Anyway, at this point we are 99.9% moved in (including moving my boat). There is a few odds and ends at the old house (a few tools, cleaning supplies, etc), but nothing that would take more than a carload or three to bring over. More importantly: we have food, water, a working stovetop and oven, and the washer and dryer are hooked up. The place is liveable now.
Just a few observations after a few days living here:
- The water from our well tastes fine, and feels fine when showering, etc.
- Our Kohler "Pressure Lite" toilets work well, but sound like jet engines taking off when flushed. If I had known this in advance, I would have picked a less-efficient-but-quieter model.
- My wife was very disappointed to find that her Belgique line of pots and pans are non-magnetic, and therefore don't work on our induction stovetop. We'll have to go shopping for a new set (All-Clad seems like a good default choice). In the meantime, our trusty old cast-iron fry pans work great.
- Our internet bandwidth is great considering that we're on DSL: I'm seeing pretty consistent download speeds of 1+ Mb/sec, and upload speeds of .5 Mb/sec. This is a relief since I spend a lot of time on my computer.
- The stars are super-clear when you live in the middle of a forest and there's no lights around :).
- There is an annoying light flicker when the chiller (heat pump) kicks on....not sure what causes it, or what can be done about it, but I'm really disappointed by this.
- Radiant floor heating is great! Especially on the tiled surfaces - your toes stay toasty.
- Hardwood flooring is great, but it's, well - hard: I plan to buy some house slippers.
The blinds were also installed last week, and we are very happy with them. I will work on getting some pictures of them for the curious. The color match with the house millwork is darn near perfect - we got lucky on that.
So that's where we are. There will be a few more posts on final finishing details, including finishing the punchlist items with our builder, but otherwise expect to see the posting activity taper off. Writing this blog has been a lot of fun, but I need to get back to having a life :).