Keeping my eye on the prize....

Well it couldn't all be hunky dory..... I guess it adds excitement to the drama of building a house. I will definitely categorize this entry as one of the "downs" in the project. 

Progress has been great, moving along without a hitch, we are ahead of schedule!!!  you heard correctly AHEAD of schedule. The original plan was to be in my new dream home ( i keep saying MY...I know its selfish and greedy but at this current moment its my baby!!)  by Christmas. I got so cocky once I saw the quick progress that I shaved (not 1, not 2.......3 months off my timeline. I assured my kids and husband that we would be in by September!.....yes...I know,  sadly not one but TWO good friends involved in the project politely chuckled. Anyway ,I'm trying to wrap my brain around the origional time line once again.

Ok , so back to my not so hunky dory entry. I really could not be happier with exterior of my house. Florian has been essential in making sure that no detail is missed. As I mentioned before, I have an obsession with the small details and how they work together to compliment the bigger picture, it's what I do, but it is so easy to miss things in your own project. Our trades have all come highly recommended by Florian. I believe I have mentioned this before but it doesn't hurt to do it again.  It's very important to trust the person you hire. The trades they bring in or recommend generally have a pre established work relationship established. To see if your Project manager/contractor is worth his weight watch closely how he interacts with his trades and vice versa, respect and trust is critical in order to avoid unwanted expenses and mess ups. I have been on sites where the crew complain to the homeowner about any number of issues . I dropped the ball when i decided to go rogue and hire a trade that I knew could potentially be a "loose canon" as i eventually nicknamed him. . I did it ANDi regret it.!!!  I have a tendency to go with my gut. I had met this particular trades person on a different job site. The work they did was good, slow but good. Gentleman who "ran" the company had issues as we all do I guess, but he seemed genuine in wanting the opportunity to prove himself. I had a meeting prior to the job starting, "air was cleared" , deposit given as was his word in completing the job properly and in a timely manner. I was fortunate that the 2 gentleman that actually did the job where pleasant to deal with but when he showed up on the site, things were very unconfortable and tense. The one thing I failed to mention and I am embarrassed to admit, is that I may have been a tad more inclined to over look his "issues" because he did have the most reasonable quote.....there, I said it, I am not proud it , it was an amateur move (actually completely BONE HEADED!!!) . I will not name the trade or the company name as its not really the point. The job was completed with many outstanding issues that I doubt will ever get resolved. Frankly, I DO NOT want him around my house, he kind of cast a dark cloud on my house for a bit but that too will fade. I have learned my lesson , not to say its all butterflies and roses from here on but.....

Back to the good stuff...... The trades that have followed where fantastic and yes they all came highly recommended by Mr Qendro (PM) once again. The skilled hands of Mr. Olipio and his crew carefully constructed my beautiful porch. This took quite a few meetings and extra hours of prep work to get just right. Florian handled most of the calculations to make sure there were no errors in the rough framing and the finished carpentry. The results are even better than I had imagined. I was worried about proportion and scale. The porch compliments the house perfectly and the detail in the millwork is fantastic. It still needs paint but I absolutely love the result. Next up, drywall madness!!