House update: After 3 weeks, more and more like home

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We’ve been living in the house for three weeks now, and it feels more and more like home every day. We’ve done a lot of unpacking and setting up, and the workers continue to finish off items that move the house closer to completion.

The exterior has now been painted the right colors, though much of the trim still needs to be done. The last set of cabinets, in the living room, has been installed, though there’s still some finishing to be done. Lots of little details have been completed by our terrific carpenters. We’ve set up furniture in the rooms and unpacked scores of boxes. Robin has done lots of cleaning. And with the help of our friend Rob Schouten, we’ve hung some paintings.

Below are some photos of how things look now. More changes are still to come, including completion of the driveway, installation of mirrors and shower doors, completion of the screened porch, and installation of the generator.

This weekend the house will be on a tour of homes built by local builders.

Meanwhile, we are off for a three-week trip to Europe. More about that in future posts.

We finally have a living room. The cabinets need doors and more shelves, the fireplace needs its surround, and the TV area above needs to be finished. But it still feels pretty homey.

The dining room now has its table and chairs.

The dining room now has its table and chairs.

The kitchen is finished except for some missing drawer handles.

The kitchen is finished except for some missing drawer handles and cabinet glass.

The study shelves are now full of books.

The study shelves are now full of books.

The front guest bedroom awaits its first occupant with a touch of Bohemia.

The front guest bedroom awaits its first occupant with a touch of Bohemia.

Two of the paintings that Rob Schouten helped us hang. The large one is by Rob; the small one, by my sister Nancy.

Two of the paintings that Rob Schouten helped us hang. The large one is by Rob; the small one, by my sister Nancy.

The exterior is now the right colors, though the painters have a lot of trim to finish.

The exterior is now the right colors, though the painters have a lot of trim to finish.

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