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Construction Update: Electrical and Insulation (Finally!)

The "finally" mentioned in the title is totally aimed at our construction crew...and at myself. These photos were taken more than a month ago. I may be slightly behind on my blogging.

In my defense, photos of insulated walls and wiring are only so interesting. When can I decorate?!

I requested to have my photo taken next to our new fireplace "in the exact same pose as our builder, minus the yellow hat". My memory of the pose was off, but the hat was spot on. Though he's a great builder, there's no denying his trademark yellow hat was a big part of our decision to go with him.

Here is a guy who won't balk at our dream of bright yellow doors and shutters, we'd thought, so young and naive in our pre-construction days.

No can lights in this room...well, except for this one random can light. But don't worry. The builder is going to take it down tomorrow...or at least before installing insulation...no, drywalling...umm, I mean after drywalling but certainly before cutting a hole in the drywall for this can light that isn't supposed to be here.

 The can light, by the way, is not even wired in.

F you, can light.

I'm convinced that whenever Sexy Nerd says "Look over here", Pica and Biscuit intentionally turn the other way.

Or perhaps they were just mesmerized by my pants.

For a green-certified home, this sure seems like a high electrical demand.

Soon, Sexy Nerd is going to fill the opening at the top of this photo with billions of end-cut logs. Let's hope the final product looks better than it sounds.

In the photo above, I adore the charming cutout toward the ceiling. I remembered this too late and had to pay the framers to add this. I also had to have the ductwork re-run because they'd had an entire gigantic wall to choose from and of course it had been placed in the exact same spot as my charming cutout.

Still, it had to be done. When I emailed Sexy Nerd to ask if he thought it was worth the extra expense, he replied "Did you know that nicho is just Spanish for niche, which is French for something like a nest.  Our living room is going to have a nest J"

How can I say no to that?

 Behold, our nest. $200 well spent? 

IT LOOKS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING LIKE THE PHOTO!!!

Aargh, I hate my "charming" cutout. Why is it so big? What the heck am I going to put up there?

My future office. Somehow, I always knew I'd end up in a room with padded walls.

Sexy Nerd took a "panorama" shot of his garage because it was built by Panorama Homes. Hee, hee.

Funny enough, everyone who has seen our garage door has commented on how great it is. They never seem to realize it's just a temporary door pieced together with scraps from multiple salvaged/broken doors. 

Clearly, everyone in my life is just humoring me.

Our builder stressed to us again and again (and then a little more) that the best way to keep costs down was to build a simple box of a house. This photo of the back courtyard is a reminder that when designing a custom home, even the most frugal cheapskates will go frivolously out of their minds.

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