Let there be Water!

Another big day Chez Prince William…  painters were there all day doing touchups, plumber hooking up the water and our shower fixtures, and HVAC guys running ductwork..

Tomorrow gas lines finish, and we get our gas turned back on.. so that will mean HOT water, and our furnace can run for the first time since.. likely April.  We’ve had the gas turned off since mid August, but of course didn’t have the furnace running since late Spring.  (Yes, we have plenty of filters on standby and will be changing them very often the first few months. ) 

Here’s where we’re at today! Stone is complete, other than the caps on the front porch posts.  Siding is starting I think on Monday.. the nosey sweet neighbourhood is going to be incredulated (nice word, eh?) when they see our dark grey house where once a white and blue house stood..  I think the stone looks fabulous, especially with the dark mortar.  (it will fade slightly as it finishes curing)  I still haven’t figured out what to do for a railing.. i’m thinking black wrought iron?

John V our cabinet maker came back with the Island panels & drawer/door fronts.. they couldn’t exactly match the Ben Moore colour (double espresso) in a varnish.. but they came very close, and MUCH, much better.. I will definitely hug him next time i see him, it was a big job.. but he did it, and so sweetly too.   It blends so much more with the flooring now, and will with the granite & stools as well.  (nice towel rack, eh?)


Painter repainted both bathrooms the right “politan”.. which also blends SOO much better with flooring, countertop and the shower tile.. as i chose it to be… note, toilets are now functional, but I want to be the first to use them.. not my trades… so i taped them off.  Think it will work?!?


Shower fixtures are in… introducing Delta Tesla… tomorrow the shower doors go in.. i can NOT wait…

Kitchen faucet and sink are in place (temporarily on a sheet of melamine while we wait for granite.)  Note the hole in the wall from a previous outlet (which incidentally was the ONLY outlet in the entire house we had during construction) that was connected to our old electrical panel.  It will be closed in & covered up when I finally chose a backsplash tile.


Video here:

wasn’t that fun?? 

Yes, mom.. i do like my toys.  🙂   But i will call them “tools”

No need for 2 fingers or 1.. it could be the back of my hand, which will most likely be the case when my hands are covered in flour, dough, or bloody meat…. i canNOT wait to cook and create in this Kitchen!!

Yes, this Kitchen deserves a CAPITAL K!

I couldn’t resist taking another portrait photo of our stunning dining room light.
Light fixtures were the one thing I had the HARDEST time choosing, and I’m pretty pumped about them.. they will require regular dusting.. but I’m so happy with them. I mean.. look, how pretty is that?


We had one more disappointment we discovered– when I texted this next photo to the electrician last night, he was silent.. for a full day.  Then when he called me tonite – he apologized profusely, and is definitely coming back to correct this asap.  I’ll just leave this photo of the potlights here.. and you’ll understand.


We think it’s because the first 2 are in the addition, and the closest one to the photo is in the existing house, and when they put in the boxes, they measured from the East wall studs (Left of this photo which is facing North).. new addition at the time had 2×6 framing, existing had 2×4, which later was firred out to 2 x 6.   They should have remeasured when the drywall was on.. to find the 2″ difference.. but trusted their original measurements, (and i get that.. they’re that good normally.)  Nevertheless, like the island and the paint, it will be fixed.  We are learning as the client – instead of the builder/contractor.. (in my case, I’m both) that these things happen along the way.  The good trades that we have, own up to it, and quickly correct it.  I love our guys.  Seriously.

Tomorrow the mechanical & paint finishes up, shower doors go in, Gas will pass.. and not just from eating too much cheese… 🙂  Then on Saturday the appliances arrive, and we move in as much of the large furniture as we can, and start setting up the bed, dresser, desk and living room furniture.  Hopefully also hooking up the appliances…

Monday is occupancy inspection, and then we can officially MOVE HOME!

If you’re in the area.. and have an hour or two free on Saturday.. we would LOVE the help.. 🙂

cough cough.. hint hint… 


Published by billandamyskitchen

Bill (Guillermo 'cause he likes pretending he knows Spanish) and I (Amy) have been married since Sept 2005. We live in Southern Ontario, Canada - Niagara Peninsula in fact, smack dab between 2 of the Great Lakes. We love God, our family, our church family, and making each other laugh. (ergo the profile pic, he decided to make our photographer laugh by throwing a leg up on me just before the shutter clicked, which made ME laugh) When we married, I told Bill: "I don't know how to cook" but he had faith in me. So 15 years later, I'm still learning, and having fun. I've never (in my whole life) cooked a whole bird, chicken, turkey or otherwise. I've never roasted a beef, other than in a crockpot on low for 8 hrs. I like trying to find healthy & easy recipes and then I rarely follow them. I don't enjoy recipes that take hours or intricate steps. I have a special fondness for the Podleski sisters, writers/creators of the Looney Spoons, Crazy Plates and Yum/Yummer cookbooks. In 2018 we suddenly decided to rip our small house apart from stem to stern, moving out for 4.5 months while the house was demolished inside and out, and then rebuilt with an addition. If you go back in the archives to July-Dec 2018 you can follow that story. It's made our house open and so much more conducive to entertaining, small groups and large. It's given us the kitchen I've dreamed of to create and learn in. We feel incredibly blessed to be able to write about our journey, our faith in God and some fun recipes along the way. Thanks for joining us.

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