This blog documents the progress of our super-cool, pre-fab home "somewhere" in the wilds of Northwest Arkansas. Rocio Romero designed the home, model LVL, and incorporated our custom modifications. GC Don Lourie is doing the build and architect Brad Satterwhite is providing additional ingenuity.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

So Close

But yet so far. Heidi and I made a down-and-back run to Arkansas Saturday to deliver toilets, faucets and mirrors. While there, we caught up with Don, shot some pics and measured a few spaces. Everything seemed to be humming along.

Then, Monday came. A few critical path items jumped the track and will push us back about a week.
  1. The stainless kitchen cabinets we ordered from Lasertron will be delayed due to an email mixup.
  2. The heat won't be connected for two weeks, which delays the floor installation.
  3. We found out cultured marble won't work for the tub or bathroom sinks and devised a Plan B (Neptune Zen Soaker Tub and custom-fabricated under-mount stainless trough sinks).
  4. And, last, but not least, the company Don scheduled to prime the drywall bumped us a week.
I guess these things happen in building. It's just wild that they all happened in the last two days.

Here are the updated shots from Saturday. As you might expect, we're getting very excited and anxious!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Dog House

What fearsome beasts will guard the gates of Secret Fortress Hideout? It's Durga the giant schnauzer puppy and Pedro the, uh, um, stray Chihuahua and ????? mix (actually, we hope to solve the mystery of his parentage soon thanks to a DIY mail-away DNA test).

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Home Stretch

Tons to show and tell from the last post. The sheetrock is up and the deck is framed. The electrician has completed the lighting plan and the plumbing is in. Next up, exterior sheet metal, paint, tile, flooring and kitchen cabinets.

So, naturally, we decided it was time for a trip to Ikea in Chicago for mirrors, shelving, storage, bathroom hardware, kitchen supplies and bedding. Oh, and we picked up a giant schnauzer puppy from a breeder in Yorkville, Il. It was a wild and wacky trip.