Friday, they also finished putting on the roof shingles and began installing the HVAC. We picked a dark brown roof color. And we are using ridge vents instead of "whirly birds." They are more energy efficient and look much nicer.
The electrician says that he thinks he can have all the electric roughed in by Tuesday or Wednesday. It looks like we are still on target to have drywall up before the end of this year.
We had planned to stain the concrete over the Christmas holiday then protect them (depending on when the drywall will be done). Today, we set up some test spots and ran into a bit of trouble. The floors aren't as nice as we had hoped. They are scratched, there are a few places they have been written on, and you can see some of the swirl marks from where it was smoothed. Hmmm. So, now, we are back to the budget trying to determine if we can squeeze out another 5K for bamboo floors. Which, I really hope we can. We had planned on doing hardwood later (like in a few years) to help lower our total cost now.
We also have a small problem in the kitchen. The island wont be as long as we thought. Instead of 11' 8", it's probably going to be more like 10'10" which probably isn't as devastating as it sounds to me. Basically, we designed the kitchen on paper. And once we got the walls up, we realized that what we had designed at Lowe's based off what we had dictated to our architect didn't leave a walkway between the island and the refrigerator. So, to make the walk bigger, we have to scoot the island. But, the pipes are already set for the sink. The only option is to move the dishwasher to the left instead of the right and to put a smaller cabinet where the dishwasher was supposed to go. Again, not awful, just not great. But, with each little hurdle, we learn. Which will be great if we ever decide to do this again. And that of course will be determined when everything is over.