own.

As you can see above, the magnolia has bloomed. Spectacular as it is, its far too big and overgrown, so I'm not in love. Brett however adores all trees, and has had a tree guy out to go over the yard. Dude wants to reduce the magnolia by about a third, and I'm willing to withhold final judgment until that happens.

As of yesterday Chez Malaise has 200 amp electrical service and breakers instead of fuses! Everything seems to have gone well even if there was a sizeable mess left. They'll be back tomorrow for the city inspection, and have promised to take away all the crap they left here Wednesday.

In other electrical news the rewire electrician will be back (I'll be pinning him down on this tomorrow) to reconnect the power to the bedroom and install the switches. The solitary ceiling light in the hallway was replaced with three recessed lights (with dimmers) and the difference is stunning. Not that anyone ever hangs out in the hall, but being able to see around you walking through has been a revelation.

During the break in the bedroom reno Brett and I got down to painting. The walls are the Sherwin Williams Front Porch (gray) from the last post. The ceiling is Sherwin Williams Fleur de Sel, an even paler gray that I'm dying to see with the crown moulding installed. Speaking of, the crown and new doors should begin going up on Monday. I've got to test some white paint and have about a million chips on the dining room table. So far I'm liking Sherwin Williams Snowbound best.

Saturday morning someone is coming to measure and quote windows (hopefully with a less ridiculous result), and I'm trying to see if I can get someone out to look at refinishing the floor at the same time.

Bill should finish up the window bench next week as well, and Saturday I'll fill him in on what I want him to do with moulding on the front.

So there's been lots of goodness going on. I'm dismayed to report that Alex schnauzer has also felt the need to begin marking territory as well. We're unsure what has caused the pissfest as he never peed in the condo, and until this week hasn't done it here. I'm not sure if it's all the workmen and noise, or being confined to a bedroom, or what. All I know is that free reign is over until we get this figured out.


Karena said...

Oh David, your baby is just acting out with all of the commotion going on! New people running in and out all the time! He'll be okay soon!

You are getting loads done!!

Art by Karena

Russ Manley said...

If you kept me locked away for a week, I'd probly piss all over your nice new house too, first chance I got. Grin. But he'll get over it with some TLC I bet.

Martha said...

I think it's with everything going on and being new and being locked away. All those smells in the new room and none are his -- it is his way of letting everyone know that it is HIS!!!!

BTW, I like the tree -- I'm a tree person too. It's beautiful in the picture -- but perhaps in contrast to the house, I would agree that it is too big. But since trees take so long to grow . . . I hate to see a good one cut down.

David said...

Don't worry Martha, I don't think it's going anywhere. With some pruning and shaping I could probably learn to love it.

Kathleen said...

Just make sure that when they say 'reducing' the tree, they don't mean 'topping' the tree. I expect you are using an arborist, so probably no worries.

Did the prior owners have a dog or dogs? Maybe some smell was uncovered during your demolition and construction and he's just getting wind of it.

Toad said...

All of your progress sounds wonderful. I can't wait to see it.

ChrisToronto said...

Wow, David, you're reno run down sounds thrilling. And exhausting. Overgrown or not, that tree is mag-nificent.
The dog(s) will settle when the dust does. Good luck.

ChrisToronto said...

"your" reno. God, how I hate to misspell.

Sara said...

Hey, I don't know if you're doing the painting yourselves, but I recently discovered Frog Tape. I'm redoing a house too and became quickly ticked at regular painters tape b/c all the bubbles it left behind on the trim.