Monthly Archives: January 2006 - Page 2

New House Phone and Bedroom Colors

Since we are going to be at a more permanent residence, we have decided to get a land line now in addition to our cell phones.  Called Cincinnati Bell up and they have turned the phone line on today.  Our house number is (513) 731-3562.  It’s active, but since we’re not living there yet, you probably will only reach us after work when we’re working at the house.  We’re taking our answering machine / phone there tomorrow so you will be able to leave messages for us.

Also, we finally picked out the colors for the master bedroom tonight.  You can download the pdf of the specifics here.  We decided to go with a blue color set for the bedroom.  The walls will be Morning Breeze Flat, ceiling will be Diamond Light Flat, trim will be Polar Bear Eggshell, and the doors will be Morning Breeze Eggshell.  We’re going to stop by Home Depot tomorrow to pick out samples to verify our choices, and if everything goes well, we’re going to start painting the ceiling.

Update (01/06/06):  Oops, through some little issues with Cincinnati Bell, the phone number is actually (513) 731-3562.  I also changed it above.  Pretty nice phone number for me to memorize since my cell is (513) 885-3562. 

So Long Air-Tite Windows

Today we had an Air-Tite Windows sale associate over our house to do an estimate for replacement windows in our home.  She was very informative and definitely gave us a good view of the differences in their windows.  I will give Air-Tite that they have some very well made windows and designs.  At one point I was actually considering going with spending a bit more for the windows.  Then came the part that really turned me off to the whole deal.  She gave us the estimate that was double what the last estimate we received from another company was and then informed us that if we bought the windows now, we would get a $3,500 discount which would have brought it around $10,000 for all the windows.

What bothered me is the tactic used to try to get us to rush into a purchase.  A decision to make a $10,000 purchase is not something that should made during a one hour consultation with the sales associate.  It really is atleast a full day decision if not longer.  A lot of the time, she talked about Air-Tite being a great product and a very competitive business.  If this was true, then why not give potential customers a little longer to think about such a large purchase without trying to push them into rash decisions.  I feel if a company really stands by their product, then they should not try to force customers into a quick decision by saying they can save $3,500 just by making the decision at the end of the consultation.

The windows might be better or they might not be.  The feeling that I got at the end of the consultation, trying to force a quick decision out of us really made me decide, "So Long Air-Tite Windows". 

Pantry, Carpet, Wallpaper, and More

The home remodelling is going and going strong.  We’ve been working on the house Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday so far.  George has just been so great, working on the house each day when we’ve been at work.  I really don’t think Kristin and I will every be able to convey how greatful we are for all the hard work he putting into the house.  My parents and sister also came over on Monday and helped us out with the house which was great.  A special thanks goes out to my Mom, Jeanne Whitt, cause she asked to be mentioned in the blog emoticon.

So now on to what’s been done so far and what is currently being worked on.  I have finally manhandled the last of the old brown carpet and it is now gone from the house along with the pretty nasty padding that was underneath.  The carpet was in every room except the bathrooms and the kitchen.  George and I have started pulling up the carpet nail boards around the edges of the rooms, but most of it is still left to do.  I also still need to pull up the massive amounts of staples that were used to staple down the padding.

On Monday, my Mom and sister worked in the kitchen the entire day pulling off the wallpaper that was around the top half of the kitchen.  The had a fun time emoticon  with that because it ended up being two layers of wallpaper.  Luckily, they did get it all off and looks good.  That was a great help to us.  We need to patch and sand the walls down a bit, then primer and paint.  We probably will be picking a color out for the kitchen tonight.

Now down to the garage door.  My Dad was working on getting the garage door opener installed on Monday.  There are a few issues which is making it more difficult and taking longer to install the garage door.  There is enough room for the most part between the ceiling and the door, but there is a steal beam right in the middle going horizontally which is getting in the way.  My Dad figured out a way which he thinks would work, but be very very close.  The clicker has been installed next to the basement door, but it needs to be wired to the garage door opener.  I don’t think I’m going to install the trip sensor and just use the pressure sensor on the door for determining if there are things in the way.  We also need to run some electricity up to the garage door opener for it to plug into.  Right now there is a light right next to the garage door opener, but I would prefer to keep the ability to turn the light on / off without the garage door opener getting turned off.

