As designers, we always try to have the best communication with our clients, especially when we’re close to move-in day. Because despite all the organization, lists, and hard work, there are always a million little details that have to be in place before a job is finished. And sometimes those details can make you crazy. I had to remember that last week as we hit the home stretch for my own new home’s remodel – because last week was move-in day for me, as you can see by the tower of boxes that was built in my dining room!
This week, I’m absolutely thrilled to be in my house, even with a punch list to complete and kinks to be worked out! But last week, just as on any job like this, there were a million little things that had me running and had my phone pinging constantly with questions. That’s just the nature of a big job like this. Here are a few of the details that came up:
1. Should the master bathroom shower digital interface be just on the interior of the shower, or one on the interior and exterior? Yep…this important plumbing decision was delayed due to receiving the wrong interface to begin with but we had wired pulled in both areas, so two interfaces or one?
2. One of the master bathroom sinks went missing in the warehouse, so we had to track down a new one. Again, last minute plumbing issue that one would hope would have been done weeks ahead of move-in, but you know how things don’t always go as planned.
3. Finding all the mounting brackets and supply elbows for the plumbing. Who knew there could be so many bits and pieces?
4. One of the kitchen pendants was missing a glass diffuser for the last minute hanging of light fixtures and another diffuser was broken in shipping for my daughter’s closet.
5. Which rooms needed custom-colored outlets/switch plates, which ones needed regular white, and finally which ones needed acrylic when the walls have wallpaper. I had told electrician and contractor previously I would deal with this after move-in because I just couldn’t take one more decision a few weeks ago.
6. The wrong shower door hardware was shipped for the guest bath and a shower door pull color had been overlooked. Polished nickel was the answer but until mid-week, I didn’t know this was a question. Ha!
7. And then finding the specific outlets that I wanted in some rooms – the kind that include USB ports (these are so handy).
And there were a lot more questions too! Sounds silly, but those things have to be decided, and sometimes on the fly! And as much as we would like all these things all complete and tidied up weeks before move-in, that is often not realistic. I had a whole new appreciation for my clients pushing me to get moved into their home because I was so ready to get out of my temporary condo living.
And I am traveling this week to teach my Designer MBA course in Atlanta, so last week was really the only time I could take a full week and get moved out of our condo and into the house and all unpacked and organized. So I moved in with the house “ready or not” which had me making more last minute construction decisions than I would have liked, but it all worked out.
Add to that trying to coordinate the movers, get my daughter to school and back, keep the dog from running out the door with all the subcontractors coming in, and getting the house all unpacked and livable. Whew! Many of you can imagine the sometimes-controlled chaos we went through last week.
BUT the good news is – I’m in my new house!! I’ll be sharing a lot of sneak peeks on Instagram over the coming weeks, and I’ll keep sharing some of my selections here with you, too. I can’t wait to share the complete house with you, but that will have to wait for a special publication that will be out after Christmas. I know, it’s hard to wait. But as I learned last week, it is SO worth it!