After ten full weeks of building and living in the Airstream, by this Saturday, we both were feeling very stressed with project fatigue. The dust, the mess, the process, and constantly wondering where things are finally got the best of us. Even Buster seemed a little out of sorts.
Luckily, our great friend, Perry, invited us out onto a boat in Andrew’s Bay near Seward Park, which could not have been a more perfect tonic to lift our spirits. Lots of laughs, cocktails, food and floating around in the water really helped. Thanks, Perry.
Sunday, we spent in the mountains and visited Franklin Falls where John and I had our first date three years ago. We also tried bushwhacking our way to Source Lake and found it nearly impossible, but it was nice to hang by the river and let Buster enjoy some downtime, too.
Meanwhile, back at the house this week, the siding began going up with the textured Hardie plank and shingles. Starting in the rear of the house, the planks and shingles are really making the house feel like a house again, so it’s good to see.
The electric rough-in continued. We really like the electrician: nice, very competent and has great suggestions. The plumbing inspection never happened during the week. Something which was supposed to happen.
Several things to think about this week as the heat rises again today: cabinets, railings, decks and finish work. Lots and lots to do.
We are roughly three weeks over the planned schedule. Part of our frustration lies in the fact we were told by our builder they would be done with their work by August 8th and there is still so much left to do under their contract: siding, insulation, drywall, mudding, exterior and interior paint, not to mention all of the little things to fix. It will be interesting to see how long it really is going to take. We hope to be in by mid-September when we can still do some of the finish work, but also enjoy the house.
We saw this beauty at Airstream Adventures Northwest while we waited for our Dometic air conditioner to be replaced. Again, a wonderful service experience. The dealership as a whole seems to have really upped their game service and knowledge-wise. We came away quite impressed with how they are working to make the experience there so much better.