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Jay's Floor 7 - Homecoming

It's been a while since my last post.  Not that I didn't want to post, but time is time is time.  And, since it stays light late, there isn't much of it these days...  People expect me to be able to work as late as the light.  So it goes.

The grand homecoming was grand.  But the floor wasn't quite finished.

There was about 4' left to go.

I wanted to finish.  But, as I said, time is time is time.

On top of my little available time, and in the middle of this project, my neighborhood HOA dinged me to paint the outside of my house.  Last year they simply wanted me to wash it.  That was easy.  This year it needed paint, or so they told me.  And what they say becomes, in effect, the new code...

They gave me 10 days to get it done.

Can I get someone to paint that inside of 10 days?  No.  Do I have time?  No.  I looked at my calendar and the weather.  I had two afternoons.  So I didn't schedule anything else and got it done.

This was in sacrifice of my floor.  So here is the final result. Almost done, but close only counts in, what is it, horse shoes and hand grenades?  Painting and papering the living/dining rooms was the project of a previous year.  The flooring is the final improvement.

And this is what the living room looked like when the family got home.  It became the dining room's shed.  What of the living room furniture?

It was a bit like the Scarecrow on the Wizard of Oz - part of it was over here, and part of it was over there...

The furniture made it all hard to see, but the flooring was beautiful, and even though it was not finished everyone was happy with the project so far.

I should confess - the floor project has been done for some time as of this post.  But I am way behind in my being able to get it online.

The final result?  You will see in the next, and last, post... whenever the heck that is!

Stay tuned!


Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560


Comment balloon 4 commentsJay Markanich • July 14 2009 03:34AM


There is so much work involved in doing even what may seem to be even a simple project. You hit the floor nailer on the head, it all comes down to time.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 11 years ago

James - it ALL really comes down to time!  My wife often has unrealistic notions of how long things can take.  To be careful one has to take all the time it needs to get done right.  She is very pleased with the final result.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 11 years ago

Your wife must have been disappointed to get home and see the project not finished.  And that HOA must be tough!  or your house looked rugged!  I think I'd move to a kinder and gentler neighborhood.  LOL

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago

Barbara - one piece of trim under one window had a spot on it.  That is enough for Adolph and the rest at the "management" company to send letters.   It is a power trip for them.  And they aren't consistent - what they approved last year, like a basketball hoop, they disallow this year.  People are not happy.

As to my wife, she understands, of all people, what kind of a schedule I keep.  I work some weeks 80 hours.  This floor is on TOP of that...  And she is no where near as autocratic as I make her out to be.  But she does not understand what it takes to undertake and complete such a project and make it look good.  She really is pleased with the floor after all.  It's done now for some time, I just haven't had time to post the updates!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 11 years ago

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