Jobsite Walk: Final Stage Mid-century Modern

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Belle Meade, TN

Well, we have finally arrived at that crazy time at the end of a project, when everything comes together and doesn’t, all at the same time. At the end, it seems like all the little issues that can arise all pop-up at once, as all the trades are working side-by-side to finish. The past few weeks were focused on finishes going in:

–Tile: After the bathroom walls had been moved, the tile was able to go in at the walls and showers.

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–Refinishing Hardwood Floors: After all of the white plaster that was plopped onto the beautiful, original hardwood floors, I was so happy to see them refinished. I kept telling Jose to please protect the floors, because they were getting scratched, and frankly just looked completely ruined. When the finishers came in, I was so happy to see them look completely restored to their original state like right out of 1950.


–Plumbing and Light Fixtures: Towards the very end of the project, the plumbing fixtures (like faucets and tub spouts) were installed, and lighting (after paint so they don’t get damaged).

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–Exterior Landscaping: Landscapers are at the end as well, so the exterior painters and concrete flatwork subcontractors don’t damage the planting and it looks fresh.

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So, of course I am now in Italy (for a wedding), at about the craziest time for the first Midcentury Modern in Tennessee. I am so thankful to my mother-in-law who has commandeered finishing, and sends me daily updates while I am away. The main issues that have arisen this week:

The Master Tub doesn’t fit: I basically need to bring an engineer in to re-frame the tub to hold water and be deep as the one I purchased or find a new one that fits.
Hardware wouldn’t work for cabinets: I have to choose new hardware because the types of cabinets that are used for modern in this case, split when I put the modern tabs I wanted in. So, now we are scrambling for replacement.
Elevator won’t open: I had this checked by the company that installed the elevator originally at the beginning of the project, but for some reason it won’t open now that we need to get it working and wallpaper it.
Staging: When it came down to it, we were not ready in time for the stagers- the house was a mess and just wasn’t complete enough. The next available date they had was 2 weeks out! Which costs me a lot of time (and thus $), so that was very hard to hear. However, now after getting more pictures while I am away, I think we can use the extra time to handle all of these small issues.

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Wish us luck to complete on time!

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