Monday, April 6, 2009

WEEK 36-38: Racing to Refinance

Tempting, eh? With interest rates dropping lower and lower, we suddenly find ourselves with the option of refinancing our mortgage and dropping our monthly payment. The catch is that our many projects-in-progress need to be 100% complete. In particular the two bathrooms need to be done. This has us scrambling to finish things up so we can schedule an appraisal to facilitate our refinancing.

  • DECISIONS: Hired our landscaper for yard clearing/stump grinding/tree service; Agreed to use terracotta-colored concrete paint on the front porch floor and backyard patio pad; Agreed to (indefinitely?) postpone some large projects including: the back patio pavers, the screened room, the carport trellis and the gutters

  • LABOR: Housepainters painted exterior of the house; Plumbers installed our two new toilets; J. finished painting the guest bathroom; M. assembled the new guest bath vanity and faucet; M. sorted and donated extra building materials to Habitat-for-Humanity Restore; M. started miscellaneous projects in the bathrooms

  • MAJOR PURCHASES: 2 new Pfister contemporary bathroom faucets from Home Depot; chrome double-bar shower rods

Here's the new vanity faucets that came home with us from da "Orange Store"

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