George has fixed the kitchen cabinet that was missing a bottom.  Not sure how he did it, but it turned out looking great.  He has also been working on the kitchen pantry.  He finished tearing out the plaster inside it which was cracking and discolored pretty bad.  He’s added a light to the top of the pantry with a switch on the side which will help light up the pantry.  On Tuesday, he had most of the drywall up.

Since George had access to the inside of the wall behind the  fridge, he has added an additional electic outlet for the fridge to be plugged into.  I think he’s planning on running an electric line just for the fridge because he thinks that we might have 4 open breakers available in the electric panel.  There is also a GFCI breaker in the electric panel that currently does not work and also does not have anything connected to it.

Now on to the master bedroom. George had pulled up the carpet nail boards around the walls and knocked out the staples used for the padding.  I pulled down all the Window stuff and Kristin and I started priming the walls / ceiling / closet / doors / trim with Kilz.  We are using Kilz because the person that lived there before used to smoke, and Kilz was recommended by multiple people to take care of smoke stains and also smells.  We finished most of the room, but have the trim and corners left to do tonight.  George was planning on running the phone line, coaxial, and cat5 cable to the bedroom today while Kristin and I were at work.  Kristin and I are going to pick out the colors for the bedroom tonight.  I know the ceiling is going to be white and the inside of closet is going to be white.  We’re debating at the time what we’re going to do with the doors.  We know that the trim is going to be one color and the walls are going to be another.  We’re not sure if we want a 3rd color for the door or if we’re going to paint the door the color of the trim or walls.

My mom and Julie had started putting contact paper on the cabinet shelves and the bottom of the cabinets in the kitchen.  They had washed them before they started, but still ran into the problem where the contact paper was not staying on very well.  Kristin then tried more later that day with the same results.  We’ve decided that we’re just going to primer and paint the inside of the cabinets white.

Finally, the status of the windows.  We are still in the process of having estimates done on putting new vinyl windows in the house.  We have a total of 19 windows!  So far, we’ve had NuVue stop by and do an estimate which was a lot less that Kristin and I were expecting it to cost.  We took our parents recommendation, and are having a couple more estimates done before we make a decision.  We have Ait-Tite, Sears, and AE Door & Windows doing estimates, with the last one being done on Monday.  After the last estimate on Monday, we will make the decision on who we are going to pick to have the windows done. 

We’re planning on adding pictures of the house as we go, but we keep forgetting to bring the camera.  Also would need to grab the cord for the camera.  I think the parents have taken pictures, so I’ll post those as soon as we get them. 

Let the Home Improvement Begin

Well, we have the house now.  What’s next on the agenda … Home Improvement.   Kristin and I are still in our apartment until January 1st, so we are spending the time going to the house and doing some major improvements.  I’m planning on documenting what’s going on in this blog, so here it begins.

So far, we’ve only worked on the house one day.  Already, we’ve started getting things done.  We have a lot of gratitude to my father-in-law, George, for already helping us out a lot.  On Saturday, he changed out the old garbage disposal with the new one we bought from Best Buy with gift cards that we had received.

Kristin and Belinda spent Saturday cleaning the fridge after we defrosted it the day before and removing all the contact paper from the cabinets in the kitchen.  We currently don’t have any real good pictures of the kitchen, but there is A LOT of cabinets.  George and I also changed out the plug next to the window in the kitchen to a GFCI plug.

I spent my time removing the plaster that was in bad shape in the pantry.  I’ve gotten about 3/4 of the back wall done, but still over the wall on the left to do along with the rest of the back wall.  I also removed all the carpet and padding that was in the living room.  That part was pretty gross, massive amounts of stains.

Since Monday is a holiday, I’m planning on being at the house the entire day working.  I have Recker and Boerger coming to install the new Dish Washer and I have some estimates being done on windows and siding.  Besides that, I’m planning on finishing removing all the plaster in the pantry and pulling up the rest of the carpet in the house.