Sunday, May 25, 2008

House Update

Every time I look back at a post talking about how close we are to moving in to our new home, I want to laugh. So now I will take the stance that it will NEVER be done, and maybe that will change my luck. We are (in theory) getting closer to moving. I am starting to write the number of the cable and internet companies down and we will buy our fridge this week. I have been sick for the past couple of days so I have not been to the house, but the rumor is the pool actually has water in it now (and not the sludge that has been living in it). The pool construction ended up being a clusterfuck and in fact our pool supply company told us later, had they known who we hired, they would have stopped us. Hopefully all the pipes/pump/filter were installed correctly. We will find out this week. Live and learn. Honestly, if this is the only problem we have, I can live with it. Moral of story=NEVER hire friends...ever. Everybody says it, but I guess I had to live through it to learn.


We installed an outdoor shower. When we spent time in Hawaii this past January, the house we rented had an outdoor shower and it was the best thing. I don't think I ever showered in the house...maybe once. After that, the sisters and I were always in that shower. In fact my sister Jonnifer didn't ever shower inside either. It was that good. Something about being in a shower outside is fantastic. I am planning on putting a teak panel in the bottom with some river stones underneath. Being naked outdoors is very cool. But not too cool, hence our bamboo privacy wall.


We tried to use a lot of color in the house which we both like (I think it is growing up in San Francisco and being surrounded by multicolored Victorian homes). Our foyer has a bright teal floor (and a bright red ceiling with woodwork over it).

The color is apparent in the kitchen also, not only the blue but the malaga tiles behind the stove. Also, please note we have no oven in our main kitchen. Very Pinoy (although we put one in the dirty kitchen).

Our landscaping has turned out awesome. I couldn't be happier with the work he did. The grass also filled in very well.

BEFORE:

AFTER:If I do not start weeding soon, it really will be a jungle. Gotta get on that soon!!!

7 comments:

Jonnifer said...

Your house is beautiful. Can't wait to see it. What are the last steps that need to be done before you move in?

Outdoor nudity rules!

Christine said...

I am in agreement on the outdoor shower being essential. I love how lush the landscaping is too! It really looks done now. When can I move in? :)

kikas_head said...

Lots of tiny things--chipped paint in a few places, missing cabinet catch, paint splatters, etc.

Chris-I am fully expecting you to be here in July for your birthday!!!! I found a site with listings for vegetarian restaurants:
http://www.happycow.net/asia/philippines/quezon_city/index.html

Jonnifer said...

Chris, did you know that PARIS is becoming more vegan friendly??

kikas_head said...

Paris allows vegans now?!?!?! I am happy that it will be really easy to feed Chris at home (the local produce is so frickin killer), but I would like to be able to take her out. I also want to be able to feed her Filipino dishes as well. I know she loves to eat the food of the country she is visiting.

BTW Jon, I may be in Germany this fall. If so, I will bop over to gay paree and visit you guys. Still have to see if we have any money left by then!!!

Jonnifer said...

That would be great! Or if you can't meet us here, we can go see you there. What city?

I am thinking very hard but I actually can't come up with any typical French dishes that are entirely vegan. What can I say, they love their butter.

Katie said...

So beautiful, Steph! I love the colors of the foyer. And the bamboo door to the outdoor shower.

I hope you can move in soon!