18Sep14 – Wow – It’s been a long time since I’ve posted. Rest assured, that means not much worth blogging about has been happening.
Steve’s been spending a tremendous amount of time as Board VP dealing with road repair on the mountain. Things are happening fast & efficiently, but that’s because he’s spending so much time organizing it behind the scenes. We both decided that this will take priority for the next few weeks and then we can focus more on our Maple Forest Cottage a bit later. So much for a C.O. for the holidays. Oh well, what’s an additional month or two in the grand “I finally get to move into my dream home” saga?!
So, in between getting quotes, renting big equipment, finding the best deal, supervising road work and actually doing some hands-on himself, Steve’s been putting in over 100 electrical outlets & switches in the house. We are wired for Broadway! Electrical/Audio/Visual is a love of Steve’s. I just stand back and shake my head at the complexity of it all. When all is done, we’ll be able to set different “moods” for each room at the touch of a remote control/ or our phones. Our Maple Forest Cottage is going to be a very smart home indeed!
We’re going all LED lighting in the house and we’ve learned that not all LED bulbs are created equal – especially when dealing with dimmers, of which we have a plethora! We learned the hard way, don’t put almost all of your bulbs in their temporary key-less fixtures and then turn on the breakers. The first set all buzzed and hummed to the point of distraction. We re-packaged them to the best of our ability and brought them back to the big box store and the poor customer service employee had to individually tag each one of the 40 bulbs so they could be returned to the vendor. I’m glad he had a good sense of humor (and shared when all was done, that he had to return those same bulbs himself!). So, Cree LED’s: try one first to see how it works for you.
I tweaked the color of the master bedroom because all the light coming in from the main arched window was causing the taupe walls to look light tan. Definitely not ok. Since Steve is very particular about his walls, I picked the right moment to approach him on this and got the reluctant go ahead. I can deal with reluctance – I got my yes. So now I have a slightly darker, definitely t-a-u-p-e wall color to wake up to and go to sleep with everyday. Phew – - that was a good move